Concert

Lee Dynes

Thursday / August 2, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Lee Dynes

Since moving to Boston just a short time ago, 22-year-old Lee Dynes has continued to achieve major musical milestones. After receiving a full-tuition scholarship from Berklee College of Music, Dynes began his studies with a focus in guitar performance and jazz composition. He quickly became noted for his unique and passionate guitar style, resulting in opportunities to appear at premier jazz venues across the country. Recent performances have seen Dynes at the 2009 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco as part of a west coast tour in the alt-strings group called Dr. Magpie. Later, Dynes combined musical forces with his colleagues to perform across the states as the Jazz Tellers, a trio described as "Berklee's brightest and most promising." In 2010, Dynes was invited to join the Ben Powell Quartet playing in and around Boston, including appearances at Club Passim, Salem Jazz Festival, and most notably Scullers Jazz Club, where his technical brilliance brought extended audience applause.

Great stage performances are nothing new for Lee Dynes. At a very young age, he picked up his dad's guitar and his life changed. He absorbed the sounds of blues, rock, and heavy metal while also being exposed to his father's roots: bluegrass and the best of American acoustic. After he heard a Joe Pass recording, his relationship with jazz music began and grew rapidly. Dynes's talent as a guitarist was evident, leading him to be named a "prodigy" and "virtuoso." Dynes's reputation led him to play hundreds of professional gigs while still in high school. During that time he shared the stage with Jane Monheit, Dianne Shurr, Patti Austin, James Moody, and Phil Woods, and a memorable evening with master guitarist Pat Metheny, who gave him praise and support. By high school graduation, Dynes had garnered numerous awards as a guitarist and composer, including the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composers Award, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts in Jazz Guitar, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts in Composition, and the coveted guitar chair for the 2007 Grammy Jazz Ensemble.

This past year also proved to be very exciting for Lee Dynes. Jazz Revelation Records recorded his original, "Finding Strength in Change," on the 2011 compilation CD, Octave, presenting the finest jazz composers at Berklee. In May 2011, the Jazz Tellers completed the second consecutive summer international tour with Callum MacKenzie on sax and Nate Wong on drums. Dynes is working on other musical collaborations that reflect his versatility, with the start of the Acoustic Projecta duo with mandolin virtuoso Jacob Jolliff, and his ongoing work with gyspy jazz violinist Jason Anick. As Dynes strives for excellence and originality in music, he continues to study with the masters at Berklee College of Music, including Mick Goodrick, Hal Crook, Tim Miller, Dave Samuels, Dave Santoro, and David Gilmore. An outright exceptional performer, Dynes's passionate and mature improvisations inevitably bring standing ovations, which is why this guitarist, composer, and bandleader has been defined as "at the top of any list of up and coming jazz players."

Admission: 
Free

The Dwells

Thursday / August 30, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
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

Julia Easterlin

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

Julia Easterlin is a vocalist and loop artist who wields composition, production and performance in one fell swoop. One part siren and one part technologist, she uses looping hardware to build a one-woman chorus live onstage. This rare sound has driven Easterlin to recent performances at Lollapalooza, South by Southwest, MIDEM, CMJ, and the TEDxWomen Conference.

You can find more information about her work and upcoming performance dates at www.facebook.com/juliaeasterlin.

 

Admission: 
Free

Ryanhood / Larkin Poe / Shadowboxers

Wednesday / April 25, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Larkin Poe

In 2010, Ryan Green and Cameron Hood of Ryanhood—called "a match made in radio heaven" by the Arizona Daily Star—averaged more than 130 shows a year; performed in nearly every state in the U.S.; opened shows for Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, and Train; met with big-time managers; and even got Tweeted about by Ellen Degeneres. Now the duo will hit the road again in 2011/2012 in support of its new album, After Night Came Sun.

Also appearing will be Larkin Poe. As a brand new band, Larkin Poe was looking for a way to bring friends, family, and fans along on its musical journey. Always looking to do things in its own way, the band decided to embark upon the quest of recording and releasing four seasonally themed EPs in 2010: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. After 12 months of nonstop work, all four EPs were successfully released in 2010 and continue to garner attention and good reviews internationally.

The Atlanta-based Shadowboxers have a passion for captivating lyrics, tight harmonies, and soulful vocals. Founding members Scott Schwartz, Matt Lipkins, and Adam Hoffman experienced an almost-instantaneous musical compatibility when they first started jamming. Together with drummer Jaron Pearlman and bassist Benjamin Ryan Williams, they've forged a cohesive sound based on a shared reverence for the strong, taut harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel, D'Angelo, and the Beatles. This young band's unified sound has an R&B-soaked, smart perspective replete with an abundance of vocal talent and songwriting skill. In the short time the quintet has been playing together, the Shadowboxers have found a collective voice that is intelligent, soulful, and catchy.

Admission: 
$12 General Admission

An Evening of Words and Music

Wednesday / April 11, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Hear readings from Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper and music from his recordings.

  • Cocktail reception, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • "Straight Life and Beyond" Featuring writers Laurie Pepper and Michael Connelly, 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
  • The music of Art Pepper, 7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Please RSVP by Monday, April 9 to Christina Quarles at cquarles@berklee.edu, 617 747-2514.

 

Admission: 
Free

John McGann Memorial

Friday / April 13, 2012 / 3:30 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

A memorial for Berklee professor John McGann.

Admission: 

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

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