Concert

Bass Lines Final Concerts

Sunday / June 12, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Bass Lines summer program presents students' final concerts.

Admission: 

The Curtis Brothers

Thursday / July 28, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
The Curtis Brothers

Luques Curtis has performed bass professionally from a very young age and earned a full scholarship to Berklee. He and his brother have led their own band for six years and recently released their third album on Truth Revolution Records.

Now living in New York, Curtis has been performing with artists such as Stefon Harris, Donald Harrison, Brian Lynch, Eddie Palmieri, and Ralph Peterson. He appears on a number of recordings, including Gary Burton's Next Generations (Concord), Dave Valentine's Come Fly with Me, Sean Jones's Kaleidoscope, and Christian Scott's Rewind That.

The Curtis Brothers concert is hosted by Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA).

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Percussion Festival Jazz Night with Ron Savage and Friends

Tuesday / June 21, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Percussion Festival presents Jazz Night, featuring Ensemble Department chair Ron Savage and friends.

Admission: 

Bass Lines Final Concerts

Sunday / June 12, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Bass Lines summer program presents students' final concerts.

Admission: 

Ray Gonzalez

Thursday / July 14, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
Ray Gonzalez

Ray González is a musician dedicated mind, body, and soul to the creation of salsa and Latin jazz. González has over 35 years of experience in the performing arts as a professional musician, arranger, composer, and conductor.

A renowned musician and Latin music pioneer in Connecticut, he was born in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. He attended the Conservatory of Music and the University of Puerto Rico. The Caribbean, South America, and the United States have all been his laboratory of experience. González has played and recorded with international musicians such as Tito Puente, Charlie Palmieri, Kako, Giovanni Hidalgo, Charlie Sepúlveda, Ismael Rivera, Ray de La Paz, the Puerto Rican Power Orchestra, and many others. In November 2006, González presented his latest salsa CD production, Yo Tengo Lo Que Te Gusta. The production was warmly received by the public and the music critics and was pre-nominated for a Latin Grammy.

Over the years González has held the position of music director at numerous institutions, including the University of Turabo, the Hartford Arts Festival, and the International Latin American Voice and Song Festival. González is music director of Guakia, Inc. and founder of Guakibomjazz, a Latin jazz youth orchestra.

González has been commissioned to compose music for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in collaboration with the symphonies for many projects, such as Music of the Americas, Serenata Latina, Fiesta Latina, and others. He has received special honors, awards, and recognitions from many political institutions and community entities, including Connecticut's former Governor William O'Neill, Southern Connecticut State University, the Hispanic Health Council, the University of Connecticut, the Hispanic Professional Network, and Mi Casa, among others. Hartford mayor Eddie Pérez and the Court of Common Council proclaimed May 2, 2004 as Ray González Day in the City of Hartford. The Connecticut State Senate and the House of Representatives also issued an official citation in recognition of González for his contribution to Latin Music and his dedication to youth education.

In 2007, Guakía, Inc. created the Ray González Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival, an annual event to honor the pioneering work of Ray González in Connecticut. Hartford mayor Eddie Pérez officiated the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The festival's mission is to heal with music the soul of the community and nourish its yearning for music of excellence. The festival features some of the most talented international artists in Latin jazz and salsa, such as Luis Marín, Paoli Mejías, Jerry Medina, Charlie Sepúlveda, Miguel "Meñique" Barcasnegras, and Edwin Clemente. It is a call to jazz and salsa lovers of all nationalities.

The Ray Gonzalez concert is hosted by Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA).

Admission: 
Free

Henry Jimenez y Los Homeboys

Thursday / July 7, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Mission Hill Playground
1545 Tremont Street
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Henry Jimenez

Grammy winner Henry Jimenez was born in Puerto Rico to Dominican parents and was introduced to music at an early age. After growing up with music, he had the motivation and opportunity to attend Berklee College of Music. After graduating, he became a member of the Grammy Awards New York Chapter Latin Advisory Committee and has produced many chart-topping merengue hits and jingles. Some of the hit records he has produced have been for Milly Quezada, Olga Tañon, Toño R., Hector Acosta, Elvis Crespo, and Johnny Ventura.

Some awards he has won with his talent are:

  • 1998, Arranger of the Year, Premios Estrella
  • 2000, Grammy for Olga Tañon's Olga Viva, Viva Olga
  • 2006, two Latin Grammys for Milly Quezada's MQ

The Henry Jimenez y Los Homeboys concert is hosted by Sociedad Latina and Boston Centers for Youth and Families.

Admission: 
Free

Grupo Fantasia

Thursday / June 30, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Mozart Park
10 Mozart Street
Boston
MA
United States
02130
Grupo Fantasia

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Angel Wagner began his career playing with a cheese grater and fork. At age 11, he went on professional tour with a merengue band, later performing in Miami and at Madison Square Garden in New York. Warner has performed with such groups as Aramis Camilo, Orquestra Cafe, Luis Ovalles, and Manguito. Wagner formed Grupo Fantasia in 1993, with musicians from all around the world. Over the years, Fantasia has performed at the Calle Ocho festival in Miami, as well as touring extensively throughout the Northeast. Wagner's performances include a multitude of schools, universities, colleges, fundraisers, private functions, and musical galas, affording him to team up with the most exclusive event coordinators and party planners in New England.

 

Wagner provides traditional island entertainment for all people and much of the music is performed on original, handmade indigenous  instruments. The extensive repertoire includes original and cover songs from the Caribbean and Latin America. Also represented are various Cuban, Dominican merengue, Puerto Rican vomba and plena, Colombian cumbia, Mexican mariachi, calypso, reggae and salsa music.

Some of Wagner's performances include, the Lowell Folk Life Center, Museum of Fine Arts, the Concord Museum, the Museum of Science, the De Cordova Museum, Castle Hill, and the Boston Children's Museum. In July of 1996 he performed on the State House steps for the passing of the Olympic Torch in Providence, Rhode Island. Wagner was honored on two occasions in 1998 by performing for President Clinton and Mrs. Clinton. In 2008 Grupo Fantasia was honored by performing the 76th birthday party for Senator Ted Kennedy at his Hyannisport compound.

Fantasia has won many awards in Latin categories, including Boston's prestigious 1993 Expose Award for Best Spanish Band (1993), runner-up in the Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce Award for Education (1999) and the 2003 Boston Music Award Nominee for Best World Class Act. Grupo Fantasia was the 2009 winner of the New England Urban Music Award for Best Latin Band. 
Wagner has filmed television programs including:  for WUNI 27, PBS programs and Mosaic for WLVI TV 56 in Boston. Film credits include The Blue Diner (2001) and My Best Friend's Girl, (2008) starring Kate Hudson and Dane Cook.

The Grupo Fantasia concert is hosted by the Hyde Square Task Force.

Admission: 
Free

Livingston Taylor and Guests

Sunday / June 5, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
Community Rowing Boathouse
20 Nonantum Road
Brighton
MA
United States
02135
Livingston Taylor

Berklee faculty member Livingston Taylor shares the stage with three talented student and alumni acts to celebrate spring.

Set times:

12:30 p.m.—Dylan McDonald & Co.
1:15 p.m.—Alicia Lemke
2:00 p.m.—Tubby Love and Eric Robertson
3:00 p.m.—Livingston Taylor

Berklee faculty member Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, beginning a 40-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting, and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate, and Hugh. Taylor recorded his first record at 18 and has continued to create well-crafted, introspective and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide.

From top-40 hits "I Will Be in Love with You" and "I'll Come Running," to "I Can Dream of You" and "Boatman" both recorded by his brother James, Taylor's creative output has continued unabated. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—and from upbeat storytelling to touching ballads.

Taylor has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, touring with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffet and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over 80 shows a year. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes, and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin number or something from the best of Broadway.

As a full professor at Berklee College of Music since 1989, Taylor shares his experiences and knowledge of professional touring with young artists just beginning to hone their skills. His course, Stage Performance (I and II), is one of the most popular at the college, and it gives him the ideal forum in which to impart the lessons learned through his own career to a new generation of musicians. His book, Stage Performance, is drawn from those classes.

Tubby Love and Eric Robertson come from very different musical roots grown in the same soul. The idea of a collaboration stemmed from their mutual appreciation for good songs without regard to style or genre. The duo is currently working on their debut album Animals to Angels, a soulful expression of man's coming of consciousness, and is hitting the road hard.

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Alicia Lemke is a young singer-songwriter currently performing across the Northeast. A scholarship recipient at Berklee, Lemke bases her project out of Boston and New York, though recent shows have taken her as far as Los Angeles, Miami, and London. Both an accomplished singer and self-taught guitarist, she began writing her own brand of pop/folk music a little over a year ago and released her first EP, titled Shades of Motion, in April 2010.

Guitarist Dylan McDonald is pursuing career paths as both a performer and an educator. He has gained recognition as a technically adept blues guitarist who pours his soul into everything that comes out of his instrument. To date, he has performed with the award-winning virtuosic blues pianist David Maxwell; Per Hanson, an original member of Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters; Vernon Reid of Living Colour; and Nona Hendryx of Labelle. McDonald is backed by some of the hottest young musicians around in a mix of blues, gospel/R&B, and funk. This band is high-energy all the time, and you'll only want more.

 

Admission: 
$60

Bass Lines Faculty Concert: Jim Stinnett

Saturday / June 11, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Contemporary writing and production professor Jim Stinnett performs as part of the Bass Lines summer program.

Admission: 

Bass Lines Faculty Concert

Friday / June 10, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Bass Department faculty perform as part of the Bass Lines summer program.

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