Berklee BeanTown Jazz FestivalSpontaneous Composition with Rhiannon, Alex Acuna, Abe Laboriel Sr. and Jetro DaSilva

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Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 1:05 p.m.
Beantown Stage
Columbus Ave.
United States

A vibrant, gifted singer, performance artist, composer, and master teacher, Rhiannon has been bringing her unique and potent blend of jazz, world music, improvisation, and storytelling to audiences for more than three decades. From her stellar collaborations with the all-women's jazz ensemble Alive! to a cappella ensemble SoVoSó to Bobby McFerrin and Voicestra to her groundbreaking solo and ensemble performances, Rhiannon enthralls and inspires her audiences. In addition to her ongoing solo performing and recording career, and her current ensemble projects, Rhiannon enjoys a longtime musical collaboration with vocal improvisation master Bobby McFerrin. Since 1986 she has been a member of his 12-voice orchestra, Voicestra. In 1997 Rhiannon recorded Circlesongs with McFerrin, and has been a featured soloist on annual U.S. and European Voicestra tours. She currently performs completely improvised concerts with two brilliant instrumental trios—one on each coast of the U.S.—as well as with WeBe3, a unique and compelling a cappella ensemble with fellow Voicestra members Joey Blake and David Worm. They released their first CD in May 2008, WeBe3 Live and Improvised: World Tour 2007. In the fall of 2008 Rhiannon joined the faculty of Berklee College of Music as an associate professor of voice.