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Four graduating seniors and Crosswalk Anarchy!

This post has been authored by Andre Vasconcelos, writer of the Brazilian tab for the Blogs
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Crosswalk Anarchy: Evan Waaramaa, Songyi Jeon, Jamie Howell, Andre Vasconcelos and Scott Kapelman.

For almost 3 entire years now I have been the writer for the incredible Berklee Blogs website, the online international diary that the school created so that people from all over the world could read about the day to day activities and experiences of students from many different countries. As of this very moment, I am pleased to announce that I am graduated from Berklee College of Music. It has been an incredible 4 years filled with the most memorable memories and experiences I’ve ever had so far.

             Crosswalk Anarchy performing Pep Talk (by Waaramaa) live at the Record Company.

At this time I would like to share with our readers the project that I am part of that has me most excited and hopeful ever since I came to Boston, the group Crosswalk Anarchy. Being formed in early 2013, the group has been gaining notoriety in the Boston and New York musical scene. The music presents a unique and fresh mix between Jazz, Hip Hop and Fusion. Featuring a vocal instrument named Songyi Jeon, guitarist Andre Vasconcelos, drummer Jamie Howell, and bassist Scott Kapelman, the quintet powers through a repertoire consisting primarily of keyboardist Evan Waaramaa’s compositions. Four of the members of this quintet have graduated with the class of 2013, with Songyi Jeon being the only one still a student at Berklee.

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Influenced by artists such as Snarky Puppy, Robert Glasper, and Chick Corea, they embody a fresh musical spirit that can be seen at their residency, every other Monday from 7-9 at Wally’s Jazz Cafe in Boston, MA. Crosswalk Anarchy has also been developing a very promising relationship with the renowned venue The Bitter End in New York City, opening for the worldly-famous guitarist Oz Noy on June 17th on a special night, when two of the greatest drummers alive will be joining the stage with Oz, Keith Carlock (John Mayer, Wayne Krantz,etc) and Anton Fig (Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa,etc).

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Outside of the Box Festival will have its debut this summer in Boston.

Crosswalk Anarchy will also be performing at the recently put together, brand new festival in Boston, The Outside of the Boston Festival that will happen in July at the Boston Commons.The group plans to perform more regularly and to bigger audiences with the hopes of releasing a full length album by the Fall and eventually move to New York and engage in touring activities.

Student Post: Clinica e Entrevista com Seamus Blake! (Clinic and Interview with Seamus Blake)

Portuguese student blogger Andre Vasconcelos is a guitar principal from Brazil, and a member of the 2013 graduating class. 

A algumas semanas atrás eu havia escrito que a WBGO, a NP3 e a Berklee estavam trabalhando juntas numa parceria que teria como objetivo trazer ao Cafe 939 da Berklee uma série de clínicas e concertos de artistas de jazz de Nova Iorque. Irei retomar o BerkleeBlogs Brasil no ano de 2012 descrevendo como foi assistir e entrevistar um destes músicos, o famoso saxofonista Seamus Blake.

 

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Interview with John Mclaughlin by Andre Vasconcelos

This post is authored by Andre Vasconcelos. Manager of the Brazilian tab of the Berklee Blogs.

It is about time that the Berklee Blogs landed another interview. This time I was gifted with the opportunity to send some questions via email to noone other than John Mclaughlin. Yes, the guitarist for Miles, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the one that jammed with Jimi Hendrix for HOURS, and many other projects. John is considered by many, and rightfully so, to be the father of Fusion guitar with his genre-bending capabilities and an unparalleled knowledge of the instrument.

As expected from his multicultural background, his music is a really rich and rewarding experience. Adding his extensive jazz vocabulary to the powerful intensity of the rock n’ roll riffs written in intriguing and challenging time signatures derived from his passion for Indian music, you get a very quick gist of Mclaughlin’s newest album with the 4th Dimension, Now Here This. The guitarist will be at the Berklee Performance Center on June 22nd, a highly recommended concert.

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Interview with Albare by Andre Vasconcelos

Continuing my interview series with the many great musicians I am lucky to get to meet I will be writing today about the Australian guitarist Albare. Last week I had the pleasuare to meet him at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the Downtown area in Boston. The musician had just arrived from a long and exhausting flight from Australian but was still kind enough to take the time to meet with me and to share his words of wisdom to the blog readers. Below is the link to the short interview I had with him that night.

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Crosswalk Anarchy e as funções de um artista atual

This post was authored by Andre Vasconcelos, writer for the Brazilian tab of the Blogs

Caros leitores, hoje terei o prazer de apresentá-los meu mais novo projeto de Jazz Fusion, o Crosswalk Anarchy. Este é o grupo mais excitante, original e desafiador entre todos os projetos de que fui parte. A banda é relativamente nova tendo iniciado em Dezembro do ano passado. Logo no início do ano fomos direto ao estúdio subsidiado por professores da Berklee, o Record Company, e gravamos 3 faixas para usarmos como o cartão de negócios do grupo. Abaixo se encontra o vídeo de uma das músicas gravadas nesta sessão.

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