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Concerts in the Courtyard

June 3 - August 28, 2015
Wednesdays at 6 p.m. & Fridays at 12:30 p.m.
Central Library in Copley Square

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.

The 2015 Concerts in the Courtyard Series is generously sponsored by Deloitte and the Boston Public Library Foundation.

In inclement weather, concerts will be moved inside to the Guastavino Room.

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Wednesday, June 3
6 p.m.
Aliya Cycon Project

Aliya Cycon Project

Inspired by Arabic instruments, melodies, rhythms, and people, Aliya Cycon Project was formed by Aliya Cycon at Berklee College of Music with fellow students and lovers of Arabic culture. Cycon uses her reverence for the Arabic tradition to highlight her unique voice in compositions and performances. Her music salutes the Arabic tradition while stepping outside of its boundaries.

Friday, June 5
12:30 p.m.
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Neha

A singer, composer, and pianist, Neha’s style is a smorgasbord of musical personalities, including jazz, folk, blues, pop, and her mother’s classical Indian musical background. A John Lennon Songwriting Contest finalist for her original song “The Willow Tree,” Neha released her debut album The Dreamer in January 2014. She currently teaches at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in Park Slope and the Jalopy Theater and Music School in Red Hook.

Wednesday, June 10
6 p.m.
Nicolás Castañeda

Nicolás Castañeda Group

Nicolás Castañeda Group is a project based on contemporary Colombian music. Founded in 2013 at Berklee College of Music, the group has participated in notable music events including Outside the Box Festival in 2013 and Berklee College of Music performances. In 2014, Nicolás Castañeda released his new musical production Renacer (reborn), based on Colombian music language.

Friday, June 12
12:30 p.m.
Patrick Coman

Patrick Coman

Patrick Coman merges barroom shuffles with the sounds of his native Oklahoma. He has garnered fans throughout the Northeast while touring and opening for musical heavyweights including Del McCoury, John Fullbright, and Joan Osborne. 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 from their biggest influences alongside their own original work.

Wednesday, June 17
6 p.m.
ChoroBop

ChoroBop

ChoroBop’s repertoire is based on the roots of Brazilian choro, jazz, and contemporary music influences. The band is made up of Eduardo Mercuri on guitar and mandolin, Flavio Lira on seven-string guitar and bass, and Anne Negah Santos on percussion. Each born in different Brazilian cities, the trio members met at Berklee College of Music in 2012, where they discovered their shared passion for the choro genre. Following their debut concert at the Blue Note in New York and an East Coast tour, ChoroBop will release their debut album in 2015.

Friday, June 19
12:30 p.m.
Akiko Kobayashi

Akiko Kobayashi

A graduate from Yale University and the Manhattan School of Music, Akiko Kobayashi performs as both a soloist and a chamber musician at renowned national and international festivals and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the West Islip Symphony Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tokyo Suginami Kokaido Chamber Orchestra.

Wednesday, June 24
6 p.m.
Wambura Mitaru

Wambura Mitaru

Wambura Mitaru is a passionate singer and songwriter from Nairobi who blends funk, soul, R&B, jazz, hip hop, and sounds from her African background. Shortly after joining Berklee College of Music in 2011, she formed Wambura Mitaru Synergy, which has performed at notable music festivals including the Boston Arts Festival and the Close Encounters Festival in Helsinki and St. Petersburg.

Friday, June 26
12:30 p.m.
Properly Unprepared

Properly Unprepared

Made up of members with an average age of 18, Properly Unprepared is a five-piece jazz combo that plays classics by artist such as Miles Davis along with more contemporary jazz. The group is currently working on writing original pieces and new arrangements of the classics. The combo is led by Tyler Campbell on alto and tenor sax, with Marcus Campbell on trombone, Stephen Marinelli on piano, Ryan Fess on electric and upright bass, and Nick Adair on drums.

Wednesday, July 1
6 p.m.
Felipe Abad

Felipe Abad

Felipe Abad is a Colombian artist inspired by his Latin roots. Heavily influenced by tropical and Latin pop music, Brazilian rhythms, as well as folkloric cumbia styles, Felipe adds a unique international touch to the Latin music scene. He has previously performed with Susana Baca, Grupo Niche, and El Feeling on stage and has participated in Latin music festivals with a draw of over 15,000 thousand attendants.

Friday, July 3
12:30 p.m.
Handel and Haydn Society

Handel and Haydn Society

Celebrate Independence Day and the oldest continuously performing arts institution in the country with a performance by the Rowe’s Lane Quartet. Made up of members of the Handel and Haydn Society – currently celebrating its 200th anniversary – the acclaimed ensemble plays string quartets composed during the 1770s and the Revolutionary War era. The Rowe’s Lane Quartet performs on instruments that date from approximately that same time period.

The concert is held in conjunction with the exhibition “The Handel and Haydn Society: Bringing Music to Life for 200 Years,” which is currently on view at the Central Library in Copley Square in the Cheverus Room.

Image Credit: James Doyle

Wednesday, July 8
6 p.m.
Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is a psychedelic folk trio comprised of Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns, and Chris Bloniarz. Their discography includes Feathers, a live album from Rockwood Music Hall, and a new EP called Arrows.

Friday, July 10
12:30 p.m.
Cocek! Brass Band

Cocek! Brass Band

Cocek! Brass Band is the brainchild of trumpet player Sam Dechenne. The five-piece band (two trumpets, trombone, tuba, and bass drum) performs Dechenne’s original music based on the sounds of Eastern European brass bands. Cocek! Brass Band blends dance music with improvisation and inspiring melodies.

Wednesday, July 15
6 p.m.
Charles Overton

Charles Overton

Charles Overton is a Boston-based harpist who performs classical, jazz, and world music. His jazz trio Strings and Things, featuring Peter Barnick on drums and Max Ridley on bass, performs unique interpretations of standards as well as original improvised music.

Friday, July 17
12:30 p.m.
Women in World Jazz

Women in World Jazz

The international ensemble Women in World Jazz presents an upbeat concert for the whole family, featuring music from around the world. They highlight musical styles such as Cuba’s cha-cha, Cape Verde’s coladeira, and Brazil’s samba. This all-female group brings together some of the finest world music musicians, each with extensive performing experiences in the New England area.

Wednesday, July 22
6 p.m.
Damn Tall Buildings

Damn Tall Buildings

Damn Tall Buildings is an all-acoustic guerrilla roots band from Boston. They combine bluegrass instrumentation with lyrical storytelling and foot-stomping grooves to create up-tempo hobo anthems. With members hailing from all over the United States, Damn Tall Buildings is a combination of four people contributing their unique influences to make a single sound.

Friday, July 24
12:30 p.m.
Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble

Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble

The Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble presents diverse and engaging programs from the chamber music repertoire for wind and string instruments. The musicians trained at several of the nation’s top music schools and conservatories and have performed concerts throughout New England, including at the Ogunquit Chamber Music Festival and First Night Boston. The ensemble takes its name from Bonnie Cochran’s composition “Amaryllis,” the first piece they ever performed.

Wednesday, July 29
6 p.m.
3 Sudacas

3 Sudacas

3 Sudacas is a trio formed by Esther Rojas from Colombia (bass), Marianella Rojas from Venezuela (voice and percussion), and Eduardo Mercuri from Brazil (guitar). The ensemble fuses traditional music genres from their native countries with jazz harmony and pop elements for a subtle, fresh sound. 3 Sudacas graced the stage with Alejandro Sanz, a Latin Grammy Award winner, at the 2013 Latin Grammy Awards and is currently working on their first album, which is expected to be released in 2015.

Friday, July 31
12:30 p.m.
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras' Intensive Community Program

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras' Intensive Community Program

The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras' Intensive Community Program (ICP) is a rigorous string instrument training program within the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) that brings quality classical music instruction to underrepresented communities. Each ICP student strives for excellence through the challenge of learning to play the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Through discipline and creativity, individuality and teamwork, students accomplish personal and group goals, resulting in young people who develop high aspirations and work hard towards both musical and personal excellence.

Wednesday, August 5
6 p.m.
The Wiles

The Wiles

The Wiles is comprised of two fiddles, two guitars, a doghouse bass, and two (sometimes three) intertwining voices. They perform old folk songs, new Americana, and original songs in an acoustic roots style. The Wiles have performed at One Longfellow Square, Club Passim, and the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and were awarded a 2014 Iguana Music Fund grant to record their debut EP.

Friday, August 7
12:30 p.m.
Kevin Harris Project

Kevin Harris Project

Boston- and New York-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music. His ensemble has participated in national and international festivals including the Panama Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Winter Jazz Festival, and the D.C. Jazz Festival. The Kevin Harris Project will be performing as a trio, with Kevin Harris on piano, Yoron Israel and Ron Mahdi on drums.

Wednesday, August 12
6 p.m.
MIXCLA

MIXCLA

MIXCLA combines sounds from Japan, Cuba, and the mountains of Chile to achieve a unique Latin jazz experience. MIXCLA consists of composer, pianist, and singer Zahili Gonzalez Zamora, Gerson Esteban Lazo Quiroga on bass, and Takafumi Nikaido on percussion. This mixture of cultural spices makes the perfect recipe for any musical experience.

Friday, August 14
12:30 p.m.
Hiroya Tsukamoto

Hiroya Tsukamoto

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a guitarist and composer from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing banjo when he was 13 years old, and in 2000 he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Since then, he has been performing internationally and has released five albums. Hiroya Tsukamoto takes audiences on an impressionistic journey filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace and tranquility.

Wednesday, August 19
6 p.m.
The Ivy Age

The Ivy Age

The Ivy Age is the folk rock project of best friends Tom Freeman and Dillon Rovere. The songwriting duo, with Tom on lead vocals and guitar and Dillon on drums and percussion, expects to release its first EP, titled Silver Plated Gold, in the summer of 2015.

Friday, August 21
12:30 p.m.
Thompson-Lamb-Panitch Folk Trio

Thompson-Lamb-Panitch Folk Trio

The Thompson-Lamb-Panitch Folk Trio – featuring Rachel Panitch on the violin, Valerie Thompson on the cello, and Kirsten Lamb on the bass – presents diverse and engaging programs from the folk music repertoire. All three Boston-based musicians trained at prestigious music schools and have toured nationally and internationally.

Wednesday, August 26
6 p.m.
Ludovica Burtone

Ludovica Burtone

Italian violinist and composer Ludovica Burtone has performed worldwide as both a soloist and chamber musician. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in jazz composition, she is classically trained at the Conservatory of Liceu in Spain and at the Conservatory J. Tomadini in Italy, where she graduated with a Master of Arts in violin performance, magna cum laude. She has recently been at work on her own compositions, mixing the warm sound of the string quartet with the standard jazz rhythm section.

Friday, August 28
12:30 p.m.
Handel and Haydn Society

Handel and Haydn Society

Join Handel and Haydn Society (H+H) for an engaging performance during their bicentennial season. Building on the music of Handel (the classical forefather) and Haydn (the innovator), H+H has grown and changed over the years to become today’s foremost exponent of Baroque and Classical music and the leading period instrument orchestra and chorus in America.

The concert is held in conjunction with the exhibition “The Handel and Haydn Society: Bringing Music to Life for 200 Years,” which is currently on view at the Central Library in Copley Square in the Cheverus Room.