Regattbar

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2013-07-29

6:00PM

n/a

Time: 6-8pm
Cost: Free

Artists will perform in the Upper Courtyard area at The Charles Hotel.

Shows are weather permitting.

Courtyard Series: Berklee at the Regattabar - Daniel Rotem

Featuring: Daniel Rotem - Tenor Saxophone and Flute
Jared Henderson - Bass
Roberto Giaquinto – Drums

Jazz saxophonist Daniel Rotem has performed with the Rainbow Big band led by Phil Wilson, with the Concert Jazz Band led by Greg Hopkins (with whom he performed in a concert featuring the great drummer Peter Erskine and at the JEN conference in Kentucky), and as a featured guest at a joint performance of India Arie and Israeli composer-singer Idan Raichel (as well as with the Idan Raichel Project in Israel).

Born in 1990, Rotem was accepted into the Thelma Yellin High School for Arts in Tel Aviv. As a member of Thelma Yellin’s Big Band he performed at two international events: the IAJE Annual Conference in Toronto and the SAJE in Capetown. He graduated with honors from Thelma Yellin’s Jazz Program in 2008. He was subsequently awarded an honors scholarship for the Shtricker Conservatory in Tel Aviv and a scholarship for Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program in Boston.

In the summer of 2009 he participated in the Siena Jazz Workshops, held in Siena, Italy, playing and studying with Lionel Loueke, George Garzone, Scott Colley, John Taylor, and Michael Blake. Upon completing the workshops he was offered a full scholarship to return for the 2010 program, where he met some of his former teachers and performed with Kenny Werner, Peter Bernstein, Eric Harland, Joel Frahm, and Jeremy Pelt.

In 2009-2010 he studied at Israel’s Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he was also awarded a scholarship and had the chance to develop his performance and improvisation skills, as well as his composing and arranging abilities. The youngest student to reach the finals, Rotem was awarded first place in Rimon’s Outstanding Jazz Player Competition and as a result represented Rimon at the 20th IASJ meeting in The Hague. There he had the opportunity to play in an ensemble headed by Reggie Workman. In January 2010 he had the privilege to meet and perform with saxophonist David Liebman. A group tutored by Liebman performed Rotem's arrangement of one of Liebman’s compositions. Rotem was awarded the America-Israel Foundation scholarship for 2010-2012.

Rotem relocated to Boston in May 2011 and began full-time studies on a full-tuition scholarship at Berklee College of Music, towards a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance. At Berklee, Rotem has studied and played with Bill Pierce, Hal Crook, George Garzone, Dave Santoro, Jim Odgren, Ed Tomassi, Tiger Okoshi, Shannon Le Claire, and Terri Lyne Carrington. He was also chosen as a finalist in the live auditions for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance master's program. In 2012 Rotem and his quartet recorded one of his original compositions, "Hill Workout," for Berklee’s Jazz Revelation Records label release Ripple Effect. The recording was also included on a promotional CD sold throughout the many Berklee summer events and performances. Considering music a force connecting people and cultures, Rotem decided to serve as a peer advisor, helping new students, and as a student ambassador, representing Berklee all over the world.

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