Matthew Halpin's Earwax Control will be performing new compositions by the members of the group, and collectively improvising to a series of projected animations and film clips. Julia Easterlin is a vocalist and songwriter who wields composition, production and performance in one fell swoop. One part siren and one part techie, she uses looping hardware to build a one-woman chorus live on stage.
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 1995–1997, 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 in 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, and jazz. She is a very creative and solid player with a strong focus on the groove and feel of styles.
For this performance, she will feature the great Colombian singer Maria Mulata, winner of the world-renowned “Viña del Mar Festival” '08 in Chile. They 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 CD, Cantos y Vuelos, released in 2013.
Led by Kenyan vocalist Wambura Mitaru, with South African guitarist Sebastian Reunert and Egyptian percussionist Moez Dawad, this group of friends has a deep grasp of their African roots. With their various regional backgrounds and their vast experiences in world music, Wambura Mitaru Synergy creates a hybrid sound that combines groovy tunes and catchy lyrics.
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:
Proclaimed the "singer-songwriter phenomenon from Cape Cod" by The Boston Globe, Carly Tefft grabs your attention with her rhythmic guitar playing and soulful voice. With wide-ranging influences such as Carole King, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi, and Grace Potter, Tefft combines rock-and-roll guitar playing with a bluesy voice while telling relatable stories in her songs. Starting her second year at Berklee College of Music, she has hit the ground running, most recently winning the Tyler Ward Open Act Contest, in which fans voted for her online, and the Gavin DeGraw Cover Contest.
Her first independent studio EP, “Loud and Clear,” was released in March of 2012, and her songs have hit many Massachusetts airwaves from Boston to Cape Cod while receiving rave reviews from critics. Music lovers can expect soulful and energetic performances from Tefft around New England; she also recently performed in Nashville, TN, where she was recording her anticipated second album. She is expected to release that album this spring.
Cosmodrome is a four-piece band whose style is a forward-thinking and eclectic blend of soul, funk, and hip-hop. The enchanting lead vocals of Madison McFerrin intertwine and lock with guitar, bass, and drums to create a sound and a live show that are captivating and always groove heavy.
Cosmodrome is based in Boston where all of the members are currently studying at Berklee College of Music. Although the core band consists of only four members, Cosmodrome is often accompanied by a horn section with the occasional addition of special guests.
From a wide range of musical backgrounds, the members of Cosmodrome quickly became best friends during their freshman year in college. Fueled by their passion for creation and love of all "stank face–inspiring" music, the four began to write their own original songs, and in the late spring of 2011, Cosmodrome was born. The band has recently finished recording its first official EP and continues to write original music and perform in the Northeast. Cosmodrome is excited to share its constantly evolving and unique musical vision with all who will listen.
Cosmodrome is Madison McFerrin (vocals), Finnegan Bryan Singer (guitar), Charely Ruddell (bass), and Taylor Robinson (drums).
Born and raised in a small Rhode Island town, Melanie Lynx became passionate about both singing and performance at a young age. This early performance craft was perfected until she was accepted into Berklee College of Music as a vocalist. Now, at just 21 years old, Lynx has truly found her sound as a pop/rock artist.
Lynx's performance skills have earned her countless competition victories on both a local and national scale. A few of these accomplishments include her participation in Hollywood Week on Fox’s American Idol and performances at both the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall in New York.
After performing more than 400 shows as the lead singer in one of New England's premier wedding bands, as well as performing at the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall, Lynx decided to focus on her own solo career. Since then, she has been featured in countless blogs including Perez Hilton, Love Twenty, and Her Campus, and was selected to be part of Live Music Week for WERS.
Siv Jakobsen is a singer-songwriter from Oslo, Norway, currently living in Boston, Massachusetts. Her music is often described as both dark and ethereal, drawing inspiration from her background in traditional Norwegian music and folk artists like Laura Marling, Ane Brun, Joni Mitchell, and Melissa Horn.