Concert

BGJI Red Ensemble featuring BGJI Faculty Joe Lovano

Tuesday / October 18, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Joe Lovano is a Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer, and arranger. In 2010, he earned the "triple crown" distinction from Down Beat magazine, rating tops in the annual critics poll for best jazz artist overall, best tenor saxophonist, and best band. Lovano was named Jazz Artist of the Year in both 1995 and 1996 by Down Beat, and scored a prestigious trifecta in 1998: Musician of the Year, Improviser of the Year, and Best Tenor Saxophonist in the New York Jazz Awards. He also topped both the Down Beat readers and critics polls as Tenor Player of the Year in 2000.

Lovano attended Berklee in the early 1970s and received an honorary doctor of music degree from the college in 1998. In the fall of 2001 he began a prestigious teaching residency in the Berklee Ensemble Department, known as the Gary Burton Chair in Jazz Performance. Since joining the Berklee faculty, the Blue Note artist has released eight albums as a leader and appeared on dozens of other recordings. He has collaborated with many legendary musicians, including McCoy Tyner, Hank Jones, Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, Branford Marsalis, Jim Hall, and Paul Motian.

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

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The Evolution of Airtight: Neo-Soul Ensemble's Tribute to Bilal

Thursday / October 27, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bilal will perform with the Neo-Soul Ensemble.

The Neo-Soul Ensemble, directed by Skip Smith, will present a tribute to Grammy-nominated recording artist, Bilal, who has greatly impacted the neo-soul, hip-hop, and jazz genres while remaining one of the most diverse and underrated singers in the world. The special guest of honor, Bilal, will be performing as well.

After attending the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts, Bilal began featuring at small clubs until he took classical training in jazz and big-band arrangements at the New School in New York. Private jam sessions with Aaron Coleman (Spin Doctors) gave birth to a demo of songs, landing Bilal a record deal with Interscope. He would go on to work with famed producers: Dr. Dre, Mike City, J Dilla, Guru, 88 Keys, Timbaland, Kanye West, and more.

Bilal's debut album, 1st Born Second (2001),featured the popular single, "Soul Sista." Love For Sale (2006) was well received to fans and music critics and has become an underground classic. This time around, Bilal worked with a myriad of new collaborators, from Sa-Ra to Denaun Porter to Nottz. His latest album is Airtight's Revenge.

Bilal has also collaborated and performed with such artists as Beyoncé, Common, Jay-Z, Diddy, The Game, Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper, Boney James, Terence Blanchard, Zap Mama, Musiq Soulchild, D'Angelo, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, Raphael Saadiq, and the Roots.

An advocate for autism, Bilal led the 2010 Walk Now for Autism Speaks on the National Mall. 

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

Jarana Beat: Mexican Brass with the Berklee Mariachi Ensemble, and Hugo Moreno & George Saenz

Wednesday / October 26, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Mariachi music has always been distinguished by the characteristic sound of its trumpets. Beyond mariachi, diverse styles of Mexican music from all over the republic are characterized by the signature sounds of their brass sections. Students will learn about the history of the primary Mexican traditions of brass music, and, through learning to play the various styles, will learn to distinguish them from one another. 

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Jazz Wanted Dead or Alive

Wednesday / October 12, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jazz Revelation Records artists will perform as a way to encourage new submissions to the label during the fall semester. This is a new schedule for us, and we hope that it will increase our profile and encourage students to submit their music for consideration for the new album. Many styles and types of jazz are usually presented, and this year will be no different. 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

Africana Studies Concert Series: Robin Kelley

Tuesday / October 25, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Robin Kelley will read from his book, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original. He will also discuss the research that was done to develop the book, along with questions and dialogue from students. In addition, he will lecture and present on his forthcoming book, Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times.

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Hotels and Highways / Mia Dyson / Margaret Glaspy / Edmund Evans

Saturday / October 22, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Hotels and Highways

Erin Sidney (aka Syd), Patrick Thomas, and Lisa Piccirillo are each experienced touring and recording artists with self-released albums and a thick portfolio of singer-songwriter accolades. Each has performed showcases at prestigious music festivals, opened for national acts, maintained rigorous touring schedules, and received plenty of quotable love from the press. In the fall of 2010 they came together in a lakeside cabin to form Hotels and Highways and record what would become Lost River, a folk-tinged meditation on the deeper meaning of living and a love letter to the spirit of collaboration.

Mia Dyson is inarguably one of Australia's finest musical exports to the United States. With an ARIA award in hand (Grammy equivalent) for Best Blues and Roots Album and three nominations for Best Female Artist, Dyson moved to Los Angeles and is gracing American audiences with soulful lyrics, extraordinary guitar playing, and her gritty, yet gorgeously haunting voice.

Also appearing are Margaret Glaspy and Edmund Evans.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Vocal Music of South Africa / West African Drum and Dance Ensemble

Friday / November 4, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A sweet taste of African pop music with a hint of tradition. The Vocal Music of South Africa will team up with the West African Drum and Dance Ensemble during Africa Week to spice up your palate. Please come and enjoy the flavor.

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Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) Concert Series

Tuesday / October 4, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) Concert Series and Jam is a quarterly open musical forum for the BGJI ensembles to present their newer compositions on campus. Tonight:

BGJI Orange Ensemble

Zach Brown—bass
Roberto Giaquinto—drums
Zach Giberson—alto/tenor/bari sax
Clay Lyons—alto sax
Zayn Mohammed—guitar

BGJI Red Ensemble

Zach Brown—bass
Roberto Giaquinto—drums
Matt Halpin—tenor sax
Alex Hargreaves—violin
Christian Li—piano
Hailey Niswanger—alto sax

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Sharon Little / Julian Velard

Thursday / October 27, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Julian Velard

Paper Doll, the second album by vocalist, songwriter and CBS recording artist Sharon Little, is her response to a pop culture mindset that seems to require female entertainers to adopt a particular look or behave outrageously in order to gain attention.

Julian Velard released his second album, Mr. Saturday Night, earlier this year. The native New Yorker–turned–London resident presents a masterpiece collection of perfect and unorthodox pop tunes and a voice that sounds like it came straight off the "dock of the bay." Blending effortless cool with a naturally charming motor mouth, he has created his own brand of classic '70s-inspired piano pop.

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 day of show

The Esterhazy Quartet

Thursday / October 20, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Throughout its distinguished career the Esterhazy Quartet has delighted audiences on three continents, performing at venues such as the Haydn Festspiele in Austria, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, and the Beethoven Society in Santiago de Chile. Critics have praised the Esterhazy Quartet for its intelligence, refinement, and warmth of sound, described as a "velvety palette of tonal colors" (La Nación, Buenos Aires).

Taking its name from Prince Nikolaus Esterházy, the patron of composer Joseph Haydn (considered the "father" of the string quartet), the Esterhazy Quartet has appeared at numerous important music festivals in the United States and abroad over the last four decades. The quartet has frequently performed live on National Public Radio.

Formed in 1968 as the ensemble-in-residence of the University of Missouri, the Esterhazy Quartet is widely recognized for its commitment to performing and promoting the music of our time, especially modern music of the Americas. The group maintains one of the largest collections of Latin American string quartets in the United States, and is responsible for the commission, world premiere, and recording of several new American string quartets.

In addition to collaborating with contemporary composers, the Esterhazy Quartet actively promotes the advancement of the string quartet art form through master classes, seminars, and workshops for young performers and composers, including its annual residency for composers at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a yearly summer chamber music seminar at the University of Missouri.

George Sebastian Lopez, pianist, has been featured across the globe. He received critical acclaim for his interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in Amsterdam and performed the complete cycle of Beethoven piano concertos in his last two concert seasons. He was hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “musical perspective, continuity, and kaleidoscopic colors.” 

Lopez just returned from Italy, where he performed in a music festival in Umbria. He is currently artist-in-residence at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he lives with his wife and two children. He will be going on a European tour in March 2012 with the Bowdoin College chamber choir performing a new work for solo piano and chorus especially written for them.

 

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