Concert

Luis D'Elias Sextet

Thursday / August 15, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
Marriott Courtyard Kendall Square
Cambridge
MA
United States
02239
Luis D'Elias
Photo by Pamela Hersch

Venezuelan musician and guitar player Luis D’Elias got into music at age 14 when, for the first time after mandatory music lessons, a teacher motivated him to develop his musical skills. At that moment, he began studies at the Olga Lopez Conservatory, where he took two years of classical training in different areas such as piano, guitar, and choir. Later, he participated in the 2004 Berklee Summer Performance Program, which got him into jazz theory and contemporary music.

Afterward, D'Elias enrolled at the Taller de Jazz Caracas, founded by renowned bass player Oscar Fanega, where he began developing his skills in different areas of jazz under the guidance of musicians like Pedro Barboza, Luca Vincenzetti, and Hugo Fuguet, each very well known within the Venezuelan music scene.

At the same time, he was undertaking studies in electronics engineering at the prestigious Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela, from which he received a bachelor’s degree with honors in 2011. Right after that, he finally applied to Berklee College of Music for full time studies. He obtained a partial scholarship and is now pursuing a double diploma in film scoring and electronic production and design.

As a composer, he has already scored 10 student short films, most recently a full-length documentary titled El Camino de La Voluntad. He also has experience with video game scoring and creating underscores for different types of visual media. As a performer, he has shared the stage with Venezuelan artists like Francisco Vielma, Diego Maldonado, and Fabio Rojas. In addition, he has experience as a pit musician for different musical theater productions.

D'Elias has also had experience as the bandleader of Venezuelan prog-rock band Systaltic and later of his own band, with whom he recorded his first demo as a solo jazz artist in 2010. Currently he is working as an arranger for several musical theater productions at Berklee and leading a new band in order to showcase his own music, which is a blend of traditional Venezuelan influences mixed with contemporary jazz and rock. Currently he is part of the roster for 2013’s Jazz Revelation Records coming CD, Catalyst.

Admission: 
Free

Thinkin' Big

Thursday / September 5, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Atlantic Avenue and Congress Street
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Thinkin' Big

Thinkin' Big is an 18-piece big band formed in October 2010. The group began for student composers to write charts, and for student musicians to get additional performance opportunities. It has stayed true to its roots and now showcases the vast compositional talents of bandleader and trumpeter Jonah Francese. What makes this group special is that it is a tight-knit musical family, getting together weekly to rehearse with members who are students and alumni of Berklee College of Music. With styles ranging from funk to swing to Latin, Thinkin' Big's unique sound pushes the limit of modern expectations for a big band.

The band has performed throughout the Boston area at venues like Ryles jazz club, the Lilypad, Kendall Square, Atlantic Wharf, and numerous appearances at venues on the Berklee College of Music campus.

Admission: 
Free

Sergio Martinez Collective

Thursday / August 22, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Atlantic Avenue and Congress Street
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Sergio Martinez
Sergio Martinez Collective
Pamela Hersch

Sergio Martinez is a percussionist from Madrid who grew up in the flamenco tradition.

Since the beginning of his professional career, he has performed internationally with some of the most important artists on the flamenco scene, including Diego el Cigala, Enrique Morente, Pepe de Lucía, and José Mercé. He has won international awards in flamenco composition, and has worked with Grammy-winning producer Javier Limón on Mercé's last album.

Martinez has offered master classes and clinics in many countries around the world and he is the leader of the Sergio Martinez Flamenco Collective, developing his skills as a composer and leader, and performing at international festivals.

Admission: 
Free

The Jackson FitzGerald Group

Thursday / August 1, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Atlantic Avenue and Congress Stree
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Jackson FitzGerald

Jazz guitarist Jackson FitzGerald performs weekly at Wally’s Jazz Café in Boston, Massachusetts and is the leader of the Jackson FitzGerald Group, which has performed his original compositions around the Northeast. 

FitzGerald began playing guitar at the age of 12. His father gave him his record collection and those were his first teachers. In high school, he studied with Doug Maher and John Mills and performed at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival. He was awarded the outstanding soloist award for his division and this led to his scholarship at Berklee. FitzGerald is approaching his senior year at Berklee and has studied with Mick Goodrick, Tim Miller, Julian Lage, and Bret Willmott. He is the coauthor of the book Immoveable Shapes that will be released in the fall of 2013 under the supervision of Mick Goodrick.

Admission: 
Free

Seokwon Yoon Senior Recital

Monday / May 6, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Guitarist Seokwon Yoon presents his senior recital with a set focusing on the music of Yngwie Malmsteen, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Wonder.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Hannah Ureste's Senior Recital

Tuesday / May 7, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Trumpeter Hannah Ureste performs with her small big band in her senior recital. The set will feature tunes in styles including Latin, big band, and funk.

Admission: 
Free

Timothy Talavera's Senior Recital

Thursday / May 9, 2013 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

 

Drummer Timothy Talavera gives his senior recital with a jazz-based program of mostly his and other students' originals, as well as some standards.

Admission: 
Free

David Kawamura: Recitus Senioritus

Friday / May 10, 2013 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

 

Guitarist and pianist David Kawamura gives his senior recital with a program representing various genres and instruments.

Admission: 
Free

Talk No More: Jae Cheol Oh Small Band

Wednesday / May 8, 2013 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

 

Trumpeter and composer Jae Cheol Oh gives his senior performance recital with a set of covers and originals.

Admission: 
Free

Ekaterina Ramzhaeva: In the Heart of the Time

Monday / May 6, 2013 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Alto saxophone player Ekaterina Ramzhaeva and her band will present her jazz composition senior portfolio recital with a program of arrangements and original compositions.

Admission: 
Free

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