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  • Guillermo Klein Live From Berklee 1/29: Watch Now

    February 3, 2014. Posted by Chris Dennison.

    Argentine composer Guillermo Klein’s stateside visits have been rare treats since 2000, when he left New York for his homeland and beyond. Klein is back – enjoy this video of Klein's performance, from our live audio and video broadcast of the event on January 29.

    Klein peformed music he wrote to perform for this homecoming with members of his signature large ensemble, Los Guachos, which includes fellow Berklee alums trumpeter Richard Nant and bassist Fernando Huergo, as well as saxophonist Bill McHenry and drummer Jeff Ballard. They were joined by current Berklee students, whom Klein coached over Skype, to form a 14-piece group.

    Klein combines elements of Argentinean folk traditions with contemporary jazz and an attitude that embraces freedom. He draws from a sonic palette which may surprise the jazz ear: these include effects-laden guitars, unexpected combinations of human voices, and even whistling, as on his piece “Fiu” from his 2005 album Una Nave.

    Klein’s ability to compose fluid pieces with changing time signatures is particularly striking: he utilizes unpredictable rhythmic elements and odd meters, which he traces in part to his childhood in Argentina, where the hemiola, or “3 against 2” pattern, is a common element.

    This tension in time can be heard on “El Rio” from Una Nave, and also on “Miula,” from the 2008 album Filtros. Even when a piece has a straightforward organization of beats, Klein’s interlocking polyrhythmic phrases create emotive tensions and releases. However, his pieces generally maintain consistent grooves, making them sound natural and highly accessible despite their rhythmic complexity.

    While the rhythmic elegance of Klein’s music is remarkable,  his range in melody and harmony are equally impressive: he composes energetic, jagged, angular piano lines, as on “Argentina” from Una Nave, as well as passages of rich, subtle beauty, as in the restrained melody of “Yesu” and the  harmony of “Louange à l'éternité de Jésus,” both from Filtros.

    With so few performances stateside in recent years, Guillermo’s Berklee homecoming this Wednesday is not to be missed. Enjoy, and join us for our live broadcasts of the best new jazz from Berklee's Café 939 in Boston every month!

  • WBGO's Playdate With Matt Wilson Arrives!

    February 3, 2014. Posted by Alex Ariff.

    Playdate, WBGO's brand new series of stunning live recordings hosted by drummer Matt Wilson, is here! Join Matt every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to hear rare gems from the WBGO archives.

    For our first show, we celebrate our host! Tune in Tuesday, Feb. 4 to hear Matt (below right) perform with bassist Drew Gress (left) and pianist Fred Hersch (center) at the 1997 Iowa City Jazz Festival.

    Hear Matt Wilson perform with bassist Drew Gress and pianist Fred Hersch at the 1997 Iowa City Jazz Festival

    Join Matt Wilson Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in February and March for this exclusive series featuring rare music from the WBGO archive of live recordings.

    Get to know the our intrepid host and his accomplice, cornetist Kirk Knuffke, in this behind-the-scenes video of the recording of the Playdate theme in the WBGO studios!

    Tune in tomorrow night to hear the selections below, and check in all week to get the stories behind the playdate.

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  • WBGO Travel to the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal

    February 1, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO Travel: Montreal
    WBGO Travel: Montreal

    WBGO Travel is once again taking listeners to the festival which honored our own Michael Bourne by naming their press room after him in 2012. This year, there are two trips to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal to choose from, so that both new travelers and those who enjoyed the trip last year will have something unique to experience.

    The first trip takes place June 27-30, 2014, and the second trip takes place July 4-7, 2014.

    Both trips include:

    • 3 night’s accommodation at the Hyatt Regency Montreal Hotel
    • Daily breakfast at the hotel
    • A behind-the-scenes tour of the Festival
    • A walking tour of the Burgundy Jazz in the neighbourhood that were key to the rise of Jazz in Montreal
    • Priority access to free concerts in the Jam Sessions, Open House and Nightcap Heineken series at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
    • A reserved seat in the “special guests” section for major outdoor events
    • Gift bag of Montreal Jazz Festival items including: the official Festival t-shirt, a reusable bottle with the Festival logo, a bag with the Festival logo, a limited edition framed art work by Yves Archambault, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal poster artist and illustrator, a fedora hat with the Festival logo, the Festival Under the Stars Souvenir Book and the CD: Nos stars chantent le jazz by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
    • RT Transfers to/from the airport to the Hyatt by limo-taxi / or parking at the hotel

    Unique opportunities June 27-30:

    • Exclusive breakfast at “La Maison du Festival “ in company of Michael Bourne
    • Lunch at Pizzédélic – Michael Bourne’s favorite restaurant in Montreal
    • Discovering the outdoor public market Le Marché Jean-Talon and Little Italy culinary tour

    June 27th pricing (in Canadian dollars):

    • Single occupancy (1 person): $1,760 taxes included
    • Double occupancy (2 persons): $2,488 taxes included
    • Triple occupancy (3 persons): $3,355 taxes included
    • Quadruple occupancy (4 persons): $4,222 taxes included

    Unique opportunities July 4-7:

    • A Sunrise breakfast cruise aboard the Bateau-mouche
    • A jazz dinner evening show at the house of jazz restaurant

    July 4th pricing (in Canadian dollars):

    • Single occupancy (1 person): $1,750 taxes included
    • Double occupancy (2 persons): $2,465 taxes included
    • Triple occupancy (3 persons): $3,377 taxes included
    • Quadruple occupancy (4 persons): $4,290 taxes included
    Reservations and Information: 1-855-288-7344
    ONLINE PURCHASE for June 27-30
    ONLINE PURCHASE for July 4-7
    *Burgundy Jazz explores Montreal’s incredible contribution to jazz music history through the legendary musicians of Little Burgundy – the primarily black neighbourhood that was a hub of musical creativity, private clubs and speakeasies from the Jazz Age 1920s to the Golden Era of Jazz in the 1940s and 50s. Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, the Sealey Brothers, Nelson Symonds, Charlie Biddle, and Louis Metcalf are among the greats who lived or played in "Burgundy".