Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014 6:00p -
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
Date Idea, Music
The courtyard of the Central Library in Copley Square, one of Boston's most beautiful spaces, will be filled with music during these free, one-hour concerts throughout the summer. The courtyard will host music that ranges from jazz to classical and from world to folk.
In 2014, the concert season will take place on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. These concerts are sponsored by the Boston Public Library Foundation.
In inclement weather, concerts will be moved inside to Rabb Lecture Hall (June) or the Commonwealth Salon (July, August).
Wednesday, June 18: The Western Den
Formed in February 2013 and driven by a shared passion to create music with purpose, the Western Den is the collaborative work of Deni Hlavinka and Chris West, who blend folk harmonies with ambient textures to produce a sound all their own. The duo released their debut EP Battle Hymns in May 2013 and opened for Melissa Ferrick on the northeastern leg of her national tour that summer. The Western Den is currently based in Boston and working on their full-length album.
Wednesday, June 25: 3 Sudacas
3 Sudacas is made up of three students at Berklee College of Music from Venezuela, Brazil, and Columbia. They perform both traditional and unique compositions arranged for voice, percussion, mandolin, guitar, and bass. They performed at the 2014 Latin Grammys with Alejandro Sanz.
Wednesday, July 2: Kendall Ramseur
Kendall Ramseur is a singer-songwriter, composer, and cellist from Charlotte, North Carolina, and a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While at UNCSA, he performed the first movement of Edouard Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D minor on WDAV in 2007 and accompanied Ethan Stiefel, principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, in Tchaikovsky’s Pas de Deux from Swan Lake in 2008. Rasmeur also played his original cello composition “How Far I’ve Come” for Dr. Maya Angelou’s eightieth birthday. He received his Masters of Music in cello performance from Boston University. He enjoys fusing the sounds of different genres with classical elements learned through conservatory training. Ramseur received sponsorship for his first album of original works, T.I.M.E., which was released in April 2013.
Wednesday, July 9: Cruzamente Quintet
Cruzamente Quintet is a Boston-based, all-female band led by lead singer Maria Neves, who hails from the island of Sao Vincente and has performed and recorded with other major Cape Verdean artists for over twenty years. The group’s latest release Cruzamente features strong vocals, traditional grooves, and a rich Cape Verdean texture. “Cruzamente” means “crossroads,” reflecting not only the band’s variety of musical styles from Cape Verde but also the members’ diverse nationalities (including Cape Verde, Japan, Israel, and France) and musical backgrounds. They perform at festivals, clubs, community gatherings, restaurants, and private events throughout Boston. Cruzamente brings a fresh sound to both original and contemporary Cape Verdean music, infusing styles of jazz and Latin music into their catchy grooves.
Wednesday, July 16: Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble
The Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble presents diverse and engaging programs from the chamber music repertoire for wind and string instruments. Described by Joseph Mauro of the Biddeford Journal Tribune as "superb musical masters of their instruments," the Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble has performed concerts throughout New England, including at the Ogunquit Chamber Music Festival and First Night Boston. Ensemble members maintain rigorous schedules as soloists, orchestral members, chamber music collaborators, and teachers. The musicians trained at several of the nation’s top music schools and conservatories, and each member of the Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble brings a high level of musical artistry to the group. The ensemble takes its name from Bonnie Cochran's composition “Amaryllis,” the first piece ever performed by the Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble. The group performs works designed to inspire and challenge the audience, including music from the standard repertoire as well as high-quality works from lesser known composers of the past and emerging contemporary composers.
Wednesday, July 23: Patrick Coman
Patrick Coman merges blues from his native Oklahoma with the poetry of traditional New England folk music found in his adopted home of Boston. In addition to performing, Coman hosts the popular “For the Sake of the Song” concert series, which brings together top songwriters to collaborate in performing songs by their biggest influences alongside their own original work. He also produces and hosts the weekly Local Folk radio show on WUMB (Boston’s NPR music station) and is a board member of the New England Americana Festival. Sponsored in partnership with For the Sake of the Song.
Wednesday, July 30: Susan Cattaneo
Susan Cattaneo grew up in suburban New Jersey singing with her parents and three siblings. After graduating from Pomona College in California with a degree in English literature and creative writing, she obtained a songwriting degree from Berklee College of Music, where she has been a songwriting professor for 13 years. Cattaneo has written songs covered by numerous artists in Nashville, and her tunes helped launch the careers of Jillian Cardanelli and Erica Nicole. She has released three albums of pop-country music: Brave and Wild in 2009, Heaven to Heartache in 2011, and Little Blue Sky in 2012. She blends country, rock, and soul with blues and folk, reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Sponsored in partnership with For the Sake of the Song.
Wednesday, August 6: Darlingside
Darlingside is a Massachusetts-based indie folk quartet, made up of four singers with distinct voices. Their tightly arranged tunes draw from the unexpected, featuring strains of bluegrass, classical, and barbershop. Accompanied by an arsenal of classical strings, guitars, mandolin and percussion, the members swap instruments from song to song.
Wednesday, August 13: Caitlin Canty
A Vermont native and New York City transplant, Caitlin Canty is working on an unreleased album produced by Jeffrey Foucault. The singer-songwriter travels around the country performing her soulful songs with an old Recording King guitar and her husky alto. Members of Cold Satellite, Darlingside, Rusty Belle, and Session Americana have joined Canty on the road and on her records.
Wednesday, August 20: Fernando Holz Band
A singer-songwriter from Brazil, Fernando Holz’s voice is poignant and playful, and his songs come from the soul. He recorded with Paulo Braga and Romero Lubambo (one of the most sought-after Brazilian guitarists in America and Brazil) on his 2004 album My Nude Soul as well as with the legendary Brazilian singer Leny Andrade in 1996. The Fernando Holz band has played together for six years and is comprised of veterans of the Boston jazz and world music scene, including Molly Flannery on keyboards and piano, Jon Simmons on trombone, Steve Rose on drums, and Jason Davis on bass.
Wednesday, August 27: The Ron Murphy Band
Ron Murphy is a singer, performer, producer, and actor. With his low baritone vocals, he sings the blues, jazz, and gospel with power. Though Ron writes much of his own music, he is probably best known for his interpretation of jazz standards from Ellington to Gershwin and everyone in between. For this performance, he’ll be backed by piano, bass, and drums and will draw on his repertory of tunes by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Joe Williams, and Billy Eckstine. Presented in partnership with JazzBoston.