Concert

Cameron Galpin

Wednesday / August 8, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
City Hall Plaza
100 City Hall Plaza
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Cameron Galpin

Born in Colorado, Cameron Galpin spent much of his early childhood traveling around the world with his family. With two English Beatles fans for parents, it isn't surprising that he naturally fell in love with the art of the song. Trapped on various trains, planes, and automobiles, he had plenty of time to listen.

He received his first guitar at sixteen and began taking weekly lessons. By eighteen he had produced his first full-length album of original material. At nineteen he was awarded a scholarship to Berklee. Upon arriving at Berklee, Galpin found himself drawn into a network of talented musicians who loved nothing more than sharing their ideas and supporting each other's musical visions. Carving out a style reflecting influences from John Mayer, D'Angelo, and the Band, he set out to record his first EP of original music. By 2010, the ten-piece band had finished the EP, complete with a five-piece horn section. 

Over the past seven semesters, he spent his time studying and playing with great instrumentalists such as Jamie Haddad, Julian Lage, and David Grisman, saturating his style with a mix of jazz, bluegrass, funk, and soul. He currently lives and performs in Boston while completing his degree at Berklee.

Admission: 
Free

Albino Mbie

Monday / August 6, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Albino Mbie

Albino Mbie was born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a country in southern Africa known for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Taken by the sounds of neighborhood street musicians just over a decade ago, he began to pursue the guitar at the age of 16. With the resourcefulness and determination that characterize Mozambicans, he built his first guitar from a five-liter can of oil, scrap wood for a neck, and cords strung over an electric cord.

Mbie currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts, where he is a student at Berklee. He was also selected to participate in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, which is directed by Danilo Pérez. 

His compositions and performances incorporate his musical experiences from Mozambique, the U.S., and many other places around the world, combining rhythmic patterns and musical concepts to create a unique Afro-jazz sound. 

Albino Mbie's original composition "Mozambique Dance" was recorded by Jazz Revelation Records (a student-run record label at Berklee) for its eighth-annual album released in 2011. He has performed in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Italy, the U.S., and Mexico, produced, and recorded various project in Mozambique and in the United States.  

Admission: 
Free

Thinkin' Big

Thursday / June 14, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Atlantic Avenue and Congress Stree
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Thinkin' Big

Thinkin' Big is an 18-piece big band formed in October of 2010 by Jonah Francese. Its goal has always been to play original student charts. Already they have gigged all around the Boston area, in places like the Lily Pad, Kendall Square, and many shows at Berklee. The one thing that makes them special is that it is more than just a "rehearsal and occasional gig" band. It is family.  Just the fact that they have some of the best players at Berklee isn't enough. Great cats play together and not sound like this. But because this is a family, they know each other's sounds and strengths, playing off each other and sounding as one—not 18.

Thinkin' Big has always had a unique sound. The arrangements have never been standard or "typical" in any way. With a range from funk to swing to Latin, they have continually pushed the perception of a modern big band. Lately, they have added a timbale and conga player and have been exploring the beauty of salsa styles in the big band setting. With each performance, they get tighter and more sophisticated in their sound.

Admission: 
Free

The Dwells

Sunday / August 5, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
Fox Point
100 William T Morrissey Boulevard
Dorchester
MA
United States
02125
The Dwells

The Dwells were born on the fourth of July. Paige Califano and Matthew Bean were enjoying the night on a hot, crowded Boston rooftop, but soon found themselves one floor below with some old notebooks and a guitar. Their voices blended minutes into hours, and as morning glazed the window, they both left hearing music come to life like they had never heard before. As they dove into new ideas, they slowly crafted their sound and what emerged was a neo-Americana folk duet that gave a nod to earlier genre-benders like Gram Parsons and Ryan Adams.

The Dwells are a vocal swirl, drenched in memorable lyrics and infectious songwriting that pull inspiration from drama and expression in all mediums. Califano and Bean both share a passion for visual and performance arts and try to incorporate much of the same kind of experimentation and automatism into their music. Califano has been a lifelong student of the arts and grew up studying dance and music along with still and moving images. Bean earned an artist certification from the City of Boston for his photography and music work, which gave the Dwells access to large loft spaces to conduct various sonic experiments during the recording and production of their debut album. They collaborated with musician and sound designer Max Jeffers to develop a unique listening experience through creative recording techniques and expressive textures. Following the tradition of Carter-Cash, Parsons-Harris, and Welch-Rawlings, the Dwells use the medium of the duo to journey thorough genres and weave a new stitch in the warm world of acoustic music.

Admission: 
Free

Jazz Tellers

Sunday / August 5, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
United States
02171
Jazz Tellers

The Jazz Tellers are a trio that comprises Berklee scholarship students Callum Mackenzie on saxophone, Lee Dynes on guitar, and Nate Wong on drums. They are currently on their second international tour in consecutive years and are excited to be sponsored by Berklee College of Music again. Last year they performed 30 dates, including live performances on Fox 45, NBC 15, WMSE, and RTHK. This year their tour will travel from Boston to New York, Ohio, California, and Hong Kong.

The music is wildly improvisational, interactive and exciting. The band performs a variety of originals, free improvisations, and standards performed in a completely unique way but dripping in jazz tradition. The trio format allows the three to communicate quickly and spontaneously and showcase their agility on their instruments and as a collective group.

Come experience a day of music that is energetic, beautiful, thought-provoking, and spontaneous all at once.

Admission: 
Free

Tim Coarkley

Friday / August 3, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
Milk Street and Atlantic Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02110
Tim Coakley

Tim Coakley is a Boston-based pop artist who uniquely blends rock and R&B with influences of jazz and funk. Coakley started his solo career in the fall of 2010 when he began work on a two-song EP released that winter. As interest in his work grew, Coakley began work on his debut album, Drowning, released in the summer of 2011.

Relocating to Boston, Coakley quickly assembled a backing band and began rehearsals for live performances, He soon released Live from the Creek, a four-part video performance with guitarist Alex Palazzo. During this time Coakley wrote and began preproduction on four new songs to be recorded in early 2012. Coakley is currently focusing on showcasing his band through out the North East to promote his new music.

Admission: 
Free

Lee Dynes

Thursday / August 2, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Lee Dynes

Since moving to Boston just a short time ago, 22-year-old Lee Dynes has continued to achieve major musical milestones. After receiving a full-tuition scholarship from Berklee College of Music, Dynes began his studies with a focus in guitar performance and jazz composition. He quickly became noted for his unique and passionate guitar style, resulting in opportunities to appear at premier jazz venues across the country. Recent performances have seen Dynes at the 2009 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco as part of a west coast tour in the alt-strings group called Dr. Magpie. Later, Dynes combined musical forces with his colleagues to perform across the states as the Jazz Tellers, a trio described as "Berklee's brightest and most promising." In 2010, Dynes was invited to join the Ben Powell Quartet playing in and around Boston, including appearances at Club Passim, Salem Jazz Festival, and most notably Scullers Jazz Club, where his technical brilliance brought extended audience applause.

Great stage performances are nothing new for Lee Dynes. At a very young age, he picked up his dad's guitar and his life changed. He absorbed the sounds of blues, rock, and heavy metal while also being exposed to his father's roots: bluegrass and the best of American acoustic. After he heard a Joe Pass recording, his relationship with jazz music began and grew rapidly. Dynes's talent as a guitarist was evident, leading him to be named a "prodigy" and "virtuoso." Dynes's reputation led him to play hundreds of professional gigs while still in high school. During that time he shared the stage with Jane Monheit, Dianne Shurr, Patti Austin, James Moody, and Phil Woods, and a memorable evening with master guitarist Pat Metheny, who gave him praise and support. By high school graduation, Dynes had garnered numerous awards as a guitarist and composer, including the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composers Award, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts in Jazz Guitar, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts in Composition, and the coveted guitar chair for the 2007 Grammy Jazz Ensemble.

This past year also proved to be very exciting for Lee Dynes. Jazz Revelation Records recorded his original, "Finding Strength in Change," on the 2011 compilation CD, Octave, presenting the finest jazz composers at Berklee. In May 2011, the Jazz Tellers completed the second consecutive summer international tour with Callum MacKenzie on sax and Nate Wong on drums. Dynes is working on other musical collaborations that reflect his versatility, with the start of the Acoustic Projecta duo with mandolin virtuoso Jacob Jolliff, and his ongoing work with gyspy jazz violinist Jason Anick. As Dynes strives for excellence and originality in music, he continues to study with the masters at Berklee College of Music, including Mick Goodrick, Hal Crook, Tim Miller, Dave Samuels, Dave Santoro, and David Gilmore. An outright exceptional performer, Dynes's passionate and mature improvisations inevitably bring standing ovations, which is why this guitarist, composer, and bandleader has been defined as "at the top of any list of up and coming jazz players."

Admission: 
Free

The Dwells

Thursday / August 30, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
The Dwells

The Dwells were born on the fourth of July. Paige Califano and Matthew Bean were enjoying the night on a hot, crowded Boston rooftop, but soon found themselves one floor below with some old notebooks and a guitar. Their voices blended minutes into hours, and as morning glazed the window, they both left hearing music come to life like they had never heard before. As they dove into new ideas, they slowly crafted their sound and what emerged was a neo-Americana folk duet that gave a nod to earlier genre-benders like Gram Parsons and Ryan Adams.

The Dwells are a vocal swirl, drenched in memorable lyrics and infectious songwriting that pull inspiration from drama and expression in all mediums. Califano and Bean both share a passion for visual and performance arts and try to incorporate much of the same kind of experimentation and automatism into their music. Califano has been a lifelong student of the arts and grew up studying dance and music along with still and moving images. Bean earned an artist certification from the City of Boston for his photography and music work, which gave the Dwells access to large loft spaces to conduct various sonic experiments during the recording and production of their debut album. They collaborated with musician and sound designer Max Jeffers to develop a unique listening experience through creative recording techniques and expressive textures. Following the tradition of Carter-Cash, Parsons-Harris, and Welch-Rawlings, the Dwells use the medium of the duo to journey thorough genres and weave a new stitch in the warm world of acoustic music.

Admission: 
Free

Julia Easterlin

Saturday / August 18, 2012 / 3:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Julia Easterlin

Julia Easterlin is a vocalist and loop artist who wields composition, production and performance in one fell swoop. One part siren and one part technologist, she uses looping hardware to build a one-woman chorus live onstage. This rare sound has driven Easterlin to recent performances at Lollapalooza, South by Southwest, MIDEM, CMJ, and the TEDxWomen Conference.

You can find more information about her work and upcoming performance dates at www.facebook.com/juliaeasterlin.

 

Admission: 
Free

Ryanhood / Larkin Poe / Shadowboxers

Wednesday / April 25, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Larkin Poe

In 2010, Ryan Green and Cameron Hood of Ryanhood—called "a match made in radio heaven" by the Arizona Daily Star—averaged more than 130 shows a year; performed in nearly every state in the U.S.; opened shows for Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, and Train; met with big-time managers; and even got Tweeted about by Ellen Degeneres. Now the duo will hit the road again in 2011/2012 in support of its new album, After Night Came Sun.

Also appearing will be Larkin Poe. As a brand new band, Larkin Poe was looking for a way to bring friends, family, and fans along on its musical journey. Always looking to do things in its own way, the band decided to embark upon the quest of recording and releasing four seasonally themed EPs in 2010: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. After 12 months of nonstop work, all four EPs were successfully released in 2010 and continue to garner attention and good reviews internationally.

The Atlanta-based Shadowboxers have a passion for captivating lyrics, tight harmonies, and soulful vocals. Founding members Scott Schwartz, Matt Lipkins, and Adam Hoffman experienced an almost-instantaneous musical compatibility when they first started jamming. Together with drummer Jaron Pearlman and bassist Benjamin Ryan Williams, they've forged a cohesive sound based on a shared reverence for the strong, taut harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel, D'Angelo, and the Beatles. This young band's unified sound has an R&B-soaked, smart perspective replete with an abundance of vocal talent and songwriting skill. In the short time the quintet has been playing together, the Shadowboxers have found a collective voice that is intelligent, soulful, and catchy.

Admission: 
$12 General Admission

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