“I love connecting with people,” says trumpeter Josh Shpak. “Whether they be teenagers or your grandma, if I can see that they’re feeling the music, I’m happy.” With a rich style evident of influences from classic jazz to electronica, Shpak has made himself a commodity in the music world. This cross-generational quality has launched a career playing with jazz heavyweights such as Cedar Walton and Jimmy Heath, soul legends Tower of Power, and young crossover innovators like Esperanza Spalding, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and John Daversa.
Epic horns, organic vocals, and swirling polyrhythms make Kina Zoré a force of hypnotic beauty. Fronted by soft-spoken and charismatic Mozambican songwriter Helder Tsinine, the six-piece powerhouse commands the dance floor with earthy, electric African rhythms that echo from Helder’s hometown of Maputo. Since winning the 2011 Peacedriven Songwriting Contest, Kina Zoré has attracted international attention, including features on BBC Africa, the Christian Science Monitor, and theAgência Angola Press. With fans flocking to dance floors across the Northeast, it should come as no surprise that the name “Kina Zoré” itself is a call to dance.
Born in the Tuscan hills, Valentina found early on that music could liberate her mind from the intense emotions of life.
An introspective and passionate observer, Valentina instills the same qualities in her music. She fell in love with the arts at an early age and performed as an actress and dancer, disciplines that continue to leave an imprint on her performances. A scholarship to Berklee College of Music has enabled Valentina to collaborate with talented musicians and become an integral part of the music scene in Boston.
Marrying breathy vocal lines with profound lyrics, Valentina sings with a voice as rich and deep as a sapphire. Her music draws listeners to a place within themselves where they can confront deeply felt notions of spirituality, human connection, and social change.
Charlie the Most is a huge band: a five-course meal that includes a full horn section, two guitarists, and vocals that will have you beggin’ for seconds. Formed by guitarist Charlie McCanless in Boston, Charlie the Most is a home-cooked 10-person funk band taking over the world one epic show at a time, feeding audiences glorious and harmonious amusement with the most powerful grooves, the most impeccable talent, and the most raucous parties. We’re Charlie the Most, babies. Dinner’s ready.
A funky songbird from the East, Irma Seleman puts together grooves, melodies, and harmonies that reflect her experiences in life, love, and music. A singer, songwriter, and arranger bringing soul and R&B into her own Malaysian sound, Seleman will amaze you with her voice and stage presence.
Born in Penang and raised in Bangi, a small town in Malaysia, Seleman was active in sports and learned to sing traditional Malay music in middle school. Her dad, a musician, gave her a lot of exposure to every kind of music from traditional to contemporary.
In 2008 Seleman enrolled in the Berklee Transfer Program in a BIN school, the International College of Music (ICOM), where she underwent the foundation in music program and the first year of Degree in Music. Known as a risk taker, Seleman tried every kind of music from pop, Malay traditional, funk, and R&B, to hip-hop, rock, and disco. She was the background vocalist in a huge national show, KL Foundation. She was also the lead vocalist for the ICOM Celebration Series Tribute to The Eagles, Michael Jackson, U2, Queen, and ABBA, and was the vocal arranger and vocal leader for most of the tributes.
In 2011, Seleman began her studies at Berklee College of Music and was awarded a scholarship. She has been featured in Malaysian Airlines Music on Demand in the jazz section and just finished a tour of Europe supported by Berklee and the Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory. Influenced by greats such as Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Heather Headley, Rachelle Farrell, Etta James, Erykah Badu, and Jill Scott, Seleman also draws inspiration from Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald.
Seleman has written a bunch of songs that can be found on her page on ReverbNation.com and also on her new EP.
Perfect Mark is the Boston-based musical project of Italian singer-songwriter Marco Perfetti. After 11 years of intense musical activity on stage and in the studio, winning national competitions like the Tour Music Fest and participating in the first edition of the Italian X-Factor, Marco moved to Boston in 2012 to attend Berklee College of Music on a scholarship.
The project features Marco’s original songs arranged and recorded ine collaboration with musicians from Brazil, Korea, the United States, Italy, and Portugal.
The band already has a solid following in the Boston area, and it’s been selected to perform at the Canadian Music Week festival 2014 in Toronto, headlined this year by artists such as Ellie Goulding, Tegan & Sara, City and Colour, Neko Case, The 1975, and many more.
Perfect Mark is also currently number 3 on the ReverbNation Rock Chart for Boston, and a lot of great surprises are coming soon, including an Italian tour at the end of may.
The first album is due to release in the month of April 2014. The style is basically pop- rock, influenced by other genres like soul, funk, and folk. The songs showcase Marco’s vocal abilities, and deliver strong, powerful arrangements though still keeping a soft acoustic side.
Formed in Boston by guitarist and singer-songwriter Kyle Thornton, and featuring guitarist Sam Segerblom, bassist Henri Young, drummer Marshawn Fondren, keyboardist Johannes Burger, trombonist Zakery Lewis, and saxophonist Brett White, this soul and R&B group spreads love and positivity through music. With catchy, inspirational lyrics, grooving rhythms, and soul, Kyle Thornton & The Company make it hard not to move in your seat, let alone get up and dance.
Watch Kyle Thornton and the Company perform live at Berklee:
Born in Los Angeles, raised in Idaho, and fortified in New England, Steph Sloan is a charismatic force to reckon with. In addition to her award-winning songwriting and soulful voice, Steph’s stage presence is captivating. She takes the listener on a sonic voyage through candid lyrics, colorful harmonies, and catchy melodies. With influences ranging from jazz to reggae to folk-rock to hip-hop, her sounds are diverse yet cohesive, connected by a strong thread of danceable syncopation.
I’m Kayla Corrine and I’ve been in love with music since birth. I would call myself a soulful singer-songwriter and I tend to write mostly on acoustic guitar because I adore the raw, crystal clear sound of it. It relates directly to the lyrical content of my music itself – raw, honest, real, and quite clear. Everything about what I stand for is the truth. I write directly from my heart and soul in hopes of explaining myself through my art so that I myself can feel content and others can understand me as well as themselves, in a different perspective. Life is about learning and growing and that’s all I’m ever really trying to do through this incredibly wonderful art form known as music.
Apoena’s music is a concise mixture of the many types he heard throughout childhood. Coming from a family of actors, musicians, acrobats, and variety performers, his influences range from Brazilian folk and pop to contemporary indie rock and world jazz.