Concert

Bear Language

Thursday / July 5, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Bear Language

If Radiohead and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were to have a child and name J Dilla the godfather, the resulting offspring would be Bear Language. Heavy riffs meet esoteric musical landscapes under delicate but gritty vocals. Born in early 2011 at Berklee College of Music as the creative outlet of three friends, the band is a fusion of musical styles and influences ranging from the Mars Volta to Lettuce. Bear Language is a constantly evolving project that never fails to disappoint live, breaking down all preconceived notions of what can be achieved with only a trio of musicians.

Originally from New York, guitarist and singer Luca Buccellati is an accomplished songwriter. While his songwriting with Bear Language draws heavily from Radiohead, Buccellati is equally at home in the pop idiom, a side that manifests itself through catchy hooks and edgily accessible riffs.

Bassist Archi Denis was born in Paris but was raised in Asia. He grew up emulating Flea and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and now proves that bass isn't just a background instrument. A true performer, he's known for his onstage antics without ever losing sight of the groove.

Drummer and St. Louis native Ian Barnett rounds out the trio. Also a producer following in the footsteps of J Dilla, he brings a love for all things off-kilter. On stage and in the studio he pushes the envelope and defies the traditional box in which a drummer operates, but always in the service of the music.

Together the three are captivating and fresh. In September of 2011 Bear Language released their self-titled debut EP, the first step in what will be a long journey. Always writing new material and playing to new audiences, word continues to spread, along with the question "are you speaking Bear Language yet?"

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Admission: 
Free

Heecheol Cho's Senior Recital

Thursday / August 2, 2012 / 7:15 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Electric bassist Heecheol Cho presents his senior recital.

Admission: 
Free

Manami Morita

Thursday / August 23, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
Manami Morita

Manami Morita was born in Saitama, Japan in 1984. She started off learning classical piano at the age of 4, but she couldn't stand all the rules in classical piano. At the age of 13, she met jazz. After learning on her own, she received a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in 2005 and decided to change her life—previously, she had thought of being an English teacher or a flight attendant! In 2006 she moved to the United States and started her career at Berklee in Boston to search for her own music, based on jazz.

In 2007, Morita was awarded the Mary Jane Earnhart Endowed Scholarship, and in 2008 she was awarded the Herb Pomeroy Award by the Jazz Composition Department. In 2009, she joined the International Kodolanyi Jazz Competition in Hungary with tenor saxophone player Mitsuru Hirayama and won third prize, as well as the Outstanding Performer Award.

Morita has performed with internationally acclaimed musicians such as Esperanza Spalding, Greg Hopkins, Mark Walker, Rosa Pasos, and Oscar Stagnaro. She appeared at the Martha's Vineyard Music Festival in 2008 with groups such as Boston Pops, Gladys Knight, and Kate Taylor, as well as at other music festivals such as Salem Jazz Festival '08 and '09, Tokyo Jazz '10, Rochester International Jazz Festival '11, etc. She has played at prestigious jazz clubs such as Sculler's Jazz Club, Ryle's Jazz Club, Blue Note Nagoya, Billboard Osaka, and more. 

Morita graduated Berklee in 2008 and released her first album, Colors, in 2009 and her second album, For You, in 2010 through Rambling Records, Inc.

 

Admission: 
Free

Christian Li Trio

Thursday / August 16, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Brewer Plaza
Boston Common
Boston
MA
United States
02108
Christian Li

Christian Li is a jazz pianist from Horseheads, New York. He has won several Down Beat magazine Student Music Awards and has attended highly selective programs, including the Skidmore Jazz Institute, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and the Vail Jazz Workshop. Li was the New York State All-State Instrumental Jazz Band pianist for 2006 and 2007 and the New York State Band Directors Association Honors Jazz Band Pianist in 2006. 

In 2008, he received a full-tuition scholarship to attend Berklee. There he studies privately with JoAnne Brackeen and Ed Bedner and has had the opportunity to work with Jack DeJohnette, Danilo Pérez, and Terri Lyne Carrington, among others. Li has also worked with the Cornell University and Ithaca College big bands, and played solo piano at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Admission: 
Free

Adrianne Lenker

Thursday / September 6, 2012 / 1:00 p.m.
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
Adrianne Lenker

Hailing from Minneapolis, Adrianne Lenker is an authentic and passionate singer, songwriter, and performer. Her debut CD, Stages of the Sun, produced by Steve Hodge (Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Sting), was released on LucidTunes when Lenker was only 14. The title cut was a 2005 Independent Music Awards top 5 finalist in the Singer/Songwriter category. Lenker's "My Bliss" was a finalist in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. Four tracks from the album were featured on MTV's The Hills in 2007 and 2008.

Lenker's follow-up CD/DVD, Live at the Southern, was recorded just before her 15th birthday in July 2006 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. Her third release, Then the Rain Came, will be released in 2009.

Tim Cain, a writer with the Herald and Review (Illinois), wrote of the singer-songwriter, "I saw her perform in Chicago with an audience largely consisting of musicians. She held this group of professionals enraptured, and we all found one thing unbelievable and asked each other the same question as one voice: 'Is she really 14?' Apparently so, and she's a little like Jewel, except tougher, and a little like Liz Phair, but not quite as edgy. She writes a heckofa song."

Admission: 
Free

Chasing Blue

Friday / August 10, 2012 / 3:30 p.m.
Saddleback Mountain
976 Saddleback Mountain Road
Rangeley
ME
United States
04970
Chasing Blue

Chasing Blue came together in the fall of 2008 at a bluegrass ensemble at Berklee College of Music. Band members hail from across the United States and Canada, and now reside in Boston, gigging heavily in the New England festival circuit. Chasing Blue plays a mix of original and traditional bluegrass material with unique arrangements and hard-driving style. Original material holds true to the bluegrass tradition but strong lyrical ideas and progressive musical ideas make the Chasing Blue sound. 

Admission: 
$40

Hamish Napier Band

Thursday / August 2, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Hamish Napier

In this new American version of his acclaimed group, who performed at the Celtic Connections Festival and the Glasgow International Jazz Festival last year, Hamish Napier invites a band of brilliant Berklee jazz and bluegrass musicians to join him for a unique blend of traditional Scottish and American folk music, original compositions, and jazz improvisation.

Hamish Napier grew up in the Scottish Highlands and was steeped in traditional music from an early age. A multi-instrumentalist (flute, whistles, vocals, piano, and traditional Scottish stepdance), Napier was a finalist for Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year and a nominee  for Best Up and Coming Artist at the Scots Traditional Music Awards. Napier has recorded with leading Scottish musicians Donald Shaw, Martyn Bennett, and Eddi Reader, and has collaborated with many of the U.K.'s finest folk musicians for festivals, national, T.V., and radio.

Before beginning his studies in jazz piano at Berklee last fall, Napier toured throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S. with award-winning traditional Scottish folk quartet Back of the Moon, as well as teaching on the Scottish Music degree course at the National Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. As one of the UNESCO Cities of Music, Glasgow is internationally recognised for its diverse and talented music scene: a vibrant, fresh, and highly-innovative melting pot of Scottish and Irish folk music, jazz, funk, dance music, classical, and indie styles. Amid this inspiring atmosphere, Napier's latest folk/jazz fusion solo project was born: the Hamish Napier Band.

Admission: 
Free

Sounds of Venus

Wednesday / July 25, 2012 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sounds of Venus

Meet Sounds of Venus, an alternative rock band breaking the Boston music scene. Comprised of five Berklee College musicians, with lush male and female vocal harmonies, surging electric guitar, a solid foundation of bass, and dynamic percussion, their sound is open to limitless possibilities. 

Influenced by the likes of Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Björk, and Bon Iver, their live performance cannot be missed. Their set varies from ambient soundscapes that make the crowd sway, to sheer rocking energy and adrenaline. The band is a large supporter of art communities. They often welcome visual artists to display their work and incorporate their creativity with live performances. They are currently recording their first album at The Record Company, Inc.  Previous performances that they have played both collectively and individually include: The Middle East, Bonnaroo, Maxwell's, and The Chameleon Club.

Admission: 
Free

Jon Rodriguez

Wednesday / August 8, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Guitarist Jonathan Rodriguez will be playing arrangements of some of his favorite standards with friends.

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Hail Laveau

Wednesday / July 25, 2012 / 12:00 p.m.
City Hall Plaza
100 City Hall Plaza
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Hail Laveau

Hail Laveau is the collaboration between musicians Corey Cook and Emily Higgins. The two began writing songs together over the past year, with Emily handling the vocals, Corey writing the music and both contributing to the lyric writing. They finished recording an EP over the summer in New Orleans and plan on bringing the finished product to the Boston music scene.

Due to the time split between Louisiana and Massachusetts, Hail Laveau has an ever-changing backing band of local musicians ready to bring the house down. Hail Laveau is named after the Creole "Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" Marie Laveau.

Admission: 
Free

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