Exploring the Hidden Music: 6.8.18
8 pm - 10 pm Fri, Jun 8, 2018
Venue: Boston University Dance Theater
915 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215
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Trained as an architect and jazz musician, Christopher Janney has been combining these two disciplines for more than thirty years. On the one hand, making architecture more like music, his installations include his MIT graduate thesis "SOUNDSTAIR- An Urban Musical Instrument" at the Boston Museum of Science and "RAINBOW COVE" in Logan Airport. On the other hand, making music more like architecture, he has created a number of performances including "HEARTBEAT:MB" with MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV and "Visual Music" with SHEILA E. This June concert will continue his explorations in "PHYSICAL MUSIC" with fellow explorers Stan Strickland, Josh Rosen, Jerry Leake and others. Among the works to be presented will be a new version of his "HEARTBEAT" piece with choreographer/dancer Jaime Brege and "BUBBLE TOY" for tabla and snare with brushes, as well as some of his latest sculptures- "SOUND IS AN INVISIBLE COLOR." If you are interested in the intersection of music and the physical world, don't miss this provocative event. VIP tickets include a post-performance reception and meet and greet with the performers. Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exploring-the-hidden-music-6818-tickets-44270420018 Christopher Janney Christopher Janney was trained as an architect (Princeton University , B.A. Architecture, 1973, magna cum laude/ MIT -M.S. Environmental Art, 1978) and a jazz musician (private studies, 1963-1976, Dalcroze School, 1974-75). Winner of the Edison Award from General Electric and the Kepes Prize from MIT, Janney has created numerous permanent interactive sound/light installations and performances combining architecture and music. With his "Urban Musical Instruments" series, he attempts to make architecture more "spontaneous" (Harmonic Runway, Miami Airport; REACH:NY, 34th St. subway, New York.) Through his "Physical Music" series, he explores making music physical and visual (HeartBeat:mb with S. Rudner, M. Baryshnikov). Stan Strickland Singer, saxophonist, flutist, actor, Stan Strickland has performed throughout the United States, Europe, New Zealand and the former Soviet Union. He has performed with the Boston Pops, the Village People, Aretha Franklin, and jazz greats, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Shirley Scott and Marlena Shaw, and opened for Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Natalie Cole and The Bare Naked Ladies. Stan is an associate professor of voice at Berklee College of Music. His one-man show "Coming Up For Air, An Auto-Jazzography", tells the story of his near-death experience swimming in Hawaii and received the prestigious Eliot Norton Award in theatre for best solo performance. Josh Rosen Josh Rosen is a pianist and prolific composer, having released four albums, with several projects currently in production. Released to wide acclaim, "American Waltz" featured masters George Garzone and Mick Goodrick. Last fall saw the release of his Jazz Chamber project "Sparks", which was honored to be included in the Grammy nomination list. Rosen is Professor of Piano and Ensembles at Berklee College of Music, now in his 23rd year. He holds a Masters Degree from New England Conservatory, and is active in numerous bands, including the Quartet with Strickland, the Trio with Bob Moses; the cutting edge jazz collective, "The Outnumbered"; "Adventures in Sound", and "The Melting Pot". Jerry Leake Jerry Leake is an Associate Professor of Percussion at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory. He leads the world-rock-fusion band Cubist, co-founder of the Indo/Jazz band Natraj and the dub/trance/groove collective Club d'Elf. Jerry has studied Ewe drumming, North Indian tabla, and South Indian mrdangam/rhythm theory. Jerry graduated from Berklee where he studied jazz vibraphone with Gary Burton and Ed Saindon, and hand percussion with Pablo Landrum. He has written eight widely used texts on world percussion, numerous articles for PAS magazine, and four drum set manuals. Jamie Brege Jamie Brege is a Boston based dance educator, choreographer, and performer. Ms. Brege graduated Magna cum Laude with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Purchase College, SUNY where she performed works by choreographers including George Balanchine, Bronislava Nijinksa, David Parsons, and Helen Pickett, and was chosen to serve as an ambassador exchange student at Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, Australia. Ms. Brege holds a Master of Arts in Dance Education in Higher Education, American Ballet Theatre Pedagogy from New York University. Ms. Brege has taught, choreographed, and performed throughout the United States and Europe, most notably as guest instructor at ABT's JKO School and with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Alicia Ortiz Alicia's musical experience ranges from being a soprano soloist in a regional gospel choir, to touring full-time with a Latin fusion band, to belting her favorite Whitney Houston songs at weddings and private events. She moved to Boston 5 years ago to study songwriting at Berklee College of Music and is currently working on her first EP. With a professional background in political and community organizing, Alicia has a deep appreciation for music with a positive message and carries this theme into her own writing. Nedelka F. Prescod NEDELKA F. PRESCOD is a vocalist, arranger, songwriter, teacher, activist and a mother. NEDELKA has performed or shared the stage with Kenny Garrett, Danilo Perez, Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, Jowee Omicil, Ben Eunson, and with the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble, and can be found on the recordings of Kenny Garrett, Danilo Perez, Marcello Pelliterri, Jowee Omicil, Pharoah Saunders, Brian Blade, Mulgrew Miller, Lionel Loueke, AntiPop Consortium and Radamiz, as well as her solo recording project, Manifest (2008). NEDELKA has performed background vocals for Alicia Keys, Jonathan Nelson, Jason Nelson and Dorothy Norwood. NEDELKA is the instructor and coach of New England Conservatory's African American Experience Through Music and R&B Ensembles and Gospel Ensemble, is a Berklee College associate professor and voice instructor, and Boston Trinity Academy's Contemporary Music Band ("The Eclectics") director.