The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) once again partners with the world-renowned Berklee College of Music to present HarborWalk Sounds, a popular series of free summer concerts on the Boston waterfront. Berklee College of Music boasts some of the most talented students, alumni, and faculty at work in music today and there's no better time or place to hear them than a summer evening at the ICA. Enjoy the best of both institutions with HarborWalk Sounds, featuring rising stars in jazz, world, pop, folks and more. Relax on the harbor at the Putnam Investments Plaza (100 Northern Ave., Boston) with a refreshing drink from the Water Café and hot sounds from the coolest music school around. Performances take place 6 - 8:30 p.m.
The ICA galleries are also open, and always free on ICA Free Thursday Nights from 5 - 9 p.m., so it's the perfect opportunity to experience the work of graffiti artist Barry McGee, on view at the ICA through Sept. 2.
Wambura Mitaru Synergy
Led by Kenyan vocalist Wambura Mitaru, with South African guitarist Sebastian Reunert and Egyptian percussionist Moez Dawad, this group of friends has a deep grasp of their African roots. With their various regional backgrounds and their vast experiences in world music, Wambura Mitaru Synergy creates a hybrid sound that combines groovy tunes and catchy lyrics.
Avalanche + The Dwells
Heavily influenced by noise, pop, and old-time, We Avalanche sounds like your favorite band forgot how to play their instruments. The Dwells were born on the Fourth of July. Paige Califano and Matthew Bean are a vocal swirl, drenched in memorable lyrics and infectious songwriting.
Family Photo takes complex vocal harmonies and arrangements and weaves them into popular song structures. The group seamlessly glides between genres, incorporating musical styles from jazz and pop to the more obscure corners of rock and neoclassicism. They tie it all together into an energetic performance, creating a sound that speaks to the band's relentless search of uncharted, sonic territory.
Palestinian-born Ali Amr takes a journey into an exotic blend of original jazz with a modern Middle Eastern vibe, influenced by touches of flamenco to bring a flair for the unexpected. He gives a mesmerizing performance of vocals and qanun, backed by keys, bass, and percussion.
Daniel Kuark is a folk/indie singer-songwriter from Southern California. With a mixture of influences ranging from electronic and folk music, he has been able to create a new atmosphere for his audiences while conveying honesty and talent. Some of his influences are Tallest Man on Earth, Damien Rice, and Motopony.
Cocoa Jackson Lane combines gritty soul with roots and reggae. Hailing from the Pacific, South East Asia, and Barcelona, this eclectic outfit instinctively delivers an honest and raw performance. Fronted by the vivacious Jess Harlen and directed by bassist Camilla Charlesworth, Cocoa Jackson Lane seamlessly ranges from heart-wrenching delicacy to hard-hitting dancehall.
The Christian Li Group plays with a dynamism that breaks down intricate structures into free-floating energy. Compositions are written for and informed by each member of the group. Their idiosyncrasies and diverse backgrounds feed a music that exists for and because of those who experience it.
+ Lillia Betz and Gossamer
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, and now living in Boston, Sırma is influenced by her multicultural background to strive for collaboration and connection. Constantly exploring her sound, Sırma has experience in production, arranging, and songwriting on top of her solo work. She recently released her debut solo EP, Traces. Electronic artists Lillia Betz and Gossamer will be performing an improvised set, using software programming and audio hardware.
In the event of inclement weather, Harborwalk Sounds will move indoors.
Harborwalk Sounds is generously supported by Converse
With support from Karen and Brian Conway.