A cappella groups from colleges and universities throughout the Northeast compete for a chance to perform at the next round in New York City.
This tournament will feature performances by:
Absolut A Cappella, SUNY New Paltz; Pitch, Please, Northeastern University; Pitch Slapped, Berklee College of Music; Potsdam Pointercounts, SUNY Potsdam; For Good Measure, Emmanuel College; Choral Pleasure, SUNY Purchase; Acappellics Anonymous, Emerson College; the Downbeats, Northeastern University; UniSons, Northeastern University; the Hexachords, UMass Amherst; and the Vocal Suspects, UMass Amherst. Two more groups will be added to this lineup once the quarterfinal winners are announced.
Join us for a multimedia show of music inspired by the messages of Martin Luther King Jr. The event features Phil Lima performing a musical rendition of the "I Have a Dream" speech, Berklee alumna and inspired vocalist Renese King singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing," and Matt Jenson's band, Liquid Revolution (www.liquidrevolution.net), performing lively reggae originals that will tap into many of today's social justice issues.
Mili Bermejo and Sofia Rei, two generations of singers who come from the soulful and passionate Latin American vocal tradition, join forces to present an intimate set of new originals.
Bermejo carries forward the Mexican and Argentine music inherited from her parents, giving "each song a reading so strikingly personal that it sounds as though she has actually lived the tales painted in the tunes' lyrics," according to LatinoMagazine. Boston Magazine calls her music "part poetry-folk, part Sarah Vaughan sophistication." She performs with bassist Dan Greenspan, pianist Jiri Nedoma, and drummer Bertram Lehman.
Rei, one of the most charismatic and inventive vocalists on the New York music scene, brings her worldly sensibility and hauntingly melodic voice to the concert's second half. "Sofía's vocal prowess contains an emotional impact that leaves an audience gasping for air and begging for more," according to Latin Jazz Corner. She will be joined by JC Maillard on guitar, Jorge Roeder on bass, and Tupac Mantilla on percussion.
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission
Kollaboration Boston is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a creative platform for Asian-American performance artists to showcase their talents. Our mission and mantra is "Empowerment through Entertainment." Our third annual show features seven diverse acts: Angel & Will, a vocal/instrumental duo; Daesun Yim, an improv pianist; Derek Hsu, a Chinese yo-yo pro; Justin Oppus, a vocalist; LuDow, a rap artist; Movement Box, a vocal percussion and dance group; and UPdrifting Crew, a hip-hop dance group. As guest performers and judges, we have hip-hop dancer Ellen Kim, musicans AJ Rafael and Andrew Rhim, and our Kollaboration Boston 2 grand finalist, Justin Chiou. More information can be found at www.KollaborationBoston.org or Facebook.com/KollaborationBoston.
$28 VIP, $13 in advance (discount applied at checkout), or $35 VIP, $16 day of show, general admission
Vocal jazz ensembles perform a variety of songs in the tradition of groups such as the Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, VOX ONE, The Real Group, The Swingle Singers, and more. The performances, directed by Ned Rosenblatt, David Scott, and Jeremy Ragsdale, will feature some original arrangements by Berklee faculty and students.