Performance

Lior Tzemach

Thursday / August 24, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
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Summer Street
100 Summer Street
Boston
MA
United States
02110
Lior Tzemach
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Since he started playing the guitar at the age of 11, Lior Tzemach has had a unique perspective on music and art and the deep feeling of self-discovery through them. In his last year at Thelma Yellin High School of Arts, Tzemach was chosen to be a musical instructor in the school Ensemble Department, teaching Brazilian music and arranging traditional Brazilian songs. In the fall of 2012, he joined the Israel Defense Forces, serving in the army band as a guitarist, vocalist, and arranger, performing classic Israeli songs. During that time, Tzemach received a scholarship to the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.
 
In the fall of 2014, Tzemach began studying at Berklee College of Music as a music production and engineering major, absorbing recording and mixing methods from experienced producers. He graduated from Berklee in spring 2017 and began the Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Global Jazz Concentration) program under top-notch artists such as Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, and Joe Lovano to expand his musical abilities and to support the social values he grew up with.
Admission: 
Free

Jose Soto

Thursday / September 14, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
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Summer Street
100 Summer Street
Boston
MA
United States
02110
Jose Soto
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Jose Soto is a musician from Guatemala who is 
currently living in Boston. He began his musical
 career singing in the National Children’s Choir of Guatemala at six years old. In the following years, Soto began to play
 the piano and guitar, helping him develop his
 songwriting skills, which has led him to a
 bright career as a performer. He has shared the stage 
with artists such as Alexis y Fido, Dalmata, Joey 
Montana, Nicky Jam, and Bonka. At the age of 20, he left his hometown to begin studying at Berklee College of Music, where he started his own band with other talented musicians. He is currently in the process of recording his first EP, consisting of five songs, which will be released in September, including his two singles “Madrid” and “No Sé De Dónde Soy”, which will be released this summer.

Watch Jose Soto perform "Sesiones Posh":  

Admission: 
Free

Nicolás Emden

Friday / June 23, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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B3 Restaurant
160 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
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. 

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Live music is provided for patrons of the B3 restaurant and bar.

Hunter LaMar

Thursday / July 13, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
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Summer Street
100 Summer Street
Boston
MA
United States
02110
Hunter LaMar
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Hunter LaMar was born in Newark, New Jersey, to a college professor father and a Broadway veteran mother. He has talents in hip-hop, gospel, R&B, and classical music. A recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, he has opened for Nas, Michael Christmas, and Taleb Kweli, and has performed on three continents. He is currently a lead vocalist in the wedding band Silver Arrow while working on his debut project, Eurydice.

Admission: 
Free

Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native

Friday / September 22, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native
Ben Sollee
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Ten years ago, Kentucky native Ben Sollee came to prominence by singing a Sam Cooke song while playing the cello. The NPR sensation was not some backwoods novelty. Sollee's spare, exultant interpretation of “A Change is Gonna Come” announced the arrival of a relentlessly curious musical soul. In the decade following, Sollee recorded a slew of albums and EPs in a daunting variety of settings. He has played with trance bluesman Otis Taylor, banjo virtuosos Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck, and has collaborated with Jim James of My Morning Jacket.

He has also collaborated with DJs, acoustic musicians, visual artists, software specialists, and environmentalists. Sollee has composed ballets and music for films and for stage. He has also bicycled 5,000 miles, towing his cello “Kay” behind him as part of his “Ditch The Van” tours. Sollee describes his newest release, Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native (which shares its name with his band) as a bluegrass record, fully aware that his is not the traditional view. 

Admission: 
$15 in advance / $17 general admission (standing room only)

Call Security / Migrant Motel

Thursday / July 20, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Call Security
Migrant Hotel
Call Security
Migrant Hotel
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Based out of Providence, Rhode Island, Call Security is the 2017 winner of 95.5 WBRU's Rock Hunt contest. They blend a variety of influences into a unique, dynamic sound that treads the line between modern and vintage. Known for delivering live shows that burst with energy, Call Security is quickly gaining recognition for their unique talents as songwriters, musicians, and performers. The band has shared the stage with acts such as Passion Pit and We the Kings. They have played at venues such as Smith Opera House, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and Webster Hall. They have also performed at festivals such as Collegefest at Fenway Park, RedGorilla Fest in Austin, Texas, MusikFest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Canadian Music Week in Toronto. Additionally, the band will be performing at the summer 2017 Alive@Five Festival in Stamford, Connecticut. Following the success of their debut EP, To Whom It May Concern, in 2014, which garnered more than a half a million plays on Spotify, Call Security released their sophomore EP, Laberge, last year, which works to further define their unique style. 

Migrant Motel is a Boston-based rock 'n' roll power trio that formed at Berklee. Comprising leading man David Stewart (bass and vocals) from Peru, Edward Graves (guitar) from England, and Chava Ilizaliturri (drums) from Mexico, the group brings a diverse range of culture and influences to the table.

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 general admission (standing room only)

Xenia Karungu

Thursday / July 27, 2017 / 6:00 p.m.
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Wakefield Library
345 Main Street
Wakefield
MA
United States
01880
Xenia Karungu
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Xenia Karungu is a Kenyan-born singer-songwriter and vocal arranger majoring in music business/management at Berklee College of Music. She wants to create music for all audiences that is relatable, honest, and a reflection of her life, values, and experiences. She is determined to create music that binds people from various walks of life because it speaks to real, universal messages. She is currently working on two original projects that will be released before the end of the year.

Admission: 
Free

Aura Pineda

Wednesday / August 16, 2017 / 4:30 p.m.
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The Steps
One Franklin Street
Boston
MA
United States
02110
Aura Pineda
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Aura Pineda is a singer-songwriter with Finnish-Filipino-American roots. Having studied both classical music and jazz in Finland prior to her studies at Berklee College of Music, her music echoes of multiple genres, including inspiration from her Nordic roots, as well as American folk. A dreamer and soul searcher, Pineda strives toward truthful expression through this melange, and presents a collage of heartfelt stories accompanied by her band.

Watch Aura Pineda perform "Planet Earth": 

Admission: 
Free

Jose Soto

Tuesday / September 12, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
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Summer Street
100 Summer Street
Boston
MA
United States
02110
Jose Soto
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Jose Soto is a musician from Guatemala who is 
currently living in Boston. He began his musical
 career singing in the National Children’s Choir of Guatemala at six years old. In the following years, Soto began to play
 the piano and guitar, helping him develop his
 songwriting skills, which has led him to a
 bright career as a performer. He has shared the stage 
with artists such as Alexis y Fido, Dalmata, Joey 
Montana, Nicky Jam, and Bonka. At the age of 20, he left his hometown to begin studying at Berklee College of Music, where he started his own band with other talented musicians. He is currently in the process of recording his first EP, consisting of five songs, which will be released in September, including his two singles “Madrid” and “No Sé De Dónde Soy”, which will be released this summer.

Watch Jose Soto perform "Sesiones Posh":  

Admission: 
Free

Lior Tzemach

Tuesday / August 22, 2017 / 12:00 p.m.
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Summer Street
100 Summer Street
Boston
MA
United States
02110
Lior Tzemach
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Since he started playing the guitar at the age of 11, Lior Tzemach has had a unique perspective on music and art and the deep feeling of self-discovery through them. In his last year at Thelma Yellin High School of Arts, Tzemach was chosen to be a musical instructor in the school Ensemble Department, teaching Brazilian music and arranging traditional Brazilian songs. In the fall of 2012, he joined the Israel Defense Forces, serving in the army band as a guitarist, vocalist, and arranger, performing classic Israeli songs. During that time, Tzemach received a scholarship to the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.
 
In the fall of 2014, Tzemach began studying at Berklee College of Music as a music production and engineering major, absorbing recording and mixing methods from experienced producers. He graduated from Berklee in spring 2017 and began the Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Global Jazz Concentration) program under top-notch artists such as Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, and Joe Lovano to expand his musical abilities and to support the social values he grew up with.
Admission: 
Free

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