From Wednesday, February 28, through Friday, March 2, the Berklee College of Music Guitar Department will present Guitar Week 2001, an annual series of concerts and clinics, by visiting artists, Berklee's renowned faculty, and some of the college's top guitar students. All events are free except Thursday and Friday night concerts in the wheelchair-accessible Berklee Performance Center. BPC events are $4.00 -- $1.00 for seniors. Tickets are available at the box office, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, or by calling (617) 747-2261. For more information about Guitar Week, call (617) 747-2198. (A complete schedule of events is listed at the end.)
On Wednesday, Feb. 28, Brazilian guitarist Nelson Faria will present a free clinic at 4:00 p.m. and a free concert at 7:00 p.m in the David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street. Faria's evening concert will feature Bass faculty Oscar Stagnaro, who is the bassist with Paquito D'Rivera. Guitarist, arranger, and composer Nelson Faria teaches at the Estacio de Sá University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One of the leading guitarists in Brazil, Faria has performed and recorded with Milton Nascimento and Edu Lobo, among others. His book, "The Brazilian Guitar Book" is published by Sher Music Co.
On Thursday, March 1, visiting artist Alex Skolnick will present a free rock clinic at 1:00 p.m. at the David Friend Recital Hall. Skolnick, who recorded five albums with Testament, has toured nationally with bassist Stu Hamm and recorded with Michael Manring and Attention Deficit, whose second album will be released in the spring. He has been a columnist for GuitarWorld, Guitar Player, and Guitar magazines.
At 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, visiting artist and alumna Leni Stern '80 will present a major residency clinic in the David Friend. Stern recently followed up her 1998 critically acclaimed "Recollection" (voted Top Ten of the Year by Billboard-Jazz and Performing Songwriter) with the lush, orchestral "Kindness of Strangers."And at 7:00 the Bebop Guitars take the Friend stage for a faculty jazz guitar recital featuring John Baboian, Larry Baione, John Marasco, Jack Pezanelli, and John Wilkins. The group recently released their first album, "Bebop Guitars and More!"
And at 8:15 on Thursday, March 1, guitar faculty Scotty Johnson and Joe Musella will present a classic rock concert at the Berklee Performance Center. On Friday, March 2, Professor Jon Damian's Buddy System Marathon happens from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in Room 410, 921 Boylston Street. Downstairs in the David Friend Recital Hall between noon and 5:00 p.m., the Guitar Dept. Faculty Clinic Marathon features Dan Bowden, Bret Willmott, Lauren Passarelli, Mike Williams, and Jim Kelly. David Friend. And Friday at 8:15 p.m. in the Berklee Performance Center, a Guitar Student Showcase will feature outstanding student groups in a variety of styles led by Eduardo Faiella, Sebastian Müller, and "Monster" Mike Welch.Prior to becoming a Berklee student, Mike Welch played blues and rock guitar professionally for ten years. The Monster Mike Welch Band, featuring Mike as singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist, released three critically acclaimed CDs on the Tone-Cool label and toured the United States and Europe. In 1995, the band won the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Blues Act. In the past year, Mike Welch has become an in-demand blues and roots sideman, touring and/or recording with Tom Hambridge, James Cotton, Shemekia Copeland, Brian Templeton, and Sugar Ray & the Bluetones. Mike has put together a special trio for Guitar Week featuring Brad Hallen, of the Susan Tedeschi Band, on bass guitar.
A complete schedule of Guitar Week events follows. (Free Admission, EXCEPT for Berklee Performance Center events, which are $4.00 -- $1.00 for seniors.)
WEDNESDAY, February 28:
1:00 p.m., Sheryl Bailey, Faculty Artist Recital, Contemporary Jazz (David Friend Recital Hall)
4:00 p.m., Nelson Faría, Visiting Artist, Brazilian Guitar Clinic (DFRH)
7 p.m., Nelson Faría, Visiting Artist, Brazilian Concert, featuring faculty bassist Oscar Stagnaro (DFRH)
THURSDAY, MARCH 1:
1:00 p.m. Alex Skolnick, Visiting artist rock clinic (David Friend Recital Hall)
4:00 p.m., Leni Stern, Visiting artist clinic, major residency (David Friend Recital Hall)
7:00 p.m., Bebop Guitars, Faculty artist concert (David Friend Recital Hall)
8:15 p.m., Scotty Johnson & Joe Musella, Faculty Artist Series, Classic Rock (Berklee
Performance Center - $4)
FRIDAY, MARCH 2:
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Professor Jon Damian's Buddy System Marathon, Room 410, 921 Boylston St.
Noon - 5:00 p.m., - Guitar faculty clinic marathon (David Friend Recital Hall)
7 p.m., Larry Baione Trio, Mainstream jazz by Guitar Chair Baione (David Friend Recital Hall)
8:15 p.m. Guitar Student Showcase, featuring "Monster" Mike Welch (Berklee Performance Center - $4)
For more information, visit their web site at www.berklee.edu