Concert

Syncopation

Monday / April 11, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472

The Boston Globe calls Syncopation "the 21st-century Manhattan Transfer or Lambert, Hendricks and Ross," and it is easy to see why. Like those legendary vocal groups, Syncopation performs jazz and pop music in four-part harmony with a style that is both timeless and up-to-the-minute. As an added treat, each of the singers also plays an instrument or two—trumpet, trombone, piano, and percussion—providing the excitement of a band much larger in size.

You may have seen Syncopation on WBZ-TV singing with the Boston Pops on their 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (2009). The group often performs with instrumental accompaniment of piano, bass, and drums, but it is equally renowned for its a cappella singing, which has earned it regional and national awards from Harmony Sweepstakes.

In its inception, Syncopation was mentored by Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer. Its first album, A New Dance, featured contributions from bebop trombone legend Phil Wilson, formidable jazz fusion trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, and Paul Stiller of the groundbreaking vocal group Vox One.

After signing a record contract with Geneon Entertainment in Japan, Syncopation's album Of Blue was recorded in Tokyo with some of Japan's hottest jazz musicians such as pianist Satoru "Salt" Shionoya.

On Wonderful You, Syncopation's most recent CD, the group interprets pop songs from the past 40 years. R&B, soul, folk, fusion and electropop are transformed by jazz harmonies, rhythms, and style. "A unique spin on classic syncopated music with great voices," says Jordan Rich (WBZ).

A collaboration with Gold and Platinum award–winning producer Anthony Resta has produced several Syncopation singles which have been released as digital downloads.

Syncopation has performed at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the Tri-C Vocal Jazz Festival, the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, the Meihou Music Festival in Japan, and the International Association for Jazz Education Conference. The group regularly plays jazz clubs in New England like Scullers, Ryles, the Hi-Hat, the Sahara Club, and the Press Room. Media appearances have included radio (WBZ, Jordan Rich; WBUR, Robin Young's Here and Now; WGBH, Eric Jackson's Eric in the Evening) and TV (CN8's Backstage with Sara Edwards).

All About Jazz calls Syncopation "a thoroughly modern, bright, and fresh take on ensemble jazz vocals that effectively updates the entire genre."

Syncopation is: Aubrey Johnson, Christine Fawson, David Thorne Scott, and Tsunenori "Lee" Abe, accompanied by Mark Shilansky- on piano, Greg Holt on bass, and Steve Langone on drums.

Admission: 
$18, $15 students/seniors/Arsenal members

Field Trip

Thursday / March 24, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Field Trip is an exciting instrumental band blending influences of blues, funk, jazz, reggae, and more. The band has been booked at numerous clubs and festivals in the Boston area and will be touring Sweden in October 2011. Field Trip is completing its first album of all-original material, scheduled for release in late spring 2011. Led by Ryan Fleming '03 (guitar), the March 24 appearance will feature Tim Paul Weiner '03 (bass) and Nadjim Kebir (drums and percussion).

Admission: 
Free

Tall Heights / Darlingside

Thursday / May 5, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tall Heights

Boston's favorite acoustic duo, Tall Heights, have wowed countless audiences on tour around Massachusetts, New England, New York, and D.C. With their catchy and refreshing flavor of acoustic folk/pop, these two have driven themselves past the banal indie-rock drums-and-bass setup, eliciting comparisons to Andrew Belle, Bon Iver, and Glen Hansard.

Classically trained cellist Paul Wright soars with soulful vocals over his antique cello, which he rocks standing up. Guitarist Tim Harrington sports a striking vibrato over folk- and rock-influenced fingerpicking and strumming. But critics agree: It's the harmonies—vocal and instrumental alike—that create something larger than expected from the two quiet hipsters in their mid-20s.

The longtime acquaintances began writing and performing together in 2006. They found themselves instantly inspired by each other's writing styles, passion for vocal harmonies, and musical craftsmanship. Since releasing the full-length Smoke Signals in 2009, Tall Heights have taken to the streets, wowing the thousands of visitors to Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace by day and touring by night.

Darlingside is a Western Massachusetts "string-rock" quintet that is exploding onto stages across the northeast. Together only a year, the group has already played to packed houses from Portland to D.C. Lush five-part vocal harmonies, classical cello/violin duets, and compelling breakbeats characterize the band's sound. Darlingside keeps audiences on their toes with exuberant stage presence, spontaneous a cappella, frequent instrument switches, mind-boggling covers, and a widely eclectic, cross-genre blend of original material. The quintet's unquestionable originality comes from an unlikely hodgepodge of musical backgrounds, which encompass busking, classical trios, ethnomusicology, a cappella groups, boy choirs, and Maine sunset boat cruises.

 

 

Admission: 
$8 advance, $10 day of show. General admission.

Lucy Woodward / Rachel Platten

Saturday / April 30, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Lucy Woodward

Lucy Woodward, raised on plenty of opera music, as well as jazz, classic soul, pop, and rock, has just released her third album. Her influences include her father (a composer and conductor), her mother (a music teacher who sang opera), Etta James, and Big Mama Thornton.

Beautiful, but not brazen. Passionate, but never preachy. Populist, but definitely not prosaic. New York singer-songwriter, pianist, and beatboxer Rachel Platten is by no means your average headliner-in-the-making. Her Rock Ridge Music debut, Be Here, is a bewitching collection of ten wise-beyond-their-years piano-driven pop songs that echo elements of Alanis Morissette, Carole King, Tori Amos, and Regina Spektor, while retaining a singular sense of self that is rarely found in such a young performer.

Admission: 
$12, general admission

Alan Benzie Quartet

Friday / April 1, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Next Generation Festival
1 Portola Plaza
Monterey
CA
United States
93940
Alan Benzie Quartet

The Alan Benzie Quartet will perform as part of the Monterey Jazz Festival's Next Generation Jazz Festival, April 1–3 at the Monterey Conference Center in downtown Monterey, California. The group, led by former BBC Scotland Young Jazz Artist of the Year Alan Benzie and featuring acclaimed Lafayette, California trumpeter Aaron Bahr, will perform four times on the festival.

On Friday, April 1, the Alan Benzie Quartet will perform as part of the festival's welcome concert, at 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Center's Serra Ballroom. On Saturday, April 2, at 2:00 p.m., also in the Serra Ballroom, the group will give a performance clinic for the assembled high school musicians, devoted to the subject of highly tuned group interaction, entitled Music: The Whole Experience. Also on Saturday: a 5:00 p.m. performance at Gilbert's Seafood Grill, 30 Fisherman's Wharf; and from 10:00 p.m. to midnight, the group is back in the Serra Ballroom to anchor the festival's popular student jam session, supporting and providing pointers to the assembled high school musicians.

The Alan Benzie Quartet is composed of four top scholarship students from Berklee. 

Described early on by leading U.K. jazz critic John Fordham as "a very bright prospect," pianist/composer Alan Benzie is one of the U.K.'s most exciting young talents. Named BBC Scotland Young Jazz Musician of the Year at just 17, he moved to Boston to attend Berklee, where he has won several high-profile awards, most recently the prestigious 2010/2011 Billboard Magazine Endowed Scholarship. Benzie's combination of percussive virtuosity and flowing lyricism has earned him widespread critical praise, and he has toured in the last year in France, Hungary, Poland, and the U.K., as well as appearing at the London Jazz Festival. He has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Joe Locke, and Valery Ponomarev, and has studied with JoAnne Brackeen, Laszlo Gardony, Joe Lovano, and Hal Crook.

Trumpeter and composer Aaron Bahr first came to Berklee in 2008 as the Monterey Jazz Festival's 12th Jimmy Lyons Scholar; recipient of a full scholarship presented each year to one student living in the Western U.S. Before beginning at Berklee he was selected for national and regional honors, including the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Bahr has had the pleasure of studying and/or performing with such musicians as Maria Schneider, Ron Carter, Mulgrew Miller, Tiger Okoshi, and Greg Hopkins. He is dedicated to creating music with harmonic and rhythmic interest, without sacrificing beautiful melody.  

Dylan Coleman is a bassist from Townsend, Massachusetts. He studied classical piano at a young age before switching to electric bass to join a local band. After performing in the Massachusetts All-State Jazz Ensemble in high school, he switched to the double bass and attended Berklee, graduating in May 2010. At Berklee, he studied with John Lockwood, Bruno Raberg, and Oscar Stagnaro, and also won the Norm Nathan Award for Outstanding Musicianship. The love of music and the arts has inspired Coleman to work in a variety of settings, from completely improvised to through-composed, and with dancers, filmmakers, and spoken word. He has had the opportunity to perform throughout his native New England and has toured extensively throughout Europe, where he plans to move to continue his studies.

Jun Young Song is a drummer from Seoul, Korea. From early childhood, he was exposed to his father's classical music collection, and he started studying classical piano at age five. He switched his principal instrument to drum set at 17. In 2003, Jun began his mandatory two years in the Korean military and joined the Army Band as a percussionist, performing at events like the Jeju International Brass Festival and the Wonju Tattoo. At Berklee, he has studied with Darren Barrett, Terri Lyne Carrington, Hal Crook, Ian Froman, Jamey Haddad, Dave Samuels, and Dave Santoro. He also received the Tony Lada Award in May of 2008 and, in 2009, the Zildjian Award for outstanding percussionist at Berklee.

Admission: 

Alan Benzie Quartet

Thursday / March 31, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Savanna Jazz Club
2973 Mission Street
San Francisco
CA
United States
94110
Alan Benzie Quartet

The Alan Benzie Quartet will alternate sets with the band of guitarist Pascal Bokar at the Savanna Jazz Club, 2937 Mission Street in San Francisco. The group will appear that Thursday morning on Jazz 91 KCSM-FM, on Alisa Clancy's A Morning Cup of Jazz at 9:00 a.m.

The Alan Benzie Quartet is composed of four top scholarship students from Berklee. 

Described early on by leading U.K. jazz critic John Fordham as "a very bright prospect," pianist/composer Alan Benzie is one of the U.K.'s most exciting young talents. Named BBC Scotland Young Jazz Musician of the Year at just 17, he moved to Boston to attend Berklee, where he has won several high-profile awards, most recently the prestigious 2010/2011 Billboard Magazine Endowed Scholarship. Benzie's combination of percussive virtuosity and flowing lyricism has earned him widespread critical praise, and he has toured in the last year in France, Hungary, Poland, and the U.K., as well as appearing at the London Jazz Festival. He has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Joe Locke, and Valery Ponomarev, and has studied with JoAnne Brackeen, Laszlo Gardony, Joe Lovano, and Hal Crook.

Trumpeter and composer Aaron Bahr first came to Berklee in 2008 as the Monterey Jazz Festival's 12th Jimmy Lyons Scholar; recipient of a full scholarship presented each year to one student living in the Western U.S. Before beginning at Berklee he was selected for national and regional honors, including the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Bahr has had the pleasure of studying and/or performing with such musicians as Maria Schneider, Ron Carter, Mulgrew Miller, Tiger Okoshi, and Greg Hopkins. He is dedicated to creating music with harmonic and rhythmic interest, without sacrificing beautiful melody.  

Dylan Coleman is a bassist from Townsend, Massachusetts. He studied classical piano at a young age before switching to electric bass to join a local band. After performing in the Massachusetts All-State Jazz Ensemble in high school, he switched to the double bass and attended Berklee, graduating in May 2010. At Berklee, he studied with John Lockwood, Bruno Raberg, and Oscar Stagnaro, and also won the Norm Nathan Award for Outstanding Musicianship. The love of music and the arts has inspired Coleman to work in a variety of settings, from completely improvised to through-composed, and with dancers, filmmakers, and spoken word. He has had the opportunity to perform throughout his native New England and has toured extensively throughout Europe, where he plans to move to continue his studies.

Jun Young Song is a drummer from Seoul, Korea. From early childhood, he was exposed to his father's classical music collection, and he started studying classical piano at age five. He switched his principal instrument to drum set at 17. In 2003, Jun began his mandatory two years in the Korean military and joined the Army Band as a percussionist, performing at events like the Jeju International Brass Festival and the Wonju Tattoo. At Berklee, he has studied with Darren Barrett, Terri Lyne Carrington, Hal Crook, Ian Froman, Jamey Haddad, Dave Samuels, and Dave Santoro. He also received the Tony Lada Award in May of 2008 and, in 2009, the Zildjian Award for outstanding percussionist at Berklee.

Admission: 
$5

10th Annual Composition Awards Concert

Monday / April 11, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The tenth annual Composition Student Awards Concert will feature chamber music original compositions by Joel Clarkson and Isaac Richardson, both winners of this year's Youth Concerts at Symphony Hall awards, and Arturo Cardelús, winner of this year's Richard Levy Award. Included in the concert will be two pieces by each composer. These student award winners were chosen by the Composition Department faculty.

Admission: 

Percussion Days: Casey Scheuerell - New School, Old School

Thursday / March 31, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Celebrate Percussion Days with professor Casey Scheuerell, (drum set)and guests Dave Limina (Hammond organ), Dino Govoni (saxes), and Bruce Bartlett (guitar) as the quartet present a varied program of jazz styles linking the past with the present.

Admission: 

Over the Rhine / Daniel Harper

Friday / March 25, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Over the Rhine

The Long Surrender, the new studio album from the southern Ohio-based husband-and-wife team of multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Linford Detweiler and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Karin Bergquist, otherwise known as Over the Rhine, is something rare and wondrous: an intimate epic.

Daniel Harper hails from Greenville, South Carolina, where he first developed his singer-songwriter skills into his own brand of folk/western meets R&B/soul. His engaging stage presence frequently draws comparisons to legends from Elvis Presley to Bruce Springsteen. Harper also possesses a keen sense for story-telling, reminiscent of Tom Waits or Bob Dylan. He has warmed the rooms of tiny venues and he has captivated a full stadium at Fenway Park. Whether in the studio or on the stage, he consistently charms his listeners, and has developed a rapidly growing fan base in the both the southeastern region and the New England states.

Admission: 
$25

Dayramir and Habana enTRANCE

Saturday / March 19, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
Dayramir Gonzalez

Enjoy a free concert with Berklee student group Dayramir and Habana enTRANCE as part of the MFA Fiesta celebration.

Dayramir Gonzalez began studying piano at the age of 8 in Havana, Cuba. While in high school, he worked professionally with Diakara, created by master percussionist Oscar Valdez. With Habana enTRANCE, he has performed in Cuba, Tenerife, Mexico, and Spain. In 2006 he won the international JoJazz contest and recorded his first album, Dayramir and Habana EnTRANCE, which was released on the Cuban label Colibri. El Pais called him "undoubtedly one of the pianists who lead the ship of the young generation of jazz pianists in Cuba and around the world." Since his arrival at Berklee in September 2010 on a full scholarship, Gonzalez has performed with Larry Harlow, Ignacio Berroa, Eddie Palmieri, Raul Pineda, Jimmy Branly, and Chad Sexton.

Admission: 
Free

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