Concert

Brite Lite Brite

Sunday / July 14, 2013 / 2:00 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston
MA
Brite Lite Brite

Composed of award-winning singer-songwriter Andrea Stankevitch and electronics master Luke Johnson, both alumni of Berklee College of Music, Brite Lite Brite has taken live electronic music production and performance to new levels by creating innovative technologies and techniques for live sound design and real-time production. Brite Lite Brite will be performing at Lollapalooza this summer on August 2, 2013, opening for headlining acts The Cure, Mumford & Sons, The Killers, and Nine Inch Nails.

No stranger to the festival circuit, Brite Lite Brite played Virgin Mobile FreeFest in 2010, opening for headlining acts M.I.A., Joan Jett, Matt & Kim, LCD Soundsystem, and Ludacris, after receiving the nod from thousands of "Book the Band" voters and Virgin Mobile's panel of judges. Brite Lite Brite is currently in the studio recording their second album, Stalker, which is coming soon.

Brite Lite Brite’s “Sky Turns Red” was lauded with the grand prize in the electronica category in the 2007 John Lennon Songwriting contest and the dynamic sonic duo’s “Now That You’re Around” and “Radioactive Love” were semi-finalists in the 2008 and 2011 International Songwriting Competition, respectively. Brite Lite Brite won the grand prize in the electronic category for “I Lost My Heart Tonight” at the 2010 100% Music Songwriting Contest and also took home the second place prize in the contest overall. For more, visit Brite Lite Brite’s website or watch a video of "I Lost My Heart Tonight" here:

 

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

Saturday / September 28, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Beantown Jazz Festival
6 Blocks, Starting at Columbus and Mass. Avenues
Boston
Massachusetts
02120
Photo by Phil Farnsworth

The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival has delighted tens of thousands with a host of jazz, Latin, blues, and groove acts. Our communities come out in force—with attendance swelling to 70,000 strong at its height—to enjoy world-class music on three stages, great eats, and good times stretching across six blocks in Boston’s historic South End. Families are entertained with face painting, inflatables, photos, and an instrument petting zoo. More than 70 vendors participate, making the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival the place to be.

For the fourth year, Berklee College of Music is the proud recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival. In awarding the prestigious Art Works grant to Berklee, the NEA cited the festival's celebration of Boston’s diversity, as reflected in its attendees, music, food, and crafts. Under the artistic direction of Terri Lyne Carrington, the theme for the 2013 festival is "Jazz: The Next Generation."

“Mentoring has always been an important part of the continuance and advancement of jazz, so we are proud to recognize some mentor-mentee relationships with the coming year's festival,” says Carrington. “The next generation of creative musicians is quite strong and, having stood on the shoulders of their predecessors, is now hopefully prepared for unlimited boundaries. How exciting to witness and be a part of this process!”

Grammy Award–winning drummer, composer, producer, and Berklee professor Terri Lyne Carrington was born in 1965 in Medford, Massachusetts. After an extensive touring career of more than 20 years with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, and more, she returned to her hometown. Back on her home turf, she’s recording, performing, and teaching percussion at Berklee, her alma mater.

Carrington, a 2003 Berklee honorary doctorate recipient, gained recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for the Arsenio Hall Show and the Quincy Jones-produced late night TV show VIBE, hosted by Sinbad. In 1989, she released a Grammy-nominated debut CD, Real Life Story, which featured Carlos Santana, Grover Washington, Jr., Dianne Reeves, and Wayne Shorter. She has worked as a producer in collaboration with several artists, and her production of Dianne Reeves's Grammy-nominated album, That Day, helped the album reach the top of the charts. Other side projects include Hancock’s Grammy Award–winning album Gershwin’s World, on which she played alongside Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder.

Carrington's album The Mosaic Project earned her a Grammy Award in 2012 for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Featuring a “who’s who” of female jazz artists (from Berklee alumna/2011 Best New Artist Grammy recipient Esperanza Spalding ’05 and Nona Hendryx to Hailey Niswanger ’11 and Geri Allen), the album is composed of original tracks penned by Carrington as well as Carrington’s arrangements of featured artists’ songs. Her latest album, Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, coincides with the 50th anniversary of Money Jungle, a pivotal 1963 trio recording by Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach. Carrington wrote all new arrangements of Ellington's music for the album, which also includes two of her original compositions and features pianist Gerald Clayton.

Admission: 
Free

Brite Lite Brite at Lollapalooza

Friday / August 2, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Grant Park
Chicago
Illinois
60940
Brite Lite Brite

Composed of award-winning singer-songwriter Andrea Stankevitch and electronics master Luke Johnson, both alumni of Berklee College of Music, Brite Lite Brite has taken live electronic music production and performance to new levels by creating innovative technologies and techniques for live sound design and real-time production. Brite Lite Brite will be performing at Lollapalooza this summer on August 2, 2013, opening for headlining acts The Cure, Mumford & Sons, The Killers, and Nine Inch Nails.

No stranger to the festival circuit, Brite Lite Brite played Virgin Mobile FreeFest in 2010, opening for headlining acts M.I.A., Joan Jett, Matt & Kim, LCD Soundsystem, and Ludacris, after receiving the nod from thousands of "Book the Band" voters and Virgin Mobile's panel of judges. Brite Lite Brite is currently in the studio recording their second album, Stalker, which is coming soon.

Brite Lite Brite’s “Sky Turns Red” was lauded with the grand prize in the electronica category in the 2007 John Lennon Songwriting contest and the dynamic sonic duo’s “Now That You’re Around” and “Radioactive Love” were semi-finalists in the 2008 and 2011 International Songwriting Competition respectively. Brite Lite Brite won the grand prize in the electronic category for “I Lost My Heart Tonight” at the 2010 100% Music Songwriting Contest and also took home the second place prize in the contest overall. For more, visit Brite Lite Brite’s website or watch a video of "I Lost My Heart Tonight" here:

 

Admission: 
Ticketed

Caili O'Doherty Trio

Thursday / August 29, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Caili O'Doherty
Photo by Pamela Hersch

A native of Portland, Oregon, Caili O’Doherty has received national awards for her jazz piano playing and composition from Downbeat Magazine as well as the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award in 2009. Initially trained as a classical pianist, she discovered her love for jazz at age 11 when she transferred to a performing arts school in her hometown. She attended Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, majoring in jazz piano performance. While at Berklee, she was selected to be a member of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, an honors performance program directed by highly acclaimed pianist Danilo Pérez. Through this program, O'Doherty worked closely with leading musicians in the jazz world, including Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Dave Liebman, Adam Cruz, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Danilo Pérez. Her combo performed and conducted workshops and master classes in the United States and abroad, including at the Panama Jazz Festival (where they opened for the Wayne Shorter Quartet), the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia (opening for French pianist Martial Solal), the UNESCO Center in Paris for the launch of the first International Jazz Day, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Monterey High School Jazz Festival, and on a tour of Togo and Benin in Western Africa on a U.S. State Department grant.

In 2010, O'Doherty was the youngest of five female jazz pianists invited to participate in the inaugural Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artists Workshop held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and she also performed at the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival. Other notable performance venues include Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Beantown Jazz Festival, the Portland Jazz Festival, the MICI International Film Festival in Mexico, and the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival (as the pianist for Terrell Stafford). O'Doherty is an avid proponent of jazz education, and in 2012 she was selected as the Stanford jazz piano mentor, a two-year teaching internship at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, where she teaches lessons, clinics, and master classes to young people and performs with fellow mentors at the Stanford Jazz Festival.
 

Admission: 
Free

Christian Li

Thursday / July 25, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Christian Li

Pianist Christian Li grew up in the town of Horseheads, New York. Largely self-taught in the jazz discipline until his college years, Li has won several DownBeat magazine Student Music Awards and attended highly selective programs, including the Skidmore Jazz Institute, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, the Vail Jazz Workshop, and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.

Watch a segment of the Christian Li Group performing "El Duende" here:

Admission: 
Free

Isis Lune

Sunday / July 14, 2013 / 5:30 p.m.
The Speigeltent
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02116
Isis Lune

Isis Lune is a Boston-based group formed at Berklee College of Music. Led by Israeli vocalist Ella Joy Meir, the band creates a unique soundscape that combines electronic textures with a raw human element. Titles such as "In the Belly of a Whale" and "Bring Me the Moon" submerge the listener in the band's world: a realm of demons and magic, of vast oceans and endless skylines. The band’s music reflects its members' eclectic musical backgrounds, ranging from classical to ethnic, from jazz to rock and R&B.

Isis Lune is Ella Joy Meir (vocals and piano), Asher Kurtz (guitar), Ran Gil (keys), Aaron Liao (bass), and Tim Merle (drums). Watch Isis Lune perform "Leaking" in this music video:

Admission: 
Free

Juana Aquerreta y Amigos

Wednesday / July 17, 2013 / 2:30 p.m.
Shakespeare Stage
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02116
Juana Aquerreta
Photo by Pamela Hersch

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juana Aquerreta blends her musical roots with contemporary styles. She will be performing a set of original tunes, joined by her friends Jacinta Clusellas (guitar), Tomas Latorre (bass), Tiago Michelin (drums), and Eleni Arapoglou (vocals).

Listen to samples of Aquerreta's music on SoundCloud here or watch her perform "Norte" at the Boston Book Festival here:

Admission: 
Free

Esther Rojas

Saturday / July 13, 2013 / 5:30 p.m.
Shakespeare Stage
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02116
Esther Rojas

Born into a musical family in Barranquilla, Colombia, Esther Rojas started playing the violin at age 10, mainly focusing on a classical music repertoire. From 1995 to 1997, she continued her studies at the University of Cauca and the Antonio Maria Valencia Conservatory in Cali, Colombia, where she also performed with their youth symphony orchestras. In 2000, she switched her musical interest to electric and acoustic bass, entering the commercial arranging and composition and the jazz performance studies programs at the prestigious Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia. She has studied with Alain Caron, Oscar Stagnaro, and Luis Angel Pastor. Recently, she performed with Latin superstar Luis Enrique.

She is currently enrolled in the contemporary writing and production program at Berklee College of Music. Rojas’s style is a combination of the influences of Colombian traditional music, R&B, pop, salsa, Cuban timba, Brazilian music, and jazz. She is a very creative and solid player with a strong focus on the groove.

For this performance, she will feature the great Colombian singer Maria Mulata, 2008 winner of the world-renowned Viña del Mar Festival in Chile. Rojas and Mulata have been working together for the past four years. Their work includes performances at the most important festivals in Colombia and concerts in Asia and the United States. Rojas has also collaborated on Maria Mulata's most recent album, Cantos y Vuelos, which was released in 2013.

Watch Rojas shine on bass in the video below:

Admission: 
Free

Nile Alexander

Friday / July 5, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
South Shore Conservatory
1 Conservatory Drive
Hingham
MA
02043
Nile Alexander

Nile Alexander is a Boston based soul/R&B singer-songwriter who attends Berklee College of Music. He is a natural singer and performer and the band has a versatile and grooving energy that compliments his writing in a remarkably tasteful way.

Alexander is backed up by his three piece band, consisting of Kevin McGowan on drums, Alex Labrie on guitar, and Casey Andersen who also attend Berklee. Alexander and the band have a classic R&B sound with a modern writing style. They are influenced by the likes of John Legend, Frank Ocean, Erykah Badu, and Marvin Gaye. The group has been busy gigging and recording in the Boston and New York area for the past year.
 
Watch Nile Alexander perform Amos Lee's "Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight" in this video:
 

Admission: 
Free

Eric Law

Friday / June 28, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Dewey Square
100 Cambridge St #1301
Boston
MA
02129
Eric Law

Eric Law grew up performing classical, jazz, and punk music. At Berklee, he has developed an affinity for old-time and Americana music. In 2013, Law won first prize in the American String Teachers Association's National Alternative String Competition, where he performed a combination of traditional old-time music and his own songs. He is currently working toward the release of his first solo record and recently released a second album with We Avalanche.

Watch Law perform his original song "Sometimes I Wonder" in this video:

Admission: 
Free

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