Concert

Aliya Cycon Project

Wednesday / August 31, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116
Aliya Cycon Project

Arabic-inspired band the Aliya Cycon Project was formed in the summer of 2014 at Berklee College of Music by oud player, pianist, and singer Aliya Cycon. A lifelong musician, Cycon discovered the beauty and allure of the oud when she travelled for a summer to the West Bank, Palestine. Since that life-changing trip four years ago, she has held the goal of presenting the lilting charm of Arabic music, blended with her own style, to all music lovers. By elaborating on a melodic idea, which is the basic unit of Arabic music, the Aliya Cycon Project aims to salute that rich tradition and step just outside of its colorful borders. The band released their debut album, We Will Be Light, in March of 2015, and they have had the opportunity to play alongside major international artists like Vieux Farka Touré, Amir ElSaffar, and Tony Vacca. Cycon has performed her music in Palestine, Lebanon, and Senegal, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Says DownBeat magazine of her music, it's "...an alluring, shimmering dance between world pop and traditional Arabic music. Her Arabic [oud] sometimes projects a palpable effervescence, other times an incisive ambiguity." 

Watch the Aliya Cycon Project perform "Sitti":

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Honeysuckle

Wednesday / August 24, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116
Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is a progressive folk trio that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration. They can frequently be found playing in the Boston area and in surrounding cities in the Northeast with bands such as Boy and Bear and Grey Season, among many others. Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns, and Chris Bloniarz make up the trio. They currently have two releases: Live at Rockwood Music Hall and their 2015 EP, Arrows. Honeysuckle was chosen to be a Converse Rubber Tracks artist and played at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. They were also nominated for best folk and best Americana artists of the year at the 2015 Boston Music Awards. Thanks to Club Passim and their Iguana Music Fund grants, Honeysuckle is currently working on a new, full-length album slated for release in spring 2016.

Watch Honeysuckle perform "Let the Light In":

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Free

James Fernando

Wednesday / August 17, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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700 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116
James Fernando

James Fernando is a 20-year-old pianist from Needham, Massachusetts, who frequently performs and teaches around the Boston area. He began playing piano at age five and studied classically until age 13, when he discovered jazz by playing in his middle school jazz band. When Fernando began to study jazz and improvisation, he quickly became very committed. He studied at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and won several student awards including awards from the National Young Arts Foundation and DownBeat magazine. Fernando was a member of the 2013 Jazz Band of America and attended Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program in 2013 on a Jazz Workshop Scholarship. After receiving another scholarship during the Berklee summer program, he began studying performance at Berklee in the fall of 2014.

Watch Fernando perform "Misty":

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Daniel Patiño

Thursday / July 28, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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Assembly Row
100 Foley Street
Somerville
MA
United States
02145
Daniel Patiño

Daniel Patiño is a singer-songwriter from San José, Costa Rica. He has been an active member of the Costa Rican artistic community for the past decade. In 2007, alongside his brother Andres, Patiño formed a band called Patiño Quintana. Patiño Quintana recorded three albums and performed in some of Costa Rica’s major music festivals such as Festival Imperial and Festival de Ias Artes. Patiño has also worked as a composer and producer for the Costa Rican web series Dele Viaje, and he has been a guest singer with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Costa Rica. He's currently performing as a solo act with a repertoire that covers some of Patiño Quintana's best work as well as new music that showcases his most recent influences as a Berklee student in Boston. His band comprises himself (vocals, guitar), Pablo Yescas (bass, vocals), and Eli Fowler (drums, vocals). 

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Free

Njoki Karu

Wednesday / August 10, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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700 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116
Njoki Karu

Njoki Karu is a singer-songwriter from Nairobi, Kenya, and a student at Berklee College of Music. She seeks to inspire through her music, which has no genre but has been deeply inspired and influenced by her father's old stash of blues cassettes, her African roots, and her love for alternative music. Her style is continuously morphing as she interacts with the people around her.

Watch Karu perform "Businessman":

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Ceci Juno / Seven To Five

Thursday / July 21, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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100 Foley Street
Somerville
MA
United States
02145

Ceci Juno is an Ecuadorian singer-songwriter, composer, and music therapist in training. Seven to Five is a Boston-area band that makes reharmonized arrangements such as mashups and medleys.

 

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Kyle Thornton & the Company

Wednesday / August 3, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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700 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116
Kyle Thornton

Kyle Thornton & the Company is a seven-piece soul-hop group whose sound samples influences from several genres while remaining grounded in the passionate, honest style that is the blues. Currently based in Boston, the band is made up of members from around the United States. Kyle Thornton & the Company's classic grooves and thought-provoking lyrics will move your heart and your body. Radio personality Sterling Golden described Kyle Thornton & the Company’s live performances as “a celebration of music and life, led by the group and fed by the screaming faithful around me. I felt the connection and let me tell you, family, it was a rush.”

Watch Kyle Thornton & the Company perform "Read Receipts":

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Nicolas Emden

Thursday / July 14, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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100 Foley Street
Somerville
MA
United States
02145
Nicolas Emden
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Nicolas Emden is a Chilean singer-songwriter from the city of Osorno, near Patagonia, where he grew up and learned music through South American folklore, the Beatles, Argentinian rock, and Dave Matthews Band, among other things. Today he lives in Boston, studying and working as a performer, a music director, a conductor for musical theater, and anything that mixes an orchestra with the popular music world. For this show, he will perform the music from his album, Como los Pájaros, released in Chile in 2014. 

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Free

Orlando Retana

Thursday / August 18, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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Assembly Row
100 Foley Street
Somerville
MA
United States
02145
Orlando Retana

Orlando Retana, a drummer from Costa Rica, and his band focus on Latin jazz, fusion, and world music. He has performed with many well-known artists such as Mel Pulinario, Sabaa Tovar, Chris Allen, Luis Morales Jr., and Susana Baca, among others. Retana will graduate from Berklee in May 2016 and plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams as a freelance drummer. 

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Free

Shirhan Agabeyli

Wednesday / July 27, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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700 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116
Shirhan Agabeyli

Bassist Shirhan Agabeyli is also a composer, arranger, and singer born in Ukraine on April 11, 1991. His parents immersed him at a very young age in different musical environments such as jazz, funk, fusion, R&B, and, of course, his motherland's traditional music of mugam, a highly complex art form that merges poetry and musical improvisation. He took mugam lessons from renowned tar (an Azerbaijani traditional instrument) player Sidqi Mustafaev. As a performer and improviser, Agabeyli combines influences that represent his ethnic Azerbaijani background with the intricate rhythmical structures of jazz harmony and mugam. He has recorded and performed with musician such as John Medeski, David Fiuczynski, Batyrkhan Shukenov, Enver Izmaylov, and Erkan Ogur, and has participated in various musical projects in Ukraine, Poland, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and the U.S. He is currently studying performance at Berklee College of Music.

Watch Agabeyli perform with the Alexandr Murenko Band:

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Free

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