While born and raised in South Africa, Byron Manchest has made his current home Boston. Growing up in Cape Town, Manchest was heavily influenced by the surrounding hype of soccer and rugby. After years of being a great asset to the national rugby team, he reconnected with his first love, music.
Manchest's impressive melodies and harmonies were founded at the Drakensberg Boys' Choir School, where he trained under the top classical vocalists in the country. As he was attending school four hours away from his family, he found himself filling his free time listening to who now are some of his favorite artists such as Marvin Gaye. During this time, he made it his mission to accompany his original tunes as his idol Stevie Wonder had done. Moving forward, Manchest wrote lyrics and melodies which reminded him of family and the hardships of his hometown.
At 17, he flew himself to Boston for one of the biggest auditions of his life, now resulting in his attendance at Berklee . Manchest is working with some of the top professors, producers, and talent managers to become the artist he has always dreamed to be and is looking forward to sharing his music with anyone willing to listen. He looks forward to the future and his upcoming career.
The Crosswalk Kings are a four-piece pop-rock band from Boston. They have been playing together since the fall of 2010 when they formed the band at Berklee. They have played out in Boston and Cambridge as well as recorded at Emerson Radio Station. The Crosswalk Kings have also been interviewed on Emerson's oldest radio station, WECB's "The Man Cave," and provided music for Nicker News' "Call a Friend" public service announcement. The band is looking forward to playing more shows in Boston and beyond.
Band Members include: Seneca Block (guitar, vocals); Jon Simmons (keyboard); Justin Rodzen (bass, guitar); and Roger Marks (drums).
Recently featured on the BBC, and in the Christian Science Monitor, Kina Zoré is one of the hottest Afro-pop bands in Boston. Founded by Helder Tsinine, of Mozambique, the group delivers powerful African dance grooves at every show. This collective of Berklee (and NEC) graduates is also focused on social issues, preaching the importance of compassion, and action on behalf of those suffering from poverty, homelessness, and AIDS. Despite tackling such serious topics, Tsinine's music has an undeniably positive tone to it, proving that music made to move the world forward can still move people on the dance floor.
Back to the Garden: The Artistry of Joni Mitchell is a play with music and dance, written and performed by Berklee students. Considered by many to be the most important female recording artist of the 20th century, Joni Mitchell was also innovative and inconoclastic. Her music was always evolving, from deeply personal folk stylings in the 1960s and '70s into pop, jazz, and even world music. Back to the Garden is about that journey, Joni's commitment to change and her fierce unwillingness to compromise. The production is directed by Rebecca Perricone, and the music ensemble is directed by 2012 Grammy winner Terri Lyne Carrington. Please note that Joni Mitchell will not be performing.
Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.
$8, $13 in advance (discount applied at checkout); $12, $17 day of show, reserved seating
Bleep Blop returns to Berklee with enhanced instrumentations. Forces include piano, violin, cello, percussion, and an array of laptops. No concert is complete without the addition of live video. Come experience this live interaction between electronic and acoustic musicians.