Concert

Balem Garcia and Selina Elsie

Sunday / July 7, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Quincy
MA
United States
02171
Balam Selina

Selina Elsie is an artist who uses all forms of art to promote positivity to the community. In 2011 she flew out to My Wild Horse Preserve in New Mexico, with a deep desire and commitment to making sure that part of life never dies. WIth a mission and destiny engrained in her soul, Elsie follows her passion and voice wherever it leads her. She plans to raise funds for a return trip to the preserve, to properly document the beauty of horses running free through the mountains. Elsie has been in and out of the studio recording her debut EP for the last few months, and is trying to coordinate the release with organizations whose morals are aligned with hers.

Balam Garcia is a composer, arranger, producer, bassist, and guitarist from Los Angeles. He has worked with many different artists and musicians including Herbie Hancock, Seidah Garrett, Patti Austin and many more. He is currently producing his own music as well as the music of Byron Noemdoe. Balam fuses the sounds and rhythms of various styles, ranging from jazz and classical, to funk, R&B, and rock. The result is an eclectic blend of psychedelic vibrations dedicated to raising the collective consciousness of humankind to new levels of perception.

Admission: 
Free

Vivi and the Peacocks

Monday / July 1, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Veronika Anna Morscher
Veronika Anna Morscher
Veronika Anna Morscher

Berklee alumna and Austria native jazz singer Veronika Anna Morscher has returned to Boston to record her first EP of original music and to perform with her friends from Berklee. Veronika grew up in Lauterach, Austria, where she began to take saxophone, piano, and voice lessons around the age of 13. She attended various workshops and entered jazz competitions throughout Europe. After graduating from high school, she moved to Boston to pursue a degree in professional music at Berklee College of Music. After graduating from Berklee, she moved back to Vienna to start her master’s degree in vocal performance at the Konservatorium Wien.

Admission: 
Free

Nella Rojas Trio

Monday / August 5, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Nella Rojas

Marianella Rojas has been singing since the age of 9. As the years went by, she studied and was influenced by the talent of such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Christina Aguilera, and Ray Charles.

In 2008, Rojas participated in Latin American Idol.  She has also worked as a background singer for some Venezuelan singers such as Diveana, Oscarcito, Victor Drija, Manuel Rivas and Edmundo Benavides, which gave her the opportunity to share the stage with artists like Shakira and Train. 

Rojas is a student at Berklee College of Music where she is studying performance and music business.

 

Admission: 
Free

Moira Lo Bianco

Monday / July 22, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Moira Lo Bianco

 

Possessing an enormous talent and a remarkably fertile musical imagination, Moira Lo Bianco is a bona fide triple threat as a composer, arranger, and pianist. Mature beyond her young years, she has an intense personal musical vision and all of the tools to consistently bring it to life. Her ability to transcend genre and category is organic and seemingly effortless.

 

Admission: 
Free

Juan Pérez Rodríguez

Thursday / August 1, 2013 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
Marriott Courtyard Kendall Square
Cambridge
MA
United States
02239
Juan Pérez Rodríguez
Pamela Hersch

Juan Pérez Rodríguez learned to sing and play guitar with his father, the flamenco musician, singer, and composer Juan Pérez “Sombra.” Later he studied at the Classical Conservatory of Huelva, and at nine years old started to play piano.

He studied baroque organ as well, learning to play and improvise in old polyphonic style, with well-­known organ players Andrés Cea, Jean Claude Zenhder, and Michael Bouvard. He studied classical music with Alexia Guiomar, Roland Proell, Maria Ramblados, and Rocío Vílchez. At the same time, he played modern music, including jazz and flamenco, taking lessons from Chano Dominguez, Rubem Dantas, Jorge Pardo, Albert Bover, Steve Kuhn, and Niño Miguel.

He founded the band Cuarta Dimension, blending composition and free improvisation with classical and jazz musicians in Sevilla, Spain, and playing concerts in Andalucia, Spain, in 2007. He also formed his band, Juan Pérez Trio, with Pablo Báez on double bass and Nacho Mejina on drums. In 2007, he had the opportunity to play piano, celesta, and organ with the Symphonic Orchestra Toscanini, conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel. That same year, he was accepted to the Young Orchestra of Andalucia under the artistic direction of Michael Thomas (arranger of Bjork’s first album), and played an improvised concert with him.

In 2008, he moved to Paris to finish his classical studies at the conservatory, also performing in and around the city. He studied then with Nicolas Mallarte, Marie Paul Siruget, and Naji Hakim.

He recorded his first album, Fabulare, with the indie recording company Música Fundamental. The album blended jazz, flamenco, and classical music in a very personal way. Released in 2011, Fabulare received very good reviews.

He was awarded a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music, where he continues his education. During his time at Berklee, he cofounded Spain the Lighter, a fresh vision of flamenco/fusion music. This band was acclaimed during its short but intense life, and this project is still open for the future with very good prospects. He is preparing his second album, which will be released in a year and combines his studies at Berklee with performance.

Admission: 
Free

Jake Sherman

Friday / July 12, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Jake Sherman

Jake Sherman was playing music before he could tie his shoes. He began taking Suzuki piano lessons at age 5 but soon fell in love with ragtime, learning many Scott Joplin classics and even composing some original rags. It wasn’t until Sherman was 12 that he began studying jazz piano. He learned very quickly and was soon playing in ensembles. At 14, Jake discovered the Hammond organ. He received his first Hammond from the Brookline Music School and taught himself how to play it by listening to records and reading countless posts on Hammond organ listservs and websites.

Sherman has moved into the top tier of young musicians in the Boston and New York areas. He has appeared with Ralph Peterson, Gretchen Parlato, Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Casey Benjamin, Jamire Williams, and Dave Fiuczynski, among others. In addition to jazz, he has become passionate about a variety of other styles of music. He plays gospel organ every Sunday at Eliot Church in Roxbury and often performs with other up-and-coming artists such as Nick Hakim, Jesse Scheinin, Sid Sriram, and Margaret Glaspy. He recently released his first solo album, which is available via his website.

Admission: 
Free

Jake Sherman

Thursday / July 11, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Jake Sherman

Jake Sherman was playing music before he could tie his shoes. He began taking Suzuki piano lessons at age 5 but soon fell in love with ragtime, learning many Scott Joplin classics and even composing some original rags. It wasn’t until Sherman was 12 that he began studying jazz piano. He learned very quickly and was soon playing in ensembles. At 14, Jake discovered the Hammond organ. He received his first Hammond from the Brookline Music School and taught himself how to play it by listening to records and reading countless posts on Hammond organ listservs and websites.

Sherman has moved into the top tier of young musicians in the Boston and New York areas. He has appeared with Ralph Peterson, Gretchen Parlato, Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Casey Benjamin, Jamire Williams, and Dave Fiuczynski, among others. In addition to jazz, he has become passionate about a variety of other styles of music. He plays gospel organ every Sunday at Eliot Church in Roxbury and often performs with other up-and-coming artists such as Nick Hakim, Jesse Scheinin, Sid Sriram, and Margaret Glaspy. He recently released his first solo album, which is available via his website.

Admission: 
Free

Jake Sherman

Tuesday / July 9, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Jake Sherman

Jake Sherman was playing music before he could tie his shoes. He began taking Suzuki piano lessons at age 5 but soon fell in love with ragtime, learning many Scott Joplin classics and even composing some original rags. It wasn’t until Sherman was 12 that he began studying jazz piano. He learned very quickly and was soon playing in ensembles. At 14, Jake discovered the Hammond organ. He received his first Hammond from the Brookline Music School and taught himself how to play it by listening to records and reading countless posts on Hammond organ listservs and websites.

Sherman has moved into the top tier of young musicians in the Boston and New York areas. He has appeared with Ralph Peterson, Gretchen Parlato, Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Casey Benjamin, Jamire Williams, and Dave Fiuczynski, among others. In addition to jazz, he has become passionate about a variety of other styles of music. He plays gospel organ every Sunday at Eliot Church in Roxbury and often performs with other up-and-coming artists such as Nick Hakim, Jesse Scheinin, Sid Sriram, and Margaret Glaspy. He recently released his first solo album, which is available via his website.

Admission: 
Free

Jake Sherman

Monday / July 8, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Jake Sherman

Jake Sherman was playing music before he could tie his shoes. He began taking Suzuki piano lessons at age 5 but soon fell in love with ragtime, learning many Scott Joplin classics and even composing some original rags. It wasn’t until Sherman was 12 that he began studying jazz piano. He learned very quickly and was soon playing in ensembles. At 14, Jake discovered the Hammond organ. He received his first Hammond from the Brookline Music School and taught himself how to play it by listening to records and reading countless posts on Hammond organ listservs and websites.

Sherman has moved into the top tier of young musicians in the Boston and New York areas. He has appeared with Ralph Peterson, Gretchen Parlato, Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Casey Benjamin, Jamire Williams, and Dave Fiuczynski, among others. In addition to jazz, he has become passionate about a variety of other styles of music. He plays gospel organ every Sunday at Eliot Church in Roxbury and often performs with other up-and-coming artists such as Nick Hakim, Jesse Scheinin, Sid Sriram, and Margaret Glaspy. He recently released his first solo album, which is available via his website.

Admission: 
Free

Clifton Williams

Friday / July 19, 2013 / 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
02108
Clifton Williams

At 21 years old, Clifton Williams is an accomplished pianist from Washington, D.C. In the spring of 2010, Williams was invited by the U.S Ambassador to Vienna to perform a series of concerts in Vienna, Austria, and Paris, France. He is a graduate (valedictorian) of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts High School and now attends Berklee College of Music on a presidential scholarship. While at Berklee, he has taken full advantage of its prominence, accompanying numerous concerts, vocal classes, and recitals.

Recently, Williams has toured with the Harlem Gospel Choir both nationally and internationally. He is a dual major in music education and contemporary writing and production. He aspires to be a well-rounded musician and an inspiration to all who encounter him.

Admission: 
Free

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