Nadia Washington and Nick Hakim will share the stage to headline the Marblehead Festival of Arts. Mandolinist Bryce Milano will open the concert.
Bryce Milano: 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia native Bryce Milano first discovered his love for music and the unlikely instrument of the mandolin at age 9. Though originally taking root in bluegrass and American folk music, he quickly ventured into music forms from around the world, studying everything from Bach to straight ahead jazz to Bulgarian folk music. In 2010, after spending nine years performing around the country, Milano began studying at Berklee College of Music on scholarship. In December of that year, he was invited to the Lincoln Center in New York City to accept ASCAP’s Lieber and Stoller Scholarship for his studies in performance. Now, two years later, Milano portrays the myriad of musical influences from his youth through his own compositions. By weaving in and out of contemporary and traditional styles, and utilizing unique instrumentation, he hopes his music will obscure the distinctions between musical genres across the globe.
Nadia Washington and Nick Hakim: 8:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Since Nadia Washington came to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, she has made a mark on both American coasts, playing at the Blue Note in New York as well as at the Vibrato Jazz Club in Bel Air, California. She was an affiliate of many ensembles, most notably the Terri Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby, and Ralph Peterson Ensemble, which has toured along the East Coast. She has appeared as a guest vocalist for many events including a musical tribute to Dave Brubeck in 2007. Washington was a featured performing artist in the Trinidad and Tobago Steel Pan and Jazz Festival in 2008.
Nick Hakim is a singer-songwriter from Washington D.C. He and his band have been playing venues around Boston and New York, cultivating a new sound in preparation for his record that will be released in the summer of 2012. Some of his influences include Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, and the Beatles.
Nick Hakim is a singer-songwriter from Washington D.C. He and his band have been playing venues around Boston and New York, cultivating a new sound in preparation for his record that will be released in the summer of 2013. Some of his influences include Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, and the Beatles.
Nile Alexander is a Boston based soul/R&B singer-songwriter who attends Berklee College of Music. He is a natural singer and performer and the band has a versatile and grooving energy that compliments his writing in a remarkably tasteful way.
Alexander is backed up by his three piece band, consisting of Kevin McGowan on drums, Alex Labrie on guitar, and Casey Andersen who also attend Berklee. Alexander and the band have a classic R&B sound with a modern writing style. They are influenced by the likes of John Legend, Frank Ocean, Erykah Badu, and Marvin Gaye. The group has been busy gigging and recording in the Boston and New York area for the past year.
Watch Nile Alexander perform Amos Lee's "Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight" in this video:
Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening concerts, led by faculty members Neal Itzler and Marcello Pellitteri. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a wide range of styles.
2:00 p.m. Neal Itzler: R&B/Funk
3:15 p.m. Marcello Pellitteri: Music of Cedar Walton
Elvia Ferreira has come a long way to achieve and accomplish her goals. Berklee has been quite a journey for her as well as many others. She will share with you her experiences while studying at Berklee.
Her senior recital will cover the genres of pop/rock, pop ballads, R&B/funk, and Latin, and will feature originals and covers of Henry Castro, Dwight Rivera, Luis D'Elias, and others.
Mad Satta is at the forefront of a new movement in soul and R&B music. This eclectic, eight-piece band merges elements of old-school soul with hip-hop, rock, and jazz to create an intriguing paragon, featuring Joanna Teters on vocals.
Founded by vocalist Joanna Teters and bassist Ben Carr in 2010, Mad Satta has assembled some of the most promising young musicians from New England to produce a powerful, unforgettable performance. Teters confidently fronts the band with grace and depth of soul beyond her years, drawing on her own musical roots in funk, reggae, and jazz. She is joined by bass player and principle composer for the group, Ben Carr, keyboardist Kevin Theodore (Ever Forthright, Soul Understated), standout Connecticut guitarist Ted Morcaldi and multi-instrumentalist and drummer Zane West. In June 2012, alto saxophonist Collin Wade joined the group, as did Eric Zeiser (trumpet) and Jason Fitch (tenor sax). Having already appeared at venues such as The Bitter End, 92YTribeca, The Bowery Electric, DROM, Café 939, and The Falcon, they have caught the eye of many.
"Mad Satta is truly fun-to-listen-to music for the right reasons. Led by the terrific and powerful voice of Joanna Teters, this is a group that will be an important component of the movement to keep this music moving forward..." said Taylor Eigsti, a two-time Grammy nominee.