Berklee Presents Free Summer Concerts on Spectacle Island

By 
Nick Balkin
June 13, 2012
Lukas Pool and Jenna Moynihan
Alex Baboian
Matt Savage
The Acoustic Project with Lee Dynes (right) and Jacob Jolliff

From June to September, up-and-coming Berklee musicians will perform free concerts for Berklee Jazz on Spectacle Island, a part of Berklee Summer in the City, presented by Natixis Global Asset Management. The Boston Harbor Alliance and the Boston Harbor National Park host the performances every other Sunday at 1:00 p.m., from June 24 through September 2, weather permitting. For more information on Berklee concerts in neighborhoods all over Boston this summer, visit berklee.edu/events/summer.

Berklee Jazz on Spectacle Island is accessible by ferry from Boston's Long Wharf North, next to Christopher Columbus Park (MBTA Blue Line to Aquarium Station, Green or Orange Lines to Haymarket Station). On performance dates, ferries depart Long Wharf North on the half hour between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Ferry tickets can be purchased at the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, across from the Long Wharf Marriott. For a full schedule and additional information, visit bostonharborislands.org.

June 24 - Lukas Pool and Jenna Moynihan
Lukas Pool and Jenna Moynihan come from different backgrounds, but the duet's musical chemistry clicked right from the start. An Arkansas native, Pool is the 2011 National Old-Time Banjo Champion and an in-demand solo artist. Moynihan grew up playing Scottish- and Cape Breton-style fiddle and has established herself as a sought-after performer and instructor. 

July 8 - The Acoustic Project 
The Acoustic Project—guitarist Lee Dynes and mandolinist Jacob Jolliff—play a progressive mix of bluegrass, folk-pop, and contemporary jazz. The duo, who met their first year at Berklee, is known for their distinctive solos and infectious energy. 

July 22 - Alex Baboian
Alex Baboian is a guitarist, teacher, and composer from Boston. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, DC Jazz Festival, and BeanTown Jazz Festival, and was awarded the Berklee Guitar Department Achievement Award in 2011 and 2012. 

August 5 - The Jazz Tellers
The Jazz Tellers—saxophonist Callum Mackenzie, guitarist Lee Dynes, and drummer Nate Wong—play music that is experimental yet deeply rooted in jazz tradition. In the past two years, the trio has toured internationally, including several dates in Hong Kong and mainland China.  

August 19 - Matt Savage 
Matt Savage, 20-year-old jazz pianist/composer/arranger, has performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the Late Show with David Letterman, Today, and NPR's Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland. With his trio, he has played at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, Birdland, and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Savage's ninth and latest CD Welcome Home features Bobby Watson and Jeremy Pelt, among others. 

September 2 - Lihi Haruvi
Born and raised in Israel, saxophonist Lihi Haruvi studied at the prestigious Thelma Yellin High School of the Performing Arts, and was an official arranger for the Israel Defense Forces orchestra. During her military service, she was chosen to represent Israel by performing as a soloist around the world. She is currently a member of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, where she has worked with Danilo Pérez, Joe Lovano, Ben Street, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, and others. 

Headquartered in Paris and Boston, Natixis Global Asset Management provides investment solutions to both institutional and individual clients. The Berklee Summer in the City sponsorship is the second phase of a new multiyear global NGAM music sponsorship program designed to align business objectives with initiatives that preserve cultural experience through music.

Boston Harbor Island Alliance (BHIA) is a nonprofit organization that supports the Boston Harbor Islands national park area and is one of the very few non-profit organizations designated by Congress as a partner in the development and programming of a park. In partnership with the National Park Service and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, BHIA plays a vital role in providing an enhanced visitor experience by building visitation and bringing awareness to the Park. BHIA welcomes more than 150,000 visitors from around the world to the islands each season and has attracted $30 million in new facilities projects, which includes the new Harbor Islands Pavilion on Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway. Through partnerships with corporations, foundations, individuals, and government agencies BHIA provides more than 150 free informative and educational island programs, as well as free access to the islands for underserved communities. Additionally, BHIA manages all major island service providers including water transportation and on-island concessions.