The Oscar Suchanek trio brings forth a new sound influenced by American and Brazilian jazz, flecked with soulful interpretations of popular music. This captivating quartet will move any audience.
Oscar Suchanek was born to a musical family in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1991. He showed musical ability at an early age, while growing up in Narragansett, Rhode Island. In eighth grade he and his mother moved to the Boston area. It was here he studied drum set with current Berklee professors Mark Kohler and Bob Gullotti. In the summer of 2009, Suchanek auditioned for the Berklee Five-Week Summer Program and was awarded a full-tuition scholarship.
At Berklee, Suchanek was accepted into high-level ensembles run by jazz greats like Teri Lyne Carrington, Ralph Peterson, Hal Crook, Alain Mallet, and Victor Mendoza. He has recorded with recent graduates Jihee Yoon, Kozue Kuriyama, and Jibaek Park, as well as many student projects. In 2012, Suchanek was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Drum Competition and flew to Washington, D.C., to compete. Suchanek also became a member of the Either Orchestra, a professional Boston-based Ethopian jazz group that just celebrated its 25th anniversary. Suchanek also leads projects of his own, including the Oscar Suchanek Quartet and the Brotet, and has played at many venues in the Boston area, including the Top of the Hub, the Beehive, Wally's Café, the Lillypad, Acton Jazz Café, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Middle East restaurant. He's also performed with Tim Ray, Marty Ballou, John Wilkins, John Lockwood, and Fernando Huergo, among others.
This event has been canceled due to weather. Created in the fall of 2012 by vocalist and composer Raquel Rivera, Amethyst has brought together six of Boston’s up-and-coming young musicians for a unique and anticipated project. The six-piece group delivers an eclectic mix of Rivera’s originals and collaborative new arrangements of covers from artists such as Kimbra and Taylor Eigsti. These contrasts are typical of the group’s material, which effortlessly combines pop, jazz, and Latin influences to create a magnetic characteristic sound. Amethyst just released their EP, Something About Evergreens, this February, and they are performing their material in Boston and New York this spring.
The Dwells were born on the Fourth of July. Paige Califano and Matthew Bean were enjoying the night on a hot, crowded Boston rooftop, but soon found themselves one floor below with some old notebooks and a guitar. Their voices blended minutes into hours and as morning glazed the window, they both left hearing music come to life like they had never heard before. As they dove into new ideas, they slowly crafted their sound and what emerged was a neo-Americana, cosmic folk duo that gives a nod to earlier genre-benders like Gram Parsons and Elliott Smith.
The Dwells are a vocal swirl, drenched in memorable lyrics and infectious songwriting, pulling inspiration from drama and expression in all mediums. Their new album Don't Ever Leave Me Like You Do was released in May with legends such as Henry Diltz (album photographer of The Morrison Hotel and Sweet Baby James) collaborating artistically with the duo. The combination of their voices has been described as “haunting yet ultimately heartfelt and vulnerable."
This concert has been canceled due to weather. Lauren Desberg is a 22-year-old jazz vocalist. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she grew up surrounded by music. Her mother (a singer) and her father (a guitarist) had her take piano, cello, and voice lessons throughout her youth. Desberg attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), where she began singing jazz. There she was the student director of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and sang with the big band and several combos.
While attending LACHSA, Desberg was selected to participate in several programs, including the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble and the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. She has performed at some of the most prestigious jazz venues in Los Angeles, including Catalina Bar and Grill, The Jazz Bakery, and Vitello’s.
Desberg attended Berklee College of Music on scholarship and graduated this past summer. While at Berklee, she won the ASCAP Foundation’s Leiber and Stoller Music Award, sang with the Beantown Swing Orchestra, and participated in numerous Berklee events and ensembles.
Desberg recently released her first EP, Sideways, produced by Gretchen Parlato. She was fortunate to have incredible players such as Dayna Stephens, Taylor Eigsti, Josh Crumbly, Chris Smith, and Corey Fonville accompanying her.
Siv & Maddie is a Boston-based acoustic folk duo consisting of Norwegian singer-songwriter Siv Jakobsen and Maddie Rice, a guitarist, singer, and songwriter from Salt Lake City, Utah. Their music is inspired by Norwegian folk and Americana music, and their influences include artists such as Ane Brun, Susanne Sundfør, Laura Marling, and Ray La Montagne.
Eric Law grew up performing classical, jazz, and punk music. At Berklee, he has developed an affinity for old-time and Americana music. In 2013, Law won first prize in the American String Teachers Association's National Alternative String Competition, where he performed a combination of traditional old-time music and his own songs. He is currently working toward the release of his first solo record and recently released a second album with We Avalanche.
Watch Law perform his original song "Sometimes I Wonder" in this video:
Chris Kazarian is a young, vibrant, up-and-coming artist from Worcester, MA. He has played and performed as the lead singer with the renowned and locally award-winning funk/rock/soul/indie band Kids on a Hill from Amherst, MA. He’s also known as one of the nine members of the UMass Doo Wop Shop’s “Disney Medley,” which has over 2 million views on YouTube.
Currently, Chris is enrolled at Berklee College of Music pursuing a bachelor’s degree in songwriting, composition, business, and performance. He's performing locally in Boston's crowded bars and playing open mic nights all around town. His performances are well known for being electric, wild, fun, goofy, and liberating. You’re going to have a good time!
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juana Aquerreta blends her musical roots with contemporary styles and will be performing a set of original tunes, joined by her friends Jacinta Clusellas (guitar) and Eleni Arapoglou (voice).
Jenna Moynihan is at the forefront of a new wave of acoustic music. Her work is heavily steeped in traditional Scottish music but also brings out influences from Appalachian old-time to jazz, creating a unique sound. Moynihan is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music and has performed with the Folk Arts Quartet, Atlantic Seaway, Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, and alongside the Boston Pops and Hayley Westenra.
Berklee Music Fest on Georges Island offers a free concert featuring three student groups with music ranging from indie rock to folk to blues. Drunken Logic draws from Death Cab for Cutie and the Who. Eleven Dollar Bills has been on NPR's "Here and Now," and Friendly People has performed at SXSW.
Drunken Logic: 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
With a highly potent live show and songs that jump out of the speakers and resonate in your ears, Drunken Logic is one of the few bands that gets you to let loose and keeps you thinking about the music for days afterward. This earnest brand of indie rock combines the best aspects of Death Cab for Cutie, Frightened Rabbit, Foo Fighters, and the Who into a powerful concoction that delivers a sucker punch. Just when it seemed that the raw, youthful energy of the rock 'n' roll tradition and the honest emotion and thoughtfulness of the indie movement would never be reconciled, Drunken Logic serves as the exception to the rule.
Doctor Doctor: 3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
The good Doctors play loud, proud, and sometimes profound, rock and roll music on acoustic, and sometimes electric, instruments. DoctorDoctor is not comprised of two doctors. It is not comprised of one doctor and one non-doctor either. Having said that, Doctor Doctor is good for what ales you.
Friendly People: 4:00 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
In a desperate search for warmth in the Boston winter of 2010-2011, a few friends—some old, some new—came together to see what would happen when they brought their musical tastes, talents, and trinkets into the same room. What started as a jam in a Cambridge, Massachusetts, living room has led to a recently released debut album, Shake, and a tour across the United States to perform at this year's South By Southwest Festival. With five minds and five million ideas, the result is Friendly People, folk-infused indie rock, hand-crafted to make you feel at home.