Amalur, which means "mother earth" in the Basque language, is the name of a group of four Berklee students who are presenting an evening of jazz, improvised music, and traditional Ibero American music in an attempt to cross seas and countries and go beyond frontiers.
Anna Nalick broke onto the music scene in April of 2006 with the release of her debut platinum album with Sony, Wreck of the Day. The album entered the Billboard 200 chart at no. 20, and her single, “Breathe (2 a.m.),” has sold nearly 3 million copies to date. It was also featured prominently on Grey's Anatomy, among other TV and film soundtracks.
A southern California native, Nalick began writing music as a hobby at a very young age and continued to write for local rock, punk, and ska bands through her teens. In high school she performed as lead singer in her own rock and goth rock bands as well as in a Rush cover band. She began performing and showcasing her writing as a solo artist when she was 18. In her first year of college, Nalick's lo-fi, home-recorded demo wound up in the hands of Christopher Thorn and Brad Smith (founders of Blind Melon) and Eric Rosse (producer of Tori Amos and Sara Bareilles). The producers were impressed by Nalick's writing and helped her record a professional demo.
Nalick was signed by Sony in 2004. In 2008, she released The ShineEP and the following year left Sony. In 2011 she released the independent album Broken Doll & Odds & Ends. As of 2015, she's recording her third album.
Composer/arranger/vocalist Valentine Komissarouk will showcase her original compositions and arrangements for various duo settings. Her diverse set of partners will highlight the many possibilities of the modern vocalist, including time keeper, accompanist, improviser, and, of course, melody interpreter.
Voice principal Mahir Can Kucuk presents a showcase of original compositions written alonside his orchestra. He will play organic fusion, unclassified contemporary music, and Turkish new age, among other genres.
Voice principal Maria Fajardo presents an evening of Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal's music with her multicultural band, with members hailing from Brazil, the United States, Spain, Panama, and Israel. The six young musicians with diverse musical backgrounds each have one thing in common: a passion for music and musicality.