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Town Hall Meeting CAF! ( Town Hall Meeting at the CAF! )

Neste domingo dia 27 de Fevereiro ocorreu a primeira edição oficial do Town Hall Meeting do professor Darren Barrett. A alguns meses atrás eu escrevi sobre o recital do seu ensemble e mencionei quão diferentes e especiais costumam ser os eventos concebidos pelo professor. Em Dezembro de 2010, o recital ocorreu em uma sala de aula, ontem a reunião foi na Cafeteria da escola, onde alunos apresentam seus grupos diariamente.

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O Recital dos grupos do Darren Barrett ((Darren Barrett’s Ensemble Recital))

Todo final de semestre os grupos da Berklee apresentam um recital demonstrando o trabalho que eles fizeram durante os meses de estudo. São inúmeras  apresentações sendo feitas mas alguns professores chamam atencão especial devido a qualidade de suas aulas e dos alunos que a fizeram.

Este é o caso dos Ensembles do trompetista e professor Darren Barrett. Hoje, duas de suas bandas se apresentaram no prédio do 150 Mass Avenue.

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Guest Posts: Ilan Bar-Lavi and Victor Gould

More thoughts from the band:

When I first started playing jazz, one of my biggest dreams was to play at the Blue Note in New York.  It was kinda like a joke between my friends, we use to say: yeah right, I’m going to play at the Blue Note when we really were going to play in a small place in my hometown. That dream came true. I played at the Blue Note with some of my best friends and favorite musicians, and under the musical command of my favorite mentor teacher/menthor Darren Barrett. It was an amazing experience working with Darren’s ensemble for an entire year.  I really believe that each one of us stepped it up since the first time we played together.  After all the hard work and extra hours of rehearsing the challenging music of Myron Walden, there is no better reward than going on a trip to the Apple (New York) and perfom in front of a full house at the Blue Note. This was defenetly one of my best Berklee experiences.  ~Ilan Bar-Lavi

I had an amazing time. It means a lot to me to perform with a group that is able to rehearse as much as we did. Also it was a big surprise to find out that Myron Walden would be performing with us as we as Darren Barrett. This was the perfect event to close out my Berklee experience. ~Victor Gould

Guest post: Jonathan Greenstein – The Last Class

Only when we arrived at Boston, and unloaded the van did I realize that this trip was our last class for this semester.  After being with Darren for 3 semesters now, one in harmonic considerations and 2 as part of his ensemble, I can literally say that he has changed the way I play and think about music.

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The Show

The Sextet, hammering along on Myron Waldens The Road.  From left:  Jonathan, Ilan, Josh, and Emile.

The Sextet, hammering along on Myron Walden's "The Road." From left: Jonathan, Ilan, Josh, and Emile.

On the way back to the club, passing the West 4th subway, I look to my left and there’s guitarist Jeff Miles, sporting a lemurian grin.  He’s lent Ilan Bar-Lavi his guitar amp, and so is anointed for the guest list.  We cross the threshold a half hour before downbeat, the place is gloriously packed, and we’re extra glad to have seats reserved down front. 

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