Concert

Caribbean Songs

Thursday / February 17, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come and hear Berklee's Steel Pan Ensemble, Afro-Cuban Ensemble, and Bob Marley Ensemble.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Love Songs of the Americas

Thursday / February 17, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main St.
Rockport
MA
United States
01966
Ray, Bermejo, Greenspan, Friesen

Mili Bermejo, Eugene Friesen, Tim Ray, and Dan Greenspan offer a program that includes Spanish, English, and Portuguese tangos, bossa nova, Brazilian jazz, and popular standards. Celebrating love in all its complicated dimensions, this concert kicks off the release of their album Love Songs of the Americas.

Love Songs of the Americas is an offering of exceptionally beautiful music from North and South America, performed by four veteran musicians: Mili Bermejo (voice), Eugene Friesen (cello), Tim Ray (piano), and Dan Greenspan (double bass). Songs in Spanish, English, and Portuguese feature the vocal artistry of Mili Bermejo in arrangements enhanced by the soulful cello of Eugene Friesen. Using music language authentic to each song and informed by jazz and other world traditions, Love Songs of the Americas reveals the unique facets of the four players while placing ensemble playing as the focal point of the performance. Join us during Valentine's Day week for this special musical presentation.

Admission: 
$18, $24, $32

Matt White / Brendan James / Will Knox

Thursday / February 17, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Matt White

Matt White's sophomore album, It's the Good Crazy, is a wild romp through the Big Apple and beyond. The piano phenom fuels that ride with a combination of propulsive piano playing and sly lyrics. The stage is where he's most charming. Touring and performing alongside everyone from B.B. King and Sheryl Crow to John Mayer and Counting Crows, he's got charisma that brings audiences back for more. Donning flamboyant stage attire and pounding the keys, White never fails to deliver a show.

Brendan James's album is self-titled because he feels like it's his first recording that really showcases the different sides of him as a musician. It's got everything from the mellow to the upbeat, from the somber to the unashamedly positive. 

Also appearing is Will Knox. Joel Crane from NMEQ, and Mojo magazines says, "Will Knox produces songs of intelligence and of an experience that belies his young age. His charming optimism proves to be a staple of his songwriting nuance as he shares his pain and regrets, all the while encouraging each of us to live on through these darker times. His strengths are evident as he takes to the stage to promote his wonderful debut EP Buckled Knees—a record that prompts self-exploration, compassion, and, ultimately, joy. Backed by a sold five-piece band, Knox produces spellbinding live performances to be cherished and admired. Blessed with his poetic soul, Knox is able to conjure images of romance and beauty armed with only his imagination and written word."

Admission: 
$12, advance; $15, door

Canada Night

Wednesday / February 9, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee has long enjoyed a reputation for drawing students from all over the world, representing more than 70 countries. Recently, the number of Canadian students has risen dramatically, and now it joins Japan and Korea as the most represented foreign countries at Berklee. This second, semi-annual, event features the best from the North: Brittany Kennell (voice); Nathan Cepelinski (tenor sax); Jenna Glatt (voice); Omar Gittens (drums); Alexander Toth (acoustic bass); Molly Brown (voice); Shon Boublil (guitar); and Ken Yates (guitar).

The night also introduces the winners of the prestigious Slaight Family Scholarship: Samantha Schultz (voice); Lucian Gray (guitar); and John Lee (drums).

 

 

Admission: 
$10 (free for Berklee students)

Berklee World Jazz Nonet at DC Jazz Festival

Wednesday / June 2, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee World Jazz Nonet
Admission: 
Free

Sabian Cymbal Artist Residency: Walfredo Reyes Sr. and Walfredo Reyes Jr.—Concert

Friday / February 4, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The annual Sabian Cymbal Artist Residency features Walfredo Reyes Sr. and Walfredo Reyes Jr. in concert.

Walfredo Reyes Sr. is an internationally renowned percussionist and drummer—one of Cuba's most influential. He has recorded with a stellar cast of artists in both Cuba and the United States, including Alex Acuña, Cachao, Tito Puente, Linda Ronstadt, and Steve Winwood. Working in Las Vegas for many years, Walfredo Sr. also performed with Milton Berle, Tony Bennett, George Burns, Sammy Davis Jr., and Wayne Newton, among others. He was recognized for his extensive percussion work with a Modern Drummer Award in 2005.

Fusing the rich history of Latin, Afro-Cuban, and world percussion with the drum set has been the driving passion of Walfredo Reyes Jr. By blazing this path, he has challenged the technical levels of the instrument.

Born in Cuba, raised in Puerto Rico, and culminating his musical style in the United States, "Wally" (Walfredo Jr.) learned the traditions from the master, his father Walfredo Sr. He married those principles with his love of the drum set, coming up with his own, truly global, rhythmic style. Simply put, he is able to sound like a drummer and a percussionist at the same time. Add blistering chops and a penchant for playing unusual patterns to the mix, and you have only a small idea of what this man can do.

Not surprisingly, this "one-man percussion show" has gathered an impressive list of gigs over the years, including touring and/or recording with Jackson Browne, Ricki Lee Jones, Smokey Robinson, Carlos Santana, and Steve Winwood, among others. He currently lives in the Los Angeles area where he continues to record, produce, compose, teach, perform, and tour.

 

Admission: 

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