Growing up in Ecuador, Maria Usbeck was immersed in salsa, merengue, bachata, and Andean music, but was more attracted to German and American culture. She, eventually, moved to the United States, alone, at the age of 17, to attend art school. After five years of fronting the new-wave band Selebrities, and writing songs in English, she knew it was time to let her mother tongue speak. That impulse manifested itself in her debut solo album, Amparo, which reads like an exotic travel diary—music made by a perceptive explorer, tapping into the shared core of human expression.
PUBLIC came to be when John Vaughn (lead vocals and guitar) and Ben Lapps (drums and vocals) began writing songs in a basement. Soon after, Matt Alvarado (bass, synthesizer, and vocals) joined them. With its roots in classic rock and indie/pop, the band released its first EP, Red, in 2012, solidifying a strong fan base in its hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. They quick on the road, supporting acts such as Walk the Moon, Twenty One Pilots, and Young the Giant. PUBLIC also began playing major festivals such as Forecastle, Bunbury, CMJ, and SXSW. Continue reading “Public and usLights: Live from the Red Room at Cafe 939, Tuesday, Oct 31 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”
Born in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Basia Galaj entered the world of music at a very young age. Taking an interest in piano at the age of six, she began taking private lessons and continued her classical piano studies in Missio Musica after moving to Warsaw. Not long after this, she began studying voice. She moved to the US in 2011. By her senior year of high school, she became dually enrolled as a student of the California Baptist University, performing with the University choir and continuing her piano and vocal studies. Continue reading “This Week on BIRN Alive: Basia, Saturday, Oct 28 at 4:00 pm on birn1”
The songs on Oscar Acevedo’s latest album, A Toda Costa, were inspired by his personal experiences as a Berklee graduate, musician and teacher at Universidad de los Andes, in his native Colombia.
“Our intention, with this repertoire,” he explains, “was to return to the fusion sound characteristic of the 1980’s.” A key instrument needed to achieve this sound, is the electric guitar. Acevedo recorded the album under Continue reading “Oscar Acevedo: Live from the Red Room @ Cafe 939, Friday, Oct 27 at 8:00pm on birnCORE”
The Songwriting Department at Berklee presents an evening of hip-hop, highlighting the varied styles of this genre through performances from current students.
Students with an interest in musical theater will strut their stuff at this special event. It marks the first of three cabarets that will take place at Berklee this semester. Bring your friends and enjoy a night of musical theater!
Tune in to BIRNCore this Tuesday, October 24, for the Roots Roadshow: Live from the Red Room @ Cafe 939. Presented by the American Roots Music Program, Roots Roadshow explores and celebrates America’s rich musical heritage.
Each month, we present a variety show of student bands and ensembles performing styles such as country blues, old-time, bluegrass, new acoustic, Celtic, classic country, Western swing, and more. Whether it is a faculty-led Continue reading “Roots Roadshow: Live from the Red Room @ Cafe 939, Tuesday, Oct 24 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”
Tyler Childers sounds like the mountains. He has the musical sensibility of the lonesome, echoing, Eastern Kentucky hillsides, where he grew up, and a voice steeped in the grit of dirt roads. He embodies the stories he tells, from the top of his red head, down to his boots. It’s exhilarating to witness an artist, fully and genuinely living his truth, and doing it so beautifully. Continue reading “Tyler Childers & William Matheny: Live from the Red Room @ Cafe 939, Friday, Oct 20 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”
Great original songs are critical to the success of a solo artist or band. The Berklee Original Band Showcase features five Berklee bands playing 30-minute sets of original music in various genres. Presented by the Berklee Songwriting Department.
Inspired by the love relationship between novelists Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, Philadelphia’s Vita and the Woolf released their long-awaited new album, Tunnels on June 16 on Believe Global Label Services. The project was mixed by James Chapman (of Maps ) and has received widespread critical acclaim, among others finding a fan in M83 who wrote about them for USA Today as well as being dubbed a “Band You Need To See” by Billboard. A dynamic and cerebral collection of soulful pop, the album touches on power dynamics in relationships and society as well as sexual discovery and empowerment. Continue reading “Vita and the Woolf and Queen of Jeans: Live from Cafe 939, Wednesday, Oct 18 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”