THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON AND BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC PRESENT
Harborwalk Sounds: Free, Cool Ways to Spend Hot Summer Nights
Thursdays, July 7 - September 8
(BOSTON -- June 8, 2011) The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) once again partners with the world renowned Berklee College of Music to present HarborWalk Sounds, a wildly popular series of free summer concerts on the Boston waterfront. Showcasing some of the best new talent Berklee has to offer, HarborWalk Sounds takes place on the ICA’s stunning Putnam Investments Plaza (100 Northern Ave, Boston) from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on ICA Free Thursday Nights through the summer. Relax on the harbor with a delicious drink from the ICA Water Café and hot sounds from the coolest music school around.
The ICA galleries are also open, so it’s the perfect opportunity to experience the “magic” (Boston Globe) of hit exhibition The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl. Catherine Opie’s mesmerizing photographs of American landscapes and communities are also on view this summer. (Both exhibitions are on view through Sept. 5.)
July 7: Tubby Love & Eric Robertson (reggae/roots) http://www.myspace.com/tu33ylove
Tubby Love and Eric Robertson come from very different musical roots grown in the same soul. The idea of a collaboration stemmed from their mutual appreciation for good songs without regard to style or genre. The young duo has teamed up to create a fresh breed of earthy acoustic sounds.
July 14: il abanico (indie pop) http://ilabanico.bandcamp.com/
il abanico is a native Colombian duo, formed in 2010 by Juliana Ronderos (vocals) and Nicolás Losada (guitar). With extremely different tastes in music and similar personalities, they started writing songs and experimenting with new sounds and compositions.
July 21: Sons of Daughters (improvisational jazz) http://sonsofdaughters.bandcamp.com/
Sons of Daughters features Berklee alumni Devin Drobka and Aaron Darrell as well as New School for Jazz alumnus and John Coltrane Foundation scholarship winner Patrick Breiner.
July 28: Emily Elbert (folk/pop) http://emilyelbert.com/
Raised in Texas on a musical diet of Antonio Carlos Jobim, James Taylor, and '60s radio, Emilyn Elbert fell in love with guitar when she was 15. Three years later, she released her first album of original music. Now 22, Elbert has played over 350 shows internationally. Glamour magazine recently named her one of the Top Ten College Women of 2010, and her second album, Proof, was released in September. It features Elbert at her best, with strong melodies, straight-to-theheart vocals, and intricate guitar work.
August 4: Will Wells and Dynamic Sound
Wells was born and raised in Sicklerville, New Jersey, just across the water from Philadelphia. He discovered his passion for songwriting and composition early in his high school years, and that same passion was set on fire when he came to the Berklee Five-Week Summer Program in 2005. After graduating high school, Wells entered Berklee for full-time study in the fall of 2007. He has since emerged as a songwriter, composer, arranger, engineer, and musician and has had the opportunity to work with such renowned artists as John Mayer, Wyclef Jean, Bobby McFerrin, and Patrice Rushen.
August 11: Kiesza (pop/electro) http://www.myspace.com/kiesza
Kiesza is a Canadian pop singer and songwriter, based out of New York and Boston. She was a former tall ship sailer and prospective sniper in the Canadian military, as well as a contestant in Miss Universe-Canada before discovering her talent for writing and performing commercial pop music. She has recently played a concert in Trafalgar Square, London, England, for an audience of nearly 30,000 people and was featured in Virgin Mobiles 2010 USA Music Festival.
August 18: Julia Easterlin (alternative/electro) http://www.juliaeasterlin.com/
Julia Easterlin is a vocalist, songwriter, and performer from Augusta, Georgia. Her talents have been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensembles, DownBeat, the John Lennon Foundation, and the New York Songwriters Circle.
August 25: Grace Kelly (jazz) http://www.gracekellymusic.com/
Saxophonist, vocalist, composer, lyricist, and arranger Grace Kelly received a full scholarship to Berklee and started college at the age of 16. She has already performed over 500 concerts as a leader all around the world. Trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center artistic director Wynton Marsalis was so impressed with Kelly's three-night stand as guest of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in November that he invited her to join the ensemble at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day/Inauguration Eve
September 1: Sierra Hull & Highway 111 (bluegrass) http://www.sierrahull.com/
A native of Tennessee, Sierra Hull became well known in bluegrass circles for her skill on guitar and mandolin at age 8, performing on the Grand Ole Opry with Alison Krauss when she was just 11. As a teenager, she joined the Great High Mountain tour with Krauss, Ralph Stanley, and others. At 16 she released her debut album, Secrets, coproduced by Ron Block of Alison Krauss and Union Station. Her follow up, Daybreak, was coproduced by Barry Bales. She's a recipient of Berklee's presidential scholarship and has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the National Prayer Breakfast.
September 8: Mark Whitfield Jr. Quartet (jazz) http://www.myspace.com/markwhitfieldjr
Mark Whitfield Jr. is a member of the inaugural class of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. He is also a member of the Roy Guzman Quintet, which played at the Newport, Duke Ellington, and Monterey jazz festivals representing Berklee. The son of two musicians, he made his first concert appearance at the age of 2, and by age 4 he appeared with his father's quartet on the Good Morning America 1994 Thanksgiving Day broadcast.
About the ICA
An influential forum for multi-disciplinary arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art has been at the leading edge of art in Boston for 75 years. Like its iconic building on Boston's waterfront, the ICA offers new ways of engaging with the world around us. Its exhibitions and programs provide access to contemporary art, artists, and the creative process, inviting audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the excitement of new art and ideas. The ICA, located at 100 Northern Avenue, is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. —5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. —9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. —5 p.m. Admission is $15 adults, $13 seniors and $10 students, and free for members and children 17 and under. ICA Free Admission for Youth is sponsored by State Street Foundation. Free admission on ICA Free Thursday Nights, 5—9 p.m. Free admission for families at ICA Play Dates (2 adults + children 12 and under) on the last Saturday of the month. For more information, call 617-478-3100 or visit our Web site at www.icaboston.org.