Julien Kasper's highly personal, original music is an amalgam of jazz, rock, and blues in equal measure, played with virtuosity, dynamics, and tonal nuance. He has performed extensively across the United States and Europe, and released three acclaimed CDs of all-original instrumental music. Guitar Player Magazine described Trance Groove, his most recent release this way: “Exquisite tones, masterful execution, and innate soulfulness drive this jazzy, funky, bluesy, Sco-and-Beck-meet-Hendrix-for-drinks-at-the-Harvard-Psychedelic-Club instrumental joyride.”
David Gilmore and Bruce Saunders are both longtime faculty members in the Berklee Guitar Department, and each has performed with some of the biggest names in jazz.
Gilmore has recorded and performed with some of the most highly influential and innovative artists in modern music today including Wayne Shorter, Sam Rivers, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, and Cassandra Wilson, among others. He has appeared on over 70 recordings and has been a major presence on the international touring scene.
Saunders has recorded, performed, and toured with some of the world's best jazz musicians including Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Bill Stewart, Peter Erskine, and Kenny Werner, among others.
Bob Stanton is an assistant professor in the Guitar Department and an award-winning guitarist and songwriter. Stanton has performed and recorded with a wide variety of artists including James Taylor, Garrison Keillor, Mark O'Connor, Richie Havens, and Gillian Welch, among many others.
Don’t miss Burton Cummings, the former lead singer, songwriter, and keyboardist of the Guess Who, performing his hits such as “These Eyes,” “No Time,” “Laughing,” and “Stand Tall,” among many more. The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame describes him as receiving such accolades as John Lennon calling Cummings "his favorite singer” and Robert Plant calling him "one of rock’s best voices.”
Alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino and pianist Dariusz Terefenko will present a clinic on strategies for duo improvisation. Students will be invited to duet with the performers during the clinic. Then from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Tarantino and Terefenko will play a set for the assembled audience. Their repertoire explores the potential of interactive improvisation using lesser-known standard tunes as well as 20th-century post-tonal compositions and original material.
Ramon Castillo's Bleep Blop Electroacoustic Ensemble has evolved from its humble beginnings as a piano and laptop to an exciting new level of performing technological innovation. Their live setup, composed of people, patchbays, pedals, programming, and more, provides a limitless sonic palette for the audience.
Saxophonist/flutist/synthophonist Randy Felts will lead a small-band funk/fusion concert, playing music by Pee Wee Ellis, John Scofield, the Brecker Brothers, Joe Sample, and David Sanbourn, among others.
This concert is a celebration of the 40 years that Danny Harrington and John Baboian have been making music together. They began as students at Berklee in 1975, and that partnership has continued for all the years that they have been members of the Berklee faculty.
This is the fourth concert in a series featuring Guitar Department faculty in solo and duo settings. Larry Baione, chair of the Guitar Department, and Kim Perlak, assistant chair, will share the stage with several of the 60 other faculty members, all acclaimed performers in jazz, classical, acoustic, rock, blues, funk, and avant-garde styles.
This is the third concert in a series featuring Guitar Department faculty in solo and duo settings. Larry Baione, chair of the Guitar Department, and Kim Perlak, assistant chair, will share the stage with several of the 60 other faculty members, all acclaimed performers in jazz, classical, acoustic, rock, blues, funk, and avant-garde styles.