Sarah McKenzie is a pianist, vocalist, and composer "already in full possession of an individualistic voice," according to DownBeat magazine. Her second album, Close Your Eyes, won the ARIA award for Best Jazz Album in 2012, the same year she won a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music and performed at Umbria Jazz's Winter and Summer festivals. Her third release, with producer Brian Bacchus, will feature both Jensen and vibraphonist Warren Wolf.
Multi-instrumentalist and producer Daniel Gonzalez and live-looping guitarist Hector Hellion join forces to create a new way of music performance. This show will feature an eclectic electronic set with live loop improvisation.
Yun & the New Definition is a fusion big band made up of musicians from different schools around Boston. Their style is based on Chinese folk music as well as influences from jazz and contemporary music. Founded only a year ago, the band has played in the Chinese Lunar New Year Concert at the Berklee Performance Center, Grad Night at the Harvard Club (sharing the stage with Yo-Yo Ma), and the 2014 Ivy League Spring Festival Gala (with Grammy winner Eugene Friesen).
Gabrielle Goodman, along with Walter Beasley, Donna McElroy, David Alan Bunn, Larry Watson, and other special guests, will perform songs from Gabrielle's catalogue as well as songs by artists she has worked with over the years: Chaka Khan, Michael Buble, Roberta Flack, Patti Labelle, and others.
The Wailin Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody, and Heather Masse, three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound. Together they forge a unified folk-pop sound — all delivered with the irresistible vocal power of three.
Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, together known as 2CELLOS, have achieved sensational success by taking the cello to a new level. Their playing style has broken down the boundaries between different genres of music, from classical and film music to pop and rock. With no limits when it comes to performing live, they are equally impressive playing Bach and Vivaldi as when they are rocking out to AC/DC.