Berklee Debuts New Music Video Series, Two Track
This September, Berklee College of Music launches Two Track, a new music video series designed for Berklee’s YouTube channel. The videos feature Berklee student artists in an intimate setting with only one microphone and continuous camera takes. The series debuts on Wednesday, September 8, and will run every Wednesday throughout the fall semester at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Each recording session will revolve around a single theme, expressed by the artist either through their track selection or in a short storytelling segment that will be recorded as part of the performance. In September the theme is “connection”; October’s theme will be “transformation.” These sessions will showcase the raw talent of Berklee artists, and they create community around common themes and shared experiences.
“After the success of our #BerkleeAnywhere virtual concert series—which featured more than 75 artists and had hundreds of thousands of views—we knew there was an audience for this type of content,” says Jeannie Greeley, series coproducer. “Our new series Two Track will take that to the next level, as we’re now able to feature artists live, in-studio and with the professional production of our team, while maintaining that intimate performance style that audiences loved.”
Opening the Two Track series on September 8 is Philadelphia singer-songwriter and poet Zami, who will perform her original song “Thank You" and Lianne La Havas’s "They Could Be Wrong." A classically trained vocalist, Zami spent many years singing in a choir before developing a passion for writing songs. Inspired by singer-songwriters with a soulful edge, such as Lianne La Havas, Sara Bareilles, and Corinne Bailey Rae, the songwriting major is writing and producing a solo project that is slated to be released this fall.
The acoustic duo Bookmatch, made up of G Rockwell and Micah Nicol, take over the Berklee virtual stage on Wednesday, September 15. The two will perform G Rockwell’s song “Beacon Street Time” and Chris Stapleton’s poignant love song “More of You.” Named after the practice of aligning two pieces of wood so that they look like mirror images of each other, Bookmatch's members describe their style as “musical alchemy that brings audiences in for a warm hug of an intertwining acoustic guitar soundscape.”
On September 22 musician and composer Rock Choi performs the original “Combo” and Eric Johnson’s instrumental classic “Cliffs of Dover.” The Seoul, South Korea, native found a passion for the sound of the electric guitar after discovering the music of the Beatles and AC/DC. At the age of 19, he released his first album and then began studying at the Seoul Institute of the Arts before enlisting in the Capital Defense Command army band for two years. Now living in the U.S. and majoring in guitar performance at Berklee, Choi continues working as a live performer and as a session guitarist, with one of his most recent sessions at the Bebop in Boston.
Wrapping up the month's performances on September 29 is the vocally powerful and soulful singer-songwriter Marlon Atari singing the classic 1961 song “Stand by Me,” made famous by Ben E. King. He will also perform the piano-driven ballad “A Little Bit Yours” from Canadian singer-songwriter JP Saxe, accompanied by Raven Moran on guitar. In addition to performing, the East Orange, New Jersey, native is also managing his first two artists, Nia Ashleigh and LÖFGREN, and is a consultant for two other artists—Asmé and Bri Joi. Atari is putting the finishing touches on a degree in music business/management and music production and engineering.