Celebrate Music – Arts Brookline 2017
Kindly sponsored by The Friends of the Brookline Library, Arts Brookline 2017, Brookline Commission for the Arts and the Brookline Interactive Group. Thank you!
The next Celebrate Music concert is scheduled for Saturday, March 18, 2-4pm in the Meeting Room at the Brookline Library Coolidge Corner.
Featuring Jamie Balmer, Commonwealth Consort and Usually 7
(Open Mics will also be scheduled throughout spring and summer.)
Community Open Mic Saturday, Feb 18
Community Open Mic Saturday, Jan 15
The first Community Open Mic of 2017.
Community Open Mic Saturday, Dec 3
Celebrate Music’s first community open mic!
SUMMER 2016 PAST PERFORMANCES OF THE COOLIDGE CORNER LIBRARY COFFEE HOUSE SERIES: with free concerts of
local musicians in The Meeting Room at the Coolidge Corner Library in Brookline. Concerts were presented on three Saturdays: June 25, July 9, and July 23. Performers included established and up-and-coming talent including Amir Siraj, Scott Card, Noah Sesling and company, Ryan Sweezey, RD King, Josie Lowder, Jack & Katie, Too Klez for Comfort, Hailey Magee, Carolyn Fahrner, and many others.
Here is a recap of the series:
Saturday, July 23
Stone Sisters Jazz
Stone Sisters Jazz, with Gretchen Stone, Berklee grad who
studied classical and jazz with major figures, and her sister
Trudy Stone on vocals, playing their own take on jazz legends
plus original material.
Adrian Zemor’s mission is to present the cello in a new
light and he does just that with original works
influenced by heavy metal, folk, rock, flemenco and
Adam Chedd, Marcus Dembinski and Spencer Brown
Brookline musicians Adam Chedd on bass, Marcus Dembinski
on percussion, accompanied by John Purcell of the Brookline
Music School perform their own arrangements of jazz standards
Too Klez for Comfort
Too Klez for Comfort, a local favorite, brings their high
energy klezmer sound to the Coolidge Corner Coffee
Sat July 9 featured the following acoustic singer/songwriters:
This Boston-based singer-songwriter has been performing his enigmatic acoustic pop/rock throughout the metro area – be there by 1:00 for this great kick-off performance!
Talented folk/rock singer/songwriter with a gorgeous voice and terrific guitar work- this is a great chance to hear this young musician.
Carolyn Brooke Fahrner
Local indie/folk singer/songwriter still in high school performs from her outstanding repertoire.
Folk singer/songwriter reminds us what can be expressed with a harmonica and guitar.
A growing presence in the musician management business performs her own compositions.
Jack & Katie
This singer/songwriter duo with Brookline roots brings their special style to the Coolidge Corner Coffeehouse – don’t miss it!
Saturday, June 25
Amir Siraj, a super talented young pianist with more awards and honors than seems possible at his age.
Amir Siraj is a Brookline High School student who has played at venues including Carnegie Hall and Boston’s Symphony Hall. A top prizewinner at local, national, and international competitions, Amir has performed with numerous regional orchestras and prestigious organizations including the Harvard Musical Association and the American Liszt Society. He has been the recipient of many prestigious prizes for his performances. In 2015, Amir was selected as one of twenty-four young pianists in the world to participate in the Cliburn International Junior Competition and Festival. Amir has generously performed for many organizations to bring music to hospitals, senior living communities and children’s museums. This past year, as an Arts Leader with From the Top in Boston, Amir organized a concert in partnership with Music For Food to raise funds for local hunger relief, raising enough funds to provide over 5,000 meals for community members in need.
Scott Card combines the power of jazz with the precision of classical music, along with the accessibility of folk and pop music for a captivating and energizing musical experience.
Building on studies of Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall while simultaneously playing JS Bach, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Leo Brouwer on classical guitar, Scott Card is creating a sound all his own.
Noah Sesling and Friends, classically trained chamber singers plus piano will round out duets, trios and solos from this wonderful young vocal group.
Talented chamber singers from Brookline High School bring a delightful performance to the Coffee House!
Josie Lowder, a dynamic singer songwriter with a powerful voice and great acoustic guitar licks.
Coming from a musical family but developing her very own sound, Josie Lowder delivers with a special combination of humor and humility, accessible emotion, and a beautiful musicality that leaves audiences with warmer hearts and happier souls.
SPRING 2016 PAST PERFORMANCES IN HUNNEMAN HALL
All performances were held at Hunneman Hall at the Brookline Public Library, and Brookline Interactive Group recorded audio and video of each performance. After recording each of these events, BIG staff are in the process of editing the footage, so it can be aired on its cable channel and uploaded to YouTube. Additionally, the digital file will be made available to performers.
Saturday, April 23
Tom Rubenoff & David Patrick
Tom Rubenoff on trombone and vocals and David Patrick on guitar will present their new album, “Notes from the Spirit”, original music rooted in jazz, blues and Latin music. Tom has been writing and performing poetry and music for about half a century. Since moving to Boston a few years after college, Tom has played jazz, swing, salsa, Sousa marches, blues, liturgical music, pop covers, Klezmer and music for theatrical productions, composing and arranging for a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles. Tom currently plays with the Klezmer band, Too Klez For Comfort, the cover band, Unclaimed Freight, the Shabbos band at Temple Ohabei Shalom, and he has been known to sit in with The Winiker Jazz Trio and the Tracy Clark trio from time to time.
This delightful group made up of fiddlers Jon Cannon and Abigale Reisman, both students of Lautari lmaster violinist Marin Bunea, bring a contemporary perspective to a full traditional repertoire alongside guitarist Sasha Kern and upright bassist Kirsten Lamb.
Saturday, May 7
Combining RNB, Funk, Jazz and Electric, Boston based Josie Lowder fills the room with awesome guitar playing and a bluesy voice.
Jack and Katie
Jack and Katie (a Brookline native) are an indie folk/rock duo based in Boston, MA. Their songs combine powerful, gritty vocals with intricate guitar picking.
Katie Solomon / Vocals
Jack Lewis / Guitar
Hailing from Boston, four-piece rock and roll band, Cruel Miracle, comes to ArtsBrookline. Classic rock with a sense of danger and romance, Cruel Miracle delivers rock and roll realness! Vocalist Sadie Vada, guitarist Sir-Ken Celli, bassist Charlie Black, and drummer Luis Castellanos offer a sound reminiscent of Guns & Roses, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors, with a fresh perspective.
Sadie Vada / Lead Vox
Sir-Ken Celli / Guitar, Vox
Charlie Black / Bass, Vox
Luis Castellanos / Drums
Thursday, June 2
Infectious melodies, killer voice, and outstanding guitar skills, Ryan Sweezey is on the move, delivering consistently excellent folk/rock at venues around Boston. A recent Northeastern grad, Ryan is getting noticed by aficionados and the press – catch him at Hunneman Hall while you can!
Boston-based composer and acoustic guitar virtuoso, R.D. King is coming to Hunneman Hall! King’s audiences describe his music as passionate, powerful, deeply memorable, and extraordinary. King draws inspiration from literature, philosophy, psychology, and meditation. He has been influenced by travel to diverse locales including Qatar, Greece, England, and the South Pacific. A graduate of Ithaca College School of Music, King performs at venues in New England and beyond.
Virtuoso slide guitarist Niles Elliot and Dylan Edmunds met and began collaborating in college at Berklee College of Music with Dylan’s brother, Conner, arriving at Berklee and joining the collaboration. The three of them began writing and rehearsing in search of a sound they could call their own. With specialties in slide guitar, sound design, midi programming, and pop production, TRY’s style is maturing into a hybrid indie rock and electronica. After a year of writing, rehearsing, and recording TRY is performing around Boston & New York. Come to Hunneman Hall to hear this young band deliver a fresh sound!
Saturday, June 11
Prateek Poddar is a singer-songwriter from Weston, Massachusetts who mixes country, blues, and folk to create his own sound.
Based at Music Makers Studio on Corey Hill, Usually Seven plays jazz standards and rarities from Duke Ellington to Herbie Hancock, Antonio Carlos Jobim to Bob Mintzer.
Dave Tomey, drums, Joel White, bass
Mrk Leccesea, trumpet, Gretchen Stone, piano
John Jewett, alto sax, Jim Guttman, tenor sax and baritone sax
Gerry Bluhm, guitar
Tracy Clark’s admirers include Ron Della Chiesa, “wonderful sound” and Bo Winiker, “great sense of rhythm and delivery…with pitch that is spot on”. Dream Farm Radio’s Julie Lavender, “Tracy’s voice is as warm as a pot bellied stove on a frosty winter’s night.” Regularly appearing at Scullers Jazz Club and Thelonious Monkfish with the Tracy Clark Trio, a band of accomplished musicians/Berklee faculty.