Concert

Young Flamenco!

Thursday / November 17, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Belén López

The Mediterranean Music Institute brings the passion, seduction, and elegance of flamenco to Berklee in a show featuring five of Spain's top young artists. They will share the stage with some of Berklee's finest performers in a fusion of flamenco and Latin American jazz.

Under the direction of artistic directors Javier Limón and Victor Mendoza, five of Spain's top young flamenco artists will appear in the U.S. for the first time for a concert of traditional music and Latin jazz featuring some of Berklee College of Music's most inspiring international students. The event is part of the Berklee Flamenco Project, presented by the Mediterranean Music Institute at Berklee in Valencia and organized by Berklee College of Music and Spain Arts and Culture.

The concert will feature some of Spain's greatest up-and-coming young flamenco vocalists, dancers, percussionists, and guitarists. Some of these artists have collaborated with the world's best known Spanish performers, including Sara Baras, Joan Manuel Serrat, and Jorge Pardo.

Under the direction of Limón and Mendoza, a group of top international students will draw upon rhythms and instruments from Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Venezuela, and other countries, fusing a myriad of cultures and sounds to create a spectacular program of traditional flamenco music and Latin jazz seldom heard in Boston.

The Mediterranean Music Institute is the initial activity of Berklee in Valencia, the college's first international campus. Its mission is to teach Mediterranean musical traditions, to contribute to the cultural exchange of folk-based music from the various regions of the Mediterranean, and to support young and emerging talent from the area. One of the efforts to promote these traditions internationally is the Berklee Flamenco Project, providing Berklee students with an opportunity to work hand in hand with real flamenco artists and enjoy the vivid interaction of different musical cultures.

About the artistic directors:

Producer, musician, and composer, Javier Limón is a legend of Latin American culture. His ability to weave fairytales with the unique twists of the genre garnered him a Latin Grammy in 2004 for Producer of the Year. Limon has gone on to win a total of seven Latin Grammys, one Grammy, and many more nominations. He is also the artistic director of the Mediterranean Music Institute.

Considered by critics around the world to be one of today's finest Latin jazz artists, Mexican-born vibraphonist and composer Victor Mendoza's career includes performances with his own group and as guest soloist around the globe, including Montreal, Quebec, Boston, and New Orleans jazz festivals. He has also been a professor at Berklee College of Music for many years and is an active and important part of the Berklee in Valencia project.

The project will feature some of the greatest young Spanish flamenco artists:

Tamara Escudero is one of the new upcoming female voices of flamenco. She has performed with the Teatro Español, Suma Flamenca, the Ballet Nacional de España, and Teatro Lara in Madrid. She now performs with Pepe Habichuela and Josemi Carmona.

Flamenco vocalist Saúl Quirós made his debut at the age of 9 in a Joan Manuel Serrat album. Afterwards, he worked with several flamenco groups, such as Guito, Manolete, Merche Esmeralda, Cristóbal Reyes, and Sara Baras. He has been performing in different flamenco styles all around the world.

At the age of 23, Israel Cerreduela, the grandson of "El Nani," a guitar player well known among flamenco artists, and son of David Cerreduela, one of the main figures of flamenco guitar today, has performed with Enrique Morente, Antonio Canales, Sara Baras, Cacilia Gomez, Guadiana.

Flamenco percussionist Rafael Jiménez, "El Chispas," is known for his cooperation and performances with Ramón "El Portugués," Guadiana, Enrique Melchor, Alain Perez, Caramelo, Juan Ramírez, Jorge Pardo.

Belén López is one of the most passionate and roots-driven rising stars of flamenco dance. She has completed her degree at Madrid Dance Conservatory and has been Prima Ballerina of the Arena di Verona and Il Cambroio.

For more information on the Mediterranean Music Institue and Berklee in Valencia visit berkleevalencia.org.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Porgy and Bess: A Concert Version and Panel Discussion

Tuesday / November 22, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert performance of excerpts of the American opera Porgy and Bess, by George Gershwin. Immediately following the performance there will be a panel discussion with the cast around some of the artistic and cultural debates that surround this great work. Sponsored by Africana Studies 2011-2012 Music Series: Virtuosity of Mind, Craft, and Spirit.

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Fresh Prospects: Melissa Myatt and Sid Sriram

Friday / November 4, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Melissa Myatt

Fresh Prospects is a showcase of the best up-and-coming college artists throughout Boston, at Berklee and beyond.

She's the real thing, Melissa Myatt. A singer/songwriter with a soulful range that belies the petite frame one sees on stage, belting out mighty, moving, meaningful original tunes. No one on the scene sounds like her. Truly, she's an original. No matter what genre she takes on: jazz, soul, R&B, and more.

Having worked with industry giants, the new music will be an exciting, holistic representation of Sid Sriram as a musician. Bringing together his R&B vocal style, pop, and hip-hop production, insightful lyricism, and Indian classical elements, he describes his genre as urban/indie/pop. Siriam is looking forward to progressing on this musical journey, influencing the world with his powerful, catchy, and real music.

Admission: 
Free

Open Mic Hosted by Tom Bianchi

Friday / December 9, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

It's time once again to take the stage at Open Mic Night!

If you are interested in participating in this event, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Signs-ups start at 6:00 p.m. in the 939 coffeehouse area
  • Show starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m.
  • First-come, first-served and first to play
  • Performance slots are open to the public as well as the Berklee community
  • 7-minute/2-song max
  • Unplugged sets only (no drums, light percussion is okay)
  • Piano and mics provided
  • All styles welcome
Admission: 
Free

Hailey Niswanger Quartet

Wednesday / November 23, 2011 / 11:00 a.m.
Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street
Worcester
MA
United States
01608

Hailey Niswanger (pronounced "NICE-wonger"), currently studying jazz performance on a full scholarship at Berklee, has an impressive list of accomplishments that reach far beyond the borders of her home in Portland, Oregon and well beyond her years. Born February 12, 1990, in Houston, Niswanger has shared the stage with Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Duke, George Garzone, Red Holloway, Terell Stafford, Phil Woods, James Moody, Steve Nelson, Christian McBride, McCoy Tyner, Maceo Parker, Wynton Marsalis, Mark Whitfield, and other jazz greats and leads her own quartet that has performed at the 2011 Red Clay Jazz Festival, 2010 Elkhart Jazz Festival, the Portland Jazz Festival, Jimmy Mak's Jazz Club, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, and other jazz venues around Portland. As one of 14 students selected to be part of the inaugural class of Berklee's elite new Global Jazz Institute under the artistic direction of Danilo Perez, she has performed at the 2010 and 2011 Panama Jazz Festival, 2010 Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals, and the Blue Note in New York. In the fall of 2009 Niswanger was named the alto saxophonist (a chair once held by Miguel Zenon, Jaleel Shaw, and others) in the Either/Orchestra, an internationally renowned ensemble that performs jazz, Latin, and Ethiopian music, and so far she has performed with them at the Teatro Manzoni in Milan, Italy, the 2010 Chicago Jazz Festival, Ethiopia, and at various venues around New England.

Hailey hit the road running in May 2009 after completing her first year at Berklee, when she was a featured artist at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., whose saxophone competition she won in 2008 (her concert was featured on NPR's JazzSet With Dee Dee Bridgewater originally broadcast in October 2009). She has represented Berklee in 2010 at the International Beaches Jazz Festival in Toronto and the Freihofer's Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs and in 2009 at the DownBeat Invitational at the Tri-C Jazz Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. She has toured with Berklee's Next Generation Jazz Orchestra that performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands and on the main stage of the 51st Monterey Jazz Festival (2008); played with the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble in Hollywood and the Jazz Band of America in Indianapolis (2008 & 2007); performed with the Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra and Combo at the IAJE conference in New York and at pre-festival events for the 50th Anniversary Monterey Jazz Festival; and attended the Vail Jazz Workshop led by John and Jeff Clayton, performing on the main stage of the Vail Jazz Festival with Taylor Eigsti who later invited her to appear with him at the Jazz Alley in Seattle (2007). In 2006 and 2007 Niswanger received scholarships to attend Berklee's Summer Jazz Workshop directed by Terri Lyne Carrington.

Brown Bag Concerts are produced by Mechanics Hall and WICN public radio in partnership with Bank of America. Admission is free. Every concert begins at noon and is one hour long. Table seating is the norm, but occasionally seating is theater style. Bring your own lunch or purchase one at the Hall, prepared by Eric's LaPatisserie Café. Performances are subject to change without notice and are broadcast live whenever possible on WICN 90.5 FM and around the world on wicn.org.

Admission: 
Free

Latin Student Ensemble Concert

Monday / November 21, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Latin Music and Culture Celebration presents a Latin Student Ensemble Concert featuring Miguel Angel and Andres Fonseca from Colombia and Ignacio Bixio from Argentina.

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Open Mic Hosted by Tom Bianchi

Thursday / November 3, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

It's time once again to take the stage at Open Mic Night!

If you are interested in participating in this event, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Signs-ups start at 6:00 p.m. in the 939 coffeehouse area
  • Show starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m.
  • First-come, first-served and first to play
  • Performance slots are open to the public as well as the Berklee community
  • 7-minute/2-song max
  • Unplugged sets only (no drums, light percussion is okay)
  • Piano and mics provided
  • All styles welcome 
Admission: 
Free

Gospel Night: He Will Be There

Monday / December 12, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Francisco Vielma Sextet / Latin/Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble

Friday / November 18, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Francisco Vilema Sextet performs a set followed by students in Rebecca Cline's Latin/Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble performing as a trio plus vocals, with arrangements by Ignacio Berroa, Danilo Perez, Claudia Acuña, Gretchen Parlato, Issac Delgado, Chris Potter, and others.

Francisco Vielma is a Venezuelan percussionist and composer. This project include Vielma's own compositions and arrangements of tunes written by renowned Venezuelan songwriters, such as Jose "El Pollo" Sifontes and Luis Fragachan. The Francisco Vielma Quintet will show some of the rhythmic treasure that Venezuela has and also the influences that are marking a new tendency of composing with Venezuelan genres. Vielma was born in Mérida-Venezuela. He started singing in a choir at 10 years old. At the same time, he began to study music theory and Venezuelan cuatro at the University of the Andes Conservatory. He was quickly attracted to percussion, and at 14 he decided to enhance his musical knowledge in Caracas with the percussionist Omar Olviero.

He has made studies of composition at the University of Arts - Music and percussion at Caracas Free Percussion Cathedra in Venezuela, with the masters Miguel Ángel Urbina and Jhonny Rudas. He moved to Boston to pursue his bachelor's degree at Berklee College of Music. He played with the Mérida Junior Symphonic Orchestra for three years and at the same time he was a member of the Ensamble Kimbandú, with whom he made research trips to study the music of the Yaracuy, Carabobo, and Zulia States of Venezuela.

He has been involved in recording projects, tours, and concerts with renowned musicians from Venezuela, such as Alfredo Naranjo, Pablo Gil, Leo Blanco, María Rivas, Carlos Sanoja, Prisca Dávila, Andrés Briceño, and El Pollo Brito, and in the U.S. with the Paul Winter Consort. He leads his own project, called the Nuevas Almas Ensemble, where he performs his own compositions. This ensemble has released Inesperado and is part of an important Venezuelan music collective called MAU (Urban Acoustic Movement). This important collective is joined by some of the most outstanding young musicians of Venezuela and has recorded a live CD and DVD.    

Members include Evan Waaramaa (piano), Scott Kapelman (electric bass), Aaron Graztmiller (saxophone/flute), Marianella "Nella" Rojas (voice), Francisco Vielma (multipercussion), and Miguel Lopez (flute).

Rebecca Cline's Latin/Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble will perform as a trio plus vocals, with arrangements by Ignacio Berroa, Danilo Perez, Claudia Acuña, Gretchen Parlato, Issac Delgado, Chris Potter, and others.

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Fernando Brandão and Victor Mendoza Ensembles

Thursday / November 17, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty-led ensembles by Fernando Brandão and Victor Mendoza. Victor Medoza presents Cafe Quemado! Advanced Latin Jazz Ensemble featuring some of Berklee's finest performers performing music by Mendoza and others

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