Concert

The Miguel de Cervantes Anniversary Concert

Thursday / April 10, 2014 / 2:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee Latino, the Mediterranean Music Institute (MMI), and Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with the Hispano-American consulates, will present a free concert celebrating the Miguel de Cervantes anniversary. The concert will feature Berklee students and faculty, including the Balkan Vocal Ensemble directed by Christiane Karam, and special guest, renowned Spanish artist La Shica, playing Latin and Spanish genres such as tango, salsa, bolero, cumbia, and rancheras.

The concert will also include a tribute to the great flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía, who passed away earlier this year. A famous novelist, poet, and playwright, de Cervantes shaped the Spanish language of today and is best known for his classic epic novel Don Quixote.

The Miguel de Cervantes Anniversary Concert is led by MMI  and Berklee Latino artistic director and Grammy Award-winner Javier Limón; MMI executive director Matthew Nicholl; Berklee Latino academic director and Latin Grammy-winner Oscar Stagnaro; and voice instructor Sofia Rei. All the songs will be arranged by students, and coordinated by student arranging supervisor Esther Rojas.

Admission:  Free
Admission with Berklee ID: Free

 

Admission: 
FREE

Antoine Fatout's Senior Recital: The Brazilian Dream

Thursday / May 8, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Drummer Antoine Fatout will present a diverse program of Brazilian music.

Admission: 
Free

Bailey Taylor / The Georgia English Band / Wambura Mitaru

Saturday / August 23, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
02125
Wambura Mitaru
Georgia English
David Mohai
Pamela Hersch

Warm your soul on George's Island with music from passionate artists that speak to humanity. Each artist will perform a set of their music with stories of hope, vunerabiltiy, and joy.  

Georgia tells stories of youth, discoveries, and vulnerability. Her writing runs from empathetic to in-your-face, often playing the role of the open-eared observer. She honors the legacies of pop, soul, folk, and jazz in exploring everyday themes. In 2012 she released her all-original album In the Fog, with songs including “Salvation” and “Learn To Be My Fool,”  recently licensed to a feature film in Los Angeles. Georgia was the recipient of Berklee's Songwriting Achievement Award and SESAC Award.

Wambura Mitaru is eclectic, and her fluid music blends funk, soul, R&B, jazz, and hip-hop as well ans sounds from African background. A young passionate singer and songwriter from Nairobi, she began her career in high school with training in classical music. She attended the Kenya Conservatoire of Music for further studies i until enrolling at Berklee College of Music in 2011. She has performed at the Boston Arts Festival, the Close Encounters Festival in Helsinki, the St. Petersburg festival, and several concerts at the Michael Joseph Centre in Nairobi.

Admission: 
Free

Damn Tall Buildings / El Feeling / The Lonely Heartstring Band

Saturday / August 9, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
02125

 Damn Tall Buildings, El Feeling, and the Lonely Heartstring Band perform roots music from the Deep South, Colombia, the Northeast, and the Midwest. 

Damn Tall Buildings is an all-acoustic bluegrass and blues band from Boston. While its instrumentation is bluegrass, it's not bound to it. With lyrical storytelling and foot-stomping grooves, its songs about love and ramblin’ help the everyday troubles slip away into up-tempo hobo anthems. With members from all around the United States, Damn Tall Buildings is a truthful combination of four people uniting their influences into a single sound.

El Feeling is a Colombian folk band composed of musicians Camilo Gomez, Felipe Gonzalez, Carlos Pinzon, Ivan Valbuena, Juan Alvarez, all from Colombia, and Mexican musician Diego Torres. While studying at Berklee, the members developed a curiosity about their country's folk music and roots. The members have studied the rhythms of different regions of Colombia and have started developing a following in the Boston area, playing at venues in East Boston, Malden, Everett, Lowell, and Cambridge. Its first EP, Bien Aleta, will be in production this summer. 

The Lonely Heartstring Band is an acoustic quintet based in Boston. Its music is a combination of old and new styles, melding the sounds of traditional bluegrass with modern songwriting and arranging. The band began with a common love for the music of the Beatles, bringing favorite songs to life while attempting to remain true to the original arrangements.

Admission: 
Free

Meredith Snyder / Cat and the Moon / The Frotations

Saturday / July 12, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
02125

Meredith Snyder, Cat and the Moon, and the Frotations each perform their original music ranging from folk to bluegrass to neo-soul.  Their music pulls from a variety of influences: a blend of Joni Mitchell, Bela Fleck, and D'Angelo.

Meredith Snyder is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for her smooth vocal blend of folk and jazz. She specializes in guitar, piano, and voice and is a born songwriter influenced by jazz and classical music. She explores a spectrum of styles and artists such as Joni Mitchell, St. Vincent, and Fiona Apple. Snyder recently released her first three-track EPentitled Beginning (available at www.bandcamp.com) and opened the show to a sold-out John Newman appearance at Brighton Music Hall.

Cat and the Moon is a blend of the driving and the calm, the traditional and the modern, the acoustic and the electric. With roots in Celtic and bluegrass, it creates a new kind of exciting and original sound. Armed technical prowess, this five-piece band from Boston has been performing publicly since 2013. 

The Frotations are a concrete blend of neo-soul and rock 'n' roll with a drop of hip-hop. If you like face melting solos, cold beats, headbanging, or simply getting your groove on, chances are you’re a professional Frotator and didn’t know it.

Admission: 
Free

Scars on 45

Monday / July 14, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Making music was the furthest thing from Scars on 45 co-founder Danny Bemrose's mind until the professional soccer player from England's Huddersfield Town football club broke his foot at 21 and his world came crashing down. “I was in limbo, without knowing what to do with myself,” he says. Bemrose put down the soccer ball and picked up his father’s guitar. Those early years led to creation of Scars on 45, a quintet from Leeds, England that combines the gentle melodic intensity of Snow Patrol or Keane with the added allure of co-ed vocals. Tension, often propelled by drummer Chris Durling’s insistent beat, builds throughout the songs as the emotional ante rises. The group’s self-titled debut includes the gracefully propulsive “Heart on Fire,” on which Danny and fellow lead vocalist Aimee Driver play out a couple’s anguished conversation.

Watch the music video for Scars on 45's "Heart on Fire" here:

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 general admission

Beautiful Songs from Latin America

Wednesday / April 16, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

This recital, given by the Advanced Latin and Jazz Vocal Performance class, is directed by Mili Bermejo. Students choose, write, and arrange songs from various countries: Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and others. The staff band and students work on arrangements that reflect both jazz and Latin music aesthetics.
 

Admission: 
Free

Maria Rowinska

Sunday / August 17, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
02171

Maria Rowinska's introduction to bossa nova began at a young age, by listening to Elis & Tom with her father. Her desire to learn bossa expanded to samba, choro, and other Brazilian styles and led her to Berklee College of Music, where she pursues Latin American performance studies in voice and percussion.

 

 

 

Admission: 
FREE

Brian D Plautz

Sunday / August 3, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
02171

Brian Plautz has developed a reputation as a dynamic saxophonist, composer, and educator with a modern and accessible sound. He grew up outside of Cleveland and performed at the Quicken Loans Arena (home of the Cleveland Cavaliers), Severance Hall, Blossom Music Center, and Nighttown. In Cleveland he developed a rich musical background, from gospel to classical to jazz. Under the direction of Liza Grossman, Brian played and recorded with Jon Anderson (Yes), Valerie Naranjo (Saturday Night Live band) and Donnie Iris (Wild Cherry).

Admission: 
FREE

3 Sudacas

Sunday / July 6, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
02171

3 Sudacas is a trio formed by Esther Rojas on bass, Eduardo Mercuri on guitar, and Marianella Rojas on vocaks and percussion, creating a fusion of music from Colombia, Brazil, and Venezuela and exploring jazz and pop, among other genres.

 

Admission: 
FREE

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