Concert

Holiday Mountain

Thursday / August 16, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Holiday Mountain

Holiday Mountain was created by singer, pianist, and songwriter Laura Patino in 2010. Named after two of her great loves, Billie Holiday and the Colorado Rocky Mountains, whose beauty and sincerity have moved people throughout the ages. Patino was born in Colorado, where she was heavily influenced by the power of nature and rock 'n' roll as a young teenager. Trained in jazz and classical piano from a young age and a graduate of Berklee College of music, Patino composed songs for solo piano and voice for several years. While attending Berklee, she was fortunate enough to meet her fellow bandmates through the Boston DIY music scene, where she discovered that sometimes the most beautiful connections can happen in the dirtiest of Allston basement shows. Drummer Zander Kagle, bassist Brad Will, and guitarist Mike Simonelli all share the same core desire with Pation to make people groove hard until they have forgotten any qualms they have with existence.

Holiday Mountain incorporates reggae, indie, psychedelia, and dance styles to create a magical potion that will make even a dung beetle feel like an optimist. Their style has been described as a mixture of artists such as Man Man, Deerhoof, Andrew Bird, Santogold, M.I.A., and "the female version of Mr. Bungle."

Holiday Mountain is independently releasing their debut album, Become Who You Are, in the spring of 2012. The gang will be moving to the great city of Austin, Texas in September 2012, where they intend for their groovy sound to bloom and flourish in the Texas heat. 

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Hamish Napier Band

Thursday / August 2, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Hamish Napier

Hamish Napier grew up in the Scottish Highlands and was steeped in traditional music from an early age. A multi-instrumentalist (flute, whistles, vocals, piano, and traditional Scottish stepdance), Napier was a finalist for Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year and a nominee  for Best Up and Coming Artist at the Scots Traditional Music Awards. Napier has recorded with leading Scottish musicians Donald Shaw, Martyn Bennett, and Eddi Reader, and has collaborated with many of the U.K.'s finest folk musicians for festivals, national, T.V., and radio.

Before beginning his studies in jazz piano at Berklee last fall, Napier toured throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S. with award-winning traditional Scottish folk quartet Back of the Moon, as well as teaching on the Scottish Music degree course at the National Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. As one of the UNESCO Cities of Music, Glasgow is internationally recognised for its diverse and talented music scene: a vibrant, fresh, and highly-innovative melting pot of Scottish and Irish folk music, jazz, funk, dance music, classical, and indie styles. Amid this inspiring atmosphere, Napier's latest folk/jazz fusion solo project was born: the Hamish Napier Band.
 
In this new American version of his acclaimed group, who performed at the Celtic Connections Festival and the Glasgow International Jazz Festival last year, Napier invites a band of brilliant Berklee jazz and bluegrass musicians to join him for a unique blend of traditional Scottish and American folk music, original compositions, and jazz improvisation.

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Jaime Woods and Nick Hakim

Thursday / July 19, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
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.

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.  

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Italo Cunha and the Mates

Thursday / July 12, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Italo Cunha

Italo Cunha, born in Brasilia, Brazil in 1992, is an award-winning, up-and-coming jazz guitarist, vocalist, producer, and musical director who quickly gained recognition in his country.

He's received such awards as first prize Festbandas (2004), Musical Revelation at the Toque de Classe Institute (2005), the youngest recipient ever of a contemporary musical education degree from the Toque de Classe Institute, the Guitar Department Award (2011), the Jimi Hendrix Award (2010), and third prize in the International Guitar Competition of Souza Lima/Berklee College of Music.

He's also had several television, newspaper, magazine, and radios appearances in Norway, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and U.S. Cunha has been performing professionally since the age of 12 and has toured Brazil, Norway, Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, and the U.S. He arrived at Berklee at age 16 on a scholarship, where he had the opportunity to work with many great artists such as Marc Johnson, Mark Walker, Hal Crook, Lee Ritenour, Eliana Elias, Dave Santoro, Leo Blanco, Greg Osby, Mark Turner, Terri Lyne Carrington, and many more.

Currently Cunha on the jazz label Jazz Revelation Records for the second consecutive year. He also has recorded for Paramount Pictures Studio.

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Folcloreishon

Wednesday / June 20, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Folcloreishon performs traditional Argentinean songs with original arrangements, with original instruments played in a contemporary context. The group features Jacinta Clusellas, Ariana Corradi, Tomas Latorre, Mariana Migliore, and Patti Ramon.

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Adrianne Lenker

Thursday / July 26, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Adrianne Lenker

Hailing from Minneapolis, Adrianne Lenker is an authentic and passionate singer, songwriter, and performer. Her debut CD, Stages of the Sun, produced by Steve Hodge (Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Sting), was released on LucidTunes when Lenker was only 14. The title cut was a 2005 Independent Music Awards top 5 finalist in the Singer/Songwriter category. Lenker's "My Bliss" was a finalist in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. Four tracks from the album were featured on MTV's The Hills in 2007 and 2008.

Lenker's follow-up CD/DVD, Live at the Southern, was recorded just before her 15th birthday in July 2006 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. Her third release, Then the Rain Came, will be released in 2009.

Tim Cain, a writer with the Herald and Review (Illinois), wrote of the singer-songwriter, "I saw her perform in Chicago with an audience largely consisting of musicians. She held this group of professionals enraptured, and we all found one thing unbelievable and asked each other the same question as one voice: 'Is she really 14?' Apparently so, and she's a little like Jewel, except tougher, and a little like Liz Phair, but not quite as edgy. She writes a heckofa song."

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Me vs. Gravity

Thursday / June 14, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Me vs. Gravity

In the short time they've been together, Me vs. Gravity has been blowing up the Boston scene with its epic pop/rock style. Since its first show a year ago, Me vs. Gravity released a self-produced, self-titled seven-song EP, along with a music video for the EP's lead single, "Walls," which now has over 200,000 views on YouTube. With a strong online presence, a bombastic live show, and a drive like no other, Me vs. Gravity is a force to be reckoned with.

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The Stray Birds

Thursday / June 7, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
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, PA, Maya and Oliver had put miles of road behind them before first sharing a song in 2010. Oliver Craven had performed widely as the fiddler, guitarist, and harmony vocalist for Grammy-nominated artist Adrienne Young, and Maya had spent months criss-crossing the United States, Canada, and Europe as a traveling street musician. Grounding their sound in the unshakable groove of bassist Charlie Muench, the trio released their Borderland EP one year later, a recording of captivating chemistry and sensitive musicality. Oliver continued to tour nationally with Virginia-based Americana band the Steel Wheels. While attending the Berklee College of Music, Maya began receiving national recognition for her songwriting, including fourth place 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 the summer of 2012.

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Wei-ting Hsu: Waiting for You

Monday / June 18, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Guitarist/composer Wei-ting Hsu presents his music with his friends.

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Luis D'Elias: Days of Joropo and Merengue

Tuesday / June 12, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Luis D'Elias will once again be joined by an incredible cast of musicians from all over the world to play his repertoire of Venezuelan fusion, performing various styles of Venezuelan music ranging from joropo to merengue and onda nueva.

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