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.
The Ensemble of Irreproducible Results brings its unique brand of improvisation to Berklee. Berklee alumnus and bassist Brian Padavic is joined by reed/laptop player David McIntire and trumpeter Ryan Oldham for an evening of the unexpected.
Welsh singer-songwriter Judith Owen’s new album, Ebb & Flow, evokes the spirit of the halcyon days of the great 1970s troubadours. Her core band of drummer Russ Kunkel, bassist Lee Sklar, and guitarist Waddy Wachtel played on many of the landmark albums from the era, including Carole King’s Tapestry, James Taylor’s Sweet Baby James, Joni Mitchell’s Blue, and Jackson Browne’s Running On Empty, among countless others. They were recently featured in an article in Rolling Stone, celebrating their unsung contribution to music history.
The songs on Ebb & Flow touch on the deepest emotions of Owen’s own storied life with an unswerving honesty. But although her songs are highly personal, the emotions are universal. They can be dark, and yet they are also full of wonder, a celebration of the resourcefulness of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
$12 in advance / $15 day of show, general admission
Oboe principal Katie Hattier presents Concert for Nepal, an afternoon organised in response to the devastating disaster that recently occurred in Nepal, from the loss of historic monuments to the many deaths. Berklee will come together to honor every single life lost and to support those who are helping Nepal to recover from this unexpected tragedy.