Ron Reid directs this combined faculty/student ensemble, which blends Afro-Cuban, reggae, R&B, and soca into an infectious mix of improvisation and danceable grooves. The program will feature originals, traditional Caribbean music, and popular songs arranged for Caribbean jazz-fusion ensemble.
Alex Dyring plays upright and electric bass and hails from Seattle. He will be performing original hip-hop and Latinjazz compositions with special guest poets Utril "U.T." Rhaburn and WillLynch. Alex's music draws inspiration from the textures of hip-hop producersof the last two decades, Afro-Colombian and Afro-Cuban rhythms, as well asjazz masters of the 20th century. Accompanying Alex will be Aaron Lawsonon drums, Jens Sweeting on keyboard, Cosimo Boni on trumpet, Clay Lyons on alto sax, Rhaburn on tenor sax, and Carley Cusack on flute.
Southern-born gospel and soul singer-sgwriter and Berklee alumna Krystal Pegram will perform. Pegram has crafted her artistry beyond her formal education and training, fully engaging herher skills as an M.D., worship leader, and vocalist during each performance. As a songwriter and performer, she leads her audience on a transcendant journey through highly animated, fully captivating storytelling.
The neo-soul, gospel, and R&B duo Living Stones formed at Berklee. Known for a contemporary approach to songwriting, the pair is driven by faith, a love for people, and a desire to translate life experiences to write meaningful, challenging music for people of all walks of life to enjoy.
Rocco DeLuca’s self-titled release is his second album for 429 Records and his fourth LP overall. Produced by seven-time Grammy-winner Daniel Lanois, DeLuca builds upon the brooding and haunting mood of his last solo album, 2011’s Drugs ‘N’ Hymns. DeLuca recently hosted recording sessions in his East Hollywood bedroom with a number of notable local musicians, “local folks and family,” including drummer Oliver Charles (Ben Harper), guitarist and vocalist Christian Letts (Edward Sharpe), bassist Seth-Ford Young (Edward Sharpe), violinist Odessa Jorgensen, bassist Gus Siefert (The Black Keys, Beck), vocalist Soko, and drummers Josh Collazo (Edward Sharpe) and Jonathan Wright. Whereas Drugs ‘n’ Hymns was notable for its spare, quiet intensity and attention to the darker side of things, DeLuca revels in a spirited spontaneity and intimacy no doubt achieved through many an inspired (and oftentimes unacknowledged) home recording session among friends.
Boston-based global folk ensemble Women of the World shares the stage with Anyango, the world’s first known female nyatiti player. The nyatiti is a traditional instrument of the Luo tribe in Kenya. The harp-like instrument has traditionally been played only by men in the tribe. Anyango, born Eriko Mukoyama in Tokyo, later moved to Kenya specifically to learn about Kenyan music and rhythms. “Anyango” means “girl born in the morning” in the Luo dialect, Dholuo.
Women of the World includes members representing nine countries and performs its repertoire in 23 languages. The group focuses on the practice of peace through music and art.
Acclaimed jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, a four-time Grammy nominee, and his group present Mehldau's music, which often juxtaposes dense pieces with stripped down, emotionally direct works. Mehldau has recorded and performed extensively since the early 1990s. Mehldau’s most consistent output over the years has taken place in the trio format.
Starting in 1996, his group released a series of five records on Warner Bros. entitled The Art of the Trio. During that same period, Mehldau also released a solo piano recording entitled Elegiac Cycle, and a record called Places that included both solo piano and trio songs. Elegiac Cycle and Places might be called “concept” albums. They are made up exclusively of original material and have central themes that hover over the compositions. Other Mehldau recordings include Largo, a collaborative effort with the innovative musician and producer Jon Brion, and Anything Goes—a trio outing with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy.
Watch Mehldau and Mark Guiliana perform “Hungry Ghost” in this video:
Exquisite vocalist Ana Moura possesses a sound unlike any other in fado. Her voice trolls freely though the Portuguese tradition, flirting elegantly with pop and broadening the soul-baring genre with stunning results. The BBC raves, “her melancholic intimacy dominates the moment it sashays out of the speakers . . . setting a mood of mesmerizing sorrow.” Examiner.com called Moura’s voice “made for melodrama . . . aesthetically thrilling and emotionally heartbreaking.”
Watch Moura’s music video for “A Case of You” here: