In this concert, Lizz Wright celebrates the release of her new CD, Freedom & Surrender, produced by Grammy-winning producer Larry Klein on Concord Records and featuring songs by great writers like David Batteau, Maia Sharp, JD Souther, Jesse Harris, and Toshi Reagon.
Bassist Alex Rancourt presents his senior recital, featuring originals from pop and jazz singer Joakim Molandre and the debut single from the brand-new progressive metal band Odd. Other guest artists are Andrew Bustamante on flute and Jerome Khattar on guitar, offering a range of styles that fit every taste.
Berklee alumnus Nea Agostini is a successful Chilean Italian singer-songwriter based out of Miami, Florida. Agostini, who works alongside his brother Ale, has worked with some of the greatest musicians in the industry such as Justin Stanley (the Vines, Sheryl Crow, Beck, Eric Clapton), bassist Shawn Davis (Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Juanes), and keyboard player Jacob Luttrell (David Guetta, Justin Bieber, Robin Thicke). In this performance, Agostini will play his original music.
Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 35 years on five continents. He performs primarily on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and shakuhachi (an endblown, Japanese bamboo flute). His solo work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language, creating a kind of personal idiom all its own. He extends the woodwind language to incorporate polyphony and accurate microtonal organization through the manipulation of multiphonics, circular breathing, and overtone control, using his horns not only in a normal melodic role but also as rhythmic and harmonic engines.
Rothenberg will be joined by one of Berklee's most distinctive voices, slide guitarist David Tronzo, an associate professor in the Guitar Department. At this summer's five-week program, Rothenberg's advanced ensemble will explore the world of open improvisation, and this concert will showcase Rothenberg's and Tronzo's wide prowess in this area.
Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart have been performing together as Tuck & Patti for 36 years and married for 33. They specialize in minimalist arrangements that make the most of Cathcart's mezzo-soprano and the virtuosity of Andress's playing. Cathcart writes, arranges and produces all of their music while Andress is known as the orchestra due to his complex guitar work. In addition to their multiple recordings, the duo also teaches voice and guitar lessons both in person and via Skype.