Concert

The Stray Birds

Thursday / June 7, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
The Stray Birds

Drawing upon the richness of American folk music traditions, the signature power of the Stray Birds' sound lies in outstanding songwriting that soars in three-part harmony. Though raised within a few miles of farmland from each other in Lancaster County, PA, Maya and Oliver had put miles of road behind them before first sharing a song in 2010. Oliver Craven had performed widely as the fiddler, guitarist, and harmony vocalist for Grammy-nominated artist Adrienne Young, and Maya had spent months criss-crossing the United States, Canada, and Europe as a traveling street musician. Grounding their sound in the unshakable groove of bassist Charlie Muench, the trio released their Borderland EP one year later, a recording of captivating chemistry and sensitive musicality. Oliver continued to tour nationally with Virginia-based Americana band the Steel Wheels. While attending the Berklee College of Music, Maya began receiving national recognition for her songwriting, including fourth place in the 2011 Telluride Troubadour Competition. Charlie received a degree in music education from West Chester University in December 2011. The Stray Birds will release their first full-length album in the summer of 2012.

View the entire Kendall Square concert series.

Admission: 
Free

Wei-ting Hsu: Waiting for You

Monday / June 18, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Guitarist/composer Wei-ting Hsu presents his music with his friends.

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Luis D'Elias: Days of Joropo and Merengue

Tuesday / June 12, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Luis D'Elias will once again be joined by an incredible cast of musicians from all over the world to play his repertoire of Venezuelan fusion, performing various styles of Venezuelan music ranging from joropo to merengue and onda nueva.

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Basslines: Jim Stinnett and Friends

Saturday / June 9, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An eclectic presentation of jazz-inspired music.

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Art Decade / Supervolcano / Perhaps

Friday / June 8, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Art Decade

From the state that gave us the Pixies and Sonic Youth comes another alternative rock gem, Art Decade. An experimental hard rock band with progressive and classical influences, Art Decade has an expressive, distinct style to their solid collection of songs. Drawing inspiration from the likes of the Mars Volta, Muse, and Radiohead, Art Decade is rising fast in the vibrant Boston music scene. With Talmi's voice at the forefront, supported by Chad Montermini and Binod Singh's harmonies, Art Decade's sound echoes. Feel it.

Since their inception in 2007, Supervolcano has quickly become one of the driving forces behind a growing resurgence in Boston's indie rock scene. Composed of a melting pot of influences, the band incorporates sweeping melodies, harmonic tension, and off-meter time signatures while texturizing their unique soundscapes with guitar effects and breakneck rhythms. Counting Glassjaw, Fugazi, Faraquet, Incubus, and At the Drive-In/Mars Volta among their musical mentors, Supervolcano has been able to capture the essence of their icons while creating something wholly their own.

Also playing is Perhaps.

Admission: 
$5

Witness Matlou

Thursday / August 16, 2012 / 5:30 p.m.
Wakefield Library
345 Main Street
Wakefield
MA
United States
01880
Witness Matlou

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, pianist Witness Matlou started playing music in church. His fascination in music was inspired by the role that music played at his church, home, and life in the townships. Seeing people dance and sing, and all the happiness in church, is what got him into music.

His enthusiasm, triggered by the sounds of jazz piano, led him to spend much time in church after services, and after school, practicing. He soon took music lessons at a community center, where he made great progress.

He studied music at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban, where the jazz program was founded by Darius Brubeck, son of the legendary Dave Brubeck. At UKZN, Matlou won a scholarship to study music in the U.S., and spent two semesters at Drake University in Iowa. At Drake, he formed his own band, the Witness Matlou trio, performing at the Des Moines Arts Festival.

While studying at Drake, Matlou got the opportunity to audition for Berklee and was accepted with a full-ride African Scholar award. In the summer of 2010, Matlou got the opportunity to tour and play professionally in Europe with the Drake University Jazz Band. That included performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. 

Admission: 
Free

Basslines: The Bruce Gertz Quartet

Friday / June 8, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert of jazz music for Basslines.

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Cameron Galpin

Wednesday / August 1, 2012 / 5:45 p.m.
Children's Wharf
308 Congress Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
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 has spent his time studying and playing with great instrumentalists such as Jamey 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

Shea Rose

Wednesday / July 18, 2012 / 5:45 p.m.
Children's Wharf
308 Congress Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Shea Rose

Winner of 2011 R&B/Soul/Urban Contemporary Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards, Shea Rose was named by the Boston Globe the "Boston artist most likely to make an impact on the national stage this year." Steve Morse, former music critic at the Globe, described her as "that rare artist who can bridge diverse styles such as soul, funk, rock, rap and jazz—and bring her unique stamp to each."  

A Berklee graduate, Rose released her first EP, Rock 'n' Rose, in 2010, followed by the Little Warrior mixtape in 2011, both showcasing her range and versatility with songs that highlight her influences, from Janis Joplin to Run DMC. Rose was also featured on Terri Lyne Carrington's 2011 Grammy Award-winning jazz album, The Mosaic Project, where she worked alongside greats such as Nona Hendryx, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, and Esperanza Spalding, among others, and for which she won a SESAC Performance Activity Award in March of 2012. 

Rose also garnered national attention when Queen Latifah chose her as a spokeswoman for CoverGirl's 2010 Ignite Your Persona campaign and again in 2012 when she won the Red Bull Soundstage fan-driven contest to perform as part of the Universal/Red Bull showcase at SXSW in Austin, TX. Offstage, Rose is dedicated to music for social change, working with local organizations through her social outreach initiative, My Angel Wears A Fro, and with Music2Life, a nonprofit organization started by Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary. Rose recently supported Sam Sparro on tour in Boston and New York and will be recording her second full-length EP, Dance This Mess Around, before headlining Brighton Music Hall in Boston on September 8.

Admission: 
Free

Courtney Hartman

Thursday / August 16, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Courtney Hartman

A phenomenal young guitarist, Courtney Hartman is at the forefront of a new generation of acoustic musicians. She has performed in Scotland, Slovakia, Italy, and throughout the U.S.; won numerous guitar flatpicking championships; and is currently studying on scholarship at Berklee College of Music. Matt Glaser, fiddle legend and chair of Berklee's American Roots Music Program called Hartman "an extraordinary bluegrass guitarist and a fluid, inventive improviser . . . one of the finest musicians I have ever had the privilege of working with." Jazz guitar virtuoso Julian Lage says of her, "It has been a true privilege to watch Courtney grow as a player, and I feel that she is one of the great guitarists of our generation. Her greatness is born out of unconditional listening and a commitment to the meaning of the music in every song she plays. She doesn't play anything that isn't rooted in her love for the music."

Hartman began her musical journey at the tender age of 2, when she was taken to her very first bluegrass festival. It wasn't long before she started taking violin lessons. She developed a deep passion for music, and by the time she was ten, she had begun to excel rapidly at violin, piano, and mandolin. In 2001, Hartman was asked to play with the prestigious mandolin orchestra Mandomonium. That same year, she became the youngest person to win the championship division at the Lyons Old-Time Fiddle Contest, and she continued to win competitions around the country on fiddle and mandolin. It was about this time that Hartman found her passion for bluegrass guitar. Her father asked her to teach him "Blackberry Blossom" on the guitar, which she quickly learned on her own. This prompted her to begin transferring other tunes that she had grown up playing on fiddle to the guitar and soon that began to steal away most of her attention. By the time she was twelve, she was writing her own music and performing throughout the U.S. with her siblings in their band, the Hartmans.

Throughout high school, Hartman taught more than 30 private music students and continued performing with the Hartmans. In 2008, they released their first album, Borrowed Time. In the same year, she was asked to join a band of young bluegrass musicians to represent the U.S. at the International Folk Festival in Nitra, Slovakia. She also toured for a time with the up the up-and-coming bluegrass-gospel group Appointed. 

Hartman's strong roots in traditional acoustic and bluegrass music gave her a strong foundation to branch out from, and she became very interested in other styles of music, including Celtic, jazz, and international folk music. This led her to Berklee College of Music, where she is currently in her third year. The acoustic music scene in Boston is arguably the best in the country at this time, and Hartman is right at the heart of it, being highly involved in the American Roots Music Program at Berklee. This year, she traveled with a select group of American roots musicians to Glasgow, Scotland, where they performed at Celtic Connections in a collaboration with some of the top traditional Scottish music students. The group, Atlantic Seaway, also performed this summer at Intercelctic Festival in Lorient, France.

Hartman continues to write and perform with a variety of ensembles throughout the country. She recently joined, Della Mae, an all-girl bluegrass quintet out of Boston. She plans to continue her studies at Berklee, expanding her musical horizons, making connections, and taking opportunities there. She has a strong passion for music and for using it to bless those around her. No matter where or with whom she is playing, she will continue to make music with that love.

Admission: 
Free

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