The Ear Training faculty presents a diverse program of their original music, from jazz improvisation to classical interpretation to pop and R&B songwriting to experimental music, with an emphasis on how musicianship skills are the basis of what we do as creative and expressive musicians in all styles and genres.
Inna Dudukina is a refined jazz vocalist with a special gift for finding the meaning of the lyric. She treats her songs as internal monologues, and her jazz quartet has a unique approach to the music. With innovative and sophisticated arrangements, the well-known tunes will sometimes have tricky extensions of form, unexpected changes of style and meter, or juxtapositions of other songs. The program will include the music of Cole Porter, Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach, Carl Fisher, Jay Gorney, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and others.
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra, founded in 2001 by Maestro Charles Ansbacher, was created to make great orchestral music available to all Bostonians through free, innovative performances in locations of special significance. Since 2007, the Landmarks Festival at the Shell has established itself as Boston’s newest tradition, with audiences exceeding 60,000 people per season. After the death of Maestro Ansbacher in the autumn of 2010, Boston native Christopher Wilkins was chosen to carry on the orchestra's mission as music director.
For this special presentation as part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra will perform classical selections from Latin American composers. In addition, for this event Landmarks commissioned Venezuelan musician Gonzalo Grau to write an Afro-Latin suite called "Viaje." This unique piece for symphonic orchestra and salsa combo is a musical journey through the Caribbean, with stops in Cuba, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
Faculty guitarist Craig Hlady leads a quartet playing some of his original compositions that includes a mix of jazz, blues, and fusion. Also appearing with him for the concert are faculty bassist Ed Lucie, pianist David Ramsay, and drummer Brian Kelley.
Blues, jazz, funk, and soul with Noe Socha (guitar/harmonica), Eric Finland (B3 Hammond Organ), Will Lydgate (bass), and Jordan Rose (drums and cymbals), as well as some special guest vocalists and horn players.
Contemporary R&B, funk, jazz, fusion, and pop drummer John Blackwell Jr. helps kick off Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program with a concert featuring program teachers Tyrone Chase, Jetro Da Silva and Chris Loftlin. Over the years, Blackwell has played with many successful pop, funk, hip-hop, jazz, and fusion stars, including Prince, Justin Timberlake, Cameo, and Patti LaBelle. According to vater.com and drummerworld.com, Blackwell is a "spectacle for the eyes and ears." His "slamming tight grooves, popping snare, and furiously flamboyant drumstick twirling and cross-arm strokes must be seen to be believed."
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission
Motown was the most successful record company in the history of recorded music. Motown acts performed all over the world and many view the music as America's contemporary soundtrack for the late 20th century. The music and the artists carried on the traditions of Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Lena Horne and a host of other artists that created what we refer to today as rock, soul, rhythm music, gospel, jazz, and pop. Sing along tonight and take notes. The music covered will become part of your permanent repertoire as you cultivate your musical artistry at Berklee College of Music