John Clayton, a Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer, arranger, and educator, performs a concert in which he will form duos with several Berklee faculty members and students. These perfomers include Tony Germain, assistant chair of the Piano Department; student Elliott Skinner (voice); guitar professor Bill Banfield; Steve Bailey, chair of the Bass Department; student Ethan Smith (spoken word poet); Larry Baione, chair of the Guitar Department; and Bill Pierce, chair of the Woodwind Department, on saxophone.
Her sound recalls Joan Baez and Buffy Sainte-Marie along with a touch of Delta Blues, so it's difficult to believe singer-songwriter Miriam Elhajli is only 19. Last summer Elhajli traveled to London, where she played at renowned venues including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Leigh On Sea Folk Festival, and The Troubadour Club.
Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a town with a rich history of folk music, Elhajli is of Venezuelan and Moroccan descent. She became interested in the folkloric music of her heritage early on and learned to sing in Spanish and French. Last summer Elhajli traveled alone to London and ended up playing at some of the most renowned clubs and festivals in England, such as The Cambridge Folk Festival, Leigh On Sea Folk Festival, and The Troubadour Club. Elhajli is a performance major and an English minor at Berklee. She intends to become a philosopher.
3 Sudacas is three students at Berklee from Venezuela, Brazil, and Colombia performing traditional and unique compositions arranged for voice, percussion, mandolin, guitar, and bass. They have each had unique performance experiences and had the opportunity to work and perform together for the 2014 Latin Grammys with Alejandro Sanz.
Ahmad El Haggar is an Egyptian singer-songwriter and oud player. He performs orginals and covers from the Arab world, rearranging them to suit a more modern sound. Born to a family of musicians, Ahmad knew since youth that music was the path for him. His grandfather taught him singing techniques, and his father, Ali El Haggar, taught him about the business. In 2013 Ahmad started studying at Berklee, and in January he had the pleasure of performing "Home Again" with the legendary Carole King.
Formed in February 2013 and driven by a shared passion to create music with purpose, The Western Den is the collaborative work of Deni Hlavinka and Chris West, who together blend compelling folk harmonies with ambient textures to produce a sound all their own. The duo released their debut EP, Battle Hymns, in May 2013 and premiered that summer by opening for Melissa Ferrick on the northeastern leg of her national tour. The Western Den is based in Boston, performing and working on a full-length album.
Rooted in traditional Scottish and Appalachian old-time music, this duo has developed a sound that celebrates and explores beautiful melodies. The pair met while studying at Berklee College of Music and are a product of the thriving local music scene. Both Jenna and Mairi have been heavily steeped in tradition, but their arrangements push boundaries with originality, breathing new life into old tunes.