Ellie Buckland and Isa Burke are fiddlers and singer-songwriters who love traditional music and close harmonies. With two fiddles, two guitars, and two intertwining voices, they perform old folk songs, new Americana, and original songs in an acoustic roots style. They met at a fiddle camp in the woods of Maine, their shared home state, and are now both studying at Berklee College of Music. They bring heart, soul, energy and depth to honest music that blends the old and the new.
Damn Tall Buildings is an all-acoustic bluegrass and blues band from Boston. While its instrumentation is bluegrass, it's not bound to it. With lyrical storytelling and foot-stomping grooves, its songs about love and ramblin’ help the everyday troubles slip away into up-tempo hobo anthems. With members from all around the United States, Damn Tall Buildings is a truthful combination of four people uniting their influences into a single sound.
Born in New York City and raised in Cyprus, Nikolas started playing guitar by the age of 7 and piano by the age of 12, while also singing in choirs. When he was 20, he took part in the televised singing competition called The X-Factor (equivalent to American Idol) and placed second. He also represented Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest writing competition with the song "Firefly,'' performed by his sister Christina Metaxas. After that he went to Berklee for his musical studies. Currently, Nikolas is touring the United States with occasional shows in Europe.
Yes, Kennary is pronounced like the bird. Hadley Kennary picked up her first guitar at the age of 10 and started writing music when she was 14. Her sound is refreshing and real, blending the honesty of Sara Bareilles with the mellow cleverness of Ingrid Michaelson, with defining harmonies similar to the Indigo Girls.
Arielle Vakni is a uniquely soulful vocalist with a subtle twist of experimental folk. Her seemingly effortless depth of lyrical expression is matched by a gift for songwriting and performance in both acoustic and electronic genres. Soon to graduate from Berklee, Arielle is already recognized as a compelling stage performer who is set to win wider acclaim. She currently performs her original music with an eight-piece band all over New England. Arielle's debut solo album (produced by Vicente Espi) is set to be released in the spring of 2014.
Boston-based fiddler and step dancer Adrianna Ciccone is establishing herself as a distinctive voice in the new-acoustic music scene. Her style, rooted in the Ottawa Valley and Québecois fiddle traditions, is also inspired by the many different regional fiddles styles of Canada and the world, including Appalachian, Métis, Cape Breton, Irish, Scottish and Scandinavian music. Adrianna’s desire to explore new musical languages is reflected in her compositions and arrangements, which draw from traditions of the past while forging a unique musical identity.
This distinctive style has brought the Timmins, ON native many awards and achievements. She is a Maritime Open Fiddle Champion & American Grand Masters Fiddle Championship Finalist.
Adrianna is also an active & experienced instructor. For nearly a decade she has been passing on Canada's rich musical heritage to students of all ages and levels. She maintains a lively studio in both Northern Ontario & Boston, as well as throughout North America via Skype Video lessons.
Adrianna is currently studying with scholarship at Berklee College of Music where she is actively involved in the American Roots Music Program.
The Frotations was forged in 2011 by singer-songwriter Chris Kazarian and bass player Pedro Ribiero (Pedro Zappa). The band headlined the HarborArts Festival in September 2013 and filled Boston’s Middle East Corner to capacity at its EP release show. The Frotations are a concrete blend of neo-soul and rock and roll with a little drop of hip-hop. If you like face-melting solos, cold beats, headbangin’, or just simply getting your groove on, chances are you’re a professional Frotator and didn’t know it.
Women of the World was born from a dream to bring women musicians from across the globe onto a common creative platform—women who not only work and perform together, but who learn from each other, exploring each other’s culture, language, food, and traditions by interacting closely on a daily basis.
Currently a 10-piece all-female ensemble, Women of the World performs a vast and varied repertoire of folk and traditional music in more than 17 of the world's languages. Since its beginnings in 2008, the ensemble has received accolades and collaborated with many industry bigwigs, including Grammy Award-winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin and African vocal icon Angelique Kidjo. With performances at the Blue Note Jazz Club, Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, TEDxBoston, and United Nations events, Women of the World continues to spread the message of peace and unity through music.
…And I hope you like jammin’ too. The Bob Marley Ensemble will share its music and message. Matt Jenson, assistant professor of piano at Berklee College of Music, is creator of the class entitled “The Music and Life of Bob Marley,” which takes an in-depth study of his life, maintaining the utmost respect for the soulfulness of his music and for his message of love and resistance to oppression.
Hailing from Geneva, Switzerland, bassist and composer Alissia Benveniste has been enjoying the success of her original funk tune “Let It Out” with her band, the Funketeers. A YouTube phenomenon, a video of the song has garnered nearly 300,000 views in four months. This success has spurred a momentum in the bassists’ career that manifests itself in a variety of projects she is currently undertaking. Be it headlining a number of festivals with the Funketeers, or working on her EP and on a new video, Alissia and her band are happy to be bringing funk to a newer, younger, digitally-groomed generation.