Break of Reality has been applauded for its “genuine technique” and ability to “rock out like they mean it,” according to Time Out/New York. With a sound described as having “excitement, originality, and an undeniable intensity that louder, heavier bands only dream of,'' as the Rochester City Newspaper put it, Break of Reality is a cello rock band originally formed at the Eastman School of Music in 2003. The band is filling concert venues around the country with fans eager to hear their original music as well as interpretations of Tool, Metallica, and System of a Down. Cinematic, subdued, and heavy all at once, it draws fans of Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, and Yo-Yo Ma. Break of Reality has given hundreds of performances across the country at performing arts centers, colleges, rock clubs, and music festivals such as South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Through its affiliation with Pandora Radio, Break of Reality’s music has been streamed for millions of listeners around the U.S. The band’s three albums, The Sound Between (2006), Spectrum of the Sky(2009), and Covers (2012), have sold more than 40,000 copies worldwide.
Based out of Boston, Massachusetts, I/Ø has been playing together since fall of 2012. Drawing heavy influence from bands like Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros, and Hammock, I/Ø finished their first instrumental full-length album over the summer of 2013. Based on open textures, nuanced melody, and a heavy artillery dynamic, the I/Ø sound allows the audience to form its own subjective aesthetic intention for the music, free from the confines of language and clarity. The band’s songwriting process is organic, similar to the ebb and flow of the emotional states that fuel the final product—difficult to observe and often impossible to define. I/Ø believes human experience can be too beautiful and grotesque, inspiring and abhorrent, heartwarming and traumatic, to put into words.
The colorful sound of KeL combines elements of jazz and pop with Brazilian melodies. The band's lead singer, Kel do Nascimento, was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and toured her country of orgin before coming to Berklee in 2011.
The singer-songwriterGabriel Kahane will perform. With the recent release of The Ambassador, Gabriel turns his gaze toward his birthplace, southern California, for his most focused album to date. Dividing his time between the club and the concert hall, Kahane has been commissioned by (among others) the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he toured last spring performing Gabriel’s Guide to the 48 States, an hour-long cycle on the WPA American Guide Series. He has appeared in recital with string quartet Brooklyn Rider at Carnegie Hall, at the Library of Congress with fellow composer-performer Timo Andres, and on tour throughout North America with cellist Alisa Weilerstein. In a few years, Gabriel has accrued a diverse list of collaborators, having performed or recorded with artists ranging from Sufjan Stevens, Rufus Wainwright, Chris Thile, and Brad Mehldau to Jeremy Denk, Jonathan Biss, and the composer and conductor John Adams.
Greg Holden, a New York-based British singer-songwriter, wrote the hit charity single "The Lost Boy" and co-wrote "Home," the 2012 debut single for American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. With support from his devoted fan base, he raised $30,000. Holden recorded the songs he’d been penning with producer Tony Berg. He emerged from the studio with I Don’t Believe You.
Watch a music video for Greg Holden's "The Lost Boy" here:
On the heels of their 2013 debut full-length album Start Sinning, Philly rock duo John & Brittany (John Faye and Brittany Rotondo) have seen the album’s title track catapult into heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s Little Steven’s Underground Garage. The music video for the duo’s follow-up single, “Paper Planes,” aired on more than 100 video outlets in the U.S. and Canada, making it all the way to “The Freshmen” on MTV-U and to MTV.com. In addition to their full touring and recording schedule, John & Brittany can also be found hosting a weekly open mic in Philadelphia and volunteering for Musicians On Call, a nonprofit which brings the positive power of live music to people in hospitals in cities all across the U.S. The pair’s boy/girl dynamic captures the sweetness and tension of predecessors like Buckingham/Nicks, combined with a dose of the punk ferocity of The Kills.
Watch a music video for John & Brittany's "Paper Planes" here:
Twisted Tunes will feature some popular songs by the likes of Ellie Goulding and Florence and the Machine, but arranged in new and creative ways such as jazz standards, string quartet ballads, theatrical performance pieces, folk, funk, and many more.