Known as the minister of groove, Zoro is an internationally renowned rock star, motivational speaker, and author, and the consummate definition of the rare man who marches to the beat of a different drum. He has sat on the drummer’s throne commanding some of the most famous stages in the worlds of rock and R&B music. He has toured and recorded with Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the New Edition, and Jody Watley, to name a few. Throughout his career, he has consistently been voted the no. 1 R&B drummer and clinician by premier music industry publications such as Modern Drummer, Drum!, and Rhythm Magazine.
Zoro is a kinetic bundle of energy and enthusiasm. He captures audiences and readers around the world with his unmistakable hip style, sense of humor, and contagious conviction. As author of the critically acclaimed and highly successful book The Big Gig: Big-Picture Thinking for Success, Zoro has equipped countless musicians with the tools needed to excel and succeed.
With influences ranging from rock to country to bluegrass to Americana, Boston-based singer-songwriter Ryan Pinette has created his own sound to tell his cathartic narratives. Although he didn't pick up an instrument until his college years, the past five years have found Pinette traveling the East Coast and the Midwest to share his music and amass the experiences that fill his songwriting. His debut record, The Distillery, is due out in May of 2016 and trades in his signature man-and-guitar, troubadour style for a full-band effort that is sure to please.
Rival Island is a musical duo from Boston formed in 2015 by Tommy Flynn and Joe LaMonica. They released an independent record in early 2016 entitled Look to the Sun.
Shaun Michaud, an assistant professor in the Guitar Department, performs both original and cover pop and rock songs on vocals and instrumental guitar. Michaud's band will include drums, bass, guitar, keys, and vocals.
Jon Finn, a professor in the Guitar Department, presents an evening of mostly original, mostly instrumental guitar music in a wide variety of styles, featuring some strong rhythm section players.
Finn has been teaching at Berklee for almost 30 years. Originally hired as a rock specialist, his playing has evolved to include a wide variety of genres such as rock, jazz, blues, funk, and any other style that catches his fancy. As a sideman, Finn has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, The Lion King, Rent, Amy Grant, and Vince Gill, to name just a few.
Sheryl Bailey, an associate professor in the Guitar Department, performs original compositions with Ian Froman, a professor in the Percussion Department, on drums and Ron Oswanski on organ. Bailey has appeared as a Rising Star in the DownBeat Critics Poll in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The group will play selections from her release A Meeting Of Minds (CellarLive) and more.
Join musicians from Berklee's Global String Intensive for an exciting celebration of world music, jazz, folk, and new acoustic music. Darol Anger, a legendary fiddler and jazz violinist, opens the evening with an expanded orchestral incarnation of his Republic of Strings. Renowned Arabic violinist Simon Shaheen leads a special summer edition of his near-Eastern fusion orchestra, Qantara. Current Berklee faculty, students, ensembles, and recent alumni add to the fun.
Please join us for an afternoon of traditional and contemporary opera scenes performed by the participants of the fourth season of the New England Opera Intensive. Our singers have been studying the craft and techniques of performing opera throughout a three-week intensive course of acting classes, musical direction, and rehearsals. This program is the culmination of their study. All scenes will be fully staged with costumes, makeup, and wigs.
$20 for adults / $15 for students / $10 for children
Berklee’s Masters on the Road series, where master musicians return to campus to teach and lead a touring ensemble, continues with saxophone great Donny McCaslin and a student quartet. Donny McCaslin’s Berklee Quintet includes Lior Tzemach from Israel on guitar, Inigo Ruiz from Spain on piano, Guy Bernfeld from Israel on bass, and Helen De La Rosa from the Dominican Republic on drums. Faculty bassist Bruno Raberg selected the students by audition and rehearsed them in McCaslin’s chosen repertoire throughout the semester, and McCaslin visited at mid-semester to fine-tune the group with Raberg. This will be the group's last performance in a run of dates at the Regattabar, Deer Head Inn, 3S Artspace, and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.
Watch McCaslin perform at the 55 Bar in New York City:
Berklee’s Masters on the Road series, where master musicians return to campus to teach and lead a touring ensemble, continues with saxophone great Donny McCaslin and a student quartet. Donny McCaslin’s Berklee Quintet includes Lior Tzemach from Israel on guitar; Inigo Ruiz from Spain on piano; Guy Bernfeld from Israel on bass; and Helen De La Rosa from the Dominican Republic on drums. Faculty bassist Bruno Raberg selected the students by audition and rehearsed them in McCaslin’s chosen repertoire throughout the semester, and McCaslin visited at mid-semester to fine-tune the group with Raberg. This will be the group's second performance in a run of dates at the Regattabar, Deer Head Inn, 3S Artspace, and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.
Watch McCaslin perform at the 55 Bar in New York City:
Filled with vocal hooks, programmed drum loops, piano chords, and layers of lush electronics, Zealyn's music occupies the middle ground between the digital and the organic. Limbic System, her debut album, takes the best of both worlds, with Zealyn's voice gluing together nine songs that are meant to be felt as much as heard. Limbic System marks a new beginning for Zealyn, who previously enjoyed a pop career under her birth name of Angie Miller. She takes a more experimental, alternative approach to her music this time around, working with cowriter and producer Aaron Marsh (Copeland) on an album that emphasizes mood as much as melody. The two worked together in Marsh's recording studio in Lakeland, Florida, with David James Williams joining them as a guitarist and songwriting collaborator, and over the course of two months, they dreamed up a new sound, draping Zealyn's vocals over percussive soundscapes, bursts of thickly-stacked harmonies, and beds of strings. It is music that casts a spell for the heart and head, unveiling something new and nuanced with every listen. With this album, Zealyn uncovers a new wing of alternative music.
$12 in advance / $15 day of show (standing room only)