Concert

Ian Axel / Matt Duke / Joey Ryan

Tuesday / May 18, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Matt Duke looks super-young—almost teenage—in photographs, but the sound of his voice and the gravity of his lyrical content make you believe he is an old soul who has been through a lot. "That's exactly the image I am hoping to project," says Duke, who incorporates pop, folk, jazz, and rock into his repertoire. His stadium-ready Vedderesque voice may have mass appeal, but for now you are more likely to see him in a coffeehouse setting, following in the footsteps of some of his heroes, such as Ani DiFranco and Conor Oberst. Although he dropped out of college after "15 minutes," he has used many great novels as a jumping-off point for many of his finest tunes. 

As a toddler in Fair Lawn, NJ, Ian Axel would pick out his favorite songs by ear on his grandmother's upright piano ("Tequila" being the first). While writing perpetually from his very first time in front of the piano, it was not until college that Ian started to sing. The encouragement came from Chad Vaccarino, whom he met in a class at New York University. Chad happened to hear a song in-progress that Axel was humming and was so inspired, he forced Axel to take voice lessons and even paid for them. "Everything in my life changed," Axel says. "Even my hair turned curly." Chad co-penned most of Axel's early songs, and his vocals make up an integral part in the title track, "This Is the New Year." 

Joey Ryan was able to independently finance his current EP, "Kenter Canyon," by licensing his music to various media outlets. His music has been featured on Private Practice, One Tree Hill, iTunes Indie Spotlight, KCRW's Weekend Becomes Eclectic, and various commercials, including two long-running ads for Wrigley's in the UK. Five of Ryan's tracks were produced by Tony Berg (Jesca Hoop, Aimee Mann) and feature performances by Sara Bareilles, Dave Rawlings, Z Berg, and Matt Chamberlain. With harmonies by Bareilles, the opening track "Broken Headlights" pays tribute to the shockingly clear Los Angeles air after it rains, gracefully likening it to the confessions of a long-hidden love. The song received its first airplay from Chris Douridas on KCRW.

Admission: 
$8/advance, $10/door

Julia Easterlin

Saturday / August 21, 2010 / 2:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Julia Easterlin

Julia Easterlin weaves jazz, electronic music, and unexpected instruments (such as Scandinavian Tupperware) into performances that have been described as "mesmerizing" and "Ella Fitzgerald meets Stomp." Her current work involves using a looping station to create tracks in front of the audience, incorporating instruments, vocals, hand claps, tongue clicks and the serendipitous sound events that only a live setting can provide.

Easterlin was the lead soprano for the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensembles (2006, 2007), performing with Allen Toussaint, the Neville Brothers, Coolio, Kurt Elling, and James Moody. In 2008 she was presented with Down Beat magazine's Young Jazz Vocalist Award.

 

Admission: 
Free

Black Kettle

Saturday / August 21, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Black Kettle

Born of the songwriting duo of Keeley Bumford and Kailynn West, Black Kettle can engage the innocence of a child as well as the heartbreak of the hopeless romantic. One of the top five local Boston acts to watch in 2010 as noted by the Boston Phoenix, they blend folk, pop, and indie rock with melodies guaranteed to stick. Their debut album, Narrative, is now available. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Elise Hayes

Saturday / August 21, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Elise Hayes

Elise Hayes is a pop artist with an r&b/soul sensibility, blending thoughtful songwriting with a soulful punch. At Berklee, she performed with and for music industry giants such as Barry Eastmond, Steve Winwood, Philip Bailey, Rosa Passos, Howard Shore, and many more, and won an award for Outstanding Achievement in Vocal Performance. In 2008, she formed the neo-soul group Sutra, which performed all over New England. Hayes recently released the EP Steady the Pace.

Admission: 
Free

Panamerican Quartet

Thursday / September 9, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Panamerican Quartet

The Panamerican Quartet is a collaborative Latin Jazz project featuring two generations of Grammy Award winning musicians who have toured the globe with Paquito D'Rivera. The group features Paulo Stagnaro, percussion; Oscar Stagnaro, bass; Alex Brown, piano; and Mark Walker, drums.

Paulo Stagnaro, a rising percussionist and composer, is quickly establishing both a national and international reputation. Over the past year, Paulo has performed with artists such as bass giants Marcus Miller, and Israel "Cachao" Lopez, as well Danilo Perez, Mark Turner, Paquito D'Rivera, Gloria Estefan, Diego Urcola, and Greg Hopkins, among many others.

Oscar Stagnaro, is an exceptional bassist with a mastery of several music styles, from jazz and fusion to Latin jazz, Brazilian jazz, and South American music. Says Bass Player magazine, "Oscar's technical agility, advanced harmonic and melodic knowledge, and grounding in funk and R&B--as well as his dedication to Latin traditions--give him the ultimate flexibility when it comes time to lay down a groove." Stagnaro, who has earned two Latin Grammy Awards for recordings with Paquito D'Rivera, has played with a long list of music greats, including Ray Barreto, Michel Camilo, Giovanni Hidalgo, Freddy Hubbard, David Sanchez, and Chucho Valdez, among many others. Stagnaro has been a Berklee faculty member since 1988. 

Jazz pianist and composer Alex Brown is quickly establishing both a national and international reputation. In 2007, Alex joined the group of ten-time Grammy-Award-winner Paquito D'Rivera. Alex has also performed with musicians including Jane Bunnett, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, the New York Voices, Terell Stafford, Gary Thomas, Dave Valentin, Miguel Zenon, and Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Brown has received a Grammy nomination and has won awards from several prestigious sources, including Downbeat magazine and ASCAP.

Drummer/percussionist Mark Walker established a reputation in the Chicago area as a first-call session drummer and percussionist, playing on over a thousand jingles and record dates. He has won three Grammy Awards and earned several Grammy nominations for his work with various artists, including Oregon, Donato Poveda, Paquito D'Rivera and Caribbean Jazz Project. He has been a member of the Berklee faculty since 2001.

Admission: 
Free

Folk Arts Quartet

Sunday / August 15, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
United States
02171
Folk Arts Quartet

The Folk Arts Quartet has stormed the global folk scene, combining traditional styles from the fiddle world with the arts heritage of the classical string quartet. The result is a new, grooving, and prodigiously tasteful progressive string quartet pioneering a new genre: "ChamberGrass."

The original members met while studying at Berklee, arranging traditional Celtic and old-time tunes and original compositions using an array of techniques and ideas. Their groovy, contemporary style nods to their many influences and breathes new life into folk and chamber music. The quartet has had the honor of being mentored by some of the best contemporary string players around, including Eugene Friesen, Mads Tolling, Matt Glaser, and John McGann. The band released its self-titled debut to critical acclaim in 2009.

 

Admission: 
Free

Folk Arts Quartet

Wednesday / August 11, 2010 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Folk Arts Quartet

The Folk Arts Quartet has stormed the global folk scene, combining traditional styles from the fiddle world with the arts heritage of the classical string quartet. The result is a new, grooving, and prodigiously tasteful progressive string quartet pioneering a new genre: "ChamberGrass."

The original members met while studying at Berklee, arranging traditional Celtic and old-time tunes and original compositions using an array of techniques and ideas. Their groovy, contemporary style nods to their many influences and breathes new life into folk and chamber music. The quartet has had the honor of being mentored by some of the best contemporary string players around, including Eugene Friesen, Mads Tolling, Matt Glaser, and John McGann. The band released its self-titled debut to critical acclaim in 2009.

This concert is presented by Harvard Longwood Campus and takes place at the Harvard School of Public Health.

 

Admission: 
Free

Tais

Saturday / June 19, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Tais

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 23-year-old songwriter, composer, actress, and singer Tais Alvarenga is a Berklee film scoring graduate. Her biggest influences are Elis Regina, Sara Tavares, Chico Buarque, and Lenine and Richard Bona.

Alvarenga started working in a recording studio when she was just 10 years old. She has since worked as an actress, dancer, and second director, as well as a backing vocalist for famous Brazilian composers and singers Jair Rodrigues, Oswaldo Montenegro, and Nando Reis.

Admission: 
Free

Women of the World

Wednesday / June 30, 2010 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Women of the World

Women of the World is an ensemble of exceptional women from every continent. Hailing from the United States, Pakistan, Japan, Zimbabwe, Italy, Greece, Brazil, and more, these singers create rich tapestries of culture and sound as they perform both original and traditional songs. Based at Berklee, Women of the World plan to share their unique performance with a broad span of audiences in the coming year. This concert is presented by Harvard Longwood Campus and takes place at the Harvard School of Public Health. 

Admission: 
Free

Russell Lacy

Saturday / June 19, 2010 / 2:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Russell Lacy

Russell Lacy is a native Virginian finger picker who meshes old time and bluegrass music with his own interpretations of Delta blues and songster traditions. His songwriting drifts easily from ballads to blues numbers, and by playing the chords, melody, and bass simultaneously, Lacy creates a full sound that is reminiscent of John Hurt, Doc Watson, Robert Johnson, and countless others in American roots music.

Admission: 
Free

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