Click here to get a taste of all the great bands playing at Berklee’s all-ages SXSW party on Friday, March 15, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Brush Square Park (East Tent), 409 East 5th Street (Neches and 5th), Austin, Texas.
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Vocalist Farah Siraj grew up in Amman, Jordan and Spain. At Berklee her studies in world music led her to combine her loves of Middle Eastern modes, flamenco singing, and bossa nova grooves into something new and mesmerizing.
Sung in Jordanian Arabic over a samba, and supported by Arabian instruments like the qanun and darbuka, “Min Ghairak” is a song of love and longing from a distance with a hope of being reunited.
The Fretless is a string quartet that plays fiddle tunes in a way that sounds anything but traditional. The 2012 Canadian Music Awards recognized their virtuosity and artistic cohesion with wins for both Ensemble of the Year and Instrumental Group of the Year.
Kazuyo Kuriya ‘10, Hinako Sato ’11, Sara Cristal Peña-Coffin ’11, Norika Terada ‘09, and Sue Buzzard ‘10—these five Berklee alumnae make up the world music supergroup Women of the World.
With members representing Japan, India, Italy, Haiti, Mexico, and the United States, Women of the World has performed at Carnegie Hall and Boston’s Symphony Hall, presented at TEDx Boston, and collaborated with the United Nations.
On September 23, 2012, they took the stage at the Blue Note in New York in support of their debut EP, Koloro, an Esperanto word meaning “color.”
Raised in the United Kingdom and Canada, Wilsen (formerly known as Tamsin) describes her music as influenced by the “warm folk sounds of Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, with a dash of Feist.” The Brooklyn-based songwriter is preparing to release her first album, Sirens.
According to longtime Boston Globe music critic Steve Morse, 2011 alumna Shea Rose is “that rare artist who can bridge diverse styles such as soul, funk, rock, rap, and jazz—and bring her unique stamp to each.”
Rose has won awards ranging from R&B/Soul/Urban Contemporary Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards to the SESAC Performance Activity award, and was even featured on Terri Lyne Carrington’s 2011 Grammy Award–winning jazz album The Mosaic Project. Rose was chosen by Queen Latifah to be the spokeswoman for CoverGirl’s 2010 Ignite Your Persona campaign and in 2012 she won the Red Bull Soundstage fan-driven contest to perform as part of the Universal/Red Bull showcase at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Shea Rose will be performing live at Berklee Summer in the City on Wednesday, July 18, at 5:45 p.m. on Children’s Wharf, 308 Congress Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts.
Since 2002, singer-songwriter Mark DeRose has been building his fan base by gigging relentlessly up and down the Eastern seaboard, recording four albums both as the Ernest Goodlife Band and as Mark DeRose and the Way Home. Their most recent, Carolina Smile, was released in 2011.
A musician and freelance graphic designer, this 2005 alumnus has played at clubs and colleges, opening for higher-education favorites like Blues Traveler, Michelle Branch, and Rusted Root.
DeRose’s song “All My Life” is both catchy and moving, and was penned in memory of his late father Martin, who passed away in 2002.
The songs of performer and educator Laura Vecchione ‘00 have placed in the Top 5 of the AMA chart and Roots Music Report, been quoted by Marvel Comics, and featured on television shows like Saving Grace and The Glades.
Her debut album Deeper Waters was quickly embraced by XM Radio, and her sophomore outing Girl in the Band was produced by multi-Grammy-winner Jim Scott.
In the run-up to the 2008 U.S. presidential election, she heard an anecdote about the influence of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson on Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have a Dream Speech,” and was inspired to write a song about the history of race relations in America, titled “Tell Them About the Dream.”