Performance

Witness Matlou

Friday / August 22, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He's also studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, founded by Grammy-winning pianist and composer Danilo Perez. Witness has learned and, in many cases, performed with some of the big names in the jazz scene, including Joe Lovano, David Liebman, Perez, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marco Pignataro, Ben Street, Adam Cruz and others. 

 
 

From learning to play music in church, Witness found himself in a long journey of evaluating the nature of music, purpose and role it plays in our lives. Influenced by the piano sound of Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku and other great South African musicians. Witness went to study music at the University of Kwazulu- Natal- Durban, along the South east coast of South Africa. Following a scholarship to study in the US, he spent a year at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa, then a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music.

Witness is also a composer and bandleader. He has toured and played professionally in Europe. Appeared with his trio at the Des Moines Arts Festival. He appeared with his trio at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 2012. Appearing at the Jazz in July festival in Des Moines- IA. Toured Costa Rica with his trio in 2012. Played in Paris with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2013. Witness has appeared in many of the local jazz clubs in Boston and has shared the stage with some of the great musicians in Boston. September 2013, an appearance at Dizzy’s Jazz Club at Lincoln Center, at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, featuring a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano.

 

Admission: 
Free

Witness Matlou Trio

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston
MA
02111

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He's also studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, founded by Grammy-winning pianist and composer Danilo Perez. Witness has learned and, in many cases, performed with some of the big names in the jazz scene, including Perez, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marco Pignataro, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, and others. 

 

From learning to play music in church, Witness found himself in a long journey of evaluating the nature of music, purpose and role it plays in our lives. Influenced by the piano sound of Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku and other great South African musicians. Witness went to study music at the University of Kwazulu- Natal- Durban, along the South east coast of South Africa. Following a scholarship to study in the US, he spent a year at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa, then a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music.

Witness is also a composer and bandleader. He has toured and played professionally in Europe. Appeared with his trio at the Des Moines Arts Festival. He appeared with his trio at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 2012. Appearing at the Jazz in July festival in Des Moines- IA. Toured Costa Rica with his trio in 2012. Played in Paris with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2013. Witness has appeared in many of the local jazz clubs in Boston and has shared the stage with some of the great musicians in Boston. September 2013, an appearance at Dizzy’s Jazz Club at Lincoln Center, at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, featuring a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano.

 

Admission: 
Free

Witness Matlou

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He's also studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, founded by Grammy-winning pianist and composer Danilo Perez. Witness has learned and, in many cases, performed with some of the big names in the jazz scene, including Perez, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marco Pignataro, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, and others. 

 

From learning to play music in church, Witness found himself in a long journey of evaluating the nature of music, purpose and role it plays in our lives. Influenced by the piano sound of Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku and other great South African musicians. Witness went to study music at the University of Kwazulu- Natal- Durban, along the South east coast of South Africa. Following a scholarship to study in the US, he spent a year at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa, then a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music.

Witness is also a composer and bandleader. He has toured and played professionally in Europe. Appeared with his trio at the Des Moines Arts Festival. He appeared with his trio at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 2012. Appearing at the Jazz in July festival in Des Moines- IA. Toured Costa Rica with his trio in 2012. Played in Paris with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2013. Witness has appeared in many of the local jazz clubs in Boston and has shared the stage with some of the great musicians in Boston. September 2013, an appearance at Dizzy’s Jazz Club at Lincoln Center, at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, featuring a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano.

Admission: 
Free

Witness Matlou

Tuesday / August 19, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He's also studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, founded by Grammy-winning pianist and composer Danilo Perez. Witness has learned and, in many cases, performed with some of the big names in the jazz scene, including Perez, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marco Pignataro, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, and others. 

 

From learning to play music in church, Witness found himself in a long journey of evaluating the nature of music, purpose and role it plays in our lives. Influenced by the piano sound of Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku and other great South African musicians. Witness went to study music at the University of Kwazulu- Natal- Durban, along the South east coast of South Africa. Following a scholarship to study in the US, he spent a year at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa, then a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music.

Witness is also a composer and bandleader. He has toured and played professionally in Europe. Appeared with his trio at the Des Moines Arts Festival. He appeared with his trio at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 2012. Appearing at the Jazz in July festival in Des Moines- IA. Toured Costa Rica with his trio in 2012. Played in Paris with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2013. Witness has appeared in many of the local jazz clubs in Boston and has shared the stage with some of the great musicians in Boston. September 2013, an appearance at Dizzy’s Jazz Club at Lincoln Center, at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, featuring a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano.

 

Admission: 
Free

Witness Matlou

Monday / August 18, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou is studying at Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He's also studying in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, founded by Grammy-winning pianist and composer Danilo Perez. Witness has learned and, in many cases, performed with some of the big names in the jazz scene, including Perez, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marco Pignataro, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, and others. 

 

From learning to play music in church, Witness found himself in a long journey of evaluating the nature of music, purpose and role it plays in our lives. Influenced by the piano sound of Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku and other great South African musicians. Witness went to study music at the University of Kwazulu- Natal- Durban, along the South east coast of South Africa. Following a scholarship to study in the US, he spent a year at Drake University in Des Moines Iowa, then a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music.

Witness is also a composer and bandleader. He has toured and played professionally in Europe. Appeared with his trio at the Des Moines Arts Festival. He appeared with his trio at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 2012. Appearing at the Jazz in July festival in Des Moines- IA. Toured Costa Rica with his trio in 2012. Played in Paris with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2013. Witness has appeared in many of the local jazz clubs in Boston and has shared the stage with some of the great musicians in Boston. September 2013, an appearance at Dizzy’s Jazz Club at Lincoln Center, at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, featuring a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano.

Admission: 
Free

The Band of Heathens

Friday / June 20, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Band of Heathens

Since emerging out of Austin, Texas in the late 2000s, the Band of Heathens has toured relentlessly, building a devoted following and bringing its blend of Americana with a jam-tastic dash of psychedelia to some of the finest stages in music. After performing hundreds of shows each year and releasing four studio albums in addition to several live albums, the group’s sound has evolved and broadened to incorporate rich and righteous vocal harmonies. The band’s potent live shows continue to get better and better.

Watch the Band of Heathens perform “Walking and Talking” in this video:

Ben Ottewell

Tuesday / June 17, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

As a singer and lead guitarist in the rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. As Rolling Stone put it, "Gomez's not-so-secret weapon is Ben Ottewell.” And as GQ once wrote (and anyone listening can attest), "[his] voice is not of this world.”

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Buddy’s past releases include a self-titled EP plus the full-length Alterations and Repairs,  featured in iTunes’ New and Noteworthy section and film and TV shows. Buddy also contributed a version of the Cure’s “Sugar Girl” to the double CD Perfect as Cats, a tribute compilation. The bands follow-up to Alterations & Repairs is entitled Last Call for the Quiet Life, mixed by Phil Ek (Modest Mouse, Shins, Father John Misty) and is due out later this year. 

Daniel Pugh

Tuesday / August 12, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Daniel Pugh

Daniel Pugh grew up in Syracuse, New York, and has been playing piano since the age of 5. He started playing jazz around age 13 and has since fallen in love with the style. He came to Berklee in 2011 and has gigged and collaborated with several musicians. Daniel plans to work professionally as a musician and composer after graduating from Berklee in 2015.
 

Admission: 
Free

Sarah McKenzie

Sunday / July 20, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
The Street
55 Boylston Street
Chestnut Hill
MA
Sarah McKenzie

Sarah McKenzie is a pianist, vocalist, and composer "already in full possession of an individualistic voice,'' according to DownBeat Magazine. Her second album, Close Your Eyes, won the ARIA award for Best Jazz Album in 2012, the same year she was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music and performed at Umbria Jazz's Winter and Summer festivals. She is working on her third release with the producer Brian Bacchus, which will feature Warren Wolf and Ingrid Jensen.  

 

Admission: 
Free

Animal Flag

Sunday / June 29, 2014 / 12:00 p.m.
The Street
55 Boylston Street
Chestnut Hill
MA
United States
Matt Politoski
Animal Flag is the longtime project of songwriter Matt Politoski. With recorded works that range from heartbreaking solo acoustic tunes and full fledged folk-rock anthems to lush electronic pop songs, Animal Flag doesn't lack variety. While you can clearly hear influences of Sufjan Stevens and Bright Eyes, Politoski has a voice and presence all his own.
 
Admission: 
Free

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