Urban Flavor
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Urban Flavor

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | INDIE

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2016
Band R&B Jazz

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Jul
21
Urban Flavor @ Rondo Days Festival

St. Paul, MN

St. Paul, MN

Dec
05
Urban Flavor @ Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mankato, MN

Mankato, MN

Aug
01
Urban Flavor @ National Night Out

Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, MN

Jul
15
Urban Flavor @ Rondo Days Festival

St. Paul, MN

St. Paul, MN

May
05
Urban Flavor @ Wedena Memorial Auditorium

Wadena, MN

Wadena, MN

Apr
09
Urban Flavor @ Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mankato, MN

Mankato, MN

Mar
16
Urban Flavor @ Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mankato, MN

Mankato, MN

May
28
Urban Flavor @ Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues

Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, MN

Apr
08
Urban Flavor @ Wadena County Historical Society

Wadena, MN

Wadena, MN

Sep
26
Urban Flavor @ Sovereign Estate Wine

Waconia, MN

Waconia, MN

Sep
25
Urban Flavor @ Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

Waconia, MN

Waconia, MN

Sep
19
Urban Flavor @ City Square Park

Waconia, MN

Waconia, MN

Jan
10
Urban Flavor @ Jake O'Connor's Public House

Excelsior, MN

Excelsior, MN

Aug
24
Urban Flavor @ Floyd's

Victoria, Minnesota, USA

Victoria, Minnesota, USA

Aug
23
Urban Flavor @ Island View Golf Club

Waconia, Minnesota, USA

Waconia, Minnesota, USA

Aug
16
Urban Flavor @ Sovereign Estates Winery

Waconia, Minnesota, USA

Waconia, Minnesota, USA

Aug
15
Urban Flavor @ Floyd's

Victoria, Minnesota, USA

Victoria, Minnesota, USA

Jul
20
Urban Flavor @ Harriet Brewing Co

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Jul
20
Urban Flavor @ Machentun County Market

Waconia, Minnesota, USA

Waconia, Minnesota, USA

Jul
14
Urban Flavor @ Westwood Community Church

Excelsior, Minnesota, USA

Excelsior, Minnesota, USA

Jun
20
Urban Flavor @ City Square Park

Waconia, Minnesota, USA

Waconia, Minnesota, USA

Jun
16
Urban Flavor @ Westwood Community Church

Excelsior, Minnesota, USA

Excelsior, Minnesota, USA

Jun
14
Urban Flavor @ Lola's

Waconia, Minnesota, USA

Waconia, Minnesota, USA

Jun
09
Urban Flavor @ Floyd's

Victoria, Minnesota, USA

Victoria, Minnesota, USA

Jun
07
Urban Flavor @ The Bohemian Wine Bar and Pub

Delano, Minnesota, USA

Delano, Minnesota, USA

Music

Press


March 13, 2008

Sould Drums made a recent appearance at Jefferson Elementary School to Present Afro-Cuban Jazz and Soul music to 350 elementary school children as part of their School Presentation Program for Schools. The following comments were from teachers regarding the program.

"My first grade students are still singing the songs. Thank you! - Very enjoyable."

"The students were moving, smiling, and really listening to the musicians! Soul Drums Rocks! Thanks!
- Jefferson Elementary Teachers


March 25, 2008

"Corner Coffee loved having Timothy Berry and band. They brought a great crowd, played lively fun music, were quick to set-up and tear down, and I look forward to having them back again."

Scott Woller
-Corner Coffee-

- Corner Coffee Management


March 13, 2008

Sould Drums made a recent appearance at Jefferson Elementary School to Present Afro-Cuban Jazz and Soul music to 350 elementary school children as part of their School Presentation Program for Schools. The following comments were from teachers regarding the program.

"My first grade students are still singing the songs. Thank you! - Very enjoyable."

"The students were moving, smiling, and really listening to the musicians! Soul Drums Rocks! Thanks!
- Jefferson Elementary Teachers


February 2008

Timothy Berry played Djembe Drum for The Minnesota Grade 9 and 10 Honors Choir. The choir's coordinator made the following comment.

"Timothy:

YOU ROCK!

Thanks so much for playing with the 9-10 Honor Choir. Your skill and style were such an enhancement!
Many students and their directors commented to me regarding this.

THANKS so much."

Paula Holmberg

- Teacher Reviews


Robinson's singular talent underscores his interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs, including the spiritual
"O Freedom" and Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Drummer Timothy Berry and pianist Joseph Samuel Reeves maintain a
high energy level as they accompany the performers and enjoy the spotlight with their own lively "Soul Riff for the Children."

read the entire review for Soul To Sole at:

http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/onstage/88559907.html?elr=KArksD:aDyaEP:kD:aUg:oaEQDUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiUr - Minneapolis Star Tribune


February 2008

Timothy Berry played Djembe Drum for The Minnesota Grade 9 and 10 Honors Choir. The choir's coordinator made the following comment.

"Timothy:

YOU ROCK!

Thanks so much for playing with the 9-10 Honor Choir. Your skill and style were such an enhancement!
Many students and their directors commented to me regarding this.

THANKS so much."

Paula Holmberg

- Teacher Reviews


Minneapolis, MN (March 30, 2009) – VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum announce the selection of seven emerging composers to participate in the 2009 Essentially Choral reading session. The winners were chosen from a field of 82 new works written by composers living in 29 states. The public is invited to attend a working rehearsal of the composers’ new music for voices and instruments on Saturday, April 18 (10 am-1 pm) at Sateren Auditorium in the Music Hall at Augsburg College (2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis). No ticket is required for this free session.

Essentially Choral provides an opportunity for emerging composers to develop their skills in writing for choral ensemble, either a cappella or with instruments. During the weekend of April 16-18, the 32-voice professional VocalEssence Ensemble Singers (and instrumentalists, if called for) will rehearse these works-in-progress, allowing the composers the unique opportunity to hear their new music performed before it is finalized. VocalEssence Artistic Director Philip Brunelle and internationally recognized composer Steven Sametz will provide personal mentoring sessions and professional development seminars to the composers. Additionally, VocalEssence Ensemble Singer Krista J. Palmquist will offer the composers a voice class, which aims to further their skills in writing for singers.

Composers selected for the 2009 Essentially Choral program are:

* Timothy A. Berry, Waconia, MN—Unfolding Amen (a cappella)

* Matthew Brown, Los Angeles, CA—(though love be a day) (a cappella)

* Rebekah Driscoll, Brooklyn, NY—Voices of Quiet Joy (a cappella)

* Thomas Fielding, Raleigh, NC—Madrigals on Epigrams to Priapus (a cappella)

* Joni Greene, Bloomington, IN—Autumn Reflections (a cappella)

* Bill Kempe, Maplewood, MN—“Winter Chaconne” from Winter Songs (two percussionists, guitar – classical and electric, bass – acoustic and electric, synthesizer)

* Timothy Jon Tharaldson, Berthoud, CO—The Solitary Reaper (electro acoustic accompaniment on CD)


The program is co-sponsored by American Composers Forum and VocalEssence with the generous support of the Jerome Foundation and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. - VocalEssence


Minneapolis, MN (March 30, 2009) – VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum announce the selection of seven emerging composers to participate in the 2009 Essentially Choral reading session. The winners were chosen from a field of 82 new works written by composers living in 29 states. The public is invited to attend a working rehearsal of the composers’ new music for voices and instruments on Saturday, April 18 (10 am-1 pm) at Sateren Auditorium in the Music Hall at Augsburg College (2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis). No ticket is required for this free session.

Essentially Choral provides an opportunity for emerging composers to develop their skills in writing for choral ensemble, either a cappella or with instruments. During the weekend of April 16-18, the 32-voice professional VocalEssence Ensemble Singers (and instrumentalists, if called for) will rehearse these works-in-progress, allowing the composers the unique opportunity to hear their new music performed before it is finalized. VocalEssence Artistic Director Philip Brunelle and internationally recognized composer Steven Sametz will provide personal mentoring sessions and professional development seminars to the composers. Additionally, VocalEssence Ensemble Singer Krista J. Palmquist will offer the composers a voice class, which aims to further their skills in writing for singers.

Composers selected for the 2009 Essentially Choral program are:

* Timothy A. Berry, Waconia, MN—Unfolding Amen (a cappella)

* Matthew Brown, Los Angeles, CA—(though love be a day) (a cappella)

* Rebekah Driscoll, Brooklyn, NY—Voices of Quiet Joy (a cappella)

* Thomas Fielding, Raleigh, NC—Madrigals on Epigrams to Priapus (a cappella)

* Joni Greene, Bloomington, IN—Autumn Reflections (a cappella)

* Bill Kempe, Maplewood, MN—“Winter Chaconne” from Winter Songs (two percussionists, guitar – classical and electric, bass – acoustic and electric, synthesizer)

* Timothy Jon Tharaldson, Berthoud, CO—The Solitary Reaper (electro acoustic accompaniment on CD)


The program is co-sponsored by American Composers Forum and VocalEssence with the generous support of the Jerome Foundation and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. - VocalEssence


Percussionist, Timothy Berry is mentioned in this review.

“Batuque” is inspired by the fun-loving samba but also draws upon Afro-Brazilian and contemporary dance as well as the rhythmic-based martial art form of capoeira. Every part of the body is engaged in fast-paced, fiercely athletic, hip-swiveling, counterpoint-driven propulsive movement, fueled by percussive beats courtesy of the outstanding Timothy Berry, Eliezer Freitas Santos, Samuel de Moraes and Brian Van Tassel.

The hour-long work is a journey, beginning and ending with carnival-like celebrations, but also delving into history, actively seeking out its roots on both sides of the south Atlantic Ocean, enhanced by visual artist Ta-coumba Tyrone Aiken’s evocative scenic panels and costume design.

The performers, many of whom are students at the University of Minnesota, brought high spirits to the work. Mette Towley, Davente Gilreath and company co-founder Jenny Pennaz were standouts for their smooth execution and exceptionally joyful commitment to mastering the complexities of the steps.

Dos Santos appeared minimally, settling into the choreographer’s role, and his dynamic presence was missed. There is room for growth in his dance-making — he could seek out more variation in the movement as well as challenge his performers to interact with one another more intently by tightening up the ensemble dancing (while continuing to strike a balance with individuality). Such synchronicity comes over time, and as the electrifying Contempo evolves, so too will the depth of its relationships onstage.

Caroline Palmer writes regularly about dance. -


Discography

Something About Grace
Soul Drums, Volume 1
Soul Drums Volume II (Groove Themes)
Soul Drums Volume III
Learn To Love (single)
Praise Like A Levite

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The Urban Flavor Band

Drums: Ben Lockett

Bass: Malcolm Nixon

Vocals - Kenny Britt - A very versatile lead and background vocalist. Kenny grew up singing in Gary Indiana at a young age and has excellent vocal skills. He sung with Signature from Gary Indiana, an a cappella group.  He has a unique style and range in classical jazz, gospel R&B, and funk. Kenny is considered to be one of the most talented singers in the Midwest.

Vocals: Robert Berry - powerful and soul-filled singer. Robert's gospel roots are evident in his rich and dynamic vocal range, another unmistakable Berry family trait.  

Keyboards: Charles Berry - Cofounder of Quiet Storm, one of the bands responsible for putting the Minneapolis sound on the map.  A former protege of his classically trained mother, Esther, and renowned teacher, Reverend Carl Walker, his gospel music background influences his unique approach, incorporating a spiritual foundation to his playing.  Check out this compilation in which Quiet Storm is featured! http://numerogroup.com/products/purple-snow-forecasting-the-minneapolis-sound

Guitar and vocals: Donald Berry - Cofounder of Quiet Storm along with his brother Charles, one of the bands responsible for putting the Minneapolis sound on the map. His rhythm guitar playing is second to none and has influenced many of Minnesota's greats including Prince, Andre Cymone and more.  Donald's vocals are legendary, incorporating the church sound and expanded vocal range.

Percussion and vocals: Dr. Timothy Berry - A very versatile performer and composer, and one of the Berry brothers, he has performed and toured as a singer, percussionist, and actor. Timothy has performed gospel, musical theater, opera, soul, and Afro Cuban music.  He has performed with Grammy Award winner, Larnelle Harris, the Minnesota Opera company, and Minnesota great, Robert Robinson.

Saxophone and Flute: Sarah Sharp - An emerging artist with a bold sound that blends jazz, classical and funk. She is a protégé of Keith Nance and Jeff Keys.




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