Jazz quintet Chroma presents original compositions featuring a modern yet accessible sound with its roots in groove. Formed at Berklee College of Music, Chroma is comprised of Brian Plautz (saxophone), Alex Conroy (guitar), Joel Hill (piano), Brian Benton (bass), and Matt Raphaelian (drums). Emphasizing melody and emotion, Chroma’s music is featured on Jazz Revelation Records’ 2013 release and is showcased on the quintet's independent release, Pentameter.
Cocoa Jackson Lane and Brite Lite Brite will perform 50-minute sets at the Boston Ahts Festival. Each group has a unique style, from soul with elements of reggae to electronic.
Brite Lite Brite: 3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Brite Lite Brite, made up of award-winning singer-songwriter Andrea Stankevitch and electronics master Luke Johnson, both alumni of Berklee, has taken live electronic music production and performance to new levels by creating innovative technologies and techniques for live sound design and real-time production.
Brite Lite Brite's musical highlights include winning the grand prize electronica category in the 2007 John Lennon Songwriting contest for "Sky Turns Red," as well as earning semifinalist placement in the 2008 and 2011 International Songwriting Competition for "Now that You're Around" and "Radioactive Love," and winning the grand prize electronic category and second overall contest winner for "I Lost My Heart Tonight" in the 2010 100% Music Songwriting Contest.
Additionally, Brite Lite Brite was selected to play Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2010 by thousands of voters and Virgin Mobile’s panel of judges in the Book the Band contest opening for headliners M.I.A., Joan Jett, Matt & Kim, LCD Soundsystem, and Ludacris. Brite Lite Brite is currently in the studio recording their second album, Stalker, coming soon. Brite Lite Brite will also be performing at Lollapalooza this summer on Aug. 2, 2013. britelitebrite.com
Cocoa Jackson Lane: 4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Cocoa Jackson Lane combines gritty soul with roots and reggae. Hailing from the Pacific, South East Asia, and Barcelona, this eclectic outfit instinctively delivers an honest and raw performance. Fronted by the vivacious Jess Harlen and directed by bassist Camilla Charlesworth, Cocoa Jackson Lane seamlessly ranges from heart-wrenching delicacy to hard-hitting dancehall.
Born into a musical family in Barranquilla, Colombia, Esther Rojas started playing the violin at age 10, mainly focusing on a classical music repertoire. From 1995 to 1997, she continued her studies at the University of Cauca and the Antonio Maria Valencia Conservatory in Cali, Colombia, where she also performed with their youth symphony orchestras. In 2000, she switched her musical interest to electric and acoustic bass, entering the commercial arranging and composition and the jazz performance studies programs at the prestigious Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia. She has studied with Alain Caron, Oscar Stagnaro, and Luis Angel Pastor. Recently, she performed with Latin superstar Luis Enrique.
She is currently enrolled in the contemporary writing and production program at Berklee College of Music. Rojas’s style is a combination of the influences of Colombian traditional music, R&B, pop, salsa, Cuban timba, Brazilian music, and jazz. She is a very creative and solid player with a strong focus on the groove.
For this performance, she will feature the great Colombian singer Maria Mulata, 2008 winner of the world-renowned Viña del Mar Festival in Chile. Rojas and Mulata have been working together for the past four years. Their work includes performances at the most important festivals in Colombia and concerts in Asia and the United States. Rojas has also collaborated on Maria Mulata's most recent album, Cantos y Vuelos, which was released in 2013.
Double bassist Jared Henderson and his band performs a set of original music in his senior recital. The show will feature guest appearances by Mike Bono, Christian Li, Matthew Halpin, Roberto Giaqunito, and others.