Performance

Joaquina Mertz

Thursday / August 10, 2017 / 5:00 p.m.
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Kendall Plaza
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Joaquina Mertz
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Joaquina Mertz is a Mexican singer-songwriter who is passionate about performance and the connection between her, the band, and the audience. Although she was trained classically, she fell deeply in love with jazz, R&B, blues, and Latin folklore. Mertz wants her music to be inclusive of all types of people, and deeply believes in the change that comes from art, especially music. She is currently based in Boston and often travels to Mexico to do what she loves most. 
 
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Free

Nicolas Emden

Thursday / August 3, 2017 / 5:00 p.m.
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Kendall Plaza
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Nicolás Emden
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Nicolás Emden is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and conductor from Osorno, Chile. His first solo album was Chile's 2014 Como Los Pajaros. From this album comes the single "Solo Tengo Ojos Para Ti," and the Indie documentary/tour Como Los Pajaros X Chile. Between South America, the U.S., and Canada, Emden has been part of many very diverse artistic projects, all of which have managed to leave a mark on his music. Como Los Pajaros X Chile is the result of years of collective projects that went from folk music, rock, classic, and contemporary music theater to his journey at Berklee College of Music. This diversity of culture, music, people, and style established a project with a primary focus of connecting people from all around the world with the universal language of music. "In a separated world like ours, music is a language that can join us back together, forgetting our differences and remembering our similarities," Emden says.

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Maria Wadman

Thursday / July 27, 2017 / 5:00 p.m.
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Kendall Plaza
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Maria Wadman
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Maria Wadman grew up in the midst of a multitude of musical cultures and languages, but nothing has influenced her musical sensibility more than the sound of bossa nova and samba on her father’s guitar when she was young. Today, she plays, sings, and composes in a variety of styles, both Latin and not. Her influences still include those of her childhood, also accompanied by Ibrahim Ferrer, Chico Buarque, Rosa Passos, Omara Portuondo, Pat Metheny, Buika, and her professor, Mili Bermejo. Her journey at Berklee has shown her many new roads to explore, and thankfully, along one of those roads she met both Mariano Escalona and Jose Andres Benitez, both from Caracas, Venezuela. They brought Venezuelan traditional and contemporary music, jazz, and timba into her life and playing style. They've been collaborating for a year, and together they form a trio that is always ready to have a good time, and to dance.

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Free

Mirella Costa

Thursday / July 20, 2017 / 5:00 p.m.
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Kendall Plaza
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Mirella Costa
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Brazilian singer Mirella Costa holds a bachelor of arts degree from Souza Lima Music Conservatory in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in popular music, Brazilian music, and jazz. In 2016, she recorded her first solo CD, Minha Arca, for which she won an award for New Artist of the Year in Brazil. Costa now studies with a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music. Costa recently had the joy of singing in the Berklee tribute concert for Milton Nascimento, one of the greatest names in Brazilian music. She also has a group with other Brazilian students at Berklee called Mais 55. This year, one of Costa's projects is a recording of an EP where she honors great singers of Brazilian music. The list includes Elis Regina, Nana Caymmi, Elza Soares, among others. Costa will be singing these great classics with her own contemporary arrangements.
 
Listen to Costa and Mais 55 perform "Sinhá (Chico Buarque & João Bosco)": 

 

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Lizje Sarria

Thursday / July 6, 2017 / 5:00 p.m.
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Kendall Plaza
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Lizje Sarria
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Colombian performer Lizje Sarria is a versatile composer, arranger, and solo artist of soulful music. Her journey into music began at the age of three when she started singing.

Enriched by the voices she heard while growing up, Lizje learned to love music from the voices of Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and all kinds of soulful music. Her first piano lesson came at the age of 10. As the young girl became a young woman, the music she heard expanded to include samples from all over the world. Colombian folklore, bands like Ascend the Hill, Delirious, and the voices of Mahaila Jackson, Lauren Hill, Dianne Reves, Mercedes Sosa, Concha Buika, and others enriched her voice and her knowledge. They inspired her to continue learning and training her instrument to perfection, and allowed her music to blossom.

Listen to Sarria perform "Obsesión":  

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Mufaro Kambarami

Thursday / June 29, 2017 / 5:00 p.m.
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Atlantic Wharf
280 Congress Street
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Mufaro Kambarami
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Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Europe, Mufaro Kambarami has been molded from a love of music from a very young age. With the blend of cultures and classical training, she has grown to develop a unique R&B style. At the young age of 12 she discovered the keyboard and fell in love with the opportunity to explore the songwriting capability it had to offer her. Today her hope is inspiration. Motivated herself by music, she hopes the happiness she finds in her passion can only be shared with others through healing music.

Listen to Mufaro Kambarami perform "Treat Her Well" with Jamie Hamburg:

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Olivia Swann

Thursday / June 22, 2017 / 5:00 p.m.
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Kendall Plaza
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Olivia Swann
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Evocative of the contemporary soul stylings of Kehlani and SZA, Olivia Swann is an emerging singer-songwriter from the U.K. Swann, 21, has created original work with a unique sound as a female R&B/pop artist. Swann’s inclusion of a soulful jazz dimension into her music creates a rich, atmospheric experience for her listeners, reminiscent of the hypnotic downtempo rhythms of James Blake. Her debut E.P. is set to be released in the summer.

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Paul Sanchez

Thursday / June 15, 2017 / 5:00 p.m.
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Kendall Plaza
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Paul Sanchez
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Paul Sanchez is a trumpeter from Quito, Ecuador, who began his musical career at a very young age studying at the National Conservatory and the Brass Band of Ecuador. Years later, he enrolled at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, which exposed him to big band jazz as a young teenager, and consequently allowed him to play with well-known jazz musicians such as Brad Goode, Jeff Galindo, Elizabeth Dotson, Greg Badolato, Rick Peckham, and Antonio Hart.

Listen to Sanchez perform "A Través de Tus Ojos" (Live at Berklee):

 

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MARO

Thursday / June 8, 2017 / 5:00 p.m.
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Kendall Plaza
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
MARO
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MARO is a singer-songwriter, pianist, and guitarist from Lisbon, Portugal.

She began studying music at the age of 4, receiving her conservatory piano diploma and a high school certificate in science and technologies, at the age of 19. Currently studying at Berklee College of Music, MARO is getting ready to record her first album, to be released by the end of the year.

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Alexis Newman / Mitchell

Saturday / August 5, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
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Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Alexis Newman
Mitchell
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Alexis Newman is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter and performer from Yonkers, New York. She is currently attending Berklee College of Music where she is a vocal performance major. 

Since being at Berklee, Newman has been able to open up for numerous artists such as Brian McKnight with the Divas as well as Aloe Blacc, Bilal, and Chris Turner with the Neo Soul Ensemble during a Marvin Gaye tribute. She also performed background vocals for Aloe Blacc, Bilal, and Chris Turner during the tribute. Additionally, she has sung backgrounds for R&B singer Ledisi.

Hailing from Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Mitch is a singer-songwriter whose styles vary from reggae, pop-rock, soul, and funk.

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