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Mando Madness - Berklee Performance Center, February 5, 2008

By Mandolin Cafe
December 18, 2007 - 9:40 pm

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John McGann

John McGann

Boston, Mass. — John McGann, Associate Professor, Strings, Berklee School of Music will lead an instrumental mandolin-centric evening of original compositions and traditional Jazz, Irish, Classical, Brazilian, and Bluegrass on Tuesday, February 5, 2008, 8:15 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave.

Music will include the premiere of an original classical mandolin duo, as well as a traditional Irish trio, jazz string quartet, jazz quintet, and triple mandolin bluegrass explosion!

Performers will include Berklee faculty, staff, students, as well as local woodwind legend Billy Novick.

Mandolin, Octave mandolin, Guitar, John McGann
Mandolin, Annika Lückenbergfeld, one of Germany's leading classical mandolinists
Guitar, Jim Kelly (Gary Burton, Jim Odgren, Duke Robillard)
Guitar, Flynn Cohen (Halaili, John Whelan)
Fiddle, Oisin McAuley (Danu)
Fiddle, Mimi Rabson (Itzhak Perlman's klezmer project, RESQ)
Viola, Melissa Howe (Aerosmith)
Clarinet, Billy Novick (Guy Van Duser and Black Eagle Jazz Band)
Bass, David Hollender (Alan Bibey, Wayfaring Strangers)
Drums/Percussion, Casey Schurell (Jean-Luc Ponty, Chaka Khan)
Mandolin, Jacob Jolliff (Mike Marshall, future mandolin star)
Mandolin, Eric Robertson (future mandolin star)

John McGann, specializing in mandolin family instruments as well as electric and acoustic guitar won the 1986 National Flatpicking Championship on mandolin, and is currently Associate Professor of Mandolin at Berklee College of Music. He plays a wide variety of idioms, including jazz, bluegrass, American traditional music, and traditional Irish dance music.

He has performed and recorded with numerous artists, including David Grisman, Russ Barenberg, Darol Anger, Joe Derrane, Seamus Connolly, The Wayfaring Strangers, Celtic Fiddle Festival, and many others. His solo CD Upslide includes the ASCAP award-winning composition "Canyon Moonrise".

John is an active columnist and author, with five book/CD sets for Mel Bay Publications, including Developing Melodic Variations on Fiddle Tunes and Guide to Octave Mandolin/Bouzouki. He also owns and operates an independent music transcription company, which has been in business since 1981 serving both individual clients and major publishers.

Click red map pin below for driving directions to Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave., Boston, Massachusetts.

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