Maria Schneider will be featured as a guest composer/conductor who will conduct two of her pieces, Rich's Piece and Choro. Four of her students (Oleg Ostapchuk, Aaron Bahr, Gizem Gokoglu, and Shin Iikura) will have their compositions premiered at this concert.
Dancer Pepe Torres is a polyrhythmic powerhouse whose superb footwork provided the main percussive support for the award-winning ensemble Son de la Frontera.
Raised in Andalusia's Morón de la Frontera, a hotbed of Gypsy flamenco, Torres has toured extensively with Martirio, Antonio Canales, Sara Baras, Manuela Carrasco, Farruquito, Juana Amaya, and many others. Torres comes to Boston with his own acclaimed company for the first time, performing Homenaje, a centennial tribute to his grandfather, legendary Gypsy flamenco singer Joselero de Morón, and a celebration of the unique contributions made by his family—which also includes his grand-uncle, guitarist Diego del Gastor—to the history of flamenco
Dr. Mekko is made up of current and former Bain & Company employees from all parts of the Boston-based organization, including Tom Springer, partner; Matt Waterbury, manager; Chris Bednar, global records manager and Berklee alumnus; Sam Smith, IT applications developer; Ben Olds, now director of global talent management at Monitor; and Tara Fitzpatrick, currently executive assistant at New England Quality Care Alliance. Dr. Mekko performs covers ranging from country/rock to current pop.
Mary Black has long been considered one of the finest female vocalists in the Celtic world. An unparalleled interpretive singer with a beautiful, dynamic voice, she draws on her traditional Irish folk and ballad background to create music that soars with a contemporary edge. This special concert marks her first Boston appearance in more than three years. Roisin O opens the night.
Autumn Winds and Flutes, led by Woodwind faculty member Wendy Rolfe, will feature music from around the globe for winds and piano, and will also feature the Berklee Flute Choir. From Brazilian to Celtic, to Romantic, to featured Berklee composers, the program will be lively, lyrical, and varied.
This is a very special show for Box Five, marking the release of the band's debut full-length, Leave the Earth Behind. Box Five will perform as a 17-piece mini-orchestra complete with strings, woodwinds, and rock instruments, featuring virtuoso violinist Eliza Kopczynska as concertmaster. Celebrating with them will be Jaggery, a Boston-based collective that works the dark edge of a genre-defying musical style. It's a magical night indeed!
With his sharp ear for memorable melodies, keen lyrical insights, and husky, engaging voice, Tyler Hilton connected with people in a big way with his 2004 major-label debut, The Tracks of Tyler Hilton. Also appearing: Josiah Leming. Leming plays music as if his life depended on it, because for him, it does. Leming has begun recording his debut album for Warner Bros. Records, with whom he signed not long after appearing on Season 7 of American Idol.
For the first time in history, the exotic scales/modalities of the East and beyond have been brought into a harmonic system, called the Ultra Lydian System of Sonic Organization by Steven Chelliah. This produces a whole new universe of creative possibility within the exploits of 21st-century jazz, and the result is a brand new genre of music called FuzAsian.
This special concert presented by the Professional Writing Division will feature extended music composed and orchestrated by Steven Chelliah for a 21-piece jazz orchestra (with a driving jazz-rock rhythm section) and 15-piece choir, employing the Ultra Lydian concept. This will be Chelliah's first demonstration of FuzAsian in its fully orchestrated form. The musical experience will be energetic, explosive, and a magnificent display of gorgeous dissonant possibilities.