Concert

Gian Marco: En Tiempo Real

Thursday / April 19, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Peruvian superstar and Latin Grammy Award-winning hit singer-songwriter Gian Marco is full of ideas. He is versatile, emotional, innovative, constantly renewing himself, and setting trends that make him unique and a true role model. As a songwriter he is responsible for some of the most celebrated songs for international artists such as Gloria Estefan, Alejandro Fernandez, Marc Anthony, Diego Torres, Emmanuel, Soraya, and Paulina Rubio. With 11 albums credited to his name and a solid 20-year experience of artistic work, he is in for an extraordinary visit to Berklee to recount his experiences and share his internationally acclaimed music. 

Admission: 

Holiday Mountain

Thursday / August 16, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
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.

Admission: 
Free

Cosmodrome

Thursday / September 6, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Newbury Street League
174 Newbury Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116
Cosmodrome

Cosmodrome is a four-piece band whose style is a forward-thinking and eclectic blend of soul, funk, and hip-hop. The enchanting lead vocals of Madison McFerrin intertwine and lock with guitar, bass, and drums to create a sound and live show that is captivating and always groove heavy.

Cosmodrome is based out of Boston, where all of the members are currently studying at Berklee. Although the core band consists of only four members, Cosmodrome is often accompanied by a horn section with the occasional addition of special guests.

From a wide range of musical backgrounds, the members of Cosmodrome quickly became best friends during their freshman year in college. Fueled by their passion for creation and love of all music "stank face inspiring," the four began to write their own original songs, and in the late spring of 2011, Cosmodrome was born. The band has recently finished recording its first official EP and continues to write original music and perform in the Northeast. Cosmodrome is excited to share its constantly evolving and unique musical vision with all who will listen.

Cosmodrome is Madison McFerrin (vocals), Finnegan Bryan Singer (guitar), Charely Ruddell (bass), and Taylor Robinson (drums).

Admission: 
Free

John Egizi

Saturday / August 11, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Peddocks Island
296 State Street
Boston
MA
United States
02109
John Egizi

Jazz trombonist, bassist, and composer John Egizi has sharing the stage with jazz legends such as Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Antonio Hart, and Bobby Watson and won soloist awards at almost every major jazz competition in the country. Graduating from the prestigious L.A. County High School for the Arts, Egizi now attends Berklee with a Presidential Scholarship.

Admission: 
Free

Robert Gillies

Thursday / August 9, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Robert Gillies

Robert Gillies is one part award-winning songwriter, one part folk-popper, and every bit an infectiously energetic performer, armed with a personality wrought from years of traveling the world and exploring it with a child-like wonder.

Born in Stirling, Scotland as the only child of two musical parents, Gillies began playing music at the age of 4 but didn't truly find his passion within music until 16 years later, when he reached a fifth-life crisis. 

Now, six years later, Gillies is firmly entrenched in a life of music. Having spent several years traveling, serving as a volunteer in various positions around the world, and sharing his musical journey with those around him, he graduated from Berklee. Before studying at Berklee, Gillies had shared his music in venues in Japan, Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., to much praise from peers and elders alike. 

What is it they hear in his music? Perhaps it is a sincerity driven by an earnest search for the positive in life, the desire to connect to those around him, and a certain sensitivity behind the well-crafted lyrics and solid musicianship.

Admission: 
Free

Cameron Galpin

Friday / July 13, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
South Shore Conservatory
1 Conservatory Drive
Hingham
MA
United States
02043
Cameron Galpin

Born in Colorado, Cameron Galpin spent much of his early childhood traveling around the world with his family. With two English Beatles fans for parents, it isn't surprising that he naturally fell in love with the art of the song. Trapped on various trains, planes, and automobiles, he had plenty of time to listen.

He received his first guitar at sixteen and began taking weekly lessons. By eighteen he had produced his first full-length album of original material. At nineteen he was awarded a scholarship to Berklee. Upon arriving at Berklee, Galpin found himself drawn into a network of talented musicians who loved nothing more than sharing their ideas and supporting each other's musical visions. Carving out a style reflecting influences from John Mayer, D'Angelo, and the Band, he set out to record his first EP of original music. By 2010, the ten-piece band had finished the EP, complete with a five-piece horn section. 

Over the past seven semesters, he spent his time studying and playing with great instrumentalists such as Jamie Haddad, Julian Lage, and David Grisman, saturating his style with a mix of jazz, bluegrass, funk, and soul. He currently lives and performs in Boston while completing his degree at Berklee.

Admission: 
$10

Cameron Galpin

Wednesday / August 8, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
City Hall Plaza
100 City Hall Plaza
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Cameron Galpin

Born in Colorado, Cameron Galpin spent much of his early childhood traveling around the world with his family. With two English Beatles fans for parents, it isn't surprising that he naturally fell in love with the art of the song. Trapped on various trains, planes, and automobiles, he had plenty of time to listen.

He received his first guitar at sixteen and began taking weekly lessons. By eighteen he had produced his first full-length album of original material. At nineteen he was awarded a scholarship to Berklee. Upon arriving at Berklee, Galpin found himself drawn into a network of talented musicians who loved nothing more than sharing their ideas and supporting each other's musical visions. Carving out a style reflecting influences from John Mayer, D'Angelo, and the Band, he set out to record his first EP of original music. By 2010, the ten-piece band had finished the EP, complete with a five-piece horn section. 

Over the past seven semesters, he spent his time studying and playing with great instrumentalists such as Jamie Haddad, Julian Lage, and David Grisman, saturating his style with a mix of jazz, bluegrass, funk, and soul. He currently lives and performs in Boston while completing his degree at Berklee.

Admission: 
Free

Albino Mbie

Monday / August 6, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Albino Mbie

Albino Mbie was born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a country in southern Africa known for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Taken by the sounds of neighborhood street musicians just over a decade ago, he began to pursue the guitar at the age of 16. With the resourcefulness and determination that characterize Mozambicans, he built his first guitar from a five-liter can of oil, scrap wood for a neck, and cords strung over an electric cord.

Mbie currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts, where he is a student at Berklee. He was also selected to participate in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, which is directed by Danilo Pérez. 

His compositions and performances incorporate his musical experiences from Mozambique, the U.S., and many other places around the world, combining rhythmic patterns and musical concepts to create a unique Afro-jazz sound. 

Albino Mbie's original composition "Mozambique Dance" was recorded by Jazz Revelation Records (a student-run record label at Berklee) for its eighth-annual album released in 2011. He has performed in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Italy, the U.S., and Mexico, produced, and recorded various project in Mozambique and in the United States.  

Admission: 
Free

Thinkin' Big

Thursday / June 14, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Atlantic Wharf
Atlantic Avenue and Congress Stree
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Thinkin' Big

Thinkin' Big is an 18-piece big band formed in October of 2010 by Jonah Francese. Its goal has always been to play original student charts. Already they have gigged all around the Boston area, in places like the Lily Pad, Kendall Square, and many shows at Berklee. The one thing that makes them special is that it is more than just a "rehearsal and occasional gig" band. It is family.  Just the fact that they have some of the best players at Berklee isn't enough. Great cats play together and not sound like this. But because this is a family, they know each other's sounds and strengths, playing off each other and sounding as one—not 18.

Thinkin' Big has always had a unique sound. The arrangements have never been standard or "typical" in any way. With a range from funk to swing to Latin, they have continually pushed the perception of a modern big band. Lately, they have added a timbale and conga player and have been exploring the beauty of salsa styles in the big band setting. With each performance, they get tighter and more sophisticated in their sound.

Admission: 
Free

The Dwells

Sunday / August 5, 2012 / 2:00 p.m.
Fox Point
100 William T Morrissey Boulevard
Dorchester
MA
United States
02125
The Dwells

The Dwells were born on the fourth of July. Paige Califano and Matthew Bean were enjoying the night on a hot, crowded Boston rooftop, but soon found themselves one floor below with some old notebooks and a guitar. Their voices blended minutes into hours, and as morning glazed the window, they both left hearing music come to life like they had never heard before. As they dove into new ideas, they slowly crafted their sound and what emerged was a neo-Americana folk duet that gave a nod to earlier genre-benders like Gram Parsons and Ryan Adams.

The Dwells are a vocal swirl, drenched in memorable lyrics and infectious songwriting that pull inspiration from drama and expression in all mediums. Califano and Bean both share a passion for visual and performance arts and try to incorporate much of the same kind of experimentation and automatism into their music. Califano has been a lifelong student of the arts and grew up studying dance and music along with still and moving images. Bean earned an artist certification from the City of Boston for his photography and music work, which gave the Dwells access to large loft spaces to conduct various sonic experiments during the recording and production of their debut album. They collaborated with musician and sound designer Max Jeffers to develop a unique listening experience through creative recording techniques and expressive textures. Following the tradition of Carter-Cash, Parsons-Harris, and Welch-Rawlings, the Dwells use the medium of the duo to journey thorough genres and weave a new stitch in the warm world of acoustic music.

Admission: 
Free

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