Max Brandenburg is a classically trained pianist, singer, and songwriter who combines his talents in his original music: a mix of catchy and heartfelt pop, jazz, and soul as well as stirring acoustic rock ballads. He has played in various types of ensembles, ranging from rock to chamber music, was part of a marching band, his high school’s orchestra and choir, and has performed the lead roles in several high school musical productions, including West Side Story. Brandenburg has won several competitions, including “Jugend Musiziert,” a renowned nationwide competition for young musicians in Germany. He won first prize in the pop vocals category, convincing the judges with his original songs. After he graduated summa cum laude from his high school in Germany in 2013, he enrolled at Berklee and is pursuing a degree in songwriting. He is currently in his first semester, working on several projects and recording his original music with his fellow music students.
Frenchman Alexandre Madeline started playing saxophone at the age of 14 and subsequently studied classical saxophone at the Caen Conservatory. At 20, he began practicing jazz and playing in different big bands. He later opened for Maceo Parker with his band, played with the NATO Jazz Orchestra, and recorded for jazz, funk, and pop music projects. He came to study at Berklee College of Music in January of 2013 and has been privileged to study with musicians such as Hal Crook, George Garzone, and Greg Hopkins. Thanks to his music, Madeline has traveled to Azerbaijan, playing with the Emil Afrasiyab Group for the Baku International jazz Festival in 2013. The group has also performed at the Kennedy Center; at Carnegie Hall; at the Kursaal in Bern, Switzerland; and at the Saint Germain des Près Jazz Festival in Paris.
Madeline has created a new jazz quartet with some other talented Berklee students (Simon Moullier on vibes, Giuseppe Campisi on bass, and Juan Ale Saenz on drums ). Their cohesion allows them to play music without limits, and they are always full of surprises.
Born in Mexico City in 1995, Daniela Aedo Santana came to Boston in 2014 to pursue her education in music. She is a songwriter and arranger. Her lyrics in Spanish explore the phonetics that exist in words and a new way of looking at poetry. With a mix of Latin rock and pop influenced by jazz, her original compositions bring insight into human behavior, emotions, and beliefs.
Born in Mexico City, Mexico, in 1995, Daniela Aedo Santana came to Boston in 2014 to pursue her education in music. She is a songwriter and arranger. Her lyrics in Spanish explore the phonetics that exist in words and a new way of looking at poetry. With a mix of Latin rock and pop influenced by jazz, her original compositions bring insight into human behaviour, emotions, and beliefs.
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, 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 Purple.
Honeysuckle is a progressive folk trio that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration. They can frequently be found playing in the Boston area and in surrounding cities in the Northeast with bands such as Boy and Bear and Grey Season, among many others. Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns, and Chris Bloniarz make up the trio. They currently have two releases: Live at Rockwood Music Hall and their 2015 EP, Arrows. Honeysuckle was chosen to be a Converse Rubber Tracks artist and played at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. They were also nominated for best folk and best Americana artists of the year at the 2015 Boston Music Awards. Thanks to Club Passim and their Iguana Music Fund grants, Honeysuckle is currently working on a new, full-length album slated for release in spring 2016.
Hailing from the cobblestone streets of Boston, The Wolff Sisters blend rock, blues, and roots music into their own unique sound. Their gritty songs draw from adventures all over New England that shaped their lives. The three sisters, Rebecca, Rachael, and Kat, create haunting harmonies that only siblings can manage to do. Drawing inspiration from artists like The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, and Jackson Browne, The Wolff Sisters bring a refreshing sound and soul to the music scene. Their live performances are honest and raw, leaving you with their songs playing in your head long after the show is over.