Concert

Ensemble Showcase: Oldies, Jazz

Tuesday / April 26, 2011 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon recitals, led by faculty members Dennis Cecere and Jerry Cecco. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including oldies and jazz.

1:30 p.m. Dennis Cecere: Oldies

4:30 p.m. Jerry Cecco: Concert Jazz Orchestra

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change without notice.

Admission: 

The Footprints of a Mysterious Traveler: Berklee Global Jazz Institute First Anniversary Concert Celebrating Wayne Shorter

Monday / April 25, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), under the artistic direction of world-renowned pianist Danilo Pérez, is a unique focused area of study at the college where some of the finest young jazz players in the world concentrate on creativity and musicianship while maintaining an active performance schedule. Wayne Shorter; BGJI faculty members Terri Lyne Carrington, George Garzone, David Gilmore, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, and Pérez; and the BGJI students will play Shorter's music in celebration of his journey.

Can't make it to this concert? Berklee is teaming with Concert Window to broadcast live streams of this and other Berklee shows. Concert Window is dedicated to presenting live music on the web, and is building a network of venues, including the Berklee Performance Center and the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, MA. Learn more . . . 

Admission: 
$20, $15, reserved seating

Only an <em>OCTAVE</em> Away: A Sneak Preview of Jazz Revelation Records's Eighth Annual CD

Wednesday / April 20, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's student-run label Jazz Revelation Records (JRR) celebrates the release of its eighth compilation album, OCTAVE.

The scope of the CD is wide-ranging, with artists performing styles including traditional and contemporary jazz, nu-jazz, fusion, and jazz with experimental, classical, world, electronica, ambient, and funk influences.

The album showcases some of Berklee's top jazz players from around the world, with artists hailing from Turkey, Puerto Rico, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Brazil, Japan, India, Israel, Greece, and the United States, each bringing a unique perspective to their compositions. Says Kevin McCluskey, faculty advisor and executive producer for Jazz Revelation Records, "Our bands are young and incredibly vital, yet there is something ancient in the wisdom of their musings. They are both students and masters of their craft, and as such will always be on the cusp of the new, the exciting, and the authentic."

Admission: 
$10 general admission

An Evening with Fiona Joy Hawkins and Patrick Gorman

Saturday / June 4, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Australian composer and award-winning pianist Fiona Joy Hawkins will join Boston-based pianist and multi-instrumental composer Patrick Gorman for an intimate and unforgettable night of contemporary and transcultural music. Both artists' music has been produced by Windham Hall Records founder Will Ackerman.

Admission: 
$25, general admission

Cass McCombs / Sleepy Very Sleepy

Tuesday / May 10, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Cass McCombs

Often-covered Californian troubadour Cass McCombs appears at Cafe 939 on the heels of his remarkable new release Wit's End (out on Domino on April 26).  Spin Magazine says of Wit's End: "Songs so unassuming they sneak up and slay you."

Sleepy Very Sleepy's Unlimited Circulation is slated for an independent release in May 2011. The album was produced by Sleepy Very Sleepy and Elio DeLuca, and engineered by DeLuca at The Soul Shop in Medford, MA (Titus Andronicus, Hallelujah the Hills, Faces on Film). From the sub-harmonic rumbling and dreamlike lyricism of the opening track, "Good Darkness," to the hard -itting, maddening caterwaul of the gospel-tinged "Only Us Know," the album follows a dynamic arc of tension and release. Though it straddles the line between genres, the record is held together by an emotional authenticity and clarity of statement.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

Eric Finland and Friends and a Hammond Organ

Wednesday / May 4, 2011 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This will be a night of blues, funk, and fusion. Eric Finland plays with the tightest musicians around Berklee, featuring the Wally's Monday Night Blues Band.

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His Presence

Monday / May 2, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Reverence Gospel Ensemble

An evening of gospel music featuring BCM's Reverence Gospel Ensemble, OverJoyed, Women of Virtue, and Men of Valor.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Liz Longley / Jesse Ruben

Thursday / April 28, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Just a few months after graduating from Berklee College of Music, Liz Longley is already showing signs of becoming the next acoustic powerhouse. In 2010 alone, Longley was awarded the BMI John Lennon Scholarship, Grand Prize International Acoustic Music Award (from 9,000 entries), and Chris Austin Songwriting Award and appeared at the Newport and Rocky Mountain Folk Festivals. She is particularly highly regarded for her personal, emotionally engaging songwriting. She is actively touring throughout the East Coast and has opened for Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, Nanci Griffith, and Livingston Taylor.

Twenty-three-year-old, Philly-bred singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben delivers lush, soulful pop-rock on his second album, The Ones That Matter. The album was recorded by producer Chris Keup (Jason Mraz, OAR, Parachute) and his partner Stewart Myers (Mraz, Lifehouse, Rachel Yamagata, Mandy Moore). Ruben only applied to one college: Berklee. Ruben's focus on songwriting helped him blossom as a musician, using singer-songwriters like Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell as inspiration. 

Admission: 
$12, $10 students, general admission

Berklee Electronica Showcase

Thursday / April 21, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee College of Music and Together Boston present the Electronica Club at Cafe 939. Original student work will be performed: Fat Camp's glitch hip-hop, the thumping rhythms of AEROJET, the improvised dance of Phonoride, and the visual extravaganza of Javier Cruz. The Berklee Electronica Club is a student-run organization that holds seminars, workshops, guest lectures, and concerts from students and artists around the world. Experience the rising stars of tomorrow's electronic scene.

Curated by Austin Stone and Tyler Randall, Phonoride is a social experiment for collaborating artists and producers to perform improvised electronic music. Artists from Boston to New York compile sonic gestures, audio programming environments, and dance remixes in Phonoride's live performances. Phonoride ties in the enticing structure of John Zorn game pieces with the heightened production integrity of Daft Punk. Expect a palette of edgy dance rhythms with savory improvised melodies and submersible timbres.

Fat Camp is the stage name of Boston-based musician Clark Burkhardt. With influences spanning producers like Dimlite, Madlib, and J Dilla to composers and instrumentalists like Alice Coltrane and Wes Montgomery, Fat Camp's glitch-hop beats are as accessible as they are unpredictable. Performing an all-original electronic set with a laptop and two controllers, Fat Camp consistently gets crowds bouncing at warehouses, loft spaces, 
house parties and clubs in and around Boston.

Aerojet is the solo project of Joel Friedman, the sound designer and producer who represents one half of the Boston-based laptop duo known as Dice Motion. Fusing glitch aesthetics with warped field recordings, modern classical harmonies, jingles, jangles, noisy tape loops, and liquid hip-hop beats, the Aerojet sound is thick with ear candy. Whether rummaging through the past for buried sonic treasures, recording and mangling sounds of the present, or voyaging into futuristic landscapes, Aerojet leads the listener into a minefield of sonic exploration.

Javier Cruz is a composer, vocalist, songwriter, self-taught visual artist and software programmer, and multi-instrumentalist. Having played music for over 20 years, Cruz has performed throughout the United States and in Germany, and will be earning his B.A. in electronic production and design from Berklee in December of 2011. Cruz's visual art is an amalgam of his software programming and 3D design skills, building colorful, psychedelic pieces that retain an integral level of sophistication. His music ranges from soulful songwriting to schizophrenic, playful, and often sweet electronic compositions juxtaposed between groove and bass dance tunes. Cruz strives to create music that is accessible to a variety of audiences and simultaneously challenges their sonic palettes.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Greg Osby Sextet

Tuesday / April 26, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Standard
116 East 27th Street
New York
NY
United States
10016-8942
Berklee Greg Osby Sextet

Over the course of his multifaceted career, saxophonist Greg Osby has forged a formidable reputation as an instrumentalist, composer, entrepreneur, and recording artist. But he's also a leading music educator who holds a professorship in the Ensemble Department at Berklee. Tonight, Jazz Standard welcomes the professor and a hand-picked group composed of some of the school's most promising student players. Past performances have featured Berklee alumni like Esperanza Spalding, Julian Lage, and Kendrick Scott. "You can practice by yourself all you want," says Greg Osby, "but unless you're playing with and responding to another musician and contributing to a group, you don't really know what your role is. It's really the last stage, but the most important stage, of a person's education."

Berklee Greg Osby Sextet

Barclay Moffitt began playing the saxophone at age 12 in his hometown of Pueblo, Colorado. Barclay reached out to many programs to nurture his art and music; the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, Berklee Saxophone Weekend, and the Stanford Jazz Workshop are among the programs he attended. In these programs he was fortunate enough to study with jazz greats such as Lee Konitz, Joshua Redman, Greg Gisbert, Richard Davis, John Gunther, Phil Grenadier, Jerry Bergonzi, and many other jazz masters. Barclay was awarded the esteemed Presidential Scholarship at Berklee in 2008. Since entering the college, he has had the honor to study and perform with master musicians and educators such as Phil Wilson, Andy McGhee, George Garzone, Dave Santoro, and Greg Osby.

Benjamin Allen, 19, an alto saxophone player hailing from the city of jazz, New Orleans, attempts to blend New Orleans traditional, bebop, and pop music genres together. Studying under Donald Harrison, as well as artists such as Barry Harris, Ellis Marsalis, Jim Odgren, Kent Jordan, Jake Saslow, Kidd Jordan, and Alvin Batiste, he comes from a background of teaching styles that vary from very rigorous to very open and creative. This allows him access to multiple models and  techniques in his attempts to teach and learn. New Orleans NPR affiliate WWNO-FM describes him as "musically soaring."

In 2009 he was awarded a full scholarship to the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program, where he was then awarded a full-tuition scholarship for four years to Berklee. He often plays at various New Orleans venues, while also teaching private lessons as a part of the Tipitina's Internship Program and on his own. He has growing strengths as a composer, teacher, and performer and hopes to use them to advance the musical community.

Lucian Gray is a guitarist from Toronto, Canada who gigs regularly with his trio and quartet at numerous clubs in the Toronto area. He was the first winner of the Slaight Family Scholarship, allowing him to begin his studies at Berklee in fall 2008. While performing at the 2009 Prince Edward County Jazz Festival, Gray won the Rising Young Star Award. He has since studied with teachers such as Mick Goodrick, David Tronzo, Greg Osby, and George Garzone.

Born in Tel-Aviv, Israel in 1991, Eitan Kenner began studying classical piano at the age of six. Inspired by his father, a well-known musician in Israel, Kenner began studying and expanding upon his musical knowledge and gradually chose to focus on jazz. At 16, after two years in the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts, he joined Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music on a scholarship and was the youngest ever to participate in the finals of Rimon's Jazz Player of the Year. Two years later, Kenner graduated with honors, and by the age of 18 he had already studied and performed with top Israeli jazz musicians all over Israel and in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Currently pursuing a degree in performance at Berklee, Kenner has studied with JoAnne Brackeen, Benny Green, Alain Mallet, Jamey Haddad, Dave Santoro, Tiger Okoshi, and Ed Tomassi. He is a current member of the Berklee World Jazz Octet and will perform in Washington, D.C. with Paquito D'Rivera this June.

Tamir Shmerling is a double and electric bass player from Israel. He served as a bassist in the IDF Orchestra (2005–2008) and has performed with Tel Aviv and Holon big bands, directed by Amikam Kimelman and Guri Agmon, respectively (2008–2009). While on scholarship at the Rimon School of Jazz, he studied with Guri Agmon, Ilan Mochiach, Mamelo Gaitanopoulos, Yoray Oron, Yuval Cohen, Rami Levin, Avi Lebovich, and Daniel Zamir. 

Shmerling was awarded a scholarship from Berklee in 2008. He currently studies at Berklee with Terri Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby, Jamey Haddad, Alain Mallet, John Lockwood, Oscar Stagnaro, Whit Browne, Dave Samuels, Ed Tomassi, Dave Santoro, Dennis Montgomery III, and other great teachers. During his studies, he has had the honor to perform with artists such as Kevin Eubanks and Ignacio Berroa.

21-year-old Toronto, Canada native Adam Arruda began studying drums at the age of five, started performing regularly when he was 10, and hasn't stopped since. He holds the record for winning the Zildjian Outstanding Young Drummer Award at Music Fest Canada eight times in a row. In February of 2007, he was selected as the drummer for the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Big Band, where he played with Phil Woods, James Moody, Tom Scott, and Patti Austin. In 2008 Arruda was selected as the drummer at the prestigious Brubeck Institute Fellowship along with four other band members.  

Arruda is fortunate to have studied with many master musicians, including Jimmy Cobb, Ed Thigpen, Gerald Cleaver, Jeff Ballard, Lewis Nash, Willie Jones III, Clarence Penn, Ari Hoenig, Dan Weiss, Jim Black, Dafnis Prieto, and Joshua Redman, to name a few. He has performed at the 2007 Grammy Awards, and the North Sea, Detroit, Monterey, Next Generation, Brubeck, and Toronto jazz festivals.

Arruda is a scholarship recipient at Berklee, where he began his college career in the fall of 2010. Ralph Peterson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jamey Haddad, and Alain Mallet have been particularly influential in his first year at the college. He can be heard at the legendary Wally's Jazz Café in Boston with trumpeter Jason Palmer.

Admission: 
$20

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