Berklee Summer in the CityRed Oblivion

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Sunday / August 5, 2012 / 12:30 p.m.
Grant Park
55 North Michigan Avenue
United States
Red Oblivion

Red Oblivion is the latest group to break out of Berklee. All four members have come from around the world to study here. Say hello to Eden, Emma, Zach, and Carson. Together they are Red Oblivion and will take the stage at this year's Lollapalooza festival.

Eden Rayz started playing cello at age 4, and by 14 she was performing in Cleveland's Contemporary Youth Orchestra, recording a live album/DVD with the multiplatinum band Styx. Soon after, her string arrangements of rock songs were published professionally. Rayz earned a scholarship to Berklee, where she once again stood out and was recruited to arrange and perform for Vinnie Ferra and record for Wyclef Jean. Recently Rayz was commissioned to compose for professional chamber ensembles, most recently the Almeda Trio in Cleveland, Ohio. The first movement of her Piano Trio was premiered on Winter Solstice of 2010 in the Cleveland Observatory and was written to include algorithms expressing the astronomical ratios of stars.

Emma Torres is an American who was raised in Mexico City and Madrid, Spain. When she was 12 she turned to the guitar to express her feelings of not being from anywhere. By age 16, she was performing on the Vans Warped Tour, touring Mexico with her punk metal band. At 18 she entered Berklee, as a guitar principal, conquering her instrument and mastering genres beyond her love of rock and metal. A recent Berklee graduate, Torres realized that she wanted to, once again, grace the stage with her guitar.

Zach Adams was born in Queens, New York and was introduced to punk music by his grandmother, who made T-shirts for the Ramones. Zach eventually moved to Las Vegas where he began his career fronting many local rock and punk bands. It was the summer of 2008, and Adams entered the Five-Week Summer Performance Program at Berklee. His talent stood out and he was awarded a scholarship to the college, which he accepted after graduating high school in 2009.

Carson Groenewold—named after his birthplace, Carson City, Nevada—rounds out and pounds out Red Oblivion, with his classically trained drumming. His family moved from Nevada to Maryland, where Groenewold was raised in a log cabin. After middle school, he enrolled in a Catholic high school, because it was the only school in the area with a full-time drum teacher. Winner of a performance award at Fiestaval in Virginia Beach, he eventually applied to the only college he wanted to attend, Berklee College of Music.