Amanda Mair is a singer-songwriter/pianist from Stockholm, Sweden who has become one of the most talked-about artists of her country. She was discovered by Club 8’s Johan Angergård at the age of 15 and promptly signed to Angergård’s label, Labrador. She released her first single, “House,” in 2011, and the Washington Post raved, “The 16-year-old Mair sounds more like Kate Bush than Kate Bush does on her gorgeous, grown-up debut track.” Last year, Mair’s self-titled debut album hit Sweden and reached number 16 on the sales charts.
Watch the music video for Mair’s “House” below:
Betty Who blends indie, pop, and dance music into an irresistible mix of bold soundscapes, top 40 hooks, and knowing lyrics. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, the recent Berklee graduate played cello by age four and began writing songs in her early teens. The singer-songwriter’s striking and memorable voice sparkles on her debut EP, The Movement, and with her signature heels and spiked blonde hair, this tall Aussie is impossible to overlook.
Betty Who’s new music video, “You’re In Love” (below), was recently featured on the MTV Buzzworthy Blog. Watch it here:
$10 in advance, $12 day of show, general admission
Faculty guitarist Don Lappin will be performing a set of guitar-oriented instrumental rock songs from his latest CD, Tapped In. Since 1997, Lappin has been an in-demand guitar professor at Berklee. He has performed with Michael Sweet, Jonathan Mover, Steve Hunt, Chad Wackerman, Joe Santerre, Guthrie Govan, and many others.
Scott Tarulli will be featuring songs from his new album, Anytime, Anywhere. The album presents Tarulli's signature style: a mix of interesting harmonies and grooves influenced by a wide range of funk, rock, blues, and jazz. Tarulli's bandmates include Mark Egan on bass (Egan has recorded with Pat Metheny, Sting, Arcadia, Roger Daltrey, and Joan Osborne, among others), Jerry Marotta on drums (Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ani DiFranco, Sarah McLachlan, and Carly Simon), and Rusty Hughes on keyboard.
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission
Join Randy Felts and friends for an evening of original music in a Latin jazz style with a few arrangements of standards included. The music will feature evocative musical textures from the synthophone (electronic saxophone) and touches of rhythm and blues blended into the Latin undercurrent.
An evening of music by some of the top award winners in the Jazz Composition Department. The concert will feature performances by the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Greg Hopkins, Dayramir & Habana enTRANCE + Orchestra, and a five-horn ensemble led by Mao Sone and Jihye Lee.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juana Aquerreta grew up surrounded by music. Her first steps came along with the guitar and the singing of traditional Argentinean folk. From a very young age she admired and absorbed the South American sounds, and this is what her original compositions and songs present: a musical journey that blends her roots with more contemporary styles and instruments.
Born in Portland, Oregon, Grant Richards has been around music since he was very young. He began playing piano and composing at age 8 and by the time he entered college, he had won four awards from DownBeat magazine and recorded his first album as a leader. In 2009, Richards enrolled in Berklee College of Music, where he received the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a distinction awarded each year to one music student in recognition of his or her outstanding talent. In his short career, Richards has performed with many renowned artists including Esperanza Spalding, Chuck Israels, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Liebman, Ben Wolfe, Damian Erskine, Greg Hopkins, John Lockwood, and Filo Machado. Now, at age 22, he is a formidable pianist, composer, and teacher in his own right, remaining active in the Boston music scene through performing and recording as a leader and sideman.
With his new quintet, guitarist Eduardo Mercuri explores his personal approach to modern Brazilian music. Alongside Gustavo D’Amico on saxophone, Paul Sanchez on trumpet, Do-Young Kim on bass, and Juan Alejandro Saenz on drums, Mercuri mixes jazz textures with contemporary Brazilian music, bringing a new and fresh sound to both genres. Regardless of its short existence, the group is already signed with Berklee’s Jazz Revelation Records and has performed at the Berklee Performance Center and other venues around the Boston area.
Born in 1990, Daniel Rotem was accepted into the Thelma Yellin High School for Arts in Tel Aviv, Israel. As a member of Thelma Yellin’s Big Band, he performed at two international events: the IAJE Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and the SAJE in Capetown, South Africa. He was also awarded an honors scholarship for 2007–2008 at the Shtricker Conservatory in Tel Aviv and a scholarship for the Berklee Summer Performance Program in July–August 2008 in Boston. He graduated with honors from Thelma Yellin’s Jazz Program in 2008. In 2009 the Berklee College of Music World Tour arrived in Israel, and after attending auditions, he was awarded a full scholarship.
During 2009–2010, Rotem studied at Israel’s Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he was awarded a scholarship and had the chance to develop his performance and improvisation skills as well as his composing and arranging abilities. In the summer of 2009 Daniel participated in the Siena Jazz Workshops, held in Siena, Italy. He had the opportunity to play and study with Lionel Loueke, George Garzone, Scott Colley, John Taylor, and Michael Blake. Upon completing the workshops, he was offered a full scholarship to return for the 2010 program, where he met some of his former teachers but also played and performed with Kenny Werner, Peter Bernstein, Eric Harland, Joel Frahm and Jeremy Pelt.
In January 2010, he had the privilege to meet and perform with saxophonist David Liebman. It was a special experience for him, especially due to the fact that a group tutored by Mr. Liebman performed one of his arrangements to one of Mr. Liebman’s compositions. The youngest student to reach the finals, he was awarded first place in Rimon’s Outstanding Jazz Player Competition and as a result represented Rimon at the 20th IASJ meeting in The Hague. There, he had the opportunity to play in an ensemble headed by Reggie Workman.
Rotem relocated to Boston in May 2011 and began full-time studies on a full scholarship at Berklee, working toward a Bachelor’s degree in jazz performance. He has performed at different Berklee venues with numerous ensembles, including the Rainbow Big band led by Phil Wilson; the Concert Jazz Band led by Greg Hopkins (with which he performed in a concert featuring the great drummer Peter Erskine and at the JEN conference in Kentucky in January 2012); and as a featured guest at a joint performance of India Arie and Israeli composer/singer Idan Raichel (he also played at concerts with the Idan Raichel Project in Israel in 2011). Other teachers he has studied and played with at Berklee include Bill Pierce, Hal Crook, George Garzone, Dave Santoro, Jim Odgren, Ed Tomassi, Tiger Okoshi, Shannon Le Claire, and Terri Lyne Carrington. He was also chosen as a finalist in the live auditions for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Masters Program, held in Los Angeles in February 2012. In March, Rotem and his quartet recorded one of his original compositions, “Hill Workout,” for Berklee’s Jazz Revelation label release, Ripple Effect. The recording was also included on a promotion CD sold during the many Berklee summer events and performances.
Considering music a force connecting people and cultures, Rotem decided to serve as a peer advisor helping new students and as a student ambassador representing Berklee. He was awarded the America–Israel Foundation scholarship for 2010–2012.
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.