Concert

Juidero

Friday / July 15, 2016 / 6:00 p.m.
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Regattabar
One Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Helen De La Rosa of Juidero

Juidero intends to bring together folkloric Dominican rhythms and jazz. Led by Dominican guitarist and producer Radha Acosta and Dominican drummer and mixing engineer Helen De La Rosa, the band's exquisite new sound comes to life. Dominican folklore is all about dance, and jazz is all about freedom of expression. If you combine the two, the possibilities are endless.

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Free

Seven to Five / Joaquina Mertz

Saturday / July 16, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Seven to Five
Joaquina Mertz

Seven to Five is a vocal- and piano-based band that redefines current pop hits into more complex, exciting covers. With two main singers, Cecilia Jurado and Andrea Diaz, and pianist Sebastian Barniol, they create interesting vocal arrangements and merge multiple genres of music into one song. Their signature is mashups of famous songs that create a new form of composition, mixing contemporary harmonies with different melodies playing at the same time in a counterpoint way. Inspired by new pop artists like Coldplay and Taylor Swift and classic geniuses like Stevie Wonder and the Beatles, Seven to Five's arrangements and productions include rich harmonies and interesting rhythms to catch the listener's attention. Their repertoire includes mashups of Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and Coldplay, and covers like "Grenade" (Bruno Mars) and "Pure Imagination" (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory).

Vocalist Joaquina Mertz is from Mexico City, Mexico. She brings her soul and funk music and arrangements, and makes each performance one to remember.

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Free

Daniel Patiño / Idelle

Saturday / July 9, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Daniel Patiño
Idelle

Daniel Patiño 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 has been a guest singer with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Costa Rica. He is 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.

Idelle brings a fresh new way of sharing folk songs from her home, Puerto Rico. Recently she has worked with different arrangements on songs such as "Ven" by Tommy Torres, "Mira la Vida" by Julieta Venegas, and many more. She has just started working on her EP, which will be released by the end of 2016.

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Free

Fabiola Méndez / Orlando Retana

Saturday / July 30, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Fabiola Méndez
Orlando Retana

Fabiola Mari Méndez Quiñones was born on February 20, 1996, in Caguas, Puerto Rico. She started taking music classes at age six and has had the chance to play large venues in both Puerto Rico and the United States. In 2008, she was invited to participate in the Third Cuatro Festival in California where she performed with other recognized musicians. In 2009, she performed as an invited soloist with the Youth Symphonic Orchestra, and she has played as a soloist with the Puerto Rico Symphonic Orchestra on several occasions. In 2011, the municipality of Gurabo honored Méndez by dedicating the 2011 Mapeye Festival, a yearly activity dedicated to music, to her. In 2013, she had the privilege of performing the Puerto Rican and U.S. national anthems in the State Senate Inauguration Ceremony. She has also played in several Puerto Rican jazz festivals and has received several scholarships in order to come to Berklee College of Music to study.

Orlando Retana wwas born in San Jose, Costa Rica, in 1993. He started as a musician at the young age of four by playing percussion and a drum set at church. At age seven, he started taking music lessons, and three years later, he was playing with different gospel and Latin bands in cities around Costa Rica. When his family moved to Calgary, Canada, when he was 14, Retana discovered different music styles like jazz, funk, fusion, and classical, among others. He started playing with a big band at his high school and then with various bands around the city, eventually traveling on tours of Canada and the U.S. At 19, he came to Berklee College of Music to study, and he has been able to work with great musicians like Jetro da Silva, Oscar Stagnaro, Leo Blanco, Susana Baca, and Paquito D'Rivera, among others, during his time at Berklee. Retana plans to graduate in May 2016.

 

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Stephanie James / Lisa Noah

Saturday / July 23, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Stephanie James
Lisa Noah

Stephanie James is a singer-songwriter from Boston. She brings the soul of Amy Winehouse and the storytelling of Sara Bareilles in her music. Known for her powerful live performances, James combines her skilled vocals with great emotion and vulnerability through her storytelling. She aims to bring people together with her music.

Kenyan singer Lisa Akech Oduor-Noah was quickly introduced to music through her sibling's playing of varied musical styles from R&B to lingala. Unbeknownst to her, her family had a deep love for music that she came to know and appreciate at a young age. Noah hopes that, through her music, she can tell stories of hope and love, and be an agent of healing and restoration to a world in desperate need of love and light. In addition to this, she wants to bring higher quality music education to Africa and be an aide to better emotional and mental health through music.

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Free

Mafalda / Viayra

Saturday / July 2, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Mafalda
Viayra

Singer-songwriter Mafalda is just beginning to make her mark on the music scene. Building on the success of her 2015 debut single, “Don’t Let Go,” the London native is in the process of releasing her first EP with New York–based producer Jack Dine. Her appeal lies in her slow-building songs and dark pop sound.

Viayra comes from the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and mixes her roots with electronic beats and R&B and pop influences.

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Free

Maddie Jay and the pH Collective / Viayra

Saturday / August 6, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Maddie Jay and the pH Collective
Viayra

Maddie Jay and the pH Collective brings to the table a unique blend of acid jazz, old-school beats, and psychedelic girl rap. They serve up steaming plates of groovy original music sautéed with spicy synth lines, creamy vocal harmonies, and meaty bass fills. All music is composed by bassist and frontwoman Maddie Jay, and it's guaranteed to dish out something you have not heard before.

Viayra comes from the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and mixes her roots with electronic beats and R&B and pop influences.

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Belinda Huang / Seven to Five

Saturday / August 27, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Belinda Huang
Seven to Five

Singer-songwriter and producer Belinda Huang's vision is to release an authentic sound that will bring life and freedom through the expression of her own triumphs and losses, battles and victories, brokenness and redemption. Her art aims to reflect the beauty found in chaos.

Seven to Five is a vocal- and piano-based band that redefines current pop hits into more complex, exciting covers. With two main singers, Cecilia Jurado and Andrea Diaz, and pianist Sebastian Barniol, they create interesting vocal arrangements and merge multiple genres of music into one song. Their signature is mashups of famous songs that create a new form of composition, mixing contemporary harmonies with different melodies playing at the same time in a counterpoint way. Inspired by new pop artists like Coldplay and Taylor Swift and classic geniuses like Stevie Wonder and the Beatles, Seven to Five's arrangements and productions include rich harmonies and interesting rhythms to catch the listener's attention. Their repertoire includes mashups of Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and Coldplay, and covers like "Grenade" (Bruno Mars) and "Pure Imagination" (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory).

Admission: 
Free

Aliya Cycon Project / Naty Hernandez

Saturday / August 20, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Aliya Cycon Project
Naty Hernandez

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." 

Naty Hernandez is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and acoustic and electric bassist from Medellín, Colombia who currently attends Berklee College of Music. Previously, she studied jazz guitar at Universidad EAFIT in Medellín. Her music is a sonic journey merging the rhythms from the Andean mountains in Colombia with jazz and sonorities from world music. Hernandez has played in Colombia, Mexico, and the Boston area. In the last year she has shared the stage with great artists such as Marta Gómez and María Isabel Saavedra. She is currently one of the youngest members of the Andean Colombian music songwriters corporation, Cantandina, with whom she has collaborated for workshops and concerts. Her song "Chico de Nubes" is highlighted in The New Songbook of Andean Colombian Music, and her Andean Colombian jazz album, Canciones Esenciales, came out in 2013. "Manos de Agua," from her album Canciones para Amar y Despedir, was part of the top 20 of Radio Nacional de Colombia. She wants to renew and support traditional music from Latin America so that new generations can be part of it.

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a l e a / Laura Salgado

Saturday / August 13, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
a l e a
Laura Salgado

a l e a is the stage name of Maria Alejandra Jimenez '16, a singer-songwriter from Barrancas, La Guajira, Colombia. She grew up surrounded by local indigenous communities and cultural events like the Barranquilla Carnival and other Colombian festivities that have certainly influenced her musical perspective and compositions. a l e a has represented Colombia at events such as the Berklee International Folk Festival 2013; the Rhythm of the Universe's highly anticipated show, Welcome to Earth, at the Boston Out of the Box Festival 2013; and the second Latin America Vive Music Festival. She has been highlighted on Berklee's YouTube channel with her composition, “Navegando Bocabajo.“ Today, a l e a presents her new project that debuted at the Brown Bag Music Series at Worcester Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is currently producing her new album, a l e a.

Since the age of five, Laura Salgado '15 has dreamed of being a professional singer. She started performing in music and theater early. After graduating high school, she studied performance at Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, she experimented and learned genres such as jazz, classical Broadway songs, pop, and rock, but her biggest focus was and still is Latin American music, from traditional music from countries like Brazil, Colombia, and Cuba to more contemporary styles such as Latin jazz, salsa, cumbia, and merengue. Her passion has allowed her to perform in groups such as Ricardo Monzon's Orchestra and with her own musical project, which will be recording their first studio album in May 2016. She is also a voice and piano instructor who works all over Massachusetts.

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