Arsenal Arts Presents Berklee JazzSyncopation

Monday / April 11, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Mosesian Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
United States

The Boston Globe calls Syncopation "the 21st-century Manhattan Transfer or Lambert, Hendricks and Ross," and it is easy to see why. Like those legendary vocal groups, Syncopation performs jazz and pop music in four-part harmony with a style that is both timeless and up-to-the-minute. As an added treat, each of the singers also plays an instrument or two—trumpet, trombone, piano, and percussion—providing the excitement of a band much larger in size.

You may have seen Syncopation on WBZ-TV singing with the Boston Pops on their 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (2009). The group often performs with instrumental accompaniment of piano, bass, and drums, but it is equally renowned for its a cappella singing, which has earned it regional and national awards from Harmony Sweepstakes.

In its inception, Syncopation was mentored by Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer. Its first album, A New Dance, featured contributions from bebop trombone legend Phil Wilson, formidable jazz fusion trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, and Paul Stiller of the groundbreaking vocal group Vox One.

After signing a record contract with Geneon Entertainment in Japan, Syncopation's album Of Blue was recorded in Tokyo with some of Japan's hottest jazz musicians such as pianist Satoru "Salt" Shionoya.

On Wonderful You, Syncopation's most recent CD, the group interprets pop songs from the past 40 years. R&B, soul, folk, fusion and electropop are transformed by jazz harmonies, rhythms, and style. "A unique spin on classic syncopated music with great voices," says Jordan Rich (WBZ).

A collaboration with Gold and Platinum award–winning producer Anthony Resta has produced several Syncopation singles which have been released as digital downloads.

Syncopation has performed at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the Tri-C Vocal Jazz Festival, the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, the Meihou Music Festival in Japan, and the International Association for Jazz Education Conference. The group regularly plays jazz clubs in New England like Scullers, Ryles, the Hi-Hat, the Sahara Club, and the Press Room. Media appearances have included radio (WBZ, Jordan Rich; WBUR, Robin Young's Here and Now; WGBH, Eric Jackson's Eric in the Evening) and TV (CN8's Backstage with Sara Edwards).

All About Jazz calls Syncopation "a thoroughly modern, bright, and fresh take on ensemble jazz vocals that effectively updates the entire genre."

Syncopation is: Aubrey Johnson, Christine Fawson, David Thorne Scott, and Tsunenori "Lee" Abe, accompanied by Mark Shilansky- on piano, Greg Holt on bass, and Steve Langone on drums.

$18, $15 students/seniors/Arsenal members