Concert

Silvina Moreno

Friday / August 5, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116
Silvina Moreno

Since she came to Berklee in 2008, Silvina Moreno has had one goal: to explore her music potential and become the best artist she can be, a loyal messenger of beautiful music. Since the age of 10, Moreno has been mainly passionate about singing and performing, and has also developed her songwriting abilities, stage presence, guitar, piano and bass skills, and music business knowledge.

At Berklee, she has become involved with a series of high-profile shows, including the commencement ceremony in the Agganis Arena in Boston, singing for Grammy Award–winner Juan Luis Guerra in front of 6,000 graduating students and families.

In January of 2011, Moreno had the privilege of sharing the stage with acclaimed Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler. She says, "Jorge has taught me to breathe, to explore my identity as a songwriter, and have patience with the process of embracing my artistry."

She has also had the honor to sing with 10-time Grammy Award–winner Bobby McFerrin in a group of talented Berklee singers called the Singing Tribe. This concert was mainly produced to generate improvised music in song circles, mixed with composed choral pieces as well. "Bobby McFerrin has taught me how to learn from mistakes, how to embrace the stage and the audience, and forget about everything else. In the end, it is really all about the music," Moreno says. "That was one of the most unforgettable experiences I have had in my entire life."  

Moreno spent last summer in London, where she interned for Camden Bars and performed in many venues, showcasing her music with an amazing group of musicians.

Admission: 
Free

Tamsin Wilson

Wednesday / August 24, 2011 / 12:30 p.m.
Harvard Longwood Campus
25 Shattuck Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tamsin Wilson

Hailing from the U.K. and Canada, Boston-based singer-songwriter Tamsin Wilson pulls from the warm folk sounds of Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, with a dash of Feist, to create a welcoming ambiance and heartfelt, sweet-tongued songs.

"Wilson's voice is crystal-clear and perfect, with enough edge to her alt-folk pop songs to keep it from being too commercial or saccharine. With her coquettish glances at the crowd and knowing twinkle in her eye, she is nothing short of captivating." —Rachel Clare, Amelia's Magazine  

Admission: 
Free

Mike Tucker

Wednesday / July 20, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Mike Tucker, a faculty member for the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program, presents a concert.

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Dave Samuels and Friends

Friday / June 24, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty member Dave Samuels performs as part of the Berklee Percussion Festival.

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Haley Bonar / Holcombe Waller / Daniel Martin Moore

Wednesday / June 22, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Haley Bonar

Haley Bonar is a singer-songwriter from Minneapolis whose new album, Golder, was released in April. The record was titled after her dreams about the album cover being shiny gold; the title also represents her desire to improve herself as an artist with each song she writes. Her first tour was with the band Low.

Holcombe Waller is a folk songwriter with an impressive vocal range and gentle fingerpicked guitar. His latest album, Into the Dark Unknown, is both melancholy and ecstatic, reflecting upon six years of traveling the Pacific Northwest. His music has been compared to the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Fleet Foxes. The Oregonian testifies, “Gorgeous—melancholy but fierce and resolved. It feels like the best feelings in life, the ones that make us know that we’re alive for better or worse.”

Singer-songwriter Daniel Martin Moore recently released the album In the Cool of the Day. This is a spiritual album of time-tested family gospel favorites remembered from growing up, with a few added new tunes of Moore’s. He set out to keep things simple, to let the beauty inherent in the songs shine through. He has presented the songs as he remembered them, as a reflection of, and meditation on, growing up in this musical tradition.

 

Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 day of show, general admission

La Cumbiamba eNeYé

Thursday / August 4, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
East Boston Greenway
42 Marginal Street
Boston
MA
United States
02128
La Cumbiamba Eneye

La Cumbiamba eNeYé is an ensemble that performs concerts and workshops with traditional instruments from the African diaspora in Colombia, as well as indigenous and European, all of which are blended together in the traditional musical styles that developed throughout the colonial era, and continue to evolve. The group has the versatility to perform in a quintet format, for reduced-space events, or a 10-piece band format for large events.

La Cumbiamba eNeYé was created in the summer of 2000 by a group of musicians who share an enthusiasm for investigating, performing, and advancing musical expressions emanating from the mix of African, Native Indian, and European cultural contributions in the Americas. Initially, La Cumbiamba eNeYé began performing a repertoire of cumbia-related rhythms outdoors in different public areas of New York. The group adopted "cumbiamba" from the cultural vocabulary of the northwestern Caribbean coast in South America. In Colombia, "cumbiamba" is a familiar word, carrying the meaning of an outdoors celebration with live cumbia music, or the bands that perform in such events. La Cumbiamba eNeYé evokes this lively atmosphere with every performance and has also extended them into different cultural venues throughout the city and beyond. 

La Cumbiamba eNeYé's musical work and development is shaped by traditional styles that emanate from the popular coastal traditions in which music is just one of the various artistic manifestations. The group takes coastal music as a departing point and source of material not only because of the musical background of some of the members, but because coastal traditions in Colombia, as in other regions of the Caribbean, are inexhaustible fountains of artistic traditions.

La Cumbiamba eNeYé's approach to music is investigative. However, from the styles, genres, rhythms, and melodies explored, the group is inspired to create new arrangements and even entirely new compositions that, although traditional influenced, may have eclectic characteristics in texture, harmony, or rhythm. This aspect of La Cumbiamba eNeYé can be seen as the result of being a New York–born and –based group, where interactions and continuous contact with musicians from different places around the world generate new possibilities.

The La Cumbiamba eNeYé concert is hosted by ZUMIX.

Admission: 
Free

Milly Quezada

Saturday / July 30, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
City Hall Plaza
100 City Hall Plaza
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Milly Quezada

Milly Quezada, better known internationally as "the Queen of Merengue," was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Her parents and four siblings immigrated to New York during the early '70s, where she graduated from City College of New York with a degree in communications and mass media.

Quezada's musical inclinations manifested in the streets of her community, Washington Heights, and she, along with her siblings and soon-to-be husband Rafael Vásquez, formed the group Milly Jocelyn and Los Vecinos in 1975. The group during the '70s and '80s made musical history with international hits such as "La Guacherna," "Volvio Juanita," and "Tengo."  Los Vecinos's unique style—female vocalists performing the male-dominated rhythm of merengue—earned the band a rightful place in Dominican Republic's musical history.

The elegance and style of its stage performances took Los Vecinos on a worldwide tour that made the act a "first" on many levels. The band was the first in performing live merengue in Tokyo in 1990 and 1992, and the first Dominican orchestra to perform in a United States inaugural gala—that of George Bush in 1990.

The passing away in 1996 of her husband, producer, and orchestra manager Vásquez marked the turning point of Quezada's life. Her solo career has produced multiple career achievements and recognitions both nationally and internationally. Her impressive discography includes 28 productions recorded under various labels.

Quezada's 2006 Best Merengue Album Latin Grammy Award for MQ heads an impressive list of awards. She has received multiple Casandra Awards, including the most-coveted Soberano Award—the highest category in this Dominican annual event that honors its own. Other awards include the 2003 Latin Grammy Award for her album Pienso Asi; multiple Billboard and Premio Lo Nuestro awards from Univision; ACE and Globo awards in New York; and a special recognition from the senate of Puerto Rico for more than two decades of distinguished musical accomplishments in La Isla del Encanto. The New York City mayor's office dedicated November 8 as Milly Quezada Day in honor of her major contributions to the Latin music industry.

The Milly Quezada concert is hosted by Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Admission: 
Free

Ritmo Masacote

Saturday / July 30, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
City Hall Plaza
100 City Hall Plaza
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Ritmo Masacote

Ritmo Masacote is a 12-piece salsa, timba, and Latin jazz orchestra composed of some of Berklee's most talented students/alumni and Boston's finest musicians. The orchestra was created with the purpose of bridging the growing divide between the music and dance genres. This young, charismatic cast produces commanding presentations full of life, spirit, and energy.

Ritmo Masacote was founded out of Boston in 2006 by composer/pianist Joel Massicot. He earned the alias Masacote in 1998 as an introduction into his piano solos while playing in Washington, D.C. In Cuban slang, "masacote" specifically refers to the rhythm created by combining the basic percussive instruments in salsa/mambo (the congas, guiro, timbales, clave, and bongo). More generally, this term refers to the design of merging various elements.

With this design in mind, Masacote set about creating an ensemble that would serve to merge various components of music and dance, shaping the perception of Latin music today. Often coupled on stage with the Masacote Dance Company, the ensemble is cultivating an international appreciation and demand for danceable and captivating band performances.

Ritmo Masacote's reach extends internationally as far as Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Turkey, Germany, Lithuania, Colombia, Brazil, and across North America. The ensemble's music can be found on motion pictures, instructional DVDs, and major radio stations and satellite radio both nationally and internationally. Everyone can relate to the orchestra's unique compositions and arrangements with focused directions in timba, salsa, and Latin jazz grounded in Cuban roots.With two critically acclaimed Latin jazz albums to its credit, Ritmo Masacote is working to deliver its first salsa/timba-focused album for its growing fan base around the globe. This third release is scheduled for 2011.

The Ritmo Masacote concert is hosted by Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Admission: 
Free

Bass Lines Final Concerts

Sunday / June 12, 2011 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Bass Lines summer program presents students' final concerts.

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The Curtis Brothers

Thursday / July 28, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
O'Day Park
85 West Newton Street
Boston
MA
United States
The Curtis Brothers

Luques Curtis has performed bass professionally from a very young age and earned a full scholarship to Berklee. He and his brother have led their own band for six years and recently released their third album on Truth Revolution Records.

Now living in New York, Curtis has been performing with artists such as Stefon Harris, Donald Harrison, Brian Lynch, Eddie Palmieri, and Ralph Peterson. He appears on a number of recordings, including Gary Burton's Next Generations (Concord), Dave Valentine's Come Fly with Me, Sean Jones's Kaleidoscope, and Christian Scott's Rewind That.

The Curtis Brothers concert is hosted by Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA).

Admission: 
Free

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