Pianist Marat Gabbasov was born in Troitsk in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia. He started to play piano at the age of 7. When he was 12, Gabbasov participated in his first jazz competition and became one of the winners.
During his studies in Moscow, Marat took part in various jazz festivals and competitions. He became one of the winners in the competitions in Moscow, Sochi, Rostov-na-Donu, Doneck, Ukraine; Yalta, Ukraine; and Aktobe, Kazakhstan. In 2009, Gabbasov won the grand prize in the sixth "Piano in Jazz" competition in Moscow. That same year, he visited the U.S. for the first time and had the opportunity to perform in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for an audience of several thousand people. From 2009-2010, Gabbasov was a member of the jazz ensemble "Green Wave," led by the famous Russian saxophonist Alexandr Oseichuk. Recently, Gabbasov has graduated from the Gnesins Russian Academy of music and now studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Dottie Scharr is an indie-folk singer-songwriter from Elkton, Maryland, whose music draws from Ingrid Michaelson, Patty Griffin, and Joni Mitchell. Her recital will feature both originals and covers with a full band of friends.
Renowned drummer Yoron Israel will be performing with his quartet, High Standards, featuring Lance Bryant on saxophone, Laszlo Gardony on piano and Henry Lugo on bass. He will perform selections from his latest critically acclaimed recording, Visions – Tribute to Stevie Wonder, as well as works from previous recordings.
Berklee Community: Free in advance / $4 day-of Public: $12