Berklee singer-songwriter Danielle Deckard takes the stage in this latest installment of the Heck Room Music Series. Originally from Vineland, New Jersey, Deckard is currently pursuing a degree in songwriting.
Direct from Seville, Gypsy flamenco dance icon Angelita Vargas and the young, dynamic Jairo Barrull join together for a mesmerizing night of Gypsy flamenco.
Vargas swept Broadway in the 1980s with Flamenco Puro and was recently featured in a piece with the Farruco family that toured extensively to wide acclaim throughout Europe. Barrull, who is the great-grandnephew of legendary guitarist Diego del Gastor, has performed with such important figures as Concha Vargas and Juana Amaya. With guest artist Juan del Gastor, Gitanerías honors the passing down of flamenco traditions from generation to generation in the Gypsy community, where dance is an expression of cultural identity.
The Red Room presents the New Brew Lunchtime Concert Series. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Berklee students, staff, or faculty help you either slow down or power up for the afternoon. Concerts are free, all-ages, and open to the public. Bring your lunch, snag a coffee, and grab a seat for our New Brew performances—they're good for the soul. This week's featured artist is Zarni De Wet.
De Wet has been showcased on several TV series for WSKG-TV, NewsChannel 34, and Winchester Community TV. She has appeared in several newspapers ranging from upstate New York all the way to Philly. She has also toured and opened for big names like the Mike Lombardo Trio and Nikolas Metaxas, with a list of venues ranging from the Bitter End in New York City to the smallest and most regularly visited bars in Nowhereville, Pennsylvania to Chicago's favorite coffee shops to private concerts in Cyprus and South Africa. Her album Friday Night Lights was released in January 2010 to much success. Two of the tracks have been competition winners.
The rest seems irrelevant, as De Wet's main focus is to touch her audience—she doesn't care if there are 300 people or three. In the next several months De Wet will be teaming up with witty and proactive producer Matt McArthur from Boston to work on an EP that will be released next year. She is also still finishing her double major in songwriting and music education at Berklee.
The Red Room at Cafe 939 presents Fresh Prospects, a showcase of the best up-and-coming Berklee artists reworking their favorite songs into intimate acoustic performances. This month's artists are Will Wells and Shayna Goldstein.
Shayna Goldstein is one of Denver's hottest new aspiring artists! The 19-year-old singer-songwriter is in her second year at Berklee, and is an accomplished pianist, guitarist, and dancer. Goldstein was recently featured on the ABC primetime show High School Musical: Get in the Picture, and made it to the top six. She was also featured in a music video in the end credits of High School Musical 3. Goldstein has sung the national anthem at sporting events such as Nuggets, Rapids, and Crush games. At her young age, Goldstein has already touched many lives with her music. She continually strives to positively influence her listeners and fans to do their part to help make the world a better place.
Tristan Allen celebrates the release of his new album. The ticket proceeds will go towards a Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program scholarship. Amanda Palmer and Tristan Allen will both perform a set, followed by a duet and Q&A with the audience.
Allective: alluring, enticing. Collective: an egalitarian and united group of musician/composers, in search of the musical high road. The Allective Collective travels its own path, creating exciting, heartfelt, and truly unique music, grounded in jazz but drawing from a plethora of musical styles. Guitarist Phil Sargent and pianist John Funkhouser display an unusually broad palette of sonic colors from hair raising rock to Impressionistic oceans of sound to the gentlest whispers. Add to that singer Aubrey Johnson's equally varied range of expression, from wordless vocals, featuring dizzyingly intricate unisons with Sargent's guitar lines, to the most exquisitely sincere and moving deliveries of love songs, and you have an astoundingly versatile group, able to connect with their audience on many levels and deliver a truly outstanding performance.