Looking for some killer tunes to listen to as you and your friends celebrate Galentine’s Day tomorrow? Search no longer, as the BIRN has just what you’re looking for*! Tomorrow night we’ll be streaming the live performance of singer-songwriter Christa Gniadeck on our BIRNCore Channel at 8:00 PM. Matt Sucich and Arielle Vakni will be opening the show.
At 24 years old, Christa Gniadek has already made quite an impact on the Boston singer-songwriter scene. In addition to graduating from Berklee in 2012, she’s released two self-produced, full-length albums and hosted her own singer-songwriter showcase at the Middle East Nightclub. She’s been described as having, “…velvety vocals like that of Norah Jones, but with the folk-pop elements of Anna Nalick and the quirky poeticism of Ingrid Michaelson.”
This is all going down at 8:00 PM tomorrow, so get your gal pals together and enjoy each other’s company with the accompaniment of great music.
*Does not include perfect gift for your special someone. You’re on your own for that one.
Looking for a live music experience but can’t afford to dish out any money for tickets? If so, the BIRN has just the cure. This Friday we’ll be broadcasting the live performance from Café 939 of indie artist Mirah. Opening up the show will be Julia Easterlin.
Mirah has been a staple in the Northwest Indie scene ever since she released her debut EP Storageland in 1997. Since then she has continued to captivate her listeners with edgy, progressive, and original songwriting paired with fearless production. Her music comes from a variety of influences, such as the jazzy swing of “Words Cannot Describe” or the hip-hop, autotuned pop of “Low Self Control.” No matter where she’s getting her inspiration, her soothing voice and heartfelt lyrics are what have given her so much staying power in the music industry.
The show’s going down this Friday at 8:00, and you can find the stream on our BIRNCore channel. As for your money situation, that’s a problem you’ll have to deal with on your own.
Fearless. Innovative. Powerful. Upon first listen these are the first three words the music of Club d’Elf evokes, and their new album, Fire In The Brain, does just that. Recorded live at Café 939 in July of 2012, the BIRN is proud to release this incredible new album on our BIRNCore label.
As any Berklee student knows, every student and faculty member has their own projects they claim are completely “original” or “game-changing.” Then there are the inevitable listening sessions with friends where one is subjected to everything from Asian Heavy Metal Hip-Hop to Israeli Funk-Fusion. By the time I reached my senior year, I thought I had heard it all. Then I listened to Fire In The Brain, and I was exposed to something the likes of which I had never heard before. The uniqueness of the instrumentation, the combination of different musical styles, and the energy and quality of the performance make this album a tour de force that doesn’t care if the listener likes it as long as he or she acknowledges its creative persistence.
Club d’Elf was founded in 1998 by frontman, bassist, and composer Mike Rivard. Since then the band has never stopped being daring in its live performances. The band doesn’t have a set line-up for every show; on the contrary, the guests that come and go with each concert is what makes the music truly original every time it’s played. Past guests have included John Medeski & Billy Martin (MMW), DJ Logic, Marc Ribot, Skerik, and Marco Benevento among others. For this particular album, Rivard stayed close to home and got some of the best Berklee faculty the school has to offer. Along with Rivard on bass, sintir, and bass kilimba, the rhythm section is completed by Dean Johnston on drums and electronic percussion, Alain Mallet on keys and melodica, and Mister Rourke on turntables. Rounding out the line up are Randy Roos on guitar and avant-garde slide master Dave Tronzo. Just the idea of combining those instruments in a live setting seems risible to the everyday listener, but it’s this iconoclastic view that makes Club d’Elf’s sound rise to the top of the fusion scene.
With such a variety of instruments, sounds, and personal backgrounds coming together, multiple genres can be picked out of the bands distinctive sound. Rivard describes the bands influences as such:
The music draws from a startlingly wide spectrum of styles, including jazz, hip hop, electronica, prog-rock and dub, with the band exploring mash-ups of these diverse musical universes before the term was even in use. A Squarepusher-styled drum’n’bass groove may give way to a traditional North Indian tabla interlude, in turn dissolving into some Miles “Live Evil” type electric mayhem.
Every song on the album is a painting, with each different influence adding color and variety to create a product greater than the sum of its parts. The guitar-driven jam “Nemotodes” sounds like The Allman Brothers jamming with traditional Moroccan musicians, where as “Big Light In the Sky” is straight-up Headhunters style funk with the added tinge of Pink Floyd-esque sampling courtsty of Mister Rourke. One must note, however, that no matter how strong the influence on a particular track, the sound is never derivative and always original.
Just because Club d’Elf’s music is different and sophisticated compared to some of the other live acts around does not mean that this is “sit down in your living room with a cup of tea and analyze every note” music. The energy of the performers on stage elicits the same reaction from the audience, forming an inter-personal relationship and vulnerability with the crowd that is seldom seen at other shows of the same genre. After speaking personally with members of the band, some of them didn’t even realize the show that became Fire In the Brain was being recorded. That means that everything that happened on stage - every success, every mistake, every tightrope walking moment of risk and reward - was the same product that is delivered every show by this amazing collective of musicians. This is a band that thrives on the integrity of live performance, never predictable, but always honest. Engineer Ryan Walsh did an amazing job taming the beast that is the Club d’Elf sound, making every timbre, every level, and every emotion crystal clear. This gives the listener the feeling of not only communicating with the band but also experiencing the zeitgeist of the crowd itself.
The BIRN couldn’t be more excited to work with the great members of Club d’Elf, and we thank them for their participation. Be sure to check out the album on iTunes today!
Review by Bill Grady ‘14
Even though the Red Sox are out of town for Game 3, there’s still plenty of action going on in our great city. Gracing the stage at Café 939 tonight from Brooklyn is the incredible group San Fermin, and we’re lucky enough to be streaming their performance live on our BIRNCore channel at 8:00 PM tonight.
San Fermin is the brain-child of Yale music graduate Ellis Ludwig-Leone. After finishing his collegiate studies, he wrote and recorded the entire debut album in six weeks in a studio tucked away among the mountains of Canada. The album focuses on the great themes of life such as youth, love, excitement, and dread while still providing informed melodies and arrangements for the sophisticated listener.
The show starts tonight at 8:00 PM and is sure to be a riveting and unique performance. You can catch all the action live on our BIRNCore channel for the non-negotiable price of $0.00.
By Caleb Hsu (photo taken by Ece Muniroglu)
The Berklee Internet Radio Network celebrated the launch of their new live music independent record label, birnCORE Records this past Thursday, bringing two emerging artists to grace Café 939’s stage. The night was unpretentious and presumably intentionally so, having minimalistic stage setups with enough intimacy you’d expect from The Red Room.
Coco Jackson Lane (CJL) opened the night with animated lead singer Jess Harlen’s commanding vocals taking the room. Consisting of band members from Berklee, the Pacific, South East Asia, and Barcelona, the group instinctively delivered an honest and raw performance with compelling lyrics that demanded attention and focus. With minimalistic harmonic accompaniments, you focused on the emotive content of each of their songs. Though the band is relatively new to the performance stage, they make up for potential rookie inexperience with infectious music with rhythmical feels that set them apart from contending openers just getting their feet wet in the live show pool. CJL upholds a tight unity on stage while maintaining a fun, lively atmosphere. They had the free-spirited folks of the room on their feet swaying their worries away from the day to funk grooves propelled by strong bass lines.
Originally from California (now based in Manchester, UK), Jesca Hoop continued the night with a mellow and velvety personality, mentioning this show was her first headlining show in Boston. Though there was quite a significant jump in style and overall stage persona from the first act to Jesca’s performance, the striking contrast was welcomed. She called her set the “the sunrise set” after “partying hard” with the opening act. Beginning with an “ethereal rumination” on the subject of homelessness and poverty, Jesca had a dark warmth to her voice that matched her lyricism, simultaneously being uplifting and haunting.
Jesca has a quality of singing that becomes conversational with a feeling of restrained effervescence. She writes poetic lyrical content where words become images that convey pictorial landscapes and create aural sceneries. There’s a level of playful mischief and precociousness in her songs. Jesca also mentioned that she released demons during her writing process, coming from a religious background, saying “it’s about the conversation you start.” You sense juxtaposition between her youthful innocence and the maturity of her onstage performance. Overall, Jesca has a beautiful voice that flutters effortlessly through all registers and captures an unparalleled conviction.
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Captured in the state-of-the-art studio facilities at the Berklee College of Music, these releases will be priced to benefit the most important stop in the music industry supply chain: the consumer. If you are a fan of the artist or band, you will love their birnCORE release. For more information please contact:
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