Concert

Beautiful Songs from Latin America

Thursday / November 15, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Mili Bermejo-Greenspan presents her class recital for Advanced Latin and Jazz Performance, for which students choose, transcribe, arrange, and prepare songs from Latin America. Featuring jazz as well as styles and rhythms from Cuba, Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, and other countries.

Admission: 
Free

Masataka Yamamoto's Senior Recital

Friday / November 16, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Pianist Masataka Yamamoto gives her final-year recital with a program of classics and originals.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Stage at Boston Book Festival

Saturday / October 27, 2012 / 11:00 a.m.
Copley Square
206 Clarendon Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116
Daniel Woods
Ali Amr
Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute
Alex Baboian
Juana Aquerreta
Gizmo

The Berklee Stage at the 2012 Boston Book Festival will feature six student groups with music ranging from world, folk, jazz, R&B, and indie.  Juana Aquerreta is a folk singer from Buenos Aires, Argentina; Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute combines original musical composition with other art forms; Alex Baboian is a jazz guitarist from Boston, Massachusetts; Ali Amr is a vocalist and qanun performer from Ramallah, West Bank; Daniel Woods is a songwriter from Chicago, Illinois; and Willington, New Jersey, born Gizmo presents a fusion of "jazz, hip-hop, and experimental sensabilities" - Okayplayer.com.

Juana Aquerreta: 11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juana Aquerreta grew up surrounded by music. Her first steps came along with the guitar and the singing of traditional Argentinean folk. From a very young age she admired and absorbed the South American sounds, and this is what her original compositions and songs present: a musical journey that blends her roots with more contemporary styles and instruments.

Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute: 12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.

Berklee's Interdisciplinary Arts Institute advances student's own interdisciplinary art projects from the planning stage to the final public presentation. The seminar is designed for music students who aspire to create portfolio-quality work in collaboration with artists outside of music. Emphasis is placed on the student’s original composition, sound design, and musical performance for collaborative interdisciplinary work. Students learn to collaborate with artists from various disciplines, including dance, theater, installation art, film, video, sculpture, spoken word, experimental performance, robotics, virtual reality, and other emerging genres.

Alex Baboian: 1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.

Alex Baboian is a guitarist, teacher, and composer from Boston, Massachusetts. While primarily a jazz guitarist, he keeps a busy schedule performing, recording, and teaching in several styles in and out of Boston. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum, and Boston Symphony Hall, in groups ranging in size from solo guitar to big band. Festival appearances include the Washington D.C. Jazz Festival, the Louisville Jazz Educators conference, and the Boston Beantown Jazz Festival. He has been awarded the Berklee College of Music Guitar Department Achievement Award in both 2011 and 2012. In 2010 he spent time living, studying, and performing abroad in Japan and South Korea. He has had the privilege to study with wonderful teachers such as Hal Crook, Phil Wilson, Jamey Haddad, Dave Tornio, and Jon Damian.

Ali Amr: 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.

Ali Amr is a vocalist and qanun performer. His work incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arabic music while it forges ahead to new frontiers, embracing many different styles in the process. He was honored with three advanced Marcel Khalife Competition prizes as the Best Arabic Music Performer, 2004-2007. Amr dazzles his audience as he smoothly leaps from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and other contemporary styles. His soaring technique, melodic ingenuity, and unparalleled grace have earned him acclaim as a virtuoso on the qanun.

Daniel Woods: 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. 

Daniel Woods is a singer-songwriter hailing from Chicago. His love for music began at age sixteen and was nurtured throughout his high school years. In 2009 he was accepted to study at Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, Woods has performed and shared the stage with Terri Lynn Carrington, Nona Hendrix, Vernon Reid, the Clark sisters, Bilal Oliver, and Lalah Hathaway. He has also shared the stage with New York singer-songwriter Emily King and sings background vocals and plays guitar for fellow Berklee singer-songwriter Nick Hakim. Woods's major influences include Donny Hathaway, Jeff Buckley, Marvin Gaye, Richie Havens, and Tracy Chapman, to name a few. While playing his music he calls upon all of these inspirations to create a sound that reaches to the soul and captures the heart of his listeners.

Gizmo: 4:00 p.m.–4:40 p.m.

Most musicians wait a lifetime to share stages with their musical heroes. Hoping to accomplish such a feat while still racking up college credits would be considered nothing more than a pipe dream. But having performed with such esteemed artists as Meshell Ndegeocello and Talib Kweli as well as serving as music director for shows with Bilal and Lalah Hathaway, it’s safe to say that 21-year-old bassist Kenneth “Gizmo” Rodgers has been living that dream for quite some time now. With a wealth of experience that belies his years and touting a vast array of musical influences spanning the realms of jazz, pop, funk, rock, and Latin, Gizmo has released his debut sonic masterpiece Red Balloon. Produced by Derrick Hodge, musical director for Maxwell and bassist for artists that include Robert Glasper Experiment, Kanye West, and Common, Red Balloon is a wondrous 13-track odyssey through the multifaceted human experience. Gizmo and his band will be performing selections from that CD today.

 

 

 

Admission: 
Free

John Hyland: Austin Meets Boston

Friday / November 16, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Guitarist John Hyland presents his senior recital with a program of of rock, blues, and more.

Admission: 
Free

Lisa Hilton / Noe Socha and Charlie Puth

Tuesday / November 6, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

One of the most distinctive and instantly recognizable composers and pianists in jazz today, Lisa Hilton has honed her evocative, individualistic, and impressionistic “sound paintings” for over a decade as a leader.  Like Dave Brubeck and Bill Evans, her imagistic compositions draw as deeply on the classical tradition and the avant-garde as much as they look back to jazz greats like Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington. Hilton's approach is nuanced, and expressive, her compositional style thorough and painterly, her touch on the keyboard alternately tender, brooding, emotive, yet methodically cerebral.  Over the course of her creative career, the "Lioness of Jazz" has played with many of this era's jazz luminaries,  releasing a total of fourteen albums, (over 170 iTunes tracks).  

Admission: 
$ 10 General Admission, Free for Berklee Students

Roots Music Roadshow

Tuesday / October 16, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The American Roots Music Program presents its biannual reunion concert.

Admission: 
Free

Chatterbox: Hyunseung Kim

Monday / October 29, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

This concert is canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.

Guitarist Hyunseung Kim (Leo Kim) and his band will perform a variety of music including fusion rock style.

Admission: 
Free

Mika Ella Lorch

Thursday / October 25, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

My own original songs played with a full band.

Admission: 
Free

Canção do Exílio: The Music of Brazil

Monday / October 22, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Alto saxophonist Zach Giberson presents a mixture of traditional Brazilian rhythm and harmonic foundations with contemporary jazz structure and improvisation. The show will mostly feature original compositions, but begins and ends with pieces by Dave Pietro—the saxophonist who largely inspired the idea behind this performance.

Admission: 
Free

Unlimited Perception: Miguel Angel Lous

Wednesday / October 17, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Saxophonist, flutist, and composer Miguel Angel Lous and his ensemble present an evening of world jazz fusion.

Admission: 
Free

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