Concert

Folk Arts Quartet

Saturday / June 19, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Folk Arts Quartet

The Folk Arts Quartet has stormed the global folk scene, combining traditional styles from the fiddle world with the arts heritage of the classical string quartet. The result is a new, grooving, and prodigiously tasteful progressive string quartet pioneering a new genre: "ChamberGrass."

The original members met while studying at Berklee, arranging traditional Celtic and old-time tunes and original compositions using an array of techniques and ideas. Their groovy, contemporary style nods to their many influences and breathes new life into folk and chamber music. The quartet has had the honor of being mentored by some of the best contemporary string players around, including Eugene Friesen, Mads Tolling, Matt Glaser, and John McGann. The band released its self-titled debut to critical acclaim in 2009.

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Eric Robertson and the Boston Boys

Thursday / August 19, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Eric Robertson

The sound of Eric Robertson and the Boston Boys is contemporary roots rock, blending reverence for the Beatles and the energy of the Avett Brothers with hints of Appalachian string band music. Featuring singer/songwriter Eric Robertson, the Boston Boys is a new band emerging from the hotbed of talented young players in the hip Boston music scene. All band members are either students at or alumni of the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Admission: 
Free

Eric Robertson and the Boston Boys

Thursday / August 19, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Eric Robertson

The sound of Eric Robertson and the Boston Boys is contemporary roots rock, blending reverence for the Beatles and the energy of the Avett Brothers with hints of Appalachian string band music. Featuring singer/songwriter Eric Robertson, the Boston Boys is a new band emerging from the hotbed of talented young players in the hip Boston music scene. All band members are either students at or alumni of the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Admission: 
Free

Ben Powell Quartet

Saturday / August 14, 2010 / 5:00 p.m.
Derby Square
Front Street
Salem
MA
United States
01970
Ben Powell

Violinist, composer, and band leader Ben Powell was born in Cheltenham, England into a musical family. His talent was evident from a very young age, resulting in an invitation to solo at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics in Japan. He joined the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at age 16. At the same time, he developed not only a strong interest in jazz but the ability to play swinging improvisations. Powell moved on to Berklee, and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in jazz composition. During his three years as a student in Boston, Powell also enjoyed playing in the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has shared the stage with greats such as Herbie Hancock, Gloria Estefan, and Paul Simon, to name a few, and has had the privilege of performing for Laura Bush and Queen Noor of Jordan. Light, his recording debut, features him already as a mature jazz soloist. Powell's musicianship, technical brilliance, and mature intuition bring audiences to their feet.

 

Admission: 
Free

Nicky Egan

Saturday / July 10, 2010 / 5:00 p.m.
Derby Square
Front Street
Salem
MA
United States
01970
Nicky Egan

Nicky Egan is a soul singer who blends funk, r&b, and rock. She drives her performances with memorable songs, energy, and a positive message. Egan's band the Majority has toured all over the United States, including stints at the famed Whiskey a Go Go and a fundraiser for Penn State Children's Hospital where they played to a crowd of 10,000.

Admission: 
Free

Charlie Mars / Jay Nash

Thursday / May 13, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Charlie Mars

On his latest album, Charlie Mars hits a groove that's hardwired to hearts and hips. This is an album that writhes through the headphones, which will ultimately be tossed in favor of a living room dance floor. Mars has sewn together tightly crafted songs with moods and melodies that pulse with sex, wonderment, and personal destruction—all themes that may clash on paper but in music suggest mysteries that are organic to us all. Special guest: Jay Nash.

Admission: 
$12/advance, $15/doors

The Thickness / The Brunt of It / Alien 8

Friday / June 18, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Photo by Sarah Mica

Since 2005, the Thickness has brought its version of punk to crowds all over the United States and Canada. The band's high-energy show and stand-up comedy have drawn comparisons to NOFX, Bad Religion, and Face to Face.

Admission: 
$9

Music from Spain

Friday / May 28, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Three visiting students from the Pinto Conservatory will be highlighted in performances of various styles of music. Presented by faculty member Gregory Fritze.

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Lance Van Lenten: Evolving Quartet

Wednesday / July 14, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Contemporary original jazz compositions and the music of major jazz composers performed by a quartet led by Lance Van Lenten (saxes-flute), with Joe Mulholland (piano), David Clark (bass) and Casey Scheuerell (drums).

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Hailey Niswanger

Thursday / June 24, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Hailey Niswanger

Hailey Niswanger's accomplishments reach far beyond the borders of her home in Portland, Oregon and well beyond her years. The alto saxophonist has shared the stage with jazz greats Dee Dee Bridgewater, George Duke, George Garzone, Red Holloway, Terell Stafford, Phil Woods, James Moody, Steve Nelson, Christian McBride, McCoy Tyner, Maceo Parker, Wynton Marsalis, and Mark Whitfield, among others. Her own quartet has performed at the Portland Jazz Festival, Jimmy Mak's Jazz Club, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, and other jazz venues around Portland.  In September 2009 she was selected as the new alto saxophonist for the internationally acclaimed big band the Either/Orchestra, occupying the chair previously held by Miguel Zenon and Jaleel Shaw, among others.  

Niswanger's June 2009 recording debut as a leader—the self-produced and self-released CD Confeddie—established her throughout North America. The album was reviewed in such leading jazz magazines as Jazz Times and Jazziz and inspired veteran jazz critic Nat Hentoff to profile her in the Wall Street JournalConfeddie appeared on the Jazz Week Top 50 chart 3 times and was among the top 100 jazz CDs in the country for two months. It features a rhythm section composed of fellow Berklee students Michael Palma on piano, Greg Chaplin on bass, and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums. 

Niswanger was a featured artist at the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., where she won the festival's saxophone competition in 2008.

Admission: 
Free

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