Driven by a passion to create music with purpose, Deni Hlavinka and Chris West formed the Western Den in 2013 to blend compelling folk harmonies with ambient textures, producing a sound all their own. The duo released their debut EP Battle Hymns in May 2013 and premiered by opening for Melissa Ferrick on her national tour that summer. The Western Den performs in Boston and is working on a full-length album. Click here for "Carter Hall," one the duo's recent effort.
Fate & the Family Band is a Boston based blues/rock band with some serious soul. With influences ranging from Derek Trucks and Grace Potter to Willie Nelson and the Band, Fate & the Family Band takes old school sounds and puts a new coat of paint on them. After a year of playing together, Fate & the Family Band has an EP and numerous shows under its belt. With fresh tunes, dance moves, and an inviting vibe, you'll want to join the Family.
Grey Season electrifies living room music, fixing harmonies atop folk-influenced rock 'n' roll. The variety show that is a Grey Season performance may include the occasional five-part harmony, blues rooted guitar solos and lyricism, and memorable melodies driven by the nostalgic plucking of bouzoukis and banjos. Grey Season is a band that calls upon a collective musical memory while pushing forward with the power of song and the hearts of a growing audience. Grey Season's "songs on life, love, heartache, and hope are so wonderfully constructed they could leave an impression on even the coldest of souls," wrote the online magazine Under the Gun Review.
Watch Grey Season Perform "New Kind of Dirty" in this video:
This concert is canceled due to weather. Laney Jones’s songwriting is as quirky and charming as her upbringing in rural Mount Dora, Florida. Raised on an exotic animal farm surrounded by an alligator-infested lake, she artfully spins tall tales of love and adventure in the swamplands. Laney’s voice has been described as a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder. Her talents on the banjo have been augmented by studying with prominent clawhammer and old-time technicians such as Mark Johnson and Bruce Molsky. Laney also incorporates multi-instrumental prowess on ukulele and harmonica in her live shows and recordings.
At the beginning of 2011, four Venezuelan trumpet players, all products of the Venezuelan System of Children and Youth Orchestras (El Sistema), decided to explore and conquer new musical frontiers beyond their experience as an academic trumpet quartet. Their ambition was to play a repertoire not only of Venezuelan music, but of music spanning the entire South American continent. To do so, they invited three outstanding performers to their ensemble, adding cuatro, double bass, and percussion to the group’s instrumentation. Ensemble 7/4 has since become an innovative and artistic voice, featuring the trumpet in genres that don’t typically display the instrument, such as the Venezuelan Joropo or the Argentinian tango.
The 7/4 Ensemble also presents arrangements influenced by a deep investigation of the musical styles of countries such as Cuba, Mexico, and the U.S. These arrangements respect the original sound of the native music and feature a broad range of colors and timbres. The group’s artistic and musical vision is like a journey in which rhythms, melodies, colors, and tastes intrinsic to our American countries join happily together.
Near-Coincident Pair is a collaboration between vocalist and violinist Harini Srinivasa Raghavan and guitarist Daniel Alba that merges acoustic and electronic instrumentation influenced by rock, Indian, South American, pop, and alternative music.
This is a concert of music written by graduating seniors in the Jazz Composition Department, with a band organized by the writers. The musical selections will include original works by student composers as well as their arrangements of tunes by jazz greats such as Wayne Shorter.
The 25-year-old singer-songwriter and bassist Yonít Spiegelman and her band create original music inspired by Irish melody lines in an intimate environment of acoustic instruments, touching lyrics, and tasteful simplicity.
Supported by the Consulate General of Israel to New England
Karamel Day, led by Dana Protsenko, draws mainly from the rich history of jazz but with a contemporary stylistic fusion of popular music. The group has performed at the Lily Pad, the Middle East, All-Asia Bar, the Cantab Lounge, Berklee Performance Center, and the Red Room at Café 939.