Members of Chasing Blue met in a Berklee College of Music bluegrass ensemble in the fall of 2008. Playing a mix of original and traditional material with unique arrangements, Chasing Blue's hard-driving style and strong lyrical themes define the group.
Chasing Blue has played venues including the Cantab Lounge and the Showcase Stage at the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, and showcased at the 2009 IBMA's, Nashville. The band has also been a main stage artist for the stART on the Street festival in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The Red Room at Cafe 939 presents its lunch-time concert series "The New Brew" featuring: Chasing Blue. Please join us from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Feel free to bring your lunch or indulge your palate with coffeehouse fare.
Deafened By Love is an indie rock band from Western Massachusetts playing all original music with a unique blend of punk, surf, and roots rock influences. Their sound is defined by the sultry vocals of lead singer/guitarist Judy Eddy along with the lush tones of guitarist John Prusinski, held together by the creative bass playing of Scott Marks and the inventive drumming of Brian Chebatoris.
This concert will feature the Berklee Beginning Percussion Ensemble, directed by Richard Flanagan, and the Berklee Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dean Anderson. The Percussion Department's top total percussion principals will perform some of today's most contemporary percussion ensemble literature. These all-percussion works will include composers such as Steve Reich, William Albright, Carlos Tort, Till Meyn Michael Udow, and Victor Mendoza.
Black Kettle can engage the innocence of a child as well as the heartbreak of the hopeless romantic. Rooted in folk, pop, and indie rock, their eclectic sound blends into a kaleidoscope of quirk and charm. Playful melodies carry heartfelt lyrics and find new ways to say “I love you,” and even “I hate you.” Born of the songwriting duo Keeley Bumford and Kailynn West, Black Kettle celebrates the imperfections within all of us and finds beauty in the “The Pot Calling the Kettle Black.” The two have been captivating audiences by keeping music humble, organic, and, most importantly, sincere. Please note that Black Kettle will selling their CD Narrative for a special rate of $3 at the show.
Aditya Balani presents his original world-jazz compositions with an international all-star ensemble: a blend of the spontaneity and harmonic interplay of jazz with intense melodies and rhythms influenced by Indian classical/folk and other musical traditions. Some tunes feature Balani's unique approach to fretless guitar, developed from sarod- and sitar-playing techniques.
Ayumi Ueda presents her senior recital with music from various ethnic backgrounds. Singing with her band Women of the World, Ueda will showcase over 50 vocalists, each representing a different country. The concert promises to be highly musical with a special focus on world peace.
Nicknamed the "King of Nouveau Swing," jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr. travels to Berklee from his home in New Orleans for this performance.
This year's Africana Studies Music Programming celebrates the richness of America's roots music traditions. The roots music artist is the chronicler of the ongoing story of America, told through song. Roots music is the intermingling of cross-cultural influences. Johnny Cash once said, "Every successful country singer I know has a humble background. . . and the colored blues has been a part of their musical heritage. Every one of them bar none. Elvis will tell you himself that where he got his style is from colored blues singers." From this fusion and sharing of American cultures came spirituals, blues, gospel, folk, country, and bluegrass-the roots all American popular music.
Emi Inaba's graduate concert, performing her original compositions for jazz orchestra. Inaba’s compositions display a wide range of colors and expressions, reflecting her uniqueness, as well as her command of classical and jazz.
The Boston Hip-Hop Alliance, Berklee Chapter, presents an enriching evening of diverse hip-hop and soul styles plus a special nod to the legacy of J Dilla through lupus awareness, with performances by:
Darcie Wicknick of Velvet Stylus
The Maestro ZOOM (NE Urban Music Award Best Producer nominee)
Hip-hop group KR & the Future, fronted by Berklee alumnus Kevin "KR" Dorsey, have been electrifying audiences and building a strong following in the Boston area with riveting performances at venues like the BPC, the Middle East, and the Paradise. The Future consists of six excellent musicians: Chad Selph (keyboard, musical director), Josh Connelly (guitar), Omitchell Henry (keyboard), Joe Conner (percussion), Coran Henley (drums), and Kyle Miles (bass). KR & the Future were one of nine artists/bands selected out of over 300 submissions to be featured on Heavy Rotation Records's Dorm Sessions 7 compilation.
Ebony Joi is a vibrant singer with qualities comparable to such dynamic artists as Billie Holiday and Kim Burrell. This Northern Philadelphia singer/songwriter has been performing for nearly her entire life, and inherited her musical character from her mother, a gospel singer/songwriter. She has been a background vocalist for various artists such as Leah Smith and Rich Wilson, and was selected to contribute background vocals for New Kids on the Block during tour dates in Boston and Connecticut.