Mitzi Dorbu - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection http://jazzreview.com Tue, 23 May 2017 17:44:00 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb An Evening with Kirill Gerstein: Rhapsody in Blue and World Premieres of Brad Mehldau and Chick Corea Pieces http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/news-story/http-wwwberkleeedu-news-4232-an-evening-with-kirill-gerstein-rhapsody-in-blue.html http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/news-story/http-wwwberkleeedu-news-4232-an-evening-with-kirill-gerstein-rhapsody-in-blue.html The 2012 Signature Music Series at Berklee wraps up an extraordinary season on Friday, March 30, with An Evening with Kirill Gerstein: Rhapsody in Blue. The Russian-born pianist will perform the world premiere of new works by Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau, commissioned by Gerstein as part of his 2010 Gilmore Artist Award. The jazz-inspired program also features the original 1924 jazz band version of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with a 25-piece ensemble that includes faculty and an 8-piece student string section. Gary Burton, Anat Cohen, and Eugene Friesen are special guests. Produced by Gerstein and directed by professor Phil…

The 2012 Signature Music Series at Berklee wraps up an extraordinary season on Friday, March 30, with An Evening with Kirill Gerstein: Rhapsody in Blue. The Russian-born pianist will perform the world premiere of new works by Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau, commissioned by Gerstein as part of his 2010 Gilmore Artist Award. The jazz-inspired program also features the original 1924 jazz band version of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with a 25-piece ensemble that includes faculty and an 8-piece student string section. Gary Burton, Anat Cohen, and Eugene Friesen are special guests. Produced by Gerstein and directed by professor Phil Wilson, "An Evening with Kirill Gerstein: Rhapsody in Blue" is being recorded for future release internationally on the Myrios Classics label.

An Evening with Kirill Gerstein: Rhapsody in Blue takes place Friday, March 30, 8:15 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC), 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. Tickets are $25/$20, $17.50 reserved seating. Purchase tickets at berkleebpc.com, call 617 747-2261, or visit the BPC Box Office. Become a member for exclusive offers on select Berklee events. The BPC is wheelchair accessible. Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.

The concert is both a homecoming for Gerstein and a return to his jazz roots. Born in Voronezh, in southwestern Russia, Gerstein studied jazz at an early age in addition to his classical training. Gary Burton, long associated with Berklee as a student, professor and administrator, met the pianist and invited him to study at the college. At 14, he became the youngest student ever admitted to Berklee, where he played in Phil Wilson's Berklee Rainbow Band. Grammy Award-winning vibraphonist Burton will join Gerstein for the world premiere of Chick Corea's The Visitors. The second world premiere is for solo piano by Brad Mehldau titled Variations on a Melancholy Theme. "Both works are by great improvisers fixing and elaborating their thoughts through notation," said Gerstein.

During his years at Berklee, Gerstein continued to study classical piano and he attended Boston University's summer program at Tanglewood. He eventually decided to focus on classical repertoire, and by the age of 20, he had earned bachelors and masters degrees in classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music. Now an internationally recognized artist who performs regularly with the world's great orchestras, he continues to explore the intersections between classical music and jazz.

The program for this concert includes music that is often called 'crossover' or 'third stream,' a term coined by Gunther Schuller in 1957. Gerstein sees the concert as presenting jazz and classical composers' "takes" on each other's worlds. "Classical and jazz music are often presented as opposites," said Gerstein. "I am interested in tracing and blurring the borders between these styles, as well as illuminating the similarities between the two."

Daniel R. Gustin, Director of the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, said of the commissions, "Not many pianists today could successfully champion such a wide-ranging and eclectic group of composers and their music, and be able to do so with such genuine passion and conviction."

In addition to the world premieres, Gerstein presents Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" in the original 1924 arrangement for jazz band as commissioned by bandleader Paul Whiteman. While audiences are familiar with the1942 version for large orchestra, the 1924 arrangement is not often heard. "I always wanted to do Rhapsody in Blue with jazz musicians playing the original band version of the piece," said Gerstein. "I can't wait to come back to my alma mater to play again with Gary Burton, who was my teacher, and collaborate with Anat Cohen, Berklee faculty and students." Alumna Cohen, clarinet soloist on "Rhapsody in Blue," will also perform arrangements from her recent recording "Noir" with Grammy Award-winning Berklee faculty cellist Eugene Friesen in the first half of the program.

The concert opens with performances of selected Etudes by Gyorgy Ligeti exploring African rhythms and jazz timings, interspersed with Earl Wild's transcriptions of Gershwin songs, where, according to Gerstein, "Rachmaninoff-like textures meet Gershwin's melodies." Gerstein and Burton will also perform Oscar Levant's "Blame it on my Youth." "Levant was a great friend of Gershwin's and his favorite performer of the Rhapsody," said Gerstein. "I learned that not only Gershwin, but also Levant, studied composition with Joseph Schillinger. Another student of Schillinger, Lawrence Berk, founded the Schillinger House in 1945. In 1954 the school was renamed Berklee. Thus there is a strong connection between Gershwin, Levant and the origins of Berklee!"

Gerstein has performed "Rhapsody in Blue" with symphony orchestras around the world to great acclaim. The Wall Street Journal said of his Gilmore Festival performance, "The Gershwin was magnificent, with a sense of playfulness and stylistic flair seldom encountered." This will be the first time he will perform the work in its original version and with jazz musicians.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Mitzi Dorbu) News Story Fri, 09 Mar 2012 03:56:22 -0600
Berklee and High School Students Teach Music in Kenya, Donate Instruments, Laptops http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/berklee-and-high-school-students-teach-music-in-kenya-donate-instruments-laptops.html http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/berklee-and-high-school-students-teach-music-in-kenya-donate-instruments-laptops.html A group of Berklee College of Music students and alumni, and Newton North and Needham, MA, High School students are using the summer break as an educational opportunity. The students will participate in a cultural exchange program in Kenya (June 25—July 15) through local organization Global Youth Groove (GYG), whose mission is to transform the lives of youth through music, where they will teach, perform, study Swahili, learn about traditional Kenyan music, instruments and dance, and be immersed in Kenyan culture. The program is spearheaded by Berklee staff member Sam Lutomia, co-founder of GYG and co-founder of Acacia in Kenya,…]]> morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Mitzi Dorbu) Press Releases Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:29:15 -0500 Berklee Alumni and Faculty Nominated for 29 Grammy Awards http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/news-story/berklee-alumni-and-faculty-nominated-for-29-grammy-awards.html http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/news-story/berklee-alumni-and-faculty-nominated-for-29-grammy-awards.html The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences nominated 22 Berklee alumni and one faculty member for a total of 29 Grammy Awards. The nominees were recognized for their outstanding contributions across the spectrum of fields, including pop, rock, rap, alternative, jazz, Latin, country, polka, producing, engineering, arranging, and composing. To date, 58 known Berklee alumni have won a total of 168 Grammy Awards. The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2009, and br …
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences nominated 22 Berklee alumni and one faculty member for a total of 29 Grammy Awards. The nominees were recognized for their outstanding contributions across the spectrum of fields, including pop, rock, rap, alternative, jazz, Latin, country, polka, producing, engineering, arranging, and composing. To date, 58 known Berklee alumni have won a total of 168 Grammy Awards. The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2009, and broadcast on CBS at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

John Mayer ’98, who performed with B.B. King during the TV special "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night," was nominated for five awards this year, including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, for a duet with Alicia Keys. Other multiple nominees include Andrew Dawson ’01, who was nominated for Album of the Year and Rap Album of the Year, for his work on Lil Wayne’s top-nominated album Tha Carter III; and Gary Burton ‘62 who was nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental Album.

Assistant Professor Dave Samuels was nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album for Afro Bop Alliance, hot on the heels of winning a Latin Grammy Award last month in the same category. Additional jazz nominees include Joe Lovano ‘72 (Gary Burton Jazz Chair at Berklee), Bill Frisell ’77, Antonio Sanchez ’97, and Mike Stern ’75.

Other nominees include Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen ’03 for Best Hard Rock Performance; Aimee Mann ‘80 for art direction on her album @#%&*! Smilers; Bruce Hornsby ‘74 for Best Country Instrumental Performance; Gavin Lurssen ’91 for his work on Raising Sand, by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss; Tony Maserati ‘86 for engineering Jason Mraz’s album; and Iron Man soundtrack composer Ramin Djawadi ’98.

For a complete list of Berklee alumni and faculty Grammy nominees, please visit http://www.berklee.edu/news.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Mitzi Dorbu) News Story Sat, 29 Jan 2011 20:13:52 -0600
Berklee Band La Timbistica Plays 32nd Freihofer's Jazz Festival http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/news-story/berklee-band-la-timbistica-plays-32nd-freihofer-s-jazz-festival.html http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/news-story/berklee-band-la-timbistica-plays-32nd-freihofer-s-jazz-festival.html La Timbistica will be performing at the 32nd Freihofer's Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY, an annual event featuring 20 hours of live jazz on two stages over two days. The group, comprised of some of the brightest scholarship talent from Berklee College of Music, will share the Gazebo Stage with Dred Scott Trio, Wallace Roney Quintet, and more. Artists appearing on the festival’s Main Stage that day include Patti LaBelle, SMV Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten The Thunder Tour, Ga …
La Timbistica will be performing at the 32nd Freihofer's Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY, an annual event featuring 20 hours of live jazz on two stages over two days. The group, comprised of some of the brightest scholarship talent from Berklee College of Music, will share the Gazebo Stage with Dred Scott Trio, Wallace Roney Quintet, and more. Artists appearing on the festival’s Main Stage that day include Patti LaBelle, SMV Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten The Thunder Tour, Gary Burton Quartet Revisited with Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow, and Antonio Sanchez, and Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

Freihofer’s Jazz Festival takes place June 27-28 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY. La Timbistica performs on the Gazebo Stage, Saturday, June 27 at noon. For tickets and information, please visit spac.org.

La Timbistica, who also perform as the Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars, is led by conguero and Berklee student Paulo Stagnaro; and includes students, drummer Marcos Lopez and bassist Juan Maldonado; trombonist Nick Noonan and saxophonist Godwin Louis, both Berklee alumni; and pianist Alex Brown, a student at New England Conservatory. The Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars won the 2008 Down Beat Student Music Award for Best Jazz Band, and recently lit-up the stage at the Duke Ellington and Monterey jazz festivals, two of the largest and most prestigious festivals in the U.S.

La Timbistica’s Latin jazz repertoire ranges from Afro-Cuban and Brazilian classics to some of its own modern original compositions. The group also perform contemporary salsa and timba by artists like Isaac Delgado, Marc Anthony, and Victor Manuelle. La Timbistica has quickly become a mainstay in the Boston music scene, making regular appearances at Havana Club, Mojito's Lounge, and Wally’s Jazz Café, and at various music festivals in the area. Its members have performed and recorded with some of the Latin music industry's most prominent musicians, including Paquito D'Rivera, Danilo Perez, Batacumbele, Truco y Zaperoco, N'Klabe, and Tony Perez, among many others.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center's Freihofer's Jazz Festival is different. Set in SPAC's breathtaking setting in the Saratoga Spa State Park, the forested, expansive grounds are the perfect setting for enjoying world-class jazz by the biggest names. Colorful blankets and tents are "home" for fans who enjoy an extravaganza of jazz innovation. From r&b to swing, from Latin jazz to fusion, the festival celebrates the music and genius of artists from every corner of the jazz tradition. Simply put, it’s a place tailor-made for "hanging out."

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For over 60 years, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing over 70 countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today - and tomorrow.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Mitzi Dorbu) News Story Sat, 29 Jan 2011 20:13:43 -0600
Five Berklee Alumni Nominated for Eleven Latin Grammy Awards http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/five-berklee-alumni-nominated-for-eleven-latin-grammy-awards.html http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/five-berklee-alumni-nominated-for-eleven-latin-grammy-awards.html Five Berklee alumni have been nominated for 11 Latin Grammy Awards including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Tropical Album, and Best Latin Jazz Album. Winners will be announced at the 11th Annual Latin Grammy Awards ceremony November 11 from 8:00 11:00 p.m. EST, broadcast live on the Univsion Network from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Juan Luis Guerra ‘83 leads the pack with four nominations. His album A Son De Guerra is up for Album of the Year
Five Berklee alumni have been nominated for 11 Latin Grammy Awards including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Tropical Album, and Best Latin Jazz Album. Winners will be announced at the 11th Annual Latin Grammy Awards ceremony November 11 from 8:00 11:00 p.m. EST, broadcast live on the Univsion Network from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Juan Luis Guerra ‘83 leads the pack with four nominations. His album A Son De Guerra is up for Album of the Year and Best Tropical Album. "Bachata En Fukuoka," a song from that disc, is nominated for Best Tropical Song and Best Short Form Music Video. Guerra has won nine Latin Grammy Awards and two Grammys.

Tommy Torres ’93, who has one Latin Grammy, received three nominations for working on Alejandro Sanz’ latest. As producer and co-engineer, he is nominated in the Album of the Year category for Paraiso Express and for Record of the Yea for "Desde Cuando." His third nomination is for co-writing with Sanz "Desde Cuando," nominated for Song of the Year.

Grammy and multi-Latin Grammy winner Benny Faccone ‘78 is nominated in two categories for co-engineering hits by the Mexican rock band Camila: Record of the Year, for "Mientes," and Album of the Year, Dejarte De Amar.

Gavin Lurssen ’91 is the mastering engineer for Diego Torres’ album Distinto, which is nominated in the Best Engineered Album category. If it wins, Lurssen will receive his first Latin Grammy Award to sit along side his three Grammys.

Composer and saxophonist Miguel Zenón ’98 gets a Best Latin Jazz Album nomination for Esta Plana.

Since the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences founded the awards in 2000, 15 Berklee alumni have received 40 Latin Grammy Awards. Seventy three Berklee alumni have received 191 Grammy Awards. Go to http://www.berklee.edu/awards for a complete lists of award winners from Berklee’s community.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Mitzi Dorbu) Press Releases Sat, 29 Jan 2011 08:57:18 -0600
Berklee Professor Phil Wilson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/berklee-professor-phil-wilson-receives-lifetime-achievement-award.html http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/berklee-professor-phil-wilson-receives-lifetime-achievement-award.html Phil Wilson, world-renowned trombonist and Berklee College of Music professor for 45 years, recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Trombone Association (ITA) at the 2010 International Trombone Festival at the University of Texas, Austin. He was presented with the award by Don Lucas, president of the ITA and a Berklee alumnus who studied under Wilson. Wilson is a noted jazz educator and big band arranger who has performed and recorded with a who’s who of jazz,
Phil Wilson, world-renowned trombonist and Berklee College of Music professor for 45 years, recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Trombone Association (ITA) at the 2010 International Trombone Festival at the University of Texas, Austin. He was presented with the award by Don Lucas, president of the ITA and a Berklee alumnus who studied under Wilson.

Wilson is a noted jazz educator and big band arranger who has performed and recorded with a who’s who of jazz, including Louis Armstrong, Woody Herman, Frank Sinatra, Clark Terry, Buddy Rich, Herbie Hancock, the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, and the NDR Big Band. Wilson directs the internationally acclaimed Berklee Rainbow Band, which he formed in 1965 during his first year on the faculty at Berklee.

The ITA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes people whose contributions have distinguished them in the trombone profession over a long career, reflecting a commitment to excellence and achievement. Past recipients of the ITA Lifetime Achievement Award include Willie Colon, Milt Stevens, Buddy Morrow, and Berklee alumnus Dick Nash.

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For over 65 years, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing over 70 countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today - and tomorrow.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Mitzi Dorbu) Press Releases Sat, 29 Jan 2011 08:57:09 -0600
Berklee Visits Kenya for Scholarship Auditions and Music Education Events http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/berklee-visits-kenya-for-scholarship-auditions-and-music-education-events.html http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/berklee-visits-kenya-for-scholarship-auditions-and-music-education-events.html Berklee College of Music, the world's leading institution for the study of contemporary music, will visit Kenya for the second straight year to hold events that include auditions and interviews (A&I) for scholarship opportunities, music education outreach, workshops, and clinics for area musicians and educators. The programs will be conducted by a team comprised of faculty members Dan Moretti and Ron Reid of the Contemporary Writing and Production Department, Michael Shaver from Admissions, Sam
Berklee College of Music, the world's leading institution for the study of contemporary music, will visit Kenya for the second straight year to hold events that include auditions and interviews (A&I) for scholarship opportunities, music education outreach, workshops, and clinics for area musicians and educators. The programs will be conducted by a team comprised of faculty members Dan Moretti and Ron Reid of the Contemporary Writing and Production Department, Michael Shaver from Admissions, Sam Skau from International Programs, and student ambassador Joey Guglielmo.

The auditions part of Berklee’s Africa Scholars Program offering talented musicians from across the continent the chance to be awarded scholarships to attend the college are open to citizens of any African nation and will be conducted on June 29, 30, and July 1 in Nairobi, Kenya. For more information or to apply, visit berklee.edu/scholarships/africa.

In the past, auditions in Africa were scheduled for two days, which proved to be insufficient to meet the overwhelming demand. This year, three full days of auditions are planned to accommodate as many musicians as possible. While the team hopes to hear 90 candidates in all, interest is so high that it won’t be possible to see everyone. Many will be from Kenya, but musicians also plan to travel from countries all over Africa for their chance to audition, not only from nearby Tanzania and Uganda, but also from as far away as Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, and Egypt several days journey by bus for some.

Berklee’s unique audition and interview process is designed to uncover the applicant’s musical strengths and academic goals while helping the college assess their aptitude and ability to succeed in the college’s dynamic environment. The professors take into consideration that some of the musicians might not have had access to music education. Says Moretti, "I expect to see a mix of talent but it's the potential that we will be looking at. I am looking for adaptability and natural ability in addition to formal training."

The college has held A&I events in Accra, Ghana; Durban, South Africa; and Nairobi, Kenya, since instituting the Africa Scholars Program in 2008, resulting in $2.3 million in scholarship awards to attend Berklee and Berklee’s summer programs. Two of the Africa Scholar recipients Victor Dogah from Ghana and Elizabeth Mitaru from Kenya were awarded full four-year scholarships covering tuition and room and board. This year, Berklee will award up to $1 million in scholarships towards its full time program.

The Brookhouse International Schools’ Academy of Performing Arts whose artistic director Eric Wainaina is one of many high profile Kenyan Berklee alumni is hosting Berklee again after last year’s successful visit. Several events are planned to give Brookhouse students and faculty, and area educators the opportunity to interact with Berklee’s faculty. Says Skau, "We had a productive meeting last year where we exchanged ideas and discussed departmental and classroom methods and challenges. The educators in attendance represented a variety of institutions including local universities, private and international schools, community development programs, and private educators."

He continues, "This year we plan to work more closely with the institutions and invite educators to a special clinic/presentation. We want to leave behind something tangible that can continue to mutually benefit us and the local entities long after our week in Nairobi." The Berklee team also plans to give clinics to students at some of the participating schools.

On Friday, July 2, students and area musicians are invited to attend harmony and performance clinics, and an ensemble class presented by Moretti and Reid in the afternoon. The day culminates with an early evening performance by Brookhouse students and Berklee faculty and alumni. The July 2 clinics and performance are open to the public.

This year, for the first time, the team includes a Berklee student ambassador: Music Business/Management major Joey Guglielmo, a native of Malibu, CA. Guglielmo’s family, led by Roy and Barbara March, started the March to the Top (M2T) Foundation after a trip climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. The foundation works with several schools in Kenya, and aims to expand its reach by co-sponsoring Berklee’s Africa Scholars Program. Guglielmo explains, "M2T raises money for things such as health care, education, and conservation. We do a lot of philanthropic work. Our goal is to help the less privileged and give them a more promising future." The team will visit M2T partner schools, including Starehe Centre for Boys, on Monday, July 5, where Berklee’s faculty can engage with the students through a Q&A session.

Berklee president Roger Brown and his wife Linda Mason founded the Africa Scholars Program to create opportunities for gifted African musicians who lack the financial means to study at Berklee. The program is also intended to enhance Berklee's presence in Africa and increase awareness of Berklee among African musicians. In an effort to make this program open to as many musicians as possible, Berklee brought together an advisory board of world-renowned artists that includes several alumni to help identify candidates for auditions.

Candidates who audition in Kenya will be considered for a host of other scholarships that Berklee awards annually as part of its World Scholarship Tour, where the college visits more than 40 cities. Musicians come to Berklee from more than 70 countries, making the college uniquely international. While over 20 percent of the college's students already come from outside the United States-among the largest percentages of all U.S. colleges and universities- the Africa Scholars Program is part of a larger effort to increase the number of students from underrepresented areas of the world, including Africa, China, India, and Cuba, fostering a significant cultural exchange.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Mitzi Dorbu) Press Releases Sat, 29 Jan 2011 08:56:46 -0600
Berklee Students The Jazz Tellers Give Concerts and Clinics In Hong Kong, China, and the U.S. http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/berklee-students-the-jazz-tellers-give-concerts-and-clinics-in-hong-kong-china-and-the-u.s.html http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/berklee-students-the-jazz-tellers-give-concerts-and-clinics-in-hong-kong-china-and-the-u.s.html The Jazz Tellers, a group comprised of Berklee College of Music scholarship students Nate Wong (drums), Clay Lyons (alto saxophone), Lee Dynes (guitar), and Robert Kang (guitar) embark on an ambitious summer tour of clubs, cultural arts centers, and music education institutions that includes 10 performances in Hong Kong, and Shenzhen, China; educational clinics; and concerts in Ohio, Wisconsin, and California. The tour began in the U.S. on May 10 with stops in each member’s hometown Dayton,
The Jazz Tellers, a group comprised of Berklee College of Music scholarship students Nate Wong (drums), Clay Lyons (alto saxophone), Lee Dynes (guitar), and Robert Kang (guitar) embark on an ambitious summer tour of clubs, cultural arts centers, and music education institutions that includes 10 performances in Hong Kong, and Shenzhen, China; educational clinics; and concerts in Ohio, Wisconsin, and California.

The tour began in the U.S. on May 10 with stops in each member’s hometown Dayton, Ohio; Madison, Wisconsin; and the San Francisco Bay Area and proceeds to Hong Kong and mainland China for 10 shows between May 28 and June 12. The Jazz Tellers then return to the U.S. and wrap up the tour with performances back in Wisconsin and Ohio, June 16 to 22. The upcoming schedule is below, or visit myspace.com/thejazztellers for a complete list of tour dates.

Wong formed The Jazz Tellers specifically for the tour, although the members have been living and playing together for two years. In that time they have developed a repertoire of imaginative originals and freshly interpreted standards based on improvisation, dynamics, and textural subtleties. Wong is originally from Hong Kong and returns every other year to perform with local musicians in the small but enthusiastic jazz scene. This time, he had the idea to bring the other members along.

Says Wong; "I'm especially excited to have my band from Berklee with me. The level of musicianship in the jazz community in Hong Kong is lower than in the U.S. because of the lack of access to musicians, shows, and educators. This will be a wonderful opportunity for both parties to learn from each other."

Educational clinics are a key component of the tour. The Jazz Tellers ran workshops for high school students in Ohio and California, and will give a clinic at The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology on June 8.

Wong explains, "Sharing our music with young people is very fulfilling and important. Clay and I have both worked at music camps and Lee has taught clinics. We use that experience to teach kids about the spirit of jazz and improvising, and overarching musical ideas such as dynamics, grooves, and textures." He continues, "We encourage kids to play with us at every clinic. So far it has been very well received and a lot of fun. It's great to see young people enthusiastic about jazz."

With an eye towards developing the band on a business level, Wong, Lyons, and Dynes booked the tour entirely themselves. Wong says this was the most labor-intensive part of the endeavor. "While we wanted to spend our time rehearsing, we had to sit behind our computers writing emails, making phone calls, and designing posters and press kits. We hope to build our audience for a future tour that would involve a booking agency and larger venues."

Local trumpeter Kwok Wing Hei who joins the tour in Hong Kong, along with bassist Tsang Tak Hong helped the band make inroads in mainland China. Hei connected them with Hong Kong-based sponsor Pro Music, who booked them into the Shenzhen Art and Cultural Center on June 11 for a cultural exchange event promoting jazz in China.

Jazz Tellers Tour 2010:

• May 28, The Fringe Club, Central, Hong Kong • May 29, The Backstage, Central, Hong Kong • June 3, Cali Cali, Tsim Shai Tsui, Hong Kong • June 4, Shatin Town Hall, Shatin, Hong Kong • June 5, The Melting Pot, Central, Hong Kong • June 8, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Clinic, Hong Kong • June 9, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Concert, Hong Kong • June 11, Shenzhen Art and Cultural Center, Shenzhen, China • June 12, Peel Fresco, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong • June 16, The Brink Lounge, Madison, Wisconsin • June 18, Sugar Maple Milwaukee, Wisconsin • June 19, Lyon's House Concert Black Earth, Wisconsin • June 20, Spinoza, Beaver Creek, Ohio • June 22, Troy Hayner Cultural Center, Troy, Ohio

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Mitzi Dorbu) Press Releases Sat, 29 Jan 2011 08:56:44 -0600
Jazz Revelation Records Releases New CD Birds of a Feather http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/jazz-revelation-records-releases-new-cd-birds-of-a-feather.html http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/jazz-revelation-records-releases-new-cd-birds-of-a-feather.html Berklee's student run label Jazz Revelation Records (JRR) celebrates the release of its seventh compilation CD, Birds of a Feather, with a concert at the Berklee Performance Center on Thursday, April 22. The concert will feature seven of the label's most exciting student artists: Christoph Huber, Tom Kain, Utar Dundarartun, Kazuyo Kuriya, Lihi Haruvi, Nathan Cepelinski, and Roy Guzman. The Seventh Annual Jazz Revelation Records CD Release Concert is $10 ($5 for seniors), and begins at 8:15 p
Berklee's student run label Jazz Revelation Records (JRR) celebrates the release of its seventh compilation CD, Birds of a Feather, with a concert at the Berklee Performance Center on Thursday, April 22. The concert will feature seven of the label's most exciting student artists: Christoph Huber, Tom Kain, Utar Dundarartun, Kazuyo Kuriya, Lihi Haruvi, Nathan Cepelinski, and Roy Guzman.

The Seventh Annual Jazz Revelation Records CD Release Concert is $10 ($5 for seniors), and begins at 8:15 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC), located at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. For more information, please call 617-747-2261 or visit berkleebpc.com. The BPC is wheelchair-accessible.

Birds of a Feather features original compositions by 11 Berklee student bandleaders. The scope of the CD is wide ranging, with artists performing styles including traditional and contemporary jazz, nu-jazz, fusion, and jazz with experimental, classical, World, electronica, ambient, and funk influences.

The CD is a showcase for some of Berklee’s top jazz players from around the world, with artists hailing from Turkey, Puerto Rico, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Brazil, Japan, India, Israel, Greece, and the U.S., each bringing a unique perspective to their compositions. Says Kevin McCluskey, faculty advisor and executive producer for Jazz Revelation Records, "Our bands are young and incredibly vital, yet there is something ancient in the wisdom of their musings. They are both students and masters of their craft, and as such will always be on the cusp of the new, the exciting, and the authentic."

JRR is operated by Berklee students who possess a keen desire to discover, record, promote, and market fantastic jazz musicians. The JRR team is responsible for choosing the artists; producing, engineering, and promoting the album; and designing its artwork. Birds of a Feather will be available at the concert and on CDBaby and iTunes. All proceeds go towards maintaining the label and recording next year's project.

Jazz Revelation Records was founded in 2003 by Berklee College of Music students deeply involved in original jazz composition and performance. With the help of the college’s Professional Music Department, the ensuing years have seen the release of six full-length compilation CDs, including Rebirth, Two, Ars Nova, The New Old School, Common Ground, and Dedication. To support the students, please visit JRR’s page at cdbaby.com.

About the artists on Birds of a Feather:

Nikolas Anadolis, a Berklee Presidential Scholar hailing from Thessaloniki, Greece, started playing piano and improvising at 4. His father, a professional drummer, encouraged him to pursue music and has been a guiding force in his development. Before arriving at Berklee, Anadolis attended the Music School of Thessaloniki, studied with Margarita Efremidou at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, and took private lessons in jazz piano. Anadolis's primary interests are classical and jazz piano styles, and musical expression and creation.

Tom Kain is a jazz pianist, composer, and producer from Moorestown, NJ. Kain, a Music Production & Engineering and Performance major at Berklee, has worked on both sides of the glass to encourage inspired performances. He has studied with top jazz educators including Joanne Brackeen, Ray Santisi, and Victor Mendoza. Kain performs with the Mark Hadley Group and Chloe Bean & The Spills, and also volunteered at JRR, overseeing the label's 2009 CD and concert. Says Kain of his tune "Glenn’s Caliper" written by his brother Will "The song is about a struggle. You begin a project, get stuck, take a step back, and iterate until a solution launches you to the next step. Glenn and his caliper are that catch that forces you to stop and reevaluate your work."

Lihi Haruvi, a piano and saxophone player from Gan Yavne, Israel, picked up the sax at 10 and soon realized it was more than a hobby. Says Haruvi, "The ability to explore and express things in music was really magical and fascinating to me." She enrolled in Tel Aviv’s Thelma Yellin High School for the Performing Arts, where she met pianist Ronen Shmueli. Haruvi and Shmueli then served together in the Israeli army orchestra and had the fortune to meet bassist Tamir Shmerling, developing a close camaraderie that can be heard in their music. Haruvi came to Berklee in the spring of ’09 and Shmueli and Shmerling followed the next semester. They were soon joined by their roommate, drummer Eran Fink, also from Israel.

Christoph Huber, from Aarau, Switzerland, grew up in a musical environment, inspired by his father Felix, a professional pianist, composer and arranger. He began drum lessons at 8, tenor saxophone at 9, and improvising at 11. Huber studied saxophone with former Berklee faculty Fritz Renold for five years. From 2005 to 2009, he participated in the Jazzaar festival which he attends again in April where he performed with Randy Brecker, Donny McCaslin, Tierney Sutton, Tia Fuller, Steve Reid, and others. Says Huber, "I've gotten a lot of motivation to become a professional musician from collaborating with all those great musicians." Huber, who attends Berklee on scholarship, is also developing his skills as a composer and arranger.

Nathan Cepelinski, a saxophonist and composer from Ottawa, Canada, is studying at Berklee on a full-tuition scholarship. He picked up the saxophone at 12 and soon built a reputation as a strong and versatile player. Cepelinski has been praised for his technical proficiency, melodic maturity, and deep understanding of the jazz language. 

 He studied with Billy Robinson, who had performed with Charles Mingus, Archie Shepp and Freddie Hubbard, before Robinson's death in 2005. Cepelinski received five Downbeat student awards in high school, played in the Clifford Brown-Stan Getz Fellowship All-Star Band, and was awarded the Yamaha Kando Scholarship by Musicfest Canada.

Enrico de Trizio, from Molfetta, Italy, started playing piano at 10. He studied at N. Piccinni music conservatory in Bari, where he formed his first electric jazz trio. In 2006, de Trizio attended Berklee clinics at the Umbria Jazz Festival, where he received a scholarship to study in Boston. He earned numerous accolades at Berklee, including the Technics Endowed Scholarship ’09, and the BT Production Award ’10, and graduated this year with a degree in Electronic Production and Design. De Trizio has performed with Mitch Applebaum, Winston Maccow, Kenwood Dennard, Fred Wesley, and Joe Lovano. In addition to performing solo and with his trio, he also plays with French singer Violette De Bartillat, hip-hop band RE-UP, and the Global Sonification Network Ensemble directed by Neil Leonard.

Kazuyo Kuriya, is a flautist and pianist from Kumamoto, Japan, home of Mount Aso, a volcano with the largest caldera in the world. She earned a degree from Tokyo’s Musashino Academia Musicae before coming to Berklee on scholarship to study jazz. Kuriya performed with Maria Schneider and McCoy Tyner as a member of the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra. She has also performed with Cesar Camargo Mariano, Eddie Gomez, and Kazumi Watanabe, and led her group, Ceu do Brasil, on a tour of Japan. Kuriya hopes listeners feel a mother of living things when hearing her song, "Rain Dance." She explains, "Rain becomes rivers, river becomes the sea. Ancient civilizations were generated near the rivers, so rain is one of the mothers of humans and animals."

Italo Cunha, a 17-year-old jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, student, and teacher from Brasilia, Brazil, attends Berklee on a scholarship. He started playing piano at 4, guitar at 9, and was performing professionally by 12. Cunha was chosen by the Escola de Musica de Brasilia to play for Brazil’s Minister of Education as part of Young Artist Revelation. He received a Contemporary Musical Education Degree from The Toque de Classe Institute in 2007 becoming the youngest recipient ever. Relating his song to the album title, Cunha says, "I think Birds of a Feather means friendship. My song reflects that. ‘Stories’ is about good times and memories with my friends, that’s how I got the inspiration. Friendship is one of the most valuable things we have in life."

Aditya Balani from Delhi, India, leads the Aditya Balani Group, a Boston-based world/jazz ensemble that brings together talented musicians from around the world, including Spain, Serbia, Chile and the U.S. Drawing from their ethnic roots, each musician adds a unique color to the band’s sound: an exciting blend of the spontaneity and harmonic interplay of jazz, with the sheer intensity of melodies and rhythms of Indian classical/folk music. The group featuring Berklee students Balani on guitar, Aaron Bahr on trumpet, Will Cafaro on bass, Tarun Balani on drums, and Sharik Hasan on piano recently completed its second tour of the Indian sub-continent.

Utar Dundarartun is a composer, arranger and pianist from Ankara, Turkey, who studies Film Scoring and Jazz Composition at Berklee on scholarship. He graduated from Hacettepe University State Conservatory in classical percussion. Dundarartun has performed at many festivals in Turkey, including the 12th International Ankara Jazz Festival, the 7th Eskisehir Jazz Festival, and the International Bursa Music Festival. He has composed and arranged over 30 pieces for symphony orchestra, and 50 pieces for brass and big band. He is currently recording an album with his band Betone. Says Dundarartun, "Human creativity and imagination really impressed my scope about music and history. To create something to [give to] humanity is considerable reason for improvement."

Roy Guzman is a guitarist and composer hailing from Cupey, Puerto Rico. He studied classical guitar at the Pablo Casals Conservatoire of Puerto Rico, later transferring to Berklee on scholarship. He is the recipient of the Billboard Endowed Scholarship at Berklee and was a semifinalist in the Gibson Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition in Switzerland. He currently leads the Roy Guzman Quintet, a group that performed at George Wein's Jazz Festival 55 in Newport, RI; the Duke Ellington Jazz Fest in Washington, D.C.; and Lincoln Center in New York. Guzman has also recorded two albums with the Orbits Quintet.

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Gary Burton's Arrival: Celebrating 50 Years http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/gary-burton-s-arrival-celebrating-50-years.html http://jazzreview.com/jazz-news/press-releases/gary-burton-s-arrival-celebrating-50-years.html Six-time Grammy-winning jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton, long associated with Berklee as a student, professor, and administrator, will celebrate an illustrious career and mark his 50-year connection with the college in a retrospective of his entire body of work on Thursday, April 8, 8:15 p.m., at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. In Gary Burton's Arrival: Celebrating 50 Years, the grand finale to the 2009 2010 Music Series at Berklee, he will be joined by musical co
Six-time Grammy-winning jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton, long associated with Berklee as a student, professor, and administrator, will celebrate an illustrious career and mark his 50-year connection with the college in a retrospective of his entire body of work on Thursday, April 8, 8:15 p.m., at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. In Gary Burton's Arrival: Celebrating 50 Years, the grand finale to the 2009 2010 Music Series at Berklee, he will be joined by musical compatriots like Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Steve Swallow, Julian Lage, and many more. Tickets are $25 35 (reserved seating), available at the Berklee Performance Center box office and at Ticketmaster, 617 931-2000. For concert information, call 617 747-2261 or visit berkleebpc.com.

This career-retrospective performance, the first Burton has given, will provide a Berklee-centric overview of his stellar career. Musicians who have been members of Burton's various bands over five decades will join him on stage, including Harry Blazer, Mick Goodrick, Abe Laboriel, Joe Lovano, Donny McCaslin, Jim Odgren, Tiger Okoshi, Makoto Ozone, Antonio Sanchez, John Scofield, and Steve Swallow. The program includes Burton's original tunes as well as his famous arrangements of work by Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Carla Bley, Swallow, Scofield, Mike Gibbs, and Ozone. The show will also feature Burton's most recent ensemble of young, Berklee-trained wizards, his Next Generation Band: Luques Curtis, Julian Lage, Vadim Neselovskyi, and James Williams.

Gary Burton is known as an innovator in jazz and on the vibraphone-famous for the four-mallet technique-and as a major force in music education. Born in Indiana in 1943, he attended Berklee from 1960 62, studying with Herb Pomeroy. He left Berklee to join George Shearing and subsequently Stan Getz, with whom he worked from 1964 66. As a member of Getz's quartet, Burton won Down Beat magazine's Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition award in 1965. By the time he left Getz to form his own quartet in 1967, Burton had also recorded three albums of his own for RCA. Borrowing rhythms and sonorities from rock music, while maintaining jazz's improvisation and harmonic complexity, Burton's first quartet attracted large audiences from both sides of the jazz-rock spectrum. Such albums as Duster and Lofty Fake Anagram established Burton and his band as progenitors of the jazz fusion phenomenon. In 1968, Burton received Down Beat's Jazz Musician of the Year award, still the youngest musician ever to be so recognized.

In the '70s, Burton began to focus on more intimate contexts for his music. His 1971 album Alone at Last, a solo vibraphone concert recorded at the 1971 Montreux Jazz Festival, won him his first Grammy. Burton also turned to the rarely heard duo format, recording with bassist Steve Swallow, guitarist Ralph Towner, and most notably pianist Chick Corea, thus cementing a long relationship that has garnered four Grammys for their duet recordings. During its storied association with the ECM label (1973 1988), the Burton Quartet expanded to include the young Pat Metheny on guitar. Metheny was just one of the many Burton acolytes who have joined his band to travel the world and learn, just as Burton had learned from the masters Shearingand Getz.

Burton began his parallel career at Berklee as a teacher of percussion and improvisation in 1971. In 1985, he was named dean of curriculum. In 1989, he received an honorary doctorate of music, and in 1996, he was appointed the college's first executive vice president. In 2004, after 33 years working at Berklee, he retired from the college to perform and record full-time, and left Boston to build a home in Florida.

According to frequent collaborator Steve Swallow, "Gary Burton is today, after 50 years in the public eye, at the top of his game, playing with ferocious intensity and intelligence; he's maintained a keen interest in finding new answers to old questions. He's playing like a kid, but he's bringing to the bandstand a formidable accumulation of knowledge. Nice combination, I'd say."

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