Concert

Daniel Rotem

Monday / July 23, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Daniel Rotem

Enjoy the unique jazz stylings of a promising young saxophone player.

In 2009, the Berklee College of Music World Tour arrived in Israel and after attending auditions, saxophonist Daniel Rotem was awarded a full-tuition scholarship.

In May 2011, Rotem started full-time studies at the Berklee College of Music towards a degree in music and jazz performance. He's spent two semesters on the school's dean's list. He has performed at the different Berklee venues with numerous ensembles, including the Rainbow Big band led by Phil Wilson; the Concert Jazz Band led by Greg Hopkins (with which he performed and was featured as a soloist in a concert featuring the great drummer Peter Erskine); and as a featured guest at a joint performance of India Arie and Israeli composer-singer Idan Raichel. 

Admission: 
Free

Laura Marling

Friday / June 15, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

English folk musician Laura Marling is touring in support of her 2011 album, A Creature I Don't Know.

Admission: 
$20, reserved seating

Christiane Karam and ZilZALA

Sunday / June 3, 2012 / 1:40 p.m.
Community Rowing Boathouse
20 Nonantum Road
Brighton
MA
United States
02135
Christiane Karam

Led by award-winning vocalist/composer Christiane Karam, the ZilZALA Middle Eastern Ensemble is a Boston-based world music group that draws from several musical cultures to reinterpret classical, traditional, and folk Arabic and Balkan Music. The outcome is a powerful and uplifting blend of Eastern and Western influences that creates a truly unique musical experience. The ZilZALA Ensemble has been playing to packed houses in Boston and New York and is a two-time nominee for Best World Music Act in Boston by the Phoenix Best Music Poll.

In addition to leading the ZilZALA ensemble, Karam writes and performs in various musical settings and has collaborated with the likes of Yanka Rupkina, Bassam Saba, Hüsnü Senlendirici, Jamey Haddad, the Assad Brothers, and Bobby McFerrin, in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Summer Stage in New York and the International House of Music in Moscow.

Karam is also an award-winning songwriter and is on the faculty of Berklee College of Music as an assistant professor of Voice, Ensemble, and Songwriting.

Featuring:
Christiane Karam (voice, percussion)
Jussi Reijonen (oud, guitar)
Helen Sherrah-Davies (violin)

Naseem Al Atrash (cello)
Tyreek Jackson (bass)
Tareq Rantisi (percussion)

"East and West collide in the music of the ZiLZALA Middle Eastern Ensemble. This international cast of musicians provide a distinctive flavor and an irresistible rhythm." —Luke O'Neil, Boston Globe

"Christiane Karam and ZilZALA take you on a sensuous sound journey. You'll start on the narrow winding streets of Beirut and Damascus, hop a caravan ride through the desert, make a stop at a cinema in Cairo and, from there, they might lead you . . . just about anywhere!" —Hankus Netsky, New England Conservatory

"On this album [Songs of the People], Christiane Karam crafts her vocal interpretations with marvelous fluidity. Her performance with the ZilZALA Ensemble is creatively conceived and beautifully executed." —A.J.Racy, Ph.D.

http://www.wbur.org/community/events/wbur-spring-festival

Admission: 
$30

The Berklee Balkan Vocal Ensemble

Sunday / June 3, 2012 / 11:30 a.m.
Community Rowing Boathouse
20 Nonantum Road
Brighton
MA
United States
02135
Berklee Balkan Ensemble

The Berklee Balkan vocal ensemble was founded by Christiane Karam in 2011, as a means to explore the choral traditions and folk music adaptations of the Balkans, the Middle East, the Caucasus, and parts of the Mediterranean. It is primarily a women's chorus with some arrangements that incorporate male singers as well. It includes and welcomes singers from all over the world, and serves as a platform for cultural exchange, and an opportunity to come together and celebrate the beauty and spirit that connects us all. 

This year, vocalists from Serbia, Montenegro, France, Estonia, Russia, Indonesia, Ecuador, the United States, Roumania, Russia, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Poland, India, Puerto Rico, and Lebanon joined the ensemble to study this music and sing the ancient traditions of those regions. The ensemble will be performing traditional songs from the Bulgarian folk repertoire, several of which were originally arranged for Bulgaria's award-winning Women's State Television Choir, as well as traditional selections from Armenia, Russia, and Macedonia.

Berklee Balkan Vocal Ensemble:

Aleksandra Denda, Belgrade, Serbia
Anna Talpe, Paris, France
Gabriela Lencka, Warsaw, Poland
Christiane Karam, Beirut, Lebanon
Deniz Ozcelik, Antep, Turkey
Ioana Udroiu, Bucharest, Roumania
Raquel Quinones-Rivera, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Jana Sustersic, Belgrade,  Serbia
Andrea Charalambos, Nikosia, Cyprus
Eleni Arapaglou, Athens, Greece
Adriel Tjokrosaputro, Surakarta, Indonesia
Tracy Robertson, Watertown, NY
Francisco Ruiz, Quito, Ecuador

Special guests include: Patrick Yacono (kaval, gaida, clarinet) Alex Gable (mandolin), and Tareq Rantisi (percussion).

Admission: 

The Pines / Brendan Hogan

Tuesday / June 12, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Pines

The mysterious sound of the Pines fuses Benson Ramsey's ethereal, otherworldly, heart-piercing songs with David Huckfelt's earthy, darkly romantic, and rough-hewn visionary tales. With masterful guitar work, beautiful vocals, and the graceful keyboard and vocal additions of Benson's brother Alex Ramsey, the core of the Pines' sound captivates and elevates with rare intimacy. Creating quite a buzz around the Twin Cities and across the Upper Midwest, the Pines caught the attention of acclaimed indie label Red House Records and signed with them in 2007, releasing its breakout album, Sparrows in the Bell, named one of the top roots releases of the year by Q Magazine. The Pines wowed audiences at the 2008 South By Southwest (SXSW) and were named one of the musical highlights by CMT.com. The band followed up its success with Tremolo, an album that garnered rave reviews in magazines like Rolling Stone and got airplay on tastemaker stations such as KCRW and the Current. It landed them coveted performances on Daytrotter.com and Bob Harris's popular BBC show, winning them new fans across North America and Europe. A great live act whether performing as a stripped-down trio (Huckfelt and the Ramsey brothers) or as a full rock band, the Pines' devoted cult following and has led them to share the stage with such diverse acts as Bon Iver, Mavis Staples, Arcade Fire, Iris DeMent, Mason Jennings, and Spider John Koerner. The Pines just finished a North American tour with Mason Jennings in 25 cities, opening for him and playing in his band.

Brendan Hogan is supporting SilverQuick with regional tours of the U.S. He also hosts, programs, and produces a weekly music program called "Dark Was the Night," featuring blues, roots, and songwriters on WUMB radio in Boston. NPR's Car Talk featured Hogan's song "Big Black Car" on its popular syndicated radio program in November 2011. Hogan came in at No. 31 on WUMB's listener-voted "Top 100" artists list for 2011.

Admission: 
$10

Cosmodrome

Saturday / August 11, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Derby Square
Front Street
Salem
MA
United States
01970
Cosmodrome

Cosmodrome is a four-piece band whose style is a forward-thinking and eclectic blend of soul, funk, and hip-hop. The enchanting lead vocals of Madison McFerrin intertwine and lock with guitar, bass, and drums to create a sound and live show that is captivating and always groove heavy.

Cosmodrome is based out of Boston, where all of the members are currently studying at Berklee. Although the core band consists of only four members, Cosmodrome is often accompanied by a horn section with the occasional addition of special guests.

From a wide range of musical backgrounds, the members of Cosmodrome quickly became best friends during their freshman year in college. Fueled by their passion for creation and love of all music "stank face inspiring," the four began to write their own original songs, and in the late spring of 2011, Cosmodrome was born. The band has recently finished recording its first official EP and continues to write original music and perform in the Northeast. Cosmodrome is excited to share its constantly evolving and unique musical vision with all who will listen.

Cosmodrome is Madison McFerrin (vocals), Finnegan Bryan Singer (guitar), Charely Ruddell (bass), and Taylor Robinson (drums).

Admission: 
Free

Blue Mountain Bustdown

Saturday / July 21, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Blue Mountain Bustdown

After only a year and half, the Boston-based rock, funk, jam band Blue Mountain Bustdown has been making a name for itself up and down the East Coast. Founded by friends Stephen Malinowski, Ben Teters, and Josh Carter, Blue Mountain Bustdown focuses on blending traditional roots music with original grooves.

In December of 2009 Blue Mountain Bustdown saw their first action in the studio recording their debut album Paper War at Dryden Street Studios in Asheville, North Carolina. Their first full-length album, Paper War displays the many facets of Blue Mountain Bustdown's diverse sound, ranging from politically charged anthems to raging funky jams and everything in between. Most importantly, Paper War captures the raw Blue Mountain Bustdown sound and energy that they bring to every live show the band plays. 

To fully experience Blue Mountain Bustdown you must see them live. Their high-energy performances makes every show fun and special.

Blue Mountain Bustdown has shared bills with national touring acts such as Rebelution, Badfish (Sublime Tribute), Rusted Root, Railroad Earth, Perpetual Groove, Rubblebucket Orchestra, The Pimps of Joytime, The Bridge, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Donna The Buffalo, Moon Taxi, and countless other regional and local acts in the northeast and beyond.

Admission: 
Free

Sugarcane Trio

Saturday / July 14, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Derby Square
Front Street
Salem
MA
United States
01970
Sugarcane Trio

Composed of Alex Baboian on guitar, Jared Henderson on upright bass, and Jon Aanestad on violin, the trio was born after Aanestad needed a guitarist to fill in on a gig he had booked. Baboian and Henderson were brought into the mix to play on a few of the gigs that had been booked for a trio. The chemistry seemed to be palpable immediately. 

The Sugarcane Trio loves catchy hooks and makes a point to pay close attention to melody in spontaneous improvisation. During live performance, each band member's influences are imbued on a musical canvas that becomes spontaneously unique: Henderson's nimble fingers drive the trio forward with an intellectual, woody bass line, while Baboian mixes tasteful jazz stylings with a Motown groove. Aanestad's hearty and overt vocals soar above violin lines that are heavily influenced by his classical background as well as gritty blues players like Stuff Smith, fiddle players Stuart Duncan and Bobby Hicks, and jazz contemporaries such as Regina Carter.

 

Admission: 
Free

Gregorio Uribe Big Band

Wednesday / July 18, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn
NY
United States
11238
Gregorio Uribe

When he was 17 years old, Gregorio Uribe decided to learn about different music techniques and genres by backpacking and performing in streets, buses, and beaches around South America. After this experience, Uribe earned his bachelor's degree at Berklee College of Music, where he was influenced by jazz arranging, which induced him to create a very unique project: the Gregorio Uribe Big Band. 

The Gregorio Uribe Big Band is a 16-piece musical experience that blends Afro-Colombian rhythms with funk grooves and powerful big band arranging. This music machine brings together musicians from many countries around the world who, under Gregorio Uribe's leadership and vision, create a masterpiece of Latin rhythms. 

This energetic and modern approach to the music of his country has led him to share the stage with such renowned artists as Grammy-winners Rubén Blades and Carlos Vives and to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Uribe has been interviewed on CNN, NY1 News, and New York Daily News, as well as in some of the most prestigious press in Colombia, such as El Tiempo (Colombia's largest newspaper) and Jet Set magazine. 

The band constantly performs in some of New York's most renowned venues, including the Highline Ballroom, SOB's, Iridium Jazz Club, and the Prospect Park Bandshell, and they currently perform once a month at one of the city's most "happening" music venues: Zinc Bar. The band has also performed at the Rhode Island State House, Gloria Estefan's Bongos Café in Miami, Regattarbar in Boston, and, most recently, at Carlos Vives' Gaira Cumbia House in Bogotá, Colombia.

Their first single "Caribe Contigo" was featured for four week on MTV Tr3s, giving them tremendous exposure among their followers.

Admission: 
Free

Lee Dynes

Thursday / June 28, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Atlantic Avenue and Congress Stree
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Lee Dynes

Berklee College of Music alumni Amanda Addleman and Lee Dynes have joined forces and are embarking on a summer tour of the country. With Addleman's refined vocal and piano stylings and Dynes's acrobatic guitar playing, these two come together to create a performance that is a striking combination of lovely melodies and virtuosic improvisation. They will be drawing on the jazz standards of the Great American Songbook as well as a selection of pop and original music. The audience is promised an evening of music that is fresh, beautiful, and full of passion.

Ohio native Lee Dynes has continued to achieve major musical milestones since moving to Boston to study guitar performance and composition on a full scholarship from Berklee College of Music. He quickly became noted for his unique and passionate guitar style and had opportunities to perform at premier jazz venues across the country with great reviews: "Dynes's guitar work roars across traditional jazz guidelines. You can hear the Metallica he listened to during his boyhood in the way he makes his hollowbody electric sound like an entire band." (Isthmus Daily, Madison WI). Recently, Dynes signed with Jazz Revelation Records to record his original tune for the compilation CD Octave, presenting the finest jazz composers at Berklee.

Amanda Addleman's interest in voice and piano started at a very young age, and now she is an established artist in the San Francisco area. She received her bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Berklee College of Music after four years of total immersion in jazz and vocal practice. Upon completion of her degree, she began working in the Bay Area as a singer, pianist, arranger, composer, and educator. Addleman continues to expand her increasingly impressive list of venues, including a long residency at the historic Palace Hotel. In addition to her live performances, Addleman is currently working on her first studio record, Aglow, scheduled for release this year.

For this concert at the Atlantic Wharf, the duo will be joined by fellow Berklee alumnus Martin Fowler on acoustic bass. Martin is a bassist, producer, and electronic composer residing in New York. He is currently working with several prominent NYC songwriters as well as on many production and composition projects.

Admission: 
Free

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