Performance

Jessie Leith Munro

Thursday / August 31, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
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Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Jessie Leith Munro
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Jessie Leith Munro is a singer-songwriter from Toronto, Canada. The 22-year-old is putting the finishing touches on her debut EP, On My Own. A powerful blend of pop-influenced rock and soul is showcased in her newly released, debut single, "If Your Eyes Could Talk."

Watch Munro perform Justin Timberlake's "Spaceship Coupe": 

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Free

Naïka

Thursday / August 24, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
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Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Naïka
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Naïka is a singer-songwriter born in Miami, Florida, who developed an interest in music from an early age while living and traveling internationally with her family. The influences of European, African, and Caribbean cultures have shaped her both musically and individually, and continue to define her artistic perspective and outlook. With idols ranging from Amy Winehouse to Etta James and Beyoncé, her music reflects a blend of pop, soul, and world music.

Listen to Naïka perform "Papa Gede":

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Free

Niu Raza

Thursday / August 10, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
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Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Niu Raza
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Hailing from Madagascar, singer-songwriter Niu Raza has performed with the likes of Nigerian record producer, singer-songwriter, and musician Don Jazzy, as well as Grammy Award–winning Hugh Masekela. Blending huge jazzy vocals with soul, African groove, a touch of Caribbean beats, and pop, Niu Raza’s sound is full, mature, and alluring.

Listen to Niu Raza play "Ofori Amponsah - Ababio":

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Free

MIXCLA

Thursday / August 10, 2017 / 6:00 p.m.
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Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investments Plaza, 25 Harbor Shore Drive
Boston
MA
United States
02210
MIXCLA
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MIXCLA is a play on words and sounds coming from the mountains of Chile, to the traditions of Japan, and driven by the fires of Cuba, to achieve a truly unique Latin jazz experience. MIXCLA is led by composer/pianist and singer Zahili Gonzalez Zamora with Gerson Esteban Lazo Quiroga on bass and Takafumi Nikaido on percussion. This mixture of cultural spices makes the perfect recipe for any musical experience.

Listen to MIXCLA play "MIXCLA":

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Free

MIXCLA

Friday / June 9, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
MIXCLA
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MIXCLA is a play on words and sounds coming from the mountains of Chile, to the traditions of Japan, and driven by the fires of Cuba, to achieve a truly unique Latin jazz experience. MIXCLA is led by composer/pianist and singer Zahili Gonzalez Zamora with Gerson Esteban Lazo Quiroga on bass and Takafumi Nikaido on percussion. This mixture of cultural spices makes the perfect recipe for any musical experience.

Listen to MIXCLA play "MIXCLA":

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Free

Mais 55

Thursday / August 3, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
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Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Mais 55
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Mais 55 comprises students or recent grads of Berklee College of Music from Brazil. Its mission is to spread love for Brazilian music and promote Brazilian culture. Enjoy samba, bossa nova, and more from the fascinating musical universe of Brazil.
 
Listen to Mais 55 perform "Sinhá": 
 
 
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Free

Lizje Sarria

Thursday / July 27, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
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Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
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 "Vida Campesina" with Isaac Matus:  

 
Her focus in the past years has been to develop a profound artistic venture, both in her personal and professional life. This includes a deep sensitivity and special sentiment for service that she has devoted to social work, as well as the collaboration in the Haiti relief effort by composing a song titled “Believe.”
 
To become a well-rounded artist, she has also arranged, coproduced, and sang vocal arrangement with nationally recognized composer and bassist Natalie Gampert (of Switzerland) for a documentary of the Embera indigenous community, which won the prize at Barcelona’s International Documentary Festival of Human Rights in June 2012.
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Sleeping Lion

Thursday / July 20, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
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Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Sleeping Lion
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Boston-based electronic duo Sleeping Lion, Nate Flacks and Noah Longworth McGuire, produces dreamy, down-tempo indie-electronica with mellow vibes, layers of synth, soulful vocals, and a bit of falsetto.

Watch Sleeping Lion play "You Made Me":

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Free

The Ladles

Thursday / July 13, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
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Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
The Ladles
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The Ladles have three-part female harmony perfected, but their sound is more than that. They are an amalgamation of their respective histories and influences, blending swing, old-time, neo-soul, and contemporary choral music into a sound all their own. Using solely acoustic instrumentation and three voices, they create a dreamy, otherworldly atmosphere that draws audiences in and demands attention. They quiet noisy bars and liven up staid concert halls. The Ladles are Katie Martucci, Caroline Kuhn, and Lucia Pontoniere.

Watch the Ladles perform "Silver Dagger":

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Tom Schmidt and Friends Orchestral Percussion Concert

Friday / June 9, 2017 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty member Tom Schmidt presents an hour-long concert of percussion trio music. Many percussion instruments will be used with set changes in between pieces.

Admission: 
Free

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