Berklee Global Jazz Institute Students Perform at the Kennedy Center with Gary Burton

By 
Pablo Yescas
August 10, 2016
The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors perform with Grammy-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton '62 (pictured left) for the Kennedy Center's Conservatory Project.
Image credit: Rob Hayes

Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) students presented an evening of jazz and contemporary music at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Terrace Theater as part of the Conservatory Project, an initiative designed to present the best young musical artists in classical, jazz, musical theater, opera, and more. Performing with this year’s Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors was the seven-time Grammy Award-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton ’62, who is a former professor, dean, and executive vice president at Berklee as well as a newly minted National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master Award-winner.

Each year, some of the finest students from American music colleges and conservatories converge on Washington, D.C., for the Conservatory Project to show what the future of music really looks like. The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors who performed at the concert include Spanish cellist Marta Roma, Jordanian violinist Layth Al-Rubaye, American saxophonist Paul-Eirik Melhus, South African pianist Witness Matlou, South Korean bassist Lee Seung-Ha, and Chinese drummer Peiying Li.