Concert

English Tom in the Bookstore

Thursday / July 5, 2012 / 5:30 p.m.
Wakefield Library
345 Main Street
Wakefield
MA
United States
01880
English Tom in the Bookstore

When Kevin Clark and Wil Tecla met, they were just a pianist and a drummer, but as they came to realize they shared a very similar goal and drive, they quickly began putting together the foundation that is English Tom in the Bookstore. Also featuring saxophonists Derrick Tate and Utril Rhaburn, bass player Mike Dyer, and flute player Julia Price, the group blends jazz and hip-hop. The band's single will be featured on Jazz Revelation Records' upcoming album. The group is recording its first EP.

Admission: 
Free

The Yesberger Band

Thursday / June 21, 2012 / 5:30 p.m.
Wakefield Library
345 Main Street
Wakefield
MA
United States
01880
The Yesberger Band

The Yesberger Band, an East Coast college band founded in early 2010 at  Berklee, is the project of lead singer and pianist Devon Yesberger, backed up by good friends Spencer Stewart (bass) and Gabriel Smith (drums). They are a sensible, groovy, and poetic trio, mixing jazz nuances with catchy original pop.

Inspired by the untapped bounty of wisdom hidden among the stars and spread throughout daily life, Yesberger writes songs that channel the feelings of laughter and smiles that everyone desires. The resulting performances only strengthen these feelings with a positive energetic stage presence that is unmatched by most young musicians, and is evidence of a strong passion for music, as well as a deep friendship between the performers and audience.

The Yesberger Band's diversity and originality is the product of the rich musical community they have grown up in. Yesberger, Smith, and Stewart were all active jazz musicians throughout high school and continue to study the idiom. However, it wasn't until attending Berklee College of Music—where they were surrounded by so many songwriters, composers, and music styles from every corner of the world—that they began branching out of their jazz comfort zone, forming a band with a distinct sound and appeal.

The Yesberger Band has completed a successful summer tour that took them cross-country, opening for acts including Bobby McFerrin, the Yellowjackets, and the Temptations. Along the way they played 22 dates, sold over 500 CDs, met hundreds of new fans, and had the incredible opportunity to share their music with many open ears: just a small glimpse of their bright future. Their debut album, The Bad Weather EP, features six catchy original tracks and one original cover of the popular Beatles tune, "Blackbird."  The CD is an independent release featuring the talents of many Berklee students making appearances on most tracks, as well as behind the scenes engineering and mixing.

Admission: 
Free

Lee Dynes and Amanda Addleman

Monday / July 30, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Lee Dynes and Amanda Addleman

Up and coming jazz guitarist Lee Dynes combines musical forces with San Francisco jazz vocalist and pianist Amanda Addleman to create a performance that is a striking blend of lovely melodies and virtuosic improvisation. This talented duo will be drawing on the standards of the Great American Songbook as well as a selection of pop and original music. Both Dynes and Addleman are graduates of the prestigious Berklee College of Music and whenever they come together, the audience is promised an evening of music that is fresh, passionate, and beautiful.

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 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, 2011). 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. Amanda 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.

 

Admission: 
Free

Sharin

Friday / July 27, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
Milk Street and Atlantic Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02110
Sharin Maribel Toribio

Sharin Maribel Toribio was born in the 1980s in Tampa, Florida. By the age of six, she began to sing solos in church and play the piano. By nine years old, she had created her own compositions and begun playing other instruments by ear. As a teen, she earned countless awards and accolades and performed for hundreds of attendees at various youth conferences, festivals and concerts.

At the end of her freshman year of college, the yearning to dedicate her life to music full time brought her back home. She began working on her demo and even became a 2005 Miss Florida delegate. Unfortunately, all of her hard work and momentum was put on hold when she was diagnosed with stage 4 Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer that affects the lymphatic system, and was given a 20 percent chance of life.

She fought the cancer for a harsh seven months with intensive chemotherapy and clinical trials. Today, she is cancer-free and determined more than ever to honor the miracle of her life by accomplishing her dreams. She believes it was the strong prayers and support of her church, family, friends, and music that brought her through such a trying time.

Toribio continues to compose and perform her music at Berklee. She is proud to have worked with artists and producers such as Eddie Perez (Paulina Rubio, JoJo, Hector "El Father," Wisin y Yandel), Jean Rodriguez, Toby Love, and Obie Bermudez. Her strong musical influences lie in the beautiful raw messages of pop country music, Spanish pop ballads, and R&B, and her greatest vocal icons are Gary LeVox, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Lauryn Hill, Luis Miguel, Juan Luis Guerra, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, and many more.

In the summer of 2011, Toribio was part of Berklee's Songwriter Tour in cities throughout Spain. In December 2011, she released her EP Quiero which contains all original content.

She hopes to touch people of every ethnicity through the spiritual language of music and be a symbol of trueness, positivity, and survival. 

Admission: 
Free

Jaime Woods

Thursday / July 26, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Jaime Woods

To Jaime Woods, music is storytelling. It connects us all through common experiences, and relatable issues. Music has the power to manipulate our emotions, evoke us to action, it facilitates healing, and causes us to think and see things differently.  

Woods began music in Chicago at 15, and sang with numerous choirs and local groups. In 2010, she was accepted to Berklee College of Music. She made enough noise in Chicago to raise half of her tuition money through her debut concert, themed "Lifespeak" in November 2010. Now as a student, she's focused on songwriting and production. Since she's been at Berklee, Jaime has performed at the Beantown Jazz Fest, Sculler's, Johnny D's, and other local shows and open mics. She became part of an ensemble that performed with neosoul artist Bilal, and will be performing with Lalah Hathaway in February 2012.  She has collaborated with many fellow Berklee students, and is a member of an a cappella group that will tour Europe in the winter. She is also preparing an EP for summer 2012.

Admission: 
Free

Rising Tribe

Thursday / July 26, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Atlantic Avenue and Congress Stree
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Rising Tribe

Rising Tribe is a Boston-based original band that plays a funky mix of reggae, pop, rock, dancehall, and ska. This unique brand of mainstream pop-reggae has gained them fans of all ages in New England and beyond.  

Caribbean-raised Tiffany Gassett, on lead vocals amd guitar, adds a unique island twist to the Tribe's overall sound.  The band features Lindsey Nogueira on bass, Fran McConville on electric guitar, Thad Noland on keyboard and saxophone, Elote Villanueva on saxophone, and Molly Rose on trombone.

Admission: 
Free

CWP & EPD Student Concert: A Collaborative Writers Showcase

Wednesday / May 9, 2012 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert features some of the best contemporary writing and production and electronic production and design students collaborating to present their dynamic songs, arrangements, and original compositions in an exciting mix of modern, electrifying music. CWP and EPD majors, along with an exciting electric, acoustic, and laptop band, will showcase original compositions and arrangements specifically written and sound designed for this concert.

The evening will feature a wide variety of contemporary styles and modern compositions written and produced by some of the best students of CWP and EPD: Inkyung Choi, Luis Miguel De la Isla Morfin, Juan Sebastian Cortes, Carlos Delgado Arjona, Manuel Garcia Baro Huarte, Ella Joy Meir, Juan Carlos Enriquez, Casey Kidd, Kevin Luu, Steve Pagano, Oguz Can Ozcanli, Stephanie Chan, Cameron Porter, Alejandra Jimenez Quiroga, Daniele Siliquini, Monica Cialona, and Zorrilla Alejandro. 

Andrea Pejrolo, assistant chair of CWP, and Dave Howard, CWP associate professor, direct the show.

Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Chasing Blue

Tuesday / July 24, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Chasing Blue

Chasing Blue came together in the fall of 2008 at a bluegrass ensemble at Berklee College of Music. Band members hail from across the United States and Canada, and now reside in Boston. Chasing Blue gigs heavily in the New England festival circuit.

Chasing Blue plays a mix of original and traditional bluegrass material with unique arrangements and hard-driving style. Original material holds true to the bluegrass tradition but strong lyrical ideas and progressive musical ideas make the Chasing Blue sound.

Admission: 
Free

Bear Language

Friday / August 24, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
Milk Street and Atlantic Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02110
Bear Language

If Radiohead and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were to have a child and name J Dilla the godfather, the resulting offspring would be Bear Language. Heavy riffs meet esoteric musical landscapes under delicate but gritty vocals. Born in early 2011 at Berklee, the band is a fusion of musical styles and influences ranging from the Mars Volta to Lettuce.

Originally from New York, guitarist and singer Luca Buccellati is an accomplished songwriter. While his songwriting with Bear Language draws heavily from Radiohead, Buccellati is equally at home in the pop idiom, a side that manifests itself through catchy hooks and edgily accessible riffs.

Bassist Archi Denis was born in Paris but grew up mostly in Asia. Growing up emulating Flea and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Denis proves that bass isn't just a background instrument. A true performer, he's known for his onstage antics without ever losing sight of the groove.

Drummer and St. Louis native Ian Barnett rounds out the trio. Also a producer following in the footsteps of J Dilla, he brings a love for all things off-kilter. On stage and in the studio he's always pushing the envelope and defying the traditional box in which a drummer operates, but always to the service of the music.

Together the three are captivating and fresh. In September of 2011 Bear Language released its self-titled debut EP, the first step in what will be a long journey. The group's second release, The Ventriloquist, is due out in 2012 with a full length to follow.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

The Stray Birds

Thursday / August 23, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
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, Pennsylvania, Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven had put miles of road behind them before first sharing a song in 2010. Craven had performed widely as fiddler, guitarist, and harmony vocalist for Grammy-nominated artist Adrienne Young while Maya had spent months criss-crossing the United States, Canada and Europe as a traveling street musician.

Grounding its sound in the unshakable groove of bassist Charlie Muench, the trio soon released its Borderland EP. Craven continues to tour nationally with Virginia-based Americana band the Steel Wheels. While attending Berklee, de Vitry began receiving national recognition for her songwriting, including a fourth place prize 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 summer 2012.

Admission: 
Free

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