Concert

Esther Rojas Quartet

Wednesday / September 5, 2012 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Esther Rojas Quartet

Colombian bassist and arranger Esther Rojas leads her quartet comprised of tenor sax, piano, bass, and percussion. Members are from a host of Latin American countries including Cuba and Puerto Rico. 

They have individually performed with an array of world-renowned artists such as Issac Delgado, Maria Mulata, and Cesar Lopez, as well as in countless Berklee events such as Iván Lins, Jorge Drexler, Joe Lovano, John Pattitucci, and Oriente López. Their repertoire on this occasion will consist of a selection of Latin jazz standards composed by Chucho Valdés, Paquito D'Rivera, and Oscar Hernández among others.

 

Admission: 
Free

April Bender

Saturday / August 18, 2012 / 3:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
April Bender

April Bender has been a singer since birth and a songwriter since age 3, when she wrote and performed her first full song. It was about a horse, and a family friend played along with her on guitar. Sure, her songs and voice have changed since then, but her passion for music hasn't.

Growing up, she was involved in many musical theatre productions and choirs, such as the NJ All State Chorus, where she was ranked one of the top five sopranos in the state. She has done several benefit concerts over the years for organizations such as Relay For Life and the Make A Wish Foundation. During high school, April was awarded the Jeffrey Carollo Music Scholarship through the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, which allowed her to study opera there for four years.

Although she was classically trained, she still always knew she wanted to sing and write contemporary music, which is what she continued to do over the years. 
She started looking for opportunities to get her original music heard, and began performing at venues such as The Bitter End and CBGB in NYC. She was also a semi-finalist for the WOR radio Shining Star contest, and was the only contestant to perform an original song. The song, "Karma," was featured on WOR radio. April was also one of 12 singer/songwriters from around the country selected to attend GRAMMY Camp, a 3-week program that allowed young artists to work with top industry professionals including Earth Wind & Fire, Lamont Dozier of Motown Records, Brandi Carlile, Rickey Minor and many, many more.  She recently completed an EP of original songs, entitled Stay A Little Longer, and is currently writing and recording new material.

Admission: 
Free

Patrik Gochez

Tuesday / July 10, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Patrick Gochez

Patrik Gochez is a songwriter, illustrator, and leader of the band White Shoe Brown Shoe. He won the 2006 Granite State Songwriters Competition with the title track from his debut album Strawberry Bitter Chase. Considered a "jukebox" writer, he covers an eclectic number of musical styles, from prewar jazz to R&B to danceable pop/rock, while retaining his own identity. His second album, Heavy Loader, showcases songs influenced by yesterday, inspired by today, and sung for tomorrow.

Admission: 
Free

Ariadna Castellanos Rivas

Monday / July 9, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Ariadna Castellanos

Born in Madrid, Ariadna Castellanos began playing the piano at 6 years and at 17 won a full scholarship to Guildhall School of Music where she studied classical piano. But she was always close to flamenco music and when she returned to Spain, she worked with numerous flamenco artists such as: Niño Josele, Jorge Pardo, Agustín Carbonell "El Bola," and Javier Limón.

Last year, she led the honorary tribute to Paco de Lucía. She has also been touring through the big stages of America and Europe with her Middle Eastern flamenco quintet.

She has recorded for Alejandro Sanz, Sandra Carrasco, and José Mercé, and in the spring she will start her tour with other young rising flamenco talents from Spain.

She just recorded her first album with acclaimed producer Javier Limón.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Adrianne Lenker

Sunday / August 12, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
Fox Point
100 William T Morrissey Boulevard
Dorchester
MA
United States
02125
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."

Admission: 
Free

Adrianne Lenker

Thursday / July 26, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
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."

Admission: 
Free

Bill Evans: The Banjo in America

Thursday / April 26, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

Bill Evans is an internationally recognized five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer, and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and banjo students from all over the world in a music career that now spans more than 35 years.

Evans' banjo artistry is best experienced in live performance and on his recordings Native and Fine, Bill Evans Plays Banjo, and …let’s do something with Megan Lynch. Evans successfully bridges traditional and contemporary sounds and playing techniques, creating a new music that is firmly within the bluegrass tradition but draws upon a broad knowledge of classical, jazz, and world music. Evans is also an expert player of mid-19th century minstrel and late 19th and early 20th century classic banjo styles, authentically performing these styles on historical instruments. He brings these diverse interests together in his solo performance concert "The Banjo in America" and in frequent collaboration with old-time music icon Jody Stecher with The Secret Life of Banjos.

Since the 1980s, Evans has been in the center of the progressive bluegrass/new acoustic music movement, beginning with his Charlottesville, Virginia–based band Cloud Valley, which included bassist extraordinaire Missy Raines and New Mexico mandolin virtuoso Steve Smith. Over three decades of touring, Evans has appeared with David Grisman, Peter Rowan, the Contribution (members of String Cheese Incident, Railroad Earth, and New Monsoon), Tony Trischka, the De Pue Brothers Band, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Los Cenzontles, Mike Seeger, Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, and Laurie Lewis. 

These days, you’ll find Evans on today's cutting edge on stage with Waybacks guitarist James Nash and Hot Buttered Rum bassist Bryan Horne in the new band the NashVillians, and with Steve Smith, Chris Sanders, and Hard Road. On the more traditional side, catch Evans as the leader of the Flatt and Scruggs Tribute Band, which brings together several northern California bluegrass legends (Del Williams, Paul Shelasky, Jim Mintun, Markie Sanders, and David Thom) to perform the music of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.

Evans is the author of Banjo for Dummies, the most popular banjo book in the world. In addition, he hosts four critically acclaimed instructional DVDs for AcuTab Publications and is the coauthor of Parking Lot Picker's Songbook: Banjo Edition from Mel Bay. He also writes a popular monthly instructional column for Banjo Newsletter magazine called All Strings Considered.

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The Berklee A&R Showcase

Thursday / April 26, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

They've discovered Berklee's top talent, and now they're bringing them to you live. This concert will feature the top artists and bands from the Berklee A&R/Artist Development Group's first round of auditions. Performers include: Melanie Lynx, Byron Manchest, Brooke Villanyi, Franka Batelic, Tim Coakley, Charles Johnson, Alexey Sokolov, and Raven Katz.

Admission: 
Free

Jake Hill and Deep Creek / Jim Hanft and Samantha Yonack / Bell & the Bees

Saturday / June 2, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jake Hill

Jake Hill is a singer-songwriter from Plymouth, Massachusetts, from across the country, and from down the street. He has miles on his voice, blisters on his fingers, and stories to tell. Hill's band, Deep Creek, has been playing together for a number of years. Deep Creek is composed of Kit Carlyle on lead guitar and banjo, Dave Robertson on upright bass, and Larry Anzuoni on percussion. These are a group of full-timers who transform Hill's midwestern romanticism and northeastern work ethic into a blue collar bible of Americana songs that will break your back and your heart.

L.A.-based singer-songwriter Jim Hanft's songs carry both the comfort of familiarity and the excitement of discovery—and they're gaining him a stream of praise from fans, tastemakers, and even Hollywood film executives seduced by his honestly told stories of life's quiet moments and turning points, relations and temptations, loves, and losses. Accompanied by musical partner Samantha Yonack's pure harmonies, Hanft creates a modern musical landscape rooted in the raw, yet nuanced strength of his words and performance. 

Also featuring Bell $ the Bees.

Admission: 
$10, General Admission

Jussi Reijonen Quartet

Sunday / June 3, 2012 / 12:30 p.m.
Community Rowing Boathouse
20 Nonantum Road
Brighton
MA
United States
02135
Jussi Reijonen

Bringing together four seasoned musicians from Finland, Sweden, Palestine, and Spain, the Jussi Reijonen Quartet traverses the boundaries between musical cultures, paying tribute to the traditions of American and Scandinavian jazz and the folk musics of the Middle East and Africa in its search for new sounds and textures.

Reijonen's music draws from a wide pool of influences and experiences gathered growing up on four different continents. In both his original compositions and his playing, the open spaces and silences of Scandinavia effortlessly rub shoulders with the maqamat of the Arab world and the rhythmic richness of India and West Africa, creating a truly enchanting musical mosaic. Formed at the renowned Berklee College of Music in late 2009, the group is preparing for the release of its first album, Un, due out later in 2012.

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