Concert

Mark Shilansky's Join the Club Sextet

Monday / April 9, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Mark Shilansky

Mark Shilansky's Join the Club Sextet features exciting arrangements of jazz standards, originals, and popular tunes, informed by Latin jazz, swing, and world music influences. Often described as 21st-century space-age bachelor pad music, this group breathes new life into music by Dave Brubeck and Wayne Shorter, and weds jazzy complexity to music by such artists as the Police, the Cardigans, and Sara Bareilles, all with exciting soloing and interaction, and a relentless groove. The band this evening features Shilansky on piano and voice, his long-time rhythm section mates Fernando Huergo on bass and Bertram Lehmann on drums, guitarist Eric Byers, saxophonist Dino Govoni, and trumpeter Doug Olsen.

Growing up in a suburb of Concord, NH, Mark Shilansky wrote songs as early as elementary school, followed by performances in original rock bands and jazz study at the Concord Community Music School. He received a B.A. in music performance in 1992 from the University of New Hampshire, where he played classical and jazz piano and apprenticed with such adjunct professors and visiting artists as Clark Terry, Phil Woods, and Jimmy Heath. He moved to Boston, continuing his studies at New England Conservatory, receiving a master's of music degree in jazz studies in 1994, working with such teachers as Bevan Manson, Paul Bley, and John McNeil, supplementing his education since then by studying with jazz gurus Kenny Werner, Hal Crook, and Charlie Banacos.

Following a move to New York in the mid-'90s to immerse himself in the hotbed of music that is Manhattan, and a subsequent return in 1997 to become an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music and to teach at UNH, Shilansky released his debut CD, First Look (1997), a piano trio date featuring Steve LaSpina on bass and Jeff Hirshfield on drums. He followed this release with a shift in artistic direction, continuing on the path of jazz, but also incorporating the singer-songwriter influences of his early years, such as Elvis Costello and Steely Dan. This direction culminated in a collection of original music, Different Songs (2000), featuring Shilansky as principal vocalist as well as producer/keyboardist. Other Voices (2003), Shilansky's third CD as leader, marked a return to jazz, Latin jazz, and longform (occasionally free-jazz) compositions, all featuring the voice in some way, and featuring the vocal work of Luciana Souza, Lisa Thorson, and Paul Stiller of Vox One. Join the Club (2007), Shilansky's latest CD, features original compositions and Latin jazz renderings of jazz standards and contemporary pop tunes by the bands Police and the Cardigans, and features saxist Donny McCaslin, trombonist Jay Ashby, and vocalist Kim Nazarian. Of this CD, Jon Garelick of the Boston Phoenix, says "Shilansky knows how to make every moment engage, [with] long arcs of melody as he works through the chord changes . . . . This 'club' is one anyone would be happy to join."

All throughout this creative career as a pianist and composer of his own material, Shilansky has been a consistent presence as a sideman. A tenure throughout much of the '90s as a member of the Luciana Souza quintet (along with his current bandmates, bassist Fernando Huergo and drummer Bertram Lehmann) led to his almost ubiquitous presence as an accompanist of vocalists such as Lisa Thorson, the New York Voices, Kris Adams, Carolyn Leonhart, Rebecca Parris, and Patrice Williamson (for whom he has written copious arrangements, and produced her CD, Free to Dream). He played piano and contributed arrangements and an original song, "I Have Found," on the debut release by rising star vocalist Robin McKelle, Never Let Me Go. Most recently, Shilansky is a strong presence on vocalist Chris Humphrey's debut CD Nothin' but Blue Skies, featuring Martin Wind (bass) and Matt Wilson (drums), and for the last four years has been the pianist and occasional arranger for the vocal jazz group Syncopation, appearing on the band's CDs and accompanying them on tours of the U.S. and Japan.  

Shilansky has kept active as a sideman with instrumentalists, as well, notably with guitarist Steve Kirby (playing piano and organ on his North Light CD), trumpeter Kenny Wheeler (with concerts at the Regattabar and New York's Birdland), and on drummer David Jamrog's Visions, a collective group featuring saxist George Garzone. Also, increasingly, Shilansky is in demand in the recording studio as a producer/arranger as well as a performer, with a growing list of artists (singer-songwriters as well as jazz artists), having served in this capacity on CDs by Kaye Kelly, Celia Slattery, Dana Edelman, Christina Watson, Lauren Wool, Allyssa Jones, and Michelle Mailhot.

Admission: 
$18, $15 students, seniors, and Arsenal members

Gospel Night: Worship Experience

Monday / April 30, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An evening of gospel music featuring the Negro Spiritual Ensemble, Traditional Gospel Ensemble, Men's Gospel Choir, Women's Gospel Choir, OverJoyed, and Reverence Gospel Ensemble.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Northway Church

Sunday / April 1, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Greater Boston region offers a unique mix of modern change and historic culture where people are looking for a place to be challenged and inspired.  In this unique event explore how Northway Church can serve this dynamic and diverse community.

Nine years ago, pastor Buddy Cremeans and his wife, Debbie, had a dream to start a church that believes the best in people. Today, Northway Church is inspiring love, hope, and faith and has become one of the fastest growing churches in the Northeast with locations in New York and Massachusetts, as well as an inspirational TV program.

Northway Church Boston could be a place where you make new connections and call home. Look for 2012 monthly events at the Berklee Performace Center as well.

Admission: 
Free

The Boston Rio+20 Project

Saturday / March 31, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Sounding Board teams up with the City of Boston and the United Nations to showcase Boston's top youth artists as they take on sustainable development.

Featuring: Artists for Humanity, Berklee College of Music, Boston Children's Chorus, City Year, NPR's From The Top, Grooversity, Project Hip Hop, and Zumix.

Admission: 
Free

Rethink Music Conference

Monday / April 23, 2012 / 9:30 a.m.
Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Seth Godin

Meet colleagues and make connections while tackling the biggest issues facing the music industry. Whether you are established in the music business, just starting out, or still in school, Rethink Music serves as an incubator for novel ideas and creativity. Join the debate about how to move the industry forward. 

The long list of speakers includes author Seth Godin

Rethink Music, presented by Berklee and midem, in association with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and Babson College, brings together the strongest minds from across all facets of the music industry to examine current challenges and formulate paths forward.

Read more about Rethink Music.

Admission: 

Rethink Music Conference

Tuesday / April 24, 2012 / 9:30 a.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Seth Godin

Meet colleagues and make connections while tackling the biggest issues facing the music industry. Whether you are established in the music business, just starting out, or still in school, Rethink Music serves as an incubator for novel ideas and creativity. Join the debate about how to move the industry forward. 

The long list of speakers includes author Seth Godin

Rethink Music, presented by Berklee and midem, in association with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and Babson College, brings together the strongest minds from across all facets of the music industry to examine current challenges and formulate paths forward.

Read more about Rethink Music.

Admission: 

Artists and Social Action

Monday / March 26, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

Matt Jenson, assistant professor of piano, known for his popular class on Bob Marley, will perform some of his thought-provoking and revolutionary original compositions with a student drum ensemble, Vance Gilbert, Garrison Fewell, and special guests.

Admission: 

Berklee Global Jazz Institute at Monterey

Friday / March 30, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Next Generation Festival
1 Portola Plaza
Monterey
CA
United States
93940
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Sextet. From left: Alex Hargreaves, Spencer Stewart, Caili O'Doherty, Zach Giberson, Lihi Haruvi, Isaac Haselkorn.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute will perform a free, opening night concert, as part of the Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Jazz Festival in historic downtown Monterey, California.

Admission: 
Free of charge

il abanico

Friday / June 22, 2012 / 9:00 p.m.
BAMcafé Live
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn
NY
United States
11217
il abanico

il abanico is an indie/experimental band created in 2010 by Nicolás Losada (guitar) and Juliana Ronderos (voice). They expose their personalities with innovative melodies, an upbeat rhythm section, and unorthodox guitars. Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, this duo in the past year has played more 70 shows and toured the U.S., and will play festivals such as SXSW in Austin, Foburg Festival in New Orleans, Canadian Music Week, and North by Northeast in Toronto. Crossing Colors is the name of their first EP, a five-song EP recorded in well-renowned Studio G in Brooklyn, NY. il abanico is currently working on their second EP.

Learn more about the BAMcafé.

Admission: 
Free

John Mark McMillan / Jude Moses

Friday / March 16, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

John Mark McMillan's latest album plumbs the interior psychology of a man trying to live in the uneasy valley between this world and the next, standing on the edge of the ocean of eternity, straining to see beyond the horizon line.

Jude Moses will be the opening act for John Mark McMillan.

Admission: 
$10 advanced, $12 day of show

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