Concert

Amelia Ali

Saturday / June 9, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Derby Square
Front Street
Salem
MA
United States
01970
Amelia Ali

Amelia Sophia Ali was born and raised in Boston, and has a cultural heritage in Trinidad and Tobago, Syria, and India. A multilingual singer-songwriter, her voice and her songs translate the impassioned state of a true artist of the ages.

Her early musical endeavors led her around the world, touring in Hong Kong, Beijing, France, London, Brazil, and Ireland before the age of 21. In the summer of 2007, New York City, Ali graduated from Pace University, and simultaneously landed the opening act for the Hip Hop mogul, Ludacris's bicentennial performance in Pleasantville. For some, sharing the stage with Ludacris would represent a career height, but for Ali, it was a mere stepping stone.

Ali is studying composition and arrangement at Berklee, intending to graduate in 2013 with plans to launch a career as a musical artist, activist, community organizer, and entrepreneur.

 

Admission: 
Free

Alex Baboian

Sunday / July 22, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
United States
02171
Alex Baboian

Alex Baboian is a guitarist, teacher, and composer from Boston, Massachusetts. While primarily a jazz guitarist, he keeps a busy schedule performing, recording, and teaching in several styles in and out of Boston.

He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum, and Boston Symphony Hall, in groups ranging in size from solo guitar to big band. Festival appearances include the Washington D.C. Jazz Festival, the Louisville Jazz Educators conference, and the Boston Beantown Jazz Festival. He has been awarded the Berklee College of Music Guitar Department Acheivemet Award in both 2011 and 2012.  In 2010 Alex spent time living, studying, and performing abroad in Japan and South Korea. Alex has had the privilege to study with wonderful teachers such as Hal Crook, Phil Wilson, Jamey Haddad, Dave Tronzo, and Jon Damian.

Admission: 
Free

Alex Baboian

Thursday / July 19, 2012 / 5:30 p.m.
Wakefield Library
345 Main Street
Wakefield
MA
United States
01880
Alex Baboian

Alex Baboian is a guitarist, teacher, and composer from Boston, Massachusetts. While primarily a jazz guitarist, he keeps a busy schedule performing, recording, and teaching in several styles in and out of Boston.

He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum, and Boston Symphony Hall, in groups ranging in size from solo guitar to big band. Festival appearances include the Washington D.C. Jazz Festival, the Louisville Jazz Educators conference, and the Boston Beantown Jazz Festival. He has been awarded the Berklee College of Music Guitar Department Acheivemet Award in both 2011 and 2012.  In 2010 Alex spent time living, studying, and performing abroad in Japan and South Korea. Alex has had the privilege to study with wonderful teachers such as Hal Crook, Phil Wilson, Jamey Haddad, Dave Tronzo, and Jon Damian.

Admission: 
Free

Shannon Allen / Drunken Logic / Kevin Frias Band

Friday / April 27, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Shannon Allen

Shannon Allen came to Berklee College of Music in 2009 from Cleveland, Ohio to become a songwriter and realized that she already had the skills, but that she just needed to find her voice. Her version of pop/rock is catchy hooks coupled with energetic and engaging shows. Having just finished her first album, Crazy, in December, she is excited to perform her new tracks at the show.  

With a highly potent live show and songs that jump out of the speakers and resonate in your ears, Drunken Logic is one of the few bands that gets you to let loose at the show and keeps you thinking about the music for days afterward. This earnest brand of indie rock combines the best aspects of Death Cab for Cutie, Frightened Rabbit, Foo Fighters, and the Who into a powerful concoction that delivers a sucker punch where you'd least expect it. Just when it seems that the raw, youthful energy of the rock and roll tradition and the honest emotion and thoughtfulness of the indie movement would never be reconciled, Drunken Logic serves as the exception to the rule. Featuring Jake Cassman on keys and vocals, Rusty Holck on drums, Alex Palazzo on guitar, and Jon Behar on drums.

Kevin Frias was introduced to music while growing up in Washington Heights, New York. He started learning on the concert flute playing all types of music. Mostly Latin such as salsa, Latin jazz, merenque, and bachata. Then he graduated as a guitar major from Music and Art High School, and is currently a student at Berklee. 

Admission: 
Free

Numasbala

Friday / July 20, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
Milk Street and Atlantic Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02110
Numasbala

Founded in 2007 by Colombian singer and bass player Fabio Montenegro, Numasbala was taken to the next level when Montenegro met Brazilian producer/engineer Pablo Friedman. Friedman helped shape Numasbala’s vision and music. 

Now, Numasbala has grown to be a powerful band with a horn section, percussionist, and backup singers. Numasbala has played at the Berklee Performance Center, several Latin parties around Boston, and has been invited to play more promising concerts this upcoming summer.

Be ready and be steady, because Numasbala is currently in the studio in Boston producing their new album, sure to seduce and enchant your ears and dance your soul!

 

Admission: 
Free

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

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