Concert

Jen Moynihan and Hamish Napier

Friday / July 20, 2012 / 12:30 p.m.
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116
Hamish Napier

Jenna Moynihan began playing the violin at the age of 6. It was not long after that she was introduced to Scottish and Irish fiddle styles, and since that time, she has never looked back. At the age of 19, she is quickly making a name for herself in the Celtic fiddling traditions. Hailing from a small town in Western New York, she has earned champion titles in Scottish Fiddle Competitions, studied with distinguished musicians such as Alasdair Fraser, Darol Anger, and Hanneke Cassel. Moynihan has been a leading member of the fiddle group Bonnie Loch, and contributed many original compositions to their 2008 album, Darach. She has performed across both the United States and Scotland, and is currently based in Boston, pursuing a performance degree from the Berklee College of Music.

Hamish Napier is a pianist, singer, flautist, and whistle player from Strathspey, Scotland. He has been taught by top Scottish whisters Iain MacDonald and Marc Duff amongst others. He was a finalist in the Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year Award 2006, was nominated for Best Up and Coming Artist at the Scots Trad Awards 2005, and is also a previous winner of the All Britain whistle competition. Hamish performed alongside virtuoso whistler Brian Finnegan in the Master and Apprentice whistle and flute concert at Celtic Connections 2003.  He has recorded on over a dozen albums of Scottish traditional music including three with multi-award winning folk group Back of the Moon.  

Admission: 
Free

Jaime Woods and Nick Hakim

Thursday / July 19, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Nick Hakim

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.

Nick Hakim is a singer/songwriter from Washington D.C. who recently formed a band consisting of his close friends. Playing venues around Boston and New York, Hakim and his band have been cultivating a new sound in preparation for his record that will be coming out in summer 2012. Some of his influences include Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, and the Beatles.

Admission: 
Free

Christa Gniadek

Thursday / July 19, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Christa Gniadek

 

Multi-instrumentalist Christa Gniadek is a prolifically talented singer-songwriter, performer, and businesswoman.

Gniadek trained in classical piano at the precocious age of 8 for nearly a decade before becoming a self-taught guitarist at 17. By then, her songwriting career had already begun. She credits her rush of ambition, security, and creativity to personal events that would never be apparent in such a young, fresh face: a near-death experience, failed relationships, and the confinement of an all-girls Catholic school system, in a similarly confining small town.

Through the voice of her life, Gniadek's songs are spellbinding in their unique blend of raw emotion and witty humor. Her soul-baring recordings are stripped pure to acoustic guitar and dream-like vocals, still aptly ringing with true distinction. Gniadek has the robust, velvety vocals like that of Norah Jones, but with the folk-pop elements of Anna Nalick and the quirky poeticism of Ingrid Michaelson. Her minimalist musical style and clever lyricism is unexpected even in someone mature beyond her years. 

 

Gniadek sings with an honest self-assuredness of a girl finding her way that is both charming and relevant.

Admission: 
Free

Eduardo Mercuri

Thursday / June 7, 2012 / 5:30 p.m.
Wakefield Library
345 Main Street
Wakefield
MA
United States
01880
Eduardo Mercuri

Guitarist, mandolinist, composer, and arranger Eduardo Mercuri was born in Curitiba, Brazil in 1987. Influenced by his father, he had his first contact with music very early and began playing guitar at age 11. He's studied with Vittor Santos, Osiel Fonseca, Oliver Pellet, Daniel Santiago, Mick Goodrick, Bruce Bartlett, and Steve Rochinski, among others.

Mercuri leads the Jazz Cigano Quintet, the Mercuri Duo, world music groups Omundô and Bayaka, the trio Receita de Samba, and the Eduardo Mercuri Quartet. He has joined the Jazz Revelation Records artist's lineup. He lives in Boston, attends Berklee, and is working on promoting his first solo CD, as well as the first CD for the Jazz Cigano Quintet.

Admission: 
Free

Yakir Arbib

Monday / July 16, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Yakir Arbib

Israeli pianist Yakir Arbib performs jazz with his trio.

Born in Jerusalem in 1989, Arbib started playing classical piano at the age of 4. At 7, he enrolled at Tel Aviv's Stricker Conservatory of Music, where he also took up flute and trumpet.

At just 14, he attracted the attention of the only jazz piano teacher of the conservatory at the time, who started then giving him jazz lessons. In 2004 he was admitted to the prestigious Thelma-Yellin Highschool of the Arts in Tel Aviv where he continued his studies in jazz with some of Israel's most influencial artists such as Amos Hoffman, Eli Degibri, and the Cohen brothers.

During the years in which he studied classical music, Arbib performed many concerts and recitals in the conservatory and has won a number of scholarships. His trio got the chance to perform in some of the most important jazz clubs in Israel and Italy including The Shablool, Ha Gada Ha Smalit, Shoony, Charity Jazz Cafe, Diavolo Rosso, and Villa Celimontana.

Admission: 
Free

Sharik Hasan

Thursday / May 17, 2012 / 5:30 p.m.
Wakefield Library
345 Main Street
Wakefield
MA
United States
01880
Sharik Hasan

Sharik Hasan started his tryst with the piano at the age of 5 and by 16, had completed the curriculum of the Royal School of Music, London. He then went to the United States to attend Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music.  

In 2007, Hasan moved to Paris for two years to study at the Bill Evans Piano Academy where the young pianist integrated quickly into the jazz scene, playing in international festivals with his trio. He was subsequently awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he was selected to be part of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute under the tutelage of Danilo Pérez. He has performed at venues all over the world including the Blue Note (New York), Panama Jazz Festival, and Nancy Jazz Festival (France).

Starting in the fall of 2012, Sharik Hasan will pursue a master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music on scholarship.

 

Admission: 
Free

The Soul of a Man

Saturday / May 12, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Derby Square
Front Street
Salem
MA
United States
01970
The Soul of a Man

The Soul of a Man pours so much energy into its music that audiences are guaranteed a rollercoaster ride of emotions and excitement. The individual players add so much of themselves, and collectively, they contribute something unique and special to the music. The Soul of a Man truly is a band to be seen. Whether it is in a small club or a larger venue, this group never fails to deliver. It prides itself on delivering the best in live entertainment.

Admission: 
Free

Aris Valeris Quartet

Thursday / May 3, 2012 / 5:30 p.m.
Wakefield Library
345 Main Street
Wakefield
MA
United States
01880
Aris Valeris Quartet

Aris Valeris is a piano player and composer trained in both the jazz and classical idioms. He started at the early age of 3 and worked with several classical teachers on his piano skills. However, throughout his childhood he always felt the need to create improvised music. As the son of two directors, he fulfilled this passion by composing or improvising live for more than 40 theatrical plays. In his teenage years, after having earned several musical awards for his work on classical piano, his attention was caught by the improvisational element of jazz.

Originally from Greece, Valeris moved to Boston in September 2009 after winning several scholarships to study at Berklee, where he studied piano performance and film scoring. His teachers included Ray Santisi, Stavros Lantsias, Nando Michelin, and Steve Heck.

In 2010 he created the Aris Valeris Quartet. The group is composed of four musicians with various musical influences and backgrounds. It came together to perform Valeris's originals and group compositions with a unique sound, energy, and emotion that flows through the deep connection of its members and grows in the music while being recorded or performed live.

Admission: 
Free

Armsted Christian’s Flo’Ology Experience

Thursday / April 19, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Armstead Christian

Voice professor Armstead Christian is a leader of Peaceful Flight, a member of the Will Downing Group and the Gerald Albright Group, and has performed with Patti Austin, Regina Carter, Will Downing, Chieli Minucci, Najee, Diana Ross, Special EFX, and others. He is currently a recording artist for SIAM Records and has songwriting credits on Will Downing's Moods (Mercury/Polygram Records) and Najee's Just an Illusion and Share My World (EMI). He is a former multicultural education coordinator at the University of Massachusetts and former faculty member at New England Conservatory of Music. Along with his Grammy-nomination for All the Man You Need with Will Downing, he is the winner of the SESAC Award for Songwriting in the Adult Contemporary/R&B and Smooth Jazz categories, as well as a writer of the theme song for NAACP documentary House on Fire.

 

 


Admission: 
Free

Steve Oristaglio and the Berklee Full Circle Band

Saturday / April 21, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Steve Oristaglio returns for this third annual Executive Sessions bash with a talented band of star Berklee musicians, a night of rock 'n' roll, and songs fans love to hear. It'll be a great night of music with friends. All proceeds benefit the Executive Sessions scholarship at Berklee College of Music.

Admission: 
$25, general admission

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