BERKLEE BOB MARLEY ENSEMBLE
WHEN: Saturday, May 11
WHERE: Salem Jazz and Soul Festival
(Rain location: The Vault, 217 Essex St, Salem)
This is part of a Summer long series sponsored by the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival where they feature Berklee student bands. Praying for sun and 85 degree weather that day! Don’t miss this 15 piece ensemble as they deliver 2 sets of INSPIRED Marley Music!
MATT JENSON and the LIQUID REVOLUTION with FRANCES MOORE LAPPE in concert.
Reggae and Super Conscious Spoken Word
WHEN: FRIDAY, May 17 and SATURDAY, May 18
WHERE: The Davis Square Theater
255 Elm St
Somerville, MA (Davis square, downstairs, right next to the Buren)
TIMES: 8:00pm – 12am
COST: $15 in advance. $18 day of. $10 Students (21+) and Seniors (65+).
I am incredibly honored to have the opportunity to work with one of my idols in the progressive world! Here’s what’s going on:
We will be taking Reggae’s conscious-raising track record to a new level!! Imagine spoken word dub sections injected with the depth of Frances Moore Lappé’s insights!
World-renowned progressive author and social philosopher Frances Moore Lappé (Diet for a Small Planet) meets conscious-raising musician Matt Jenson (Rebel Tumbao, Berklee College of Music faculty) for two nights of insightful and soul awakening responses to the pressing social, political, economic, and environmental issues of our times. For these concerts, the Liquid Revolution reggae band will perform songs from their new album Dragonfly Taxi, while opening up musical spaces through out each set for Frances to recite from her latest book, “EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want.”
8p-9pm: In addition there will be a pre-show reception (8-9pm) to join Frances, Myself and the Small Planet Institute crew in celebrating the paperback release of Frances’ latest book “EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want” (Nation Books) and the release of the EcoMind inspired single “Believing is Seeing,” a funky, Latin Funk, Rap song that I wrote and recorded with help from Jose Claussell from Rebel Tumbao. Books and CD’s will be available for purchase (cash or check only) and all proceeds will go to the Small Planet Institute.
9:30p-about midnight or so: The concert. Two sets.
The Davis Square theater is a super funky and intimate venue with raised seating and plenty of room for dancing (and sitting).
Without a doubt this will be one of the most creative, engaging, and inspiring concert events of the season!
FRANCES MOORE LAPPE is the author of 18 books— including the 3-million copy Diet for a Small Planet—that challenge conventional thinking on world hunger, the environment, and democracy itself. Gourmet magazine named Lappé as one of 25 people, along with Thomas Jefferson, Upton Sinclair and Julia Child, who have changed the way America eats. She is a winner of the Right Livelihood Award, often called the Alternative Nobel. Lappé has cofounded three national organizations, including the Oakland-based Food First. With her daughter Anna Lappé, she now leads the Small Planet Institute in Cambridge, MA.. Frances has written for and appeared on many nationally known news outlets, talk shows, radio programs and is an inspiring orator.
TEACHING AT JAZZ CAMP WEST!
I am VERY VERY VERY excited to have been invited back (for the 3rd time) to teach the Bob Marley ensemble (and more) at this years JAZZ CAMP WEST. This is an absolutely amazing, one-of-a-kind educational experience, well, it’s more than just an educational experience, it’s and EXPERIENCE. Learn about so many diverse aspects of playing jazz and other related styles in a setting that’s beyond amazing: on a YMCA campgrounds in a redwood forest near San Francisco, CA. Just look at the site and you’ll see what I mean.