Within these 4 years of living in Boston, going to Berklee, studying with some truly inspiring and inspired people, Patrick Simard has been blessed to perform locally and across the world with some wonderful musicians and mentors, including John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, Phil Wilson, and more. This concert is, in a way, an homage to them and the values they have instilled within him; the culmination of this chapter in his life, as well as the celebration of the beginning of an exciting new chapter. The first group of the night will feature some of Simard's favorite jazz musicians and compositions. The second group will feature some West-African and North-African music with incredible musicians. Special guests will be featured throughout the concert.
A concert of traditional and contemporary music for wind ensemble, presented by the Berklee Symphonic Winds, featuring a world premier by Berklee alumnus Chris Opperman entitled Kagemusha, and the music of Patrick Burns, Jack Stamp, Eric Whitacre, and Frank Ticheli.
The 27th annual Berklee International Folk Music Festival will feature the music, costumes, and dancing from the following styles, countries, and regions: Colombia, Nigeria, Ireland, Jewish folk music, flamenco, world strings (gypsy jazz, Arabic oud, Indian sarod), Mexico, Balkan brass band (Turkey, Serbia), and Korean Percussion Ensemble.
The Guitar Artist Ensemble: Be-Bop Guitars is a guitar ensemble featuring five of Berklee's best guitar players with rhythm section featuring arrangements written specifically for the group. The band plays mainstream and contemporary jazz, Latin and blues grooves.