Ben Higginbotham is a singer-songwriter currently based in Boston. He self-released his debut EP, I Think I’m Growing a Beard, and is about to wrap up production on his second album. His music is piano-driven rock, influenced by pop and educated by jazz. Higginbotham has been a student of piano since he was eight years old and of voice since he was thirteen. He wrote his first song at fifteen and now studies songwriting at Berklee College of Music. He’s finding a home in the music scene of the Northeast, playing all kinds of gigs around Boston and New York City.
Joe Musella is a performer, recording artist, and music educator active in the Boston music scene. An assistant professor in the Guitar Department, he has taught at Berklee for 20 years. Musella has reached students all around the world for the past several years through the Classic Rock Guitar Workshop, a class he authored for Berklee Online.
Musella released Echo, a 10-song set of original instrumental rock, in 2013 and is currently set to release his second album, Radar, in the fall of 2015. He has performed and recorded with members of Crosby, Stills, and Nash; the Replacements; the Joe Perry Project; and the J. Geils Band.
Carnivora is a metal band from Boston. In 2014, the band won both the Break Thru Music Battle for New England Metal Fest and Headbang for the Highway for Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
Theatrical metal storytellers Seven Spires have just hit the studio to begin recording their first full-length album. Drawing from all flavors across the metal spectrum, their signature blend of melody, theatrics, limit-pushing, and high caliber musicianship is tastefully dark and bittersweet. Seven Spires stand for all that is deliciously over the top and emotionally moving, and they aim to provide you with a decadent journey away from the drag of everyday life.
Framework is an underground metal group hailing from New Jersey. Their ability to seamlessly combine melodic elements with incredible speed and precision has given them the opportunity to play all over the United States.
Iris Lune initially began as the project of singer-songwriter Ella Joy Meir when she met guitarist and composer Asher Kurtz in Boston. As their exploration and experimentation of sounds transformed into serious songwriting, they recruited Aaron Liao and Angelo Spampinato to complete their roster, and they relocated to Brooklyn.
As influenced by Bjork as they are by Salvador Dali, Iris Lune’s music is pop without boundaries. Taking a foray into the crosspollination of electronic and acoustic music, the band builds off of Meir’s roots in Middle Eastern and Israeli folk music to craft a sound that stretches into the surreal. With an EP due out in late summer, Iris Lune immerses listeners in a world both elegant and mysterious.
The Heck Room Music Series is a monthly concert series featuring Berklee's top acoustic performers. This month features songwriter Jacob McCaslin, who is also an award-winning vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. Influenced at a young age by various soul and blues artists, McCaslin has steadily advanced in many areas of the music world. Before taking any formal lessons, he was recognized as a gifted guitarist and singer. He has been composing and producing his own music for more than nine years and is still growing as a musician as he continues his studies at Berklee.
This concert will feature Five-Week Summer Performance Program students performing their original songs, supported by an ensemble composed of Berklee College of Music students. The students from the program who will perform were selected based on a series of auditions that took place during the second week of the program.
Along with his band the Nasty Candombe Project, guitar principal and Uruguayan composer Nacho González presents Afro-Uruguayan grooves mixed with jazz and funk. Candombe is one of the most fascinating grooves from Latin America, a hidden treasure that more and more people are getting to know.
Becca Stevens's band expands and blurs the boundaries of folk, jazz, and pop while engaging the listener through keen poetic observation, rich musical language, and beguiling singing. Stevens has worked extensively as an educator, teaching private lessons and master classes on the voice and songwriting all over the world. She’s been on faculties teaching classes in vocal performance, ensemble instruction, musicianship, and private lessons at the Manhattan School of Music and the New School, as well as at various prestigious institutions in Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Since 2004, Stevens has served as a lead singer of Travis Sullivan’s Björkestra, fronting a genre-bending 18-piece jazz orchestra that interprets the songs of Björk on three albums and in countless live performances. She has also toured, recorded, and written lyrics for jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti, singing on five songs on his landmark 2010 album, Daylight at Midnight.
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The Zahili Gonzalez Zamora Project
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Originally from Cuba, pianist/singer/composer Zahili Gonzalez Zamora excels in traditional Cuban music, salsa, jazz, and other global genres. She is devoted to the music of American jazz giants Bill Evans and Miles Davis, whose work she studies at Berklee College of Music, but also integrates the styles of Paquito D'Rivera and D'Angelo. Her genre fusion embodies a new vision of an entire community, a passionate sound that seeks to express a desire for musical and cultural unity.