Drummer Jinho Choi will lead his big band (11 instrumentalists, 4 vocalists) performing Grammy Award-winning jazz composer Maria Schneider's breathtakingly gorgeous music. Berklee jazz composition major students will also present their new arrangement dedicated to Schneider's artistic achievements.
Laura Smith's senior recital is a celebration of the music and friends she's made during her time at Berklee. Expect old-time Appalachian fiddle tunes played solo and in a banjo-and-fiddle duet, appearances of two of Laura's bluegrass bands (the Phenom and Hosspower), a touch of contest-style Texas fiddle, and a dash of wild, raw old-time power jam!
Drummer Kevin McGowan leads his senior recital, featuring a variety of musical quests. Styles include R&B, jazz, funk, and pop/rock. McGowan will invite different singer/songwriters on stage and will perform with several different band arrangements. Music of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Sonny Rollins, James Brown, Bob Reynolds, Amos Lee, and several original compositions will be performed. Performers will include Vince Cannady, Nile Alexander, Tim Gerard, Casey Andersen, Joel Hill, Alex Labrie, Zayra Pola, Carlos Emilio Llerena, Eddie Emery, Neal Rosenthal, and Joselynn Smallwood.
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Sirma officially started her musical career in 2007 after becoming the first winner of the Arif Mardin Fellowship at Berklee. In 2008, she earned the opportunity to participate in the Pulawy Jazz Workshop in Poland, where she was the youngest competitor in the history of the competition. In 2009, she was one of 16 singers worldwide selected by Pepsi to be part of the Pepsi World Choir for Akon’s single, “Oh Africa,” which was recorded in Record Plant Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, with Akon, Keri Hilson, and the Soweto Gospel Choir. Sirma also appeared in the music video for the single, directed by Gil Green. The video debuted globally at the 2010 Grammy Awards. In addition to this global background, Sirma has experience as a producer, songwriter, and arranger, and was the frontwoman for the popular rock band Helicopria for two years. She recently released her debut solo EP, Traces. Watch Sirma perform "Desire" in the BIRN studios here:
Audri and Jonas create music through the use of textural motifs, sounds in nature or space, and the live manipulation of electronic elements. Audri's influences include a wide variety of genres and cultures of music, scientific discoveries, deconstructive philosophy, DIY electronics, romantic and beat poetry, and the synthesis of nature and technology. Jonas aims to combine music, art, and technology and to create environments that allow for total immersion, environments that completely take in the people who enter them. A fresh-faced duo, Jonas and Audri have performed at FEED Soundspace in Berlin, Germany, and at the Berklee Performance Center as well as at other venues and art galleries in Boston. They are currently working on a debut release.
The Christian Li Group plays with a dynamism that breaks down intricate structures into free-floating energy. The group’s compositions are informed by the diverse backgrounds of band members Matthew Halpin (tenor saxophone), Christian Li (piano), Zach Brown (bass), Sergio Martinez (percussion), and Roberto Giaquinto (drums).
The Christian Li Group’s compositions are informed by the diverse backgrounds of band members Matthew Halpin (tenor saxophone), Christian Li (piano), Zach Brown (bass), Sergio Martinez (percussion), and Roberto Giaquinto (drums).
Heavily influenced by noise, pop, and old-time, We Avalanche sounds like your favorite band that forgot how to play their instruments. The Dwells are cosmic Americana, born on the Fourth of July. Together, Paige Califano and Matthew Bean are a vocal swirl, drenched in memorable lyrics and infectious songwriting.
Few great ideas have ever arrived through apprehension. We Avalanche knows this, applies this, and shares this with their audience. They are explorers. Brady Custis found Zach Baldwin-Way in the ruins of ancient Greece and soon after found Eric Law through passing nods on a train to anywhere. Their specific brand of folk music is representative of this undying desire to explore the unexplored, attempting to preserve this historic art form while pursuing progress as well.
Often characterized by the unique blend of their instruments (voice, guitar, cello, and mandolin), We Avalanche's sound is uncommon. The band cites folk legends like Hank Williams, Paul Simon, and Pete Seeger as influences, but both modern pop and counterculture subgenres have a recognizable impact on their music. Often drawing comparisons to recent acts such as Elliott Smith, Sonic Youth, and Joanna Newsom, We Avalanche puts new spins on a dearly respected tradition, resulting in either a flutter of strings pulling rhyme into motion or a cacophonous rumble, as free as it is inspired.
We Avalanche recorded their debut album, Time Travels, in Nashville, Tennessee, and released it in 2012 in their hometown of Boston.
The Dwells were born on the Fourth of July. Paige Califano and Matthew Bean were enjoying the night on a hot, crowded Boston rooftop, but soon found themselves one floor below with some old notebooks and a guitar. Their voices blended minutes into hours, and as morning glazed the window, they both left hearing music come to life like they had never heard before. As they dove into new ideas, they slowly crafted their sound, and what emerged was a neo-Americana, cosmic folk duo that gave a nod to earlier genre-benders like Gram Parsons and Elliott Smith. They pull inspiration from drama and expression in all mediums. They released their debut record, Fortieth Floor, last May and will be releasing their second album, Don't Ever Leave Me Like You Do, with a full band this March. (Did we mention it'll be on vinyl?) The Dwells are warmly settling into the Boston music scene, huddled around their single mic, one show at a time.