Concert

Henry Jimenez y Los Homeboys

Thursday / July 7, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Mission Hill Playground
1545 Tremont Street
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Henry Jimenez

Grammy winner Henry Jimenez was born in Puerto Rico to Dominican parents and was introduced to music at an early age. After growing up with music, he had the motivation and opportunity to attend Berklee College of Music. After graduating, he became a member of the Grammy Awards New York Chapter Latin Advisory Committee and has produced many chart-topping merengue hits and jingles. Some of the hit records he has produced have been for Milly Quezada, Olga Tañon, Toño R., Hector Acosta, Elvis Crespo, and Johnny Ventura.

Some awards he has won with his talent are:

  • 1998, Arranger of the Year, Premios Estrella
  • 2000, Grammy for Olga Tañon's Olga Viva, Viva Olga
  • 2006, two Latin Grammys for Milly Quezada's MQ

The Henry Jimenez y Los Homeboys concert is hosted by Sociedad Latina and Boston Centers for Youth and Families.

Admission: 
Free

Grupo Fantasia

Thursday / June 30, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Mozart Park
10 Mozart Street
Boston
MA
United States
02130
Grupo Fantasia

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Angel Wagner began his career playing with a cheese grater and fork. At age 11, he went on professional tour with a merengue band, later performing in Miami and at Madison Square Garden in New York. Warner has performed with such groups as Aramis Camilo, Orquestra Cafe, Luis Ovalles, and Manguito. Wagner formed Grupo Fantasia in 1993, with musicians from all around the world. Over the years, Fantasia has performed at the Calle Ocho festival in Miami, as well as touring extensively throughout the Northeast. Wagner's performances include a multitude of schools, universities, colleges, fundraisers, private functions, and musical galas, affording him to team up with the most exclusive event coordinators and party planners in New England.

 

Wagner provides traditional island entertainment for all people and much of the music is performed on original, handmade indigenous  instruments. The extensive repertoire includes original and cover songs from the Caribbean and Latin America. Also represented are various Cuban, Dominican merengue, Puerto Rican vomba and plena, Colombian cumbia, Mexican mariachi, calypso, reggae and salsa music.

Some of Wagner's performances include, the Lowell Folk Life Center, Museum of Fine Arts, the Concord Museum, the Museum of Science, the De Cordova Museum, Castle Hill, and the Boston Children's Museum. In July of 1996 he performed on the State House steps for the passing of the Olympic Torch in Providence, Rhode Island. Wagner was honored on two occasions in 1998 by performing for President Clinton and Mrs. Clinton. In 2008 Grupo Fantasia was honored by performing the 76th birthday party for Senator Ted Kennedy at his Hyannisport compound.

Fantasia has won many awards in Latin categories, including Boston's prestigious 1993 Expose Award for Best Spanish Band (1993), runner-up in the Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce Award for Education (1999) and the 2003 Boston Music Award Nominee for Best World Class Act. Grupo Fantasia was the 2009 winner of the New England Urban Music Award for Best Latin Band. 
Wagner has filmed television programs including:  for WUNI 27, PBS programs and Mosaic for WLVI TV 56 in Boston. Film credits include The Blue Diner (2001) and My Best Friend's Girl, (2008) starring Kate Hudson and Dane Cook.

The Grupo Fantasia concert is hosted by the Hyde Square Task Force.

Admission: 
Free

Livingston Taylor and Guests

Sunday / June 5, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
Community Rowing Boathouse
20 Nonantum Road
Brighton
MA
United States
02135
Livingston Taylor

Berklee faculty member Livingston Taylor shares the stage with three talented student and alumni acts to celebrate spring.

Set times:

12:30 p.m.—Dylan McDonald & Co.
1:15 p.m.—Alicia Lemke
2:00 p.m.—Tubby Love and Eric Robertson
3:00 p.m.—Livingston Taylor

Berklee faculty member Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, beginning a 40-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting, and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate, and Hugh. Taylor recorded his first record at 18 and has continued to create well-crafted, introspective and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide.

From top-40 hits "I Will Be in Love with You" and "I'll Come Running," to "I Can Dream of You" and "Boatman" both recorded by his brother James, Taylor's creative output has continued unabated. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—and from upbeat storytelling to touching ballads.

Taylor has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, touring with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffet and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over 80 shows a year. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes, and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin number or something from the best of Broadway.

As a full professor at Berklee College of Music since 1989, Taylor shares his experiences and knowledge of professional touring with young artists just beginning to hone their skills. His course, Stage Performance (I and II), is one of the most popular at the college, and it gives him the ideal forum in which to impart the lessons learned through his own career to a new generation of musicians. His book, Stage Performance, is drawn from those classes.

Tubby Love and Eric Robertson come from very different musical roots grown in the same soul. The idea of a collaboration stemmed from their mutual appreciation for good songs without regard to style or genre. The duo is currently working on their debut album Animals to Angels, a soulful expression of man's coming of consciousness, and is hitting the road hard.

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Alicia Lemke is a young singer-songwriter currently performing across the Northeast. A scholarship recipient at Berklee, Lemke bases her project out of Boston and New York, though recent shows have taken her as far as Los Angeles, Miami, and London. Both an accomplished singer and self-taught guitarist, she began writing her own brand of pop/folk music a little over a year ago and released her first EP, titled Shades of Motion, in April 2010.

Guitarist Dylan McDonald is pursuing career paths as both a performer and an educator. He has gained recognition as a technically adept blues guitarist who pours his soul into everything that comes out of his instrument. To date, he has performed with the award-winning virtuosic blues pianist David Maxwell; Per Hanson, an original member of Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters; Vernon Reid of Living Colour; and Nona Hendryx of Labelle. McDonald is backed by some of the hottest young musicians around in a mix of blues, gospel/R&B, and funk. This band is high-energy all the time, and you'll only want more.

 

Admission: 
$60

Bass Lines Faculty Concert: Jim Stinnett

Saturday / June 11, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Contemporary writing and production professor Jim Stinnett performs as part of the Bass Lines summer program.

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Bass Lines Faculty Concert

Friday / June 10, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Bass Department faculty perform as part of the Bass Lines summer program.

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Nick Susi

Wednesday / August 17, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Nick Susi

Nick Susi is a multi-instrumentalist raised by music teacher parents in Connecticut. He blends classical and jazz music with traditional songwriting. Through his studies at Berklee, he has had the good fortune to collaborate and share the stage with brilliant musicians and writers from all around the world. He is fond of rich soundscapes and visceral lyrics that inspire goosebumps. For him, nothing is more important than art for the sake of art.

Admission: 
Free

NAZ Marimba Concert

Monday / June 20, 2011 / 4:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A Berklee Percussion Festival concert.

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Dayramir and Habana enTRANCE

Saturday / September 3, 2011 / 5:30 p.m.
Detroit Jazz Festival
400 Renaissance Drive
Detoit
MI
United States
48243
Dayramir and Habana enTRANCE

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

Japanese Taiko Drumming with Elaine Fong

Thursday / June 23, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A Berklee Percussion Festival concert.

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Guitar Trio

Thursday / July 7, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Berklee student Junewon Choi performs standards with bass and drums.

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