Dinner theater shares the stage with original, experimental jazz in Brock Benzel's first recital at Berklee. Compositions range from fully composed to free improvisations, and instrumentation includes tenor saxophone, piano, electric upright bass, drums, and live electronics.
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.