Concert

Hailey Niswanger Quartet

Wednesday / November 23, 2011 / 11:00 a.m.
Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street
Worcester
MA
United States
01608

Hailey Niswanger (pronounced "NICE-wonger"), currently studying jazz performance on a full scholarship at Berklee, has an impressive list of accomplishments that reach far beyond the borders of her home in Portland, Oregon and well beyond her years. Born February 12, 1990, in Houston, Niswanger has shared the stage with Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Duke, George Garzone, Red Holloway, Terell Stafford, Phil Woods, James Moody, Steve Nelson, Christian McBride, McCoy Tyner, Maceo Parker, Wynton Marsalis, Mark Whitfield, and other jazz greats and leads her own quartet that has performed at the 2011 Red Clay Jazz Festival, 2010 Elkhart Jazz Festival, the Portland Jazz Festival, Jimmy Mak's Jazz Club, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, and other jazz venues around Portland. As one of 14 students selected to be part of the inaugural class of Berklee's elite new Global Jazz Institute under the artistic direction of Danilo Perez, she has performed at the 2010 and 2011 Panama Jazz Festival, 2010 Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals, and the Blue Note in New York. In the fall of 2009 Niswanger was named the alto saxophonist (a chair once held by Miguel Zenon, Jaleel Shaw, and others) in the Either/Orchestra, an internationally renowned ensemble that performs jazz, Latin, and Ethiopian music, and so far she has performed with them at the Teatro Manzoni in Milan, Italy, the 2010 Chicago Jazz Festival, Ethiopia, and at various venues around New England.

Hailey hit the road running in May 2009 after completing her first year at Berklee, when she was a featured artist at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., whose saxophone competition she won in 2008 (her concert was featured on NPR's JazzSet With Dee Dee Bridgewater originally broadcast in October 2009). She has represented Berklee in 2010 at the International Beaches Jazz Festival in Toronto and the Freihofer's Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs and in 2009 at the DownBeat Invitational at the Tri-C Jazz Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. She has toured with Berklee's Next Generation Jazz Orchestra that performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands and on the main stage of the 51st Monterey Jazz Festival (2008); played with the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble in Hollywood and the Jazz Band of America in Indianapolis (2008 & 2007); performed with the Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra and Combo at the IAJE conference in New York and at pre-festival events for the 50th Anniversary Monterey Jazz Festival; and attended the Vail Jazz Workshop led by John and Jeff Clayton, performing on the main stage of the Vail Jazz Festival with Taylor Eigsti who later invited her to appear with him at the Jazz Alley in Seattle (2007). In 2006 and 2007 Niswanger received scholarships to attend Berklee's Summer Jazz Workshop directed by Terri Lyne Carrington.

Brown Bag Concerts are produced by Mechanics Hall and WICN public radio in partnership with Bank of America. Admission is free. Every concert begins at noon and is one hour long. Table seating is the norm, but occasionally seating is theater style. Bring your own lunch or purchase one at the Hall, prepared by Eric's LaPatisserie Café. Performances are subject to change without notice and are broadcast live whenever possible on WICN 90.5 FM and around the world on wicn.org.

Admission: 
Free

Latin Student Ensemble Concert

Monday / November 21, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Latin Music and Culture Celebration presents a Latin Student Ensemble Concert featuring Miguel Angel and Andres Fonseca from Colombia and Ignacio Bixio from Argentina.

Admission: 

Open Mic Hosted by Tom Bianchi

Thursday / November 3, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

It's time once again to take the stage at Open Mic Night!

If you are interested in participating in this event, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Signs-ups start at 6:00 p.m. in the 939 coffeehouse area
  • Show starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m.
  • First-come, first-served and first to play
  • Performance slots are open to the public as well as the Berklee community
  • 7-minute/2-song max
  • Unplugged sets only (no drums, light percussion is okay)
  • Piano and mics provided
  • All styles welcome 
Admission: 
Free

Gospel Night: He Will Be There

Monday / December 12, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window

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

Francisco Vielma Sextet / Latin/Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble

Friday / November 18, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Francisco Vilema Sextet performs a set followed by students in Rebecca Cline's Latin/Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble performing as a trio plus vocals, with arrangements by Ignacio Berroa, Danilo Perez, Claudia Acuña, Gretchen Parlato, Issac Delgado, Chris Potter, and others.

Francisco Vielma is a Venezuelan percussionist and composer. This project include Vielma's own compositions and arrangements of tunes written by renowned Venezuelan songwriters, such as Jose "El Pollo" Sifontes and Luis Fragachan. The Francisco Vielma Quintet will show some of the rhythmic treasure that Venezuela has and also the influences that are marking a new tendency of composing with Venezuelan genres. Vielma was born in Mérida-Venezuela. He started singing in a choir at 10 years old. At the same time, he began to study music theory and Venezuelan cuatro at the University of the Andes Conservatory. He was quickly attracted to percussion, and at 14 he decided to enhance his musical knowledge in Caracas with the percussionist Omar Olviero.

He has made studies of composition at the University of Arts - Music and percussion at Caracas Free Percussion Cathedra in Venezuela, with the masters Miguel Ángel Urbina and Jhonny Rudas. He moved to Boston to pursue his bachelor's degree at Berklee College of Music. He played with the Mérida Junior Symphonic Orchestra for three years and at the same time he was a member of the Ensamble Kimbandú, with whom he made research trips to study the music of the Yaracuy, Carabobo, and Zulia States of Venezuela.

He has been involved in recording projects, tours, and concerts with renowned musicians from Venezuela, such as Alfredo Naranjo, Pablo Gil, Leo Blanco, María Rivas, Carlos Sanoja, Prisca Dávila, Andrés Briceño, and El Pollo Brito, and in the U.S. with the Paul Winter Consort. He leads his own project, called the Nuevas Almas Ensemble, where he performs his own compositions. This ensemble has released Inesperado and is part of an important Venezuelan music collective called MAU (Urban Acoustic Movement). This important collective is joined by some of the most outstanding young musicians of Venezuela and has recorded a live CD and DVD.    

Members include Evan Waaramaa (piano), Scott Kapelman (electric bass), Aaron Graztmiller (saxophone/flute), Marianella "Nella" Rojas (voice), Francisco Vielma (multipercussion), and Miguel Lopez (flute).

Rebecca Cline's Latin/Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble will perform as a trio plus vocals, with arrangements by Ignacio Berroa, Danilo Perez, Claudia Acuña, Gretchen Parlato, Issac Delgado, Chris Potter, and others.

Admission: 

Fernando Brandão and Victor Mendoza Ensembles

Thursday / November 17, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty-led ensembles by Fernando Brandão and Victor Mendoza. Victor Medoza presents Cafe Quemado! Advanced Latin Jazz Ensemble featuring some of Berklee's finest performers performing music by Mendoza and others

Admission: 

Fusion: An Artistic Crossroads

Monday / November 7, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Fusion: An Artistic Crossroads presents a combination of jazz, classical, and electronic music, video, and dance from the Professional Writing and Music Technology divisions. Featuring the music of composers Andrew List, Kari Juusela, Ted Pease, Maria Eugenia Leon, Sarah Eide, and Juan Carlos Enriquez performed by the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, Francisco Noya guest conductor.

LISTEN to the second movement of Andrew List's Violin Concerto.

Special guest artists:

  • Daniel Ian Smith, saxophone
  • Tim Ray, piano  
  • Keala Kaumeheiwa, bass
  • Peter Zazofsky, violin
  • Neara Russell, soprano
  • Kari Juusela, cello
  • Felice Pomeranz, harp
  • Tom Hojnacki, keyboards
  • Carla Martinez, choreographer and dancer
  • Michelle Hyunji Kim, dancer
  • Ariana Corradi, dancer

Faculty composers:

  • Kari Juusela: A new work for electric/computerized cello and voice featuring Berklee alumna Neera Russell, soprano.
  • Andrew List: Violin concerto featuring the celebrated violinist Peter Zazofsky (from B.U. and the Muir Quartet) with Felice Pomeranz, harp, and four Berklee student percussionists.
  • Ted Pease: A work for jazz trio and string orchestra featuring Daniel Ian Smith, sax; Tim Ray, piano; and Keala Kaumeheiwa, bass.

Student composers:

  • Juan Carlos Enriquez: Elegy for string orchestra choreographed and danced by Carla Martinez with two other dancers.
  • Sarah Eide: Original music written to accompany a live video/film.
  • Maria Eugenia Leon: A lively work with a Spanish flair.
Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window
Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Ryanhood / David Linhart

Friday / November 11, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ryanhood

 

On the streets of Boston, in between classes at Berklee College of Music, Ryan Green found his calling with childhood friend Cameron Hood. One part comedic exchange and one part music ensemble, Ryanhood has built a reputation around the country as one of the most entertaining and engaging acoustic duos today. 

 

Also playing is David Linhart.

 

Admission: 
$12

Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra

Tuesday / December 13, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window

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

Heavy Metal / Metal Guitar Night

Monday / December 5, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window

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

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