Concert

Italo Cunha and the Mates

Thursday / July 12, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Italo Cunha

Italo Cunha, born in Brasilia, Brazil in 1992, is an award-winning, up-and-coming jazz guitarist, vocalist, producer, and musical director who quickly gained recognition in his country.

He's received such awards as first prize Festbandas (2004), Musical Revelation at the Toque de Classe Institute (2005), the youngest recipient ever of a contemporary musical education degree from the Toque de Classe Institute, the Guitar Department Award (2011), the Jimi Hendrix Award (2010), and third prize in the International Guitar Competition of Souza Lima/Berklee College of Music.

He's also had several television, newspaper, magazine, and radios appearances in Norway, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and U.S. Cunha has been performing professionally since the age of 12 and has toured Brazil, Norway, Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, and the U.S. He arrived at Berklee at age 16 on a scholarship, where he had the opportunity to work with many great artists such as Marc Johnson, Mark Walker, Hal Crook, Lee Ritenour, Eliana Elias, Dave Santoro, Leo Blanco, Greg Osby, Mark Turner, Terri Lyne Carrington, and many more.

Currently Cunha on the jazz label Jazz Revelation Records for the second consecutive year. He also has recorded for Paramount Pictures Studio.

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Free

Folcloreishon

Wednesday / June 20, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Folcloreishon performs traditional Argentinean songs with original arrangements, with original instruments played in a contemporary context. The group features Jacinta Clusellas, Ariana Corradi, Tomas Latorre, Mariana Migliore, and Patti Ramon.

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Adrianne Lenker

Thursday / July 26, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Adrianne Lenker

Hailing from Minneapolis, Adrianne Lenker is an authentic and passionate singer, songwriter, and performer. Her debut CD, Stages of the Sun, produced by Steve Hodge (Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Sting), was released on LucidTunes when Lenker was only 14. The title cut was a 2005 Independent Music Awards top 5 finalist in the Singer/Songwriter category. Lenker's "My Bliss" was a finalist in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. Four tracks from the album were featured on MTV's The Hills in 2007 and 2008.

Lenker's follow-up CD/DVD, Live at the Southern, was recorded just before her 15th birthday in July 2006 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. Her third release, Then the Rain Came, will be released in 2009.

Tim Cain, a writer with the Herald and Review (Illinois), wrote of the singer-songwriter, "I saw her perform in Chicago with an audience largely consisting of musicians. She held this group of professionals enraptured, and we all found one thing unbelievable and asked each other the same question as one voice: 'Is she really 14?' Apparently so, and she's a little like Jewel, except tougher, and a little like Liz Phair, but not quite as edgy. She writes a heckofa song."

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Me vs. Gravity

Thursday / June 14, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Me vs. Gravity

In the short time they've been together, Me vs. Gravity has been blowing up the Boston scene with its epic pop/rock style. Since its first show a year ago, Me vs. Gravity released a self-produced, self-titled seven-song EP, along with a music video for the EP's lead single, "Walls," which now has over 200,000 views on YouTube. With a strong online presence, a bombastic live show, and a drive like no other, Me vs. Gravity is a force to be reckoned with.

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Free

The Stray Birds

Thursday / June 7, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
The Stray Birds

Drawing upon the richness of American folk music traditions, the signature power of the Stray Birds' sound lies in outstanding songwriting that soars in three-part harmony. Though raised within a few miles of farmland from each other in Lancaster County, PA, Maya and Oliver had put miles of road behind them before first sharing a song in 2010. Oliver Craven had performed widely as the fiddler, guitarist, and harmony vocalist for Grammy-nominated artist Adrienne Young, and Maya had spent months criss-crossing the United States, Canada, and Europe as a traveling street musician. Grounding their sound in the unshakable groove of bassist Charlie Muench, the trio released their Borderland EP one year later, a recording of captivating chemistry and sensitive musicality. Oliver continued to tour nationally with Virginia-based Americana band the Steel Wheels. While attending the Berklee College of Music, Maya began receiving national recognition for her songwriting, including fourth place in the 2011 Telluride Troubadour Competition. Charlie received a degree in music education from West Chester University in December 2011. The Stray Birds will release their first full-length album in the summer of 2012.

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Free

Wei-ting Hsu: Waiting for You

Monday / June 18, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Guitarist/composer Wei-ting Hsu presents his music with his friends.

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Luis D'Elias: Days of Joropo and Merengue

Tuesday / June 12, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Luis D'Elias will once again be joined by an incredible cast of musicians from all over the world to play his repertoire of Venezuelan fusion, performing various styles of Venezuelan music ranging from joropo to merengue and onda nueva.

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Basslines: Jim Stinnett and Friends

Saturday / June 9, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An eclectic presentation of jazz-inspired music.

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Art Decade / Supervolcano / Perhaps

Friday / June 8, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Art Decade

From the state that gave us the Pixies and Sonic Youth comes another alternative rock gem, Art Decade. An experimental hard rock band with progressive and classical influences, Art Decade has an expressive, distinct style to their solid collection of songs. Drawing inspiration from the likes of the Mars Volta, Muse, and Radiohead, Art Decade is rising fast in the vibrant Boston music scene. With Talmi's voice at the forefront, supported by Chad Montermini and Binod Singh's harmonies, Art Decade's sound echoes. Feel it.

Since their inception in 2007, Supervolcano has quickly become one of the driving forces behind a growing resurgence in Boston's indie rock scene. Composed of a melting pot of influences, the band incorporates sweeping melodies, harmonic tension, and off-meter time signatures while texturizing their unique soundscapes with guitar effects and breakneck rhythms. Counting Glassjaw, Fugazi, Faraquet, Incubus, and At the Drive-In/Mars Volta among their musical mentors, Supervolcano has been able to capture the essence of their icons while creating something wholly their own.

Also playing is Perhaps.

Admission: 
$5

Witness Matlou

Thursday / August 16, 2012 / 5:30 p.m.
Wakefield Library
345 Main Street
Wakefield
MA
United States
01880
Witness Matlou

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou started playing music in church. His fascination in music was inspired by the role that music played at his church, home, and life in the townships. Seeing people dance and sing, and all the happiness in church, is what got him into music.

His enthusiasm, triggered by the sounds of jazz piano, led him to spend much time in church after services, and after school, practicing. He soon took music lessons at a community center, where he made great progress.

He studied music at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban, where the jazz program was founded by Darius Brubeck, son of the legendary Dave Brubeck. At UKZN, Matlou won a scholarship to study music in the U.S., and spent two semesters at Drake University in Iowa. At Drake, he formed his own band, the Witness Matlou trio, performing at the Des Moines Arts Festival.

While studying at Drake, Matlou got the opportunity to audition for Berklee and was accepted with a full-ride African Scholar award. In the summer of 2010, Matlou got the opportunity to tour and play professionally in Europe with the Drake University Jazz Band. That included performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. 

Admission: 
Free

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