Freezepop has always been something of an oxymoron: embraced by both hipsters and nerds, serious about irony, and retro-futuristic. A synth band in a guitar video game, singing pop songs about rock. And it all somehow makes sense when you listen to the music.
Formed in Boston in the summer of 1999, Freezepop released two homemade EPs and started a DIY machine that would become one of their trademarks. Their debut album, 2000's Freezepop Forever, was released domestically on their own label, Archenemy, as well as licensed in Europe by the Spanish indiepop label Elefant. Several more EPs followed, and in 2004, Freezepop put out their sophomore album, Fancy Ultra•Fresh. After nearly eight years of self-releasing their CDs, they partnered with Rykodisc/Cordless Recordings for their most recent album, Future Future Future Perfect. Their single "Less Talk More Rokk" was the iTunes #4 dance/electronic song of 2007, and the band swept the 2008 Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll, winning the local categories of Best Band, Best Live Act, and Best Album.
Come hear the wide variety of music going on in Berklee's String Department. String students will perform in an open lesson setting. Department chair Melissa Howe will be joined by faculty member Mimi Rabson.
Sam and Ruby'sThe Here and The Now showcases arrangements that are beautifully understated, relying on acoustic and electric guitars, brushes of percussion, the occasional string section, and, above all, those two intertwining voices.
Award winning singer-songwriter, Liz Longley, will open in what will be an amazing night of music.
Jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and Berklee graduate Carmen Spada '07 performs original music and arrangements. To honor his Italian roots, Spada also performs on the accordion, playing and singing the music of his heritage.
Born in Brampton, Ontario, Spada has been playing piano since age 7, after being introduced to it by his father. Spada was a recipient of the 2007 Herb Pomeroy Award in Jazz Composition, and had his music performed in the Best of Jazz Composition 1 concert as well as the Jazz Composition Cooperative Big Band concert. Nearing graduation in November 2007, Spada was chosen to have his music critiqued in a master class by Grammy Award–winner and visiting composer Maria Schneider. Her advice on and input into his original composition "Lullaby" resulted in its selection and inclusion on Berklee's Jazz Revelation Records's 2008 release, Common Ground.