Concert

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.

Admission: 

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

Basslines: The Bruce Gertz Quartet

Friday / June 8, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert of jazz music for Basslines.

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Cameron Galpin

Wednesday / August 1, 2012 / 5:45 p.m.
Children's Wharf
308 Congress Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
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 has spent his time studying and playing with great instrumentalists such as Jamey 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

Shea Rose

Wednesday / July 18, 2012 / 5:45 p.m.
Children's Wharf
308 Congress Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Shea Rose

Winner of 2011 R&B/Soul/Urban Contemporary Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards, Shea Rose was named by the Boston Globe the "Boston artist most likely to make an impact on the national stage this year." Steve Morse, former music critic at the Globe, described her as "that rare artist who can bridge diverse styles such as soul, funk, rock, rap and jazz—and bring her unique stamp to each."  

A Berklee graduate, Rose released her first EP, Rock 'n' Rose, in 2010, followed by the Little Warrior mixtape in 2011, both showcasing her range and versatility with songs that highlight her influences, from Janis Joplin to Run DMC. Rose was also featured on Terri Lyne Carrington's 2011 Grammy Award-winning jazz album, The Mosaic Project, where she worked alongside greats such as Nona Hendryx, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, and Esperanza Spalding, among others, and for which she won a SESAC Performance Activity Award in March of 2012. 

Rose also garnered national attention when Queen Latifah chose her as a spokeswoman for CoverGirl's 2010 Ignite Your Persona campaign and again in 2012 when she won the Red Bull Soundstage fan-driven contest to perform as part of the Universal/Red Bull showcase at SXSW in Austin, TX. Offstage, Rose is dedicated to music for social change, working with local organizations through her social outreach initiative, My Angel Wears A Fro, and with Music2Life, a nonprofit organization started by Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary. Rose recently supported Sam Sparro on tour in Boston and New York and will be recording her second full-length EP, Dance This Mess Around, before headlining Brighton Music Hall in Boston on September 8.

Admission: 
Free

Courtney Hartman

Thursday / August 16, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Courtney Hartman

A phenomenal young guitarist, Courtney Hartman is at the forefront of a new generation of acoustic musicians. She has performed in Scotland, Slovakia, Italy, and throughout the U.S.; won numerous guitar flatpicking championships; and is currently studying on scholarship at Berklee College of Music. Matt Glaser, fiddle legend and chair of Berklee's American Roots Music Program called Hartman "an extraordinary bluegrass guitarist and a fluid, inventive improviser . . . one of the finest musicians I have ever had the privilege of working with." Jazz guitar virtuoso Julian Lage says of her, "It has been a true privilege to watch Courtney grow as a player, and I feel that she is one of the great guitarists of our generation. Her greatness is born out of unconditional listening and a commitment to the meaning of the music in every song she plays. She doesn't play anything that isn't rooted in her love for the music."

Hartman began her musical journey at the tender age of 2, when she was taken to her very first bluegrass festival. It wasn't long before she started taking violin lessons. She developed a deep passion for music, and by the time she was ten, she had begun to excel rapidly at violin, piano, and mandolin. In 2001, Hartman was asked to play with the prestigious mandolin orchestra Mandomonium. That same year, she became the youngest person to win the championship division at the Lyons Old-Time Fiddle Contest, and she continued to win competitions around the country on fiddle and mandolin. It was about this time that Hartman found her passion for bluegrass guitar. Her father asked her to teach him "Blackberry Blossom" on the guitar, which she quickly learned on her own. This prompted her to begin transferring other tunes that she had grown up playing on fiddle to the guitar and soon that began to steal away most of her attention. By the time she was twelve, she was writing her own music and performing throughout the U.S. with her siblings in their band, the Hartmans.

Throughout high school, Hartman taught more than 30 private music students and continued performing with the Hartmans. In 2008, they released their first album, Borrowed Time. In the same year, she was asked to join a band of young bluegrass musicians to represent the U.S. at the International Folk Festival in Nitra, Slovakia. She also toured for a time with the up the up-and-coming bluegrass-gospel group Appointed. 

Hartman's strong roots in traditional acoustic and bluegrass music gave her a strong foundation to branch out from, and she became very interested in other styles of music, including Celtic, jazz, and international folk music. This led her to Berklee College of Music, where she is currently in her third year. The acoustic music scene in Boston is arguably the best in the country at this time, and Hartman is right at the heart of it, being highly involved in the American Roots Music Program at Berklee. This year, she traveled with a select group of American roots musicians to Glasgow, Scotland, where they performed at Celtic Connections in a collaboration with some of the top traditional Scottish music students. The group, Atlantic Seaway, also performed this summer at Intercelctic Festival in Lorient, France.

Hartman continues to write and perform with a variety of ensembles throughout the country. She recently joined, Della Mae, an all-girl bluegrass quintet out of Boston. She plans to continue her studies at Berklee, expanding her musical horizons, making connections, and taking opportunities there. She has a strong passion for music and for using it to bless those around her. No matter where or with whom she is playing, she will continue to make music with that love.

Admission: 
Free

Lihi Haruvi

Monday / August 13, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Lihi Haruvi Trio

Born and raised in Israel, saxophonist Lihi Haruvi is now living in Boston studying on a full-tuition scholarship at Berklee, majoring in performance and film scoring.

Haruvi studied in the prestigious Thelma Yellin High School of the Performing Arts; was awarded with the America Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship, the Tel-Aviv Conservatory scholarship, and Excellent Musician status in the Israel Defense Forces; and was an official arranger for the army orchestra.

During her military service, she was chosen to represent Israel by performing as a soloist around the world, and she received a scholarship to study at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.

These days she is a part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute directed by Danilo Pérez and Marco Pignataro and has the honor of working with Joe Lovano, Ben Street, John Patitucci, Jim Odgren, Terri Lyne Carrington, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, Eddie Gomez, and many other outstanding musicians.

Haruvi is a signed artist of Berklee's Jazz Revelation Records label. She has performed at respected jazz festivals and venues such as the Red Sea Eilat Jazz Festival, Birdland, and the Berklee Performance Center.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee City Music Gospel Choir

Sunday / July 29, 2012 / 11:30 a.m.
Newport Folk Festival
Harrison Avenue
Newport
RI
United States
02840
Berklee City Music Gospel Choir

The Berklee City Music Choir, under the direction of Berklee faculty member Nichelle Mungo, brings together some of the best school-age vocalists from the college’s national Berklee City Music Network of community schools. The City Music Choir students come together in Boston, from all across the country as part of the college’s annual Five Week Summer Performance Program.

Berklee City Music is the college's strategic educational initiative that uses contemporary music to reach 4th to 12th graders from under-served communities. Programming includes instruction by expert faculty, individualized mentoring, after-school classes, Saturday schooling, summer study, and full-tuition scholarships to attend Berklee at no cost to the students or their families. City Music has provided educational and mentoring opportunities to more than 1,000 local teens from urban areas since 1991. Four years ago, Berklee's City Music Network—launched in 2001—expanded to include partnerships with community organizations nationwide that actively share the goal of changing teenage lives with contemporary music education. Berklee City Music celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Admission: 
$74

Brazilian Music

Tuesday / July 24, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Pianist Yui Tsuchida performs Brazilian Music.

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