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.
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."
Isis Lune is a Boston-based group formed at Berklee College of Music. Led by Israeli vocalist Ella Joy Meir, the band creates a unique soundscape that combines electronic textures with a raw human element. Titles such as "In the Belly of a Whale" and "Bring Me the Moon" submerge the listener in the band's world: a realm of demons and magic, of vast oceans and endless skylines. The band’s music reflects its members' eclectic musical backgrounds, ranging from classical to ethnic, from jazz to rock and R&B.
Isis Lune is Ella Joy Meir (vocals and piano), Asher Kurtz (guitar), Ran Gil (keys), Aaron Liao (bass), and Tim Merle (drums). Watch Isis Lune perform "Leaking" in this music video:
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juana Aquerreta blends her musical roots with contemporary styles. She will be performing a set of original tunes, joined by her friends Jacinta Clusellas (guitar), Tomas Latorre (bass), Tiago Michelin (drums), and Eleni Arapoglou (vocals).
Gabriela Lencka—an actress, singer-songwriter, and videographer—incorporates all of her passions and expresses herself best as a performer. Her music is a tasty mix of many styles, and it is hard to stay indifferent to her lyrics. As if that were not enough, her performance is a genuine feast for the eyes and ears.
KeL is a colorful-sounding band, combining jazz piano, rock solos, fresh pop grooves, and hints of smooth Brazilian melodies.
Kel do Nascimento was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. Very early in her childhood, she showed an interest in the arts, specifically theater, dance, and music. She finally decided to take vocal lessons in 2008 and got accepted at Souza Lima Conservatory in 2009, where she dove into music studies for three years before transferring credits to Berklee College of Music. While in Brazil, she toured the country as the background and lead vocalist for a few bands, released a single on the radio, and played weekly in nightclubs with her trio. She came to Berklee in the fall of 2011 and has been performing, songwriting, and producing her own music project, KeL, as well as expanding her network and opportunities.
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.
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.