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Berklee College of Music/Boston Conservatory at Berklee Brass Program Jam Session Live from The Red Room

Tune in on this Wednesday, June 27 at 8:15 p.m. EDT to birnCORE for a live broadcast from the Red Room @ Cafe 939 featuring the brass program of Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

The brass program will present a faculty concert with a brass program jam session to follow.

Listen here to join the live broadcast on birnCORE!

 

Special BIRN Alive featuring Jas Kayser & Chums

Tune in to BIRN1 on Sunday, July 1, at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a live performance and interview with Jas Kayser & Chums.

Jas is a soon-to-be-graduated Berklee student who is active in Boston, New York, and London. She has played with a variety of musicians, from Jacques Schwartz-Bart to Donald Harrison, at venues such as Rockwood Music Hall and Scullers Jazz Club. Jas performed at the 2018 Panama Jazz Festival with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute sextet, and at the 2018 Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival with the Ethan Santos Quintet. She is currently preparing to perform and teach at the Newport Jazz Festival Summer Camp.

This summer, Jas & Chums will release the single “Stupid on the Beat” feat. Niu Raza. The project, called “Jafro Beat,” explores the common ground between progressive jazz and soulful, Afro-beat led rhythms.

Listen to the live session and interview HERE.

Dom Jones Performance on BIRN Alive

Alumna singer-songwriter, poet, and MC Dom Jones stopped by the studios on June 30 for a performance and interview on BIRN Alive.

Originally from California, Jones is also an author, orator, and vocal producer in the R&B, soul and hip-hop genres. She also does spoken word and inspirational speaking.

BIRN Alive is home to great live performances and insightful conversation every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

Ciaran Lavery and Alex2e Live from The Red Room

Tune in to birnCORE this Saturday, June 23, at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a live broadcast from the Red Room at Cafe 939 featuring Ciaran Lavery and Alex2e.

Ciaran Lavery is a singer-songwriter from Aghagallon in County Antrim, Ireland. He is highly acclaimed for his poetic, heart-stopping lyrics. Lavery also won the Northern Ireland Music Prize for his album “Let Bad In,” which was released in 2016. Continue reading “Ciaran Lavery and Alex2e Live from The Red Room”

Ciaran Lavery Performance on BIRN Alive

Ciaran Lavery, a singer-songwriter from Aghagallon in County Antrim, Ireland, performed on BIRN Alive on June 23 before hitting the Red Room at Cafe 939 that night.

Lavery writes poetic, heart-stopping lyrics and has up to 80 million streams on Spotify in just a five-year solo career so far. Lavery also won the Northern Ireland Music Prize for his album Let Bad In, which was released in 2016.

BIRN Alive is home to great live performances and insightful conversation every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

Elise LeGrow and Ben Aler Live from The Red Room

Tune in to birnCORE on Wednesday, June 20, at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a live broadcast from the Red Room at Cafe 939 featuring Elise LeGrow and Ben Aler.

Elise LeGrow is a Canadian powerhouse who melds fiery passion and sophistication with just a hint of sandpapery grit in a voice that could only belong to a star. She started singing when she started speaking and was working through the American songbook by the time she was a teen. Continue reading “Elise LeGrow and Ben Aler Live from The Red Room”

Show Review: Sam Tsui at the Red Room

by Allie Kersten

Sam Tsui brought the house down on Wednesday, June 6, at the Red Room at Cafe 939. His show in Boston was the second-to-last of his East Coast tour. It was obvious that his voice was tired and worn out, but he put his all into the show and it was unforgettable. His charisma and passion were not only showing from his performance, but his band’s as well.

Sam began sharing his love of music through YouTube from his dorm room in 2011. That love only grew, and people noticed. It didn’t take long for Sam to develop a loyal and loving fan base of viewers that supported him in all he did. While his show at Red Room was small and intimate, you could tell how devoted every audience member was to him and his goals.

Continue reading “Show Review: Sam Tsui at the Red Room”

The Rare Occasions and More Live from The Red Room

Tune in to birnCORE on Thursday, June 21, at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a live broadcast from the Red Room at Cafe 939 featuring The Rare Occasions, Colbis the Creature, and RVRCT.

The Rare Occasions are a Los Angeles-based retro band influenced by garage rock music. They mesh angular guitar riffs with indie pop melodies. This variability and depth of styles, layered with lyrical themes of existentialism and self-reflection, are what both define the Rare Occasions and set them apart.

Colbis the Creature is an indie rock/pop band from Boston.

RVRCT (Rivercat) is a Boston based dream pop-psychedelic band formed at Berklee.  Its self-titled debut record was released in 2017, and the band is currently working on a follow-up album, Agave.

Listen here to join the live broadcast on birnCORE.

David Keenan and Grace Givertz Live from The Red Room

Tune in to birnCORE on Thursday, June 14, at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a live broadcast from the Red Room at Cafe 939 featuring David Keenan and Grace Givertz.

David Keenan is an Irish songwriter, “who uses his lyrics to paint pictures with words on canvases of silence, curating a body of work which is steeped in the poetic tradition of old but delivered in such a way that is entirely his own.” He is currently on a tour of the East Coast. His live shows have been described as visceral and spiritual. Keenan is an artist who advocates expression through all forms possible.

Grace Givertz is an indie-folk, singer-songwriter based in Boston. She released an EP last year titled The Light, where she shows off her powerful vocals as well as her skills on guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, and foot tambourine. Givertz is “a massive tour-de-force musician… the only real option is to smile at how much she packs into a tiny punch of a song.”

Listen here to join the live broadcast on birnCORE.

Ruby’s Prime Slices of the Last Few Weeks

Hello loyal readers. It’s been a while since I’ve done a prime slice with summer recess and all, so I’m going to do my best to fill you in on what you may have been missing.

The Arkadian – The Arkadian – EP (Video Game Rock)

This one comes from a BIRN alumnus, Jon O’Neal. If you listen to heavy metal and think, “yeah cool but it needs more video game references”, this is the album for you. There are no shortage of riffs and licks on this 4 song EP, which touches on everything from Mario Kart to the Atari game system.

Kadhja Bonet Childqueen (Experimental R&B)

Childqueen is an album that is cinematic and virtuosic, but stays away from showing off. Despite the experimental production and lush instrumentation, the focus is on Kadhja’s unique songwriting and artistic voice. Continue reading “Ruby’s Prime Slices of the Last Few Weeks”