Performance

The Western Den

Wednesday / June 18, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02116

Formed in February 2013 and driven by a shared passion to create music with purpose, The Western Den is the collaborative work of Deni Hlavinka and Chris West, who together blend compelling folk harmonies with ambient textures to produce a sound all their own. The duo released their debut EP, Battle Hymns, in May 2013 and premiered that summer by opening for Melissa Ferrick on the northeastern leg of her national tour. The Western Den is based in Boston, performing and working on a full-length album.

Admission: 
Free

Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul

Friday / June 13, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02116

Rooted in traditional Scottish and Appalachian old-time music, Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul have developed a sound that celebrates and explores beautiful melodies. The pair met while studying at Berklee College of Music and are a product of the thriving local music scene. Both Moynihan and Chaimbeul have been heavily steeped in tradition, but their arrangements push boundaries with originality, breathing new life into old tunes.

Watch Moynihan and Chaimbeul perform in this video:

Admission: 
Free

Wambura Mitaru

Wednesday / June 11, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02116
Wambura Mitaru

Wambura Mitaru's eclectic, fluid music blends funk, soul, R&B, jazz, hip-hop with sounds from her African background. A young and passionate singer and songwriter from Nairobi, Kenya, she got her start in high school with training in classical music. She attended the Kenya Conservatoire of Music for further studies until 2011, when she arrived at Berklee College of Music.

Admission: 
Free

Kel Do Nascimento

Friday / June 6, 2014 / 12:30 p.m.
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02116

The colorful sound of KeL combines elements of jazz and pop with Brazilian melodies. The band's lead singer, Kel do Nascimento, was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and toured her country of orgin before coming to Berklee in 2011.

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: Fredericks Brown / The Love Experiment

Friday / June 6, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
CANCELED: This event has been canceled. Refunds are available at the point-of-purchase site during business hours.

Under the name Fredericks Brown, vocalist Deva Mahal and keyboardist Stephanie Brown create compositions with lyrics that combine imagery and narrative to deliver a startling blend of strength and intimacy. The talented duo's wide-ranging cultural heritage (Mahal is the daughter of legendary blues musician Taj Mahal and Brown is rooted in the grooves of her native New Zealand) informs its energetic live shows with rich organic soul and blues roots as well as rich harmonies and beautifully crafted songs. 

Fredericks Brown's influences range from Nina Simone and Sly and the Family Stone to more contemporary groove-based ensembles, and its newest release is Glass House Mountains.

The Love Experiment is a collective of producers, singer-songwriters, and musicians who joined forces in 2010 while attending college in Boston. Their sound combines the collective influences of J Dilla, Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus, D’Angelo, Billie Holiday, and Earth Wind and Fire. Their unique brand of retro-futuristic soul music has been compared to artists such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Thundercat, and King. The Love Experiment is led by New Orleans native Charles Burchell, and features a cast of musicians ranging anywhere between four to 14 musicians at any given performance. Some have dubbed them "the broken social scene of R&B!" Vocalists Kim Mayo and Sami Danger give the band its voice and drummer Burchell writes the lyrics, composes, and arranges a lot of the music.

As the years have progressed, the Love Experiment has become a true collective, as most of the members write for the band and/or produce the music. The band has shared the stage with Talib Kweli, Iman Omari, Si * Se, Retro Stefson, and has recently been performing packed shows in New York and Boston at venues such as Webster Hall, the Bitter End, the Middle East, and the Bowery Electric. The band is currently in the process of releasing its debut project, a series of EPs entitled The Love Suites, which is expected to be released in the fall of 2014. 

Daniel Rotem Trio

Wednesday / June 4, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116

The Daniel Rotem Trio will perform original compositions integrating world influences with improvisation and the jazz tradition. Working as a group for almost three years, the trio has developed a fresh sound exploring the balance between listening and playing while continually looking to expand the boundries of the genre. Rotem recently finished his studies at Berklee, and will be attending the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance in the fall.

Supported by the Consulate General of Israel to New England

Admission: 
Free

Maddie Rice

Friday / April 11, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Guitarist Maddie Rice and a rotating ensemble perform a set of covers by artists including Prince, Sting, and Paul Simon.

Admission: 
Free

Seung Jin Esther Lee: Celebrations

Thursday / April 10, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Vocalist and arranger Esther Lee performs a set of pieces in various genres, ranging from jazz waltz to Brazilian samba to indie rock.

Admission: 
Free

Shifting Seasons: Eduardo Mercuri Quintet and Strings

Wednesday / April 9, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Guitarist Eduardo Mercuri presents his senior recital, joined by his quintet and a string quartet. The repertoire includes Antonio Carlos Jobim, Baden Powell, Hamilton de Holanda, and Mercuri's original works.

Admission: 
Free

Giulio Palau: Attica

Wednesday / April 9, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Guitarist Giulio Palau performs a night of modern progressive metal including both covers and originals in the style of djent. Covers will include songs by Monuments, Tesseract, Fellsilent, and Periphery.

Admission: 
Free

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