Berklee students perform in Helsinki and St. Petersburg as part of the Close Encounters Festival.
The Samantha Schultz Trio, composed of current Berklee students Samantha Schultz (vocals/guitar), Trey Macias (hand percussion), and Alexander Toth (bass) will be performing at venues in Helsinki, Finland and St. Petersburg, Russia as part of the Close Encounters festival the week of January 30. This opportunity is in collaboration with bands from the Berklee International Network partners the Pop & Jazz Conservatory, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences - Degree Program in Pop and Jazz Music, and Music Academy International, as well as institutions elsewhere in Helsinki and St. Petersburg.
Close Encounters Helsinki & St. Petersburg is a new music festival that offers a multicultural venue for ambitious young musicians and their fresh ideas—breaking boundaries between musical genres and nations. The festival takes place simultaneously at prominent venues in Helsinki and St. Petersburg with participants from Finland, Russia, the United States, France, Canada, and Germany. Close Encounters is a statement against strict borders both in music and in life, gathering people and music together in an open, creative environment.
In addition to their own shows the musicians will create new music together in international groups during the festival, with performances on Thursday and Friday. The festival program is as diverse as its participants and includes gypsy jazz, experimental electronica, melancholic rock, folk-pop, singer-songwriter material, soul, and R&B.
The whole program, time tables, and information on the performers and venues can be found at closeencounters.fi/en/festival.