The bass department presents their annual faculty holiday concert! Since 1980 the Berklee Bass department has presented this concert of seasonal favorites, with this year's concert featuring special guests Rich Appleman and Greg Mooter.
Groovalicious directed by Gwen Leathers showcases the talent and musicianship of the students in Voice Department. The students performing are currently enrolled in courses offered by the Voice Department: Rhythm Section Grooves, Rehearsal Techniques, and Advanced Performance Lab. The best students are chosen to audition with a chart/arrangement they have been working on in class. The chosen finalists are given a chance to perform and display both their vocal talent and leadership abilities with music across a wide range of styles.
Alto saxophonist Alexey Sokolov and his quintet will present an evening of jazz, funk, Latin, pop, and smooth jazz. The program will include Sokolov's own originals and covers of tunes which have inspired him.
Sonic Electric Places is the final performance of solo pieces for brass and signal processing performed by students from the Exploring Technology for Brass lab directed by Brass Department chair Tom Plsek.
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.