Dave Burrell, Garrison Fewell: Outside Music, Inside Voices

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Wednesday / June 4, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street

This day and evening of creative improvised music features renowned composer/improviser and pianist Dave Burrell, who will lead a discussion and performance with Berklee guitar professor Garrison Fewell on jazz and improvised music, and who will present Fewell's book, Outside Music, Inside Voices: Dialogues on Improvisation and the Spirit of Creative Musicwhich was supported by a Berklee Faculty Fellowship grant. 

An open performance workshop will be held in the Lawrence and Alma Berk Recital Hall (1A) from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This will be followed by an evening concert in David Friend Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Burrell-Fewell duo and Mimi Rabson's Strings Theory Trio with Helen Sherrah-Davies and Junko Fujiwara.

Dave Burrell received a degree in composition from Berklee in 1965 and recorded with saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Tauhid (Impulse), Marion Brown, Juba-Lee (Fontana) and Archie Shepp (Impulse). In 1968, Burrell cofounded the group 360 Degree Experience with trombonist Grachan Moncur and drummer Beaver Harris and in 1969 he recorded Live at the Pan-African Festival in Algiers with Archie Shepp for the French BYG label. In 1978, he composed a jazz opera entitled “Windward Passages” in collaboration with Swedish-born poet and lyricist Monika Larsson. Burrell has appeared on more than 115 recordings and is highly regarded for his solo piano work. His playing encompasses styles from Dixieland to free jazz. Burrell is currently composer-in-residence at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia.

Guitarist Garrison Fewell has performed and recorded with Fred Hersch, George Cables, John Tchicai, Cecil McBee, Steve Swell, and more. He has released 15 recordings, beginning with the 1993 Boston Music Award-winning A Blue Deeper Than the Blue, and he has multiple titles ranked on Best of the Year lists in various publications. Fewell is featured on Tribal Ghosta new LP recorded live at Birdland with John Tchicai, Charlie Kohlhase, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart, and he is the author of four books on improvisation. Boston Phoenix writer Jon Garelick included Fewell's large ensemble, the Variable Density Sound Orchestra (VDSO) on his best of 2009 list. Fewell's latest release, VDSO—Evolving Strategies, for Not Two Records (Poland) features John Tchicai, Roy Campbell Jr., Steve Swell, Dmitry Ishenko and Reggie Nicholson.