Berklee Artists Series at ScullersThe Marc Rossi Group and Friends
Marc Rossi and his group, along with specially invited guests, deliver unique, uplifting, exuberant music that includes surprise twists, arching melodies, and vibrant polyrhythms, drawing on Rossi's influences from jazz masters, world music, Indian music, and much more.
The group—Bill Urmson, bass; Lance Van Lenten, saxophones and flute; and faculty member Bob Tamagni, drums—will perform music from the critically acclaimed 2008 release Hidden Mandala and from a new album due in early 2010, Jazz Impressions of a Kriti.
In this evening's performance, Rossi will be joined by Indian vocalist Sidharth (Sid) Sriram and singer/saxophonist Stan Strickland, as well as select Berklee students.
Rossi's music combines the best of the East and the best of the West, delivering unique, uplifting, exuberant music that draws upon his influences from jazz masters, world music, Indian music, and much more. His group will perform music from its critically acclaimed 2008 release Hidden Mandala and from its new CD (due in early 2010), Jazz Impressions of a Kriti.
The Marc Rossi Group has been on an exciting path in recent years and jazz critic Fred Bouchard calls the group's results a "fresh, celebratory collaboration." Joining Rossi will be Sidharth Sriram, an outstanding Berklee student who has been singing and performing Carnatic (South Indian classical) music since he was 3 years old and has now expanded his repertoire to include r&b. Sriram is double majoring in music production and engineering, and vocal performance at Berklee. Most recently, he performed at the MLK day celebration at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. He has sung at Berklee's premier vocal show, Singers Night, in 2008 and 2009. He won first place in the Song for Social Change songwriting competition and has won many prestigious Carnatic vocal competitions, performing in major venues in Chennai and around the United States. Rossi has been mentoring Sriram on incorporating Indian vocal styles into contemporary jazz and r&b.
Rossi mentors students at Berklee and beyond, as does Lance Van Lenten, and Stan Strickland is also known for his work with young musicians.
"Pianist Marc Rossi is onto something here...his music is high energy, high concept, and high culture." —Walter Kolosky, jazz.com
"On Hidden Mandala, Rossi's songs capture the rich possibilities of classical Indian music, but still stay true to their jazz roots..." —Jay Deshpande, All About Jazz