Student drummer John Lee, from Nanimo, British Columbia, blogs from the road on tour with acclaimed pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Read the official press release about Cyrus Chestnut’s sextet, made up of Berklee students selected by audition, and their recent tour to New York City and the D.C. Jazz Festival. Watch a video of their performance here.
Cyrus Chestnut’s Berklee Sextet (left to right): Ido Meshulam, Tabari Lake, Kevin Harris, Cyrus Chestnut, John Lee, Edmar Colon, Joseph Streater
Cyrus Chestnut is truly a great human being and musician. Never in my life did I think that I would be so fortunate enough to share the stage with the master. Continue reading →
This post has been authored by Andre Vasconcelos, writer of the Brazilian tab for the Blogs
Crosswalk Anarchy: Evan Waaramaa, Songyi Jeon, Jamie Howell, Andre Vasconcelos and Scott Kapelman.
For almost 3 entire years now I have been the writer for the incredible Berklee Blogs website, the online international diary that the school created so that people from all over the world could read about the day to day activities and experiences of students from many different countries. As of this very moment, I am pleased to announce that I am graduated from Berklee College of Music. It has been an incredible 4 years filled with the most memorable memories and experiences I’ve ever had so far.
Crosswalk Anarchy performing Pep Talk (by Waaramaa) live at the Record Company.
At this time I would like to share with our readers the project that I am part of that has me most excited and hopeful ever since I came to Boston, the group Crosswalk Anarchy. Being formed in early 2013, the group has been gaining notoriety in the Boston and New York musical scene. The music presents a unique and fresh mix between Jazz, Hip Hop and Fusion. Featuring a vocal instrument named Songyi Jeon, guitarist Andre Vasconcelos, drummer Jamie Howell, and bassist Scott Kapelman, the quintet powers through a repertoire consisting primarily of keyboardist Evan Waaramaa’s compositions. Four of the members of this quintet have graduated with the class of 2013, with Songyi Jeon being the only one still a student at Berklee.
Influenced by artists such as Snarky Puppy, Robert Glasper, and Chick Corea, they embody a fresh musical spirit that can be seen at their residency, every other Monday from 7-9 at Wally’s Jazz Cafe in Boston, MA. Crosswalk Anarchy has also been developing a very promising relationship with the renowned venue The Bitter End in New York City, opening for the worldly-famous guitarist Oz Noy on June 17th on a special night, when two of the greatest drummers alive will be joining the stage with Oz, Keith Carlock (John Mayer, Wayne Krantz,etc) and Anton Fig (Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa,etc).
Outside of the Box Festival will have its debut this summer in Boston.
Crosswalk Anarchy will also be performing at the recently put together, brand new festival in Boston, The Outside of the Boston Festival that will happen in July at the Boston Commons.The group plans to perform more regularly and to bigger audiences with the hopes of releasing a full length album by the Fall and eventually move to New York and engage in touring activities.
This Blog was Written by Zayra Ocasio from Spanish Berklee Blog
Luis Perdomo se crió en un hogar lleno de música. Nacido en Caracas, Venezuela, en 1971, Luis fue expuesto a casi todos los estilos de la música por su padre, un fanático de la música y ávido coleccionista. Además de salsa, latino, R & B, y clásico, el joven Perdomo oído grandes del jazz como Bud Powell y Oscar Peterson, dos de sus primeros y más importantes influencias musicales. Atraído por el jazz y el piano a una edad temprana, Luis estaba haciendo apariciones profesionales regulares en la televisión venezolana y la radio en el momento en que tenía doce años. Fue en este tiempo que Luis comenzó a pensar más y más sobre la posibilidad de llevar a cabo una vida en la música. Cuanto más se puso a escuchar y leer acerca de jazz-sus gustos habían ampliado para incluir a Musicos como Cecil Taylor y John Coltrane-, más se dio cuenta de una verdad innegable. Todos sus artistas favoritos vivieron en la ciudad de Nueva York. Por lo tanto, era sólo cuestión de tiempo en que el tendria que hacer ese movimiento tambien.
Portuguese student blogger Andre Vasconcelos is a guitar principal from Brazil, and a member of the 2013 graduating class.
A algumas semanas atrás eu havia escrito que a WBGO, a NP3 e a Berklee estavam trabalhando juntas numa parceria que teria como objetivo trazer ao Cafe 939 da Berklee uma série de clínicas e concertos de artistas de jazz de Nova Iorque. Irei retomar o BerkleeBlogs Brasil no ano de 2012 descrevendo como foi assistir e entrevistar um destes músicos, o famoso saxofonista Seamus Blake.
My name is Maria and I am this year’s trip leader for the Gracenotes Habitat for Humanity week in New Orleans. After two days in the birthplace of jazz I finally have a moment to sit down and write some thoughts. Continue reading →