The Tamagawa Daigaku Taiko and Dance Group, led by a Kabuki master, has been touring around the world since 1961. With growing numbers of fans, they have been invited to the Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Festival every year since 2003, and tickets for their appearances in New York have been sold out for every performance since 2010. During their 2015 U.S. tour, they will perform in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and New York in addition to Boston.
A four-member ensemble will present a vocal/violin/mridangam (Indian hand drum) concert in the tradition of South Indian classical music. Each composition in this concert is based on a melodic mode known as raga and a rhythmic cycle known as tala. In addition to rendering precomposed songs, the vocalist embellishes and improvises using phrases characteristic of a particular raga. The violinist follows the melodic part, and the mridangam player follows the rhythmic content of the vocalist's presentation.
This concert will also feature a duet presented by two percussionists.
Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the sheriff's secret police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. This special live event is based on the podcast and features Cecil Baldwin and musical guest Mary Epworth.
Berklee student Shun Kumagai will perform at this commemorative event.
Student Takeru Saito
Hosted by the U.S.–Japan Council, Tomodachi Initiative, and the Consulate Generals of Japan in Boston, Updates from Tohoku: A Journey to New Life is an event to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the March 11, 2011 disaster that occurred in the northeastern region of Japan and affected nearly 500,000 people, including 20,000 dead and missing.
The event will celebrate the friendship between Boston and Tohoku and showcase individuals working at the site of the disaster and their projects. This group includes Shun Kanda, an architect and urban designer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Megumi Ishimoto, founder of Women's Eyes; and Anne Morse, curator of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Two Berklee students and Tomodachi-Suntory Scholarship recipients, Shun Kumagai and Takeru Saito, will also perform short pieces.
Philipp Wisser (guitar), Kevin Baudrexl (bass), and Jessie Cox (drums) will perform originals as well as tunes by musicians such as Thelonious Monk and Billy Strayhorn. They use the freedom of the trio setting to blend traditional music with the avant-garde. The audience can expect a diversified concert that includes beautiful ballads and weird soundscapes.
Bringing over three decades of musical excellence to their audiences, the West Point Band's Jazz Knights present the best in big band favorites, popular music, and original composition and arrangements for jazz ensemble. With the participation of some of our own Berklee students as guests, the Jazz Knights will make this a memorable evening.
Southern Soul Micro, led by Berklee faculty David Fiuczynski, will present a concert featuring alumnus Dywane MonoNeon Thomas with a clinic to follow. During the clinic, Thomas will explain his approach to microtonal groove playing.
Thomas has performed with many acts including the Funk Brothers, the Four Tops, Jack DeJohnette, the Bark-Kays, and Ne-Yo, among many others. He is also an experimental composer, developing his own Southern soul micro sound that involves microtronality and concepts of various visual art movements in music.
Colombian group Ensamble Conclave will present a concert of their original arrangements of traditional songs, dances, and more.
This event is cosponsored by Berklee's Latin Music and Culture Celebration, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Woodwind Department, the Office of External Affairs, the Office of Institutional Advancement, and the Office of Global Initiatives.
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) Latin director Carolina Arenas meets Berklee again in an event where some of the finest talent at Berklee will be exhibiting their music alongside some established BMI artists. Join us for an evening with the best of the future of the Latin music industry.