Action Item has been touring for the last two years in support of its first EP, The Stronger the Love, an album that has sold more than 22,000 copies independently. In that time, these early 20-somethings have played in support of the likes of Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Boys Like Girls. The band had three singles in Radio Disney’s Top 30 Countdown, including “Learn To Fly,” a track produced by Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. Action Item's latest EP, Resolution, reached No. 9 on the Billboard Independent chart and #72 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Its fall headlining tour was a huge success with multiple sold-out shows all over the U.S.
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Based out of Boston, Massachusetts, I/Ø has been playing together since the fall of 2012. Drawing on the influence of bands like Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros, and Hammock, I/Ø finished its first instrumental full-length album in the summer of 2013. Based on open textures, nuanced melody, and a heavy artillery dynamic, the I/Ø sound allows the audience to form their own subjective aesthetic intention for the music, free from the confines of language and clarity. The songwriting process is organic, difficult to observe, and often impossible to define; it is similar to the ebb and flow of the emotional states that fuel the final product. I/Ø believes human experience can be too beautiful, grotesque, inspiring, abhorrent, heartwarming, and traumatic to put into words.
John Clayton, a Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer, arranger, and educator, performs a concert in which he will form duos with several Berklee faculty members and students. These perfomers include Tony Germain, assistant chair of the Piano Department; student Elliott Skinner (voice); guitar professor Bill Banfield; Steve Bailey, chair of the Bass Department; student Ethan Smith (spoken word poet); Larry Baione, chair of the Guitar Department; and Bill Pierce, chair of the Woodwind Department, on saxophone.
Her sound recalls Joan Baez and Buffy Sainte-Marie along with a touch of Delta Blues, so it's difficult to believe singer-songwriter Miriam Elhajli is only 19. Last summer Elhajli traveled to London, where she played at renowned venues including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Leigh On Sea Folk Festival, and The Troubadour Club.
Born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a town with a rich history of folk music, Elhajli is of Venezuelan and Moroccan descent. She became interested in the folkloric music of her heritage early on and learned to sing in Spanish and French. Last summer Elhajli traveled alone to London and ended up playing at some of the most renowned clubs and festivals in England, such as The Cambridge Folk Festival, Leigh On Sea Folk Festival, and The Troubadour Club. Elhajli is a performance major and an English minor at Berklee. She intends to become a philosopher.
3 Sudacas is three students at Berklee from Venezuela, Brazil, and Colombia performing traditional and unique compositions arranged for voice, percussion, mandolin, guitar, and bass. They have each had unique performance experiences and had the opportunity to work and perform together for the 2014 Latin Grammys with Alejandro Sanz.
Ahmad El Haggar is an Egyptian singer-songwriter and oud player. He performs orginals and covers from the Arab world, rearranging them to suit a more modern sound. Born to a family of musicians, Ahmad knew since youth that music was the path for him. His grandfather taught him singing techniques, and his father, Ali El Haggar, taught him about the business. In 2013 Ahmad started studying at Berklee, and in January he had the pleasure of performing "Home Again" with the legendary Carole King.