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2nd Dynasty

“I am an artist who wants to be someone that someone else could relate to and feel like they are not the only person who is going through hardships.  I also like to change it up sometimes and have a more upbeat song.”

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Boston Saxophone Quartet

The Boston Saxophone Quartet is a unique blend of musicians combining a tremendous range of repertoire and individual experience in wind performance. Members of the BSQ have performed with the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra and leading Broadway theaters throughout New England. The BSQ performs for a variety of functions that can run the gamut from corporate sponsors to formal concerts, wedding receptions, etc. offering a wide repertoire: Swing, Ragtime, Jazz, The Beatles … all the way back to the Renaissance.

The BSQ musicians are proficient on all the woodwinds including flute, clarinet, oboe and bassoon. Performance possibilities can include many other wonderful woodwind combinations.

Sidi Mohamed “Joh” Camara

Sidi Mohamed Camara, popularly known as “Joh,” was born in Bamako, Mali in West Africa. Surrounded by great artists and musicians as a child, Joh started traditional dance and drumming at the age of five. On his father’s side, he comes from the Camara ancestry that ruled in Mande Society. However, he mastered the art of music and dance from his mother, Fanta Kamissoko, a well-known Jali. Jalis, also known as Griots, are highly venerated in their traditional society as skilled oral historians who are not only singers, storytellers, and musicians, but also advisors and mediators.

With his award-winning dance companies (Troupe Sewa, Troupe Mande, Troupe du District de Bamako, and Percussion Fabla), Sidi has toured the Republic of Mali and many countries in West Africa presenting hundreds of shows. As Chief Choreographer of Troupe Mande and Troupe Sewa, Sidi led them to become among the most renowned and competitive troupes in the world of West African dance and drumming.

Patricia Espinosa

Patricia has been teaching early childhood music and movement classes for the last 25 years in the Boston area, in both public and private school settings. She was a CMCB staff and faculty member between 1993 – 2005.

She was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and came to Boston in 1990 to finish her Bachelor’s Degree at Berklee College of Music.

Since a young age, music has been a big part of Patricia’s life. As she expresses: ‘Music became a natural way to connect with the world and most importantly, with myself. Teaching children has given me the opportunity to continue exploring the relationship between music and soul.”

As she began introducing Spanish during her classes, she became more and more fascinated by the interconnection between music and language. The more she explored, the more she learned about the importance of feeling the words in a corporeal level in order for the child to experience the language.  Her classes are purposely informally structured, so to allow children to feel comfortable to add their own thoughts and ideas to make music together!

Jeremy Gooden

Singer, songwriter, and emcee, Jeremy Jamal Gooden, was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1992 and quickly became aware of the negative stereotypes associated with his neighborhood. At the age of 14, he searched for a creative way to tell the inspiring stories of positive figures in his community. It wouldn’t take long for him to identify music as his outlet and begin rummaging through his father’s vast record collection. He gravitated toward soulful and thoughtful crooners like Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye, artists who used their captivating voices to highlight the plights of their communities. Later, he became a student of neo soul musicians the likes of D’Angelo and Musiq Soulchild.

To date, Jeremy has released 4 musical projects under the aliases Good Gatsby and Remy Goodman. In 2012, in collaboration with hip hop artist, BeWyze, he released The Public Policy EP. Soon after, he followed up with his first solo project titled Man of the House. Then, in 2016, Jeremy released In Loving Memory, a compilation of pieces he had written and performed over the course of 3 years. His latest project, HYDE (Me & My Friends), explores the complexities of Jeremy’s relationship with his loved ones, his faith and himself. And over a decade of personal, professional, and artistic experiences later, Jeremy’s mission remains the same: tell untold stories.

Forbes Graham

Forbes Graham is a trumpet player, electronic musician, and composer living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the founder of the Rock Flint Artists Retreat, and has appeared at numerous festivals including High Zero, Full Force, and Vision.

Akili Jamal Haynes

Multi-instrumentalist Akili Jamal Haynes has performed with Illinois Jacquet (Swing), Lester Bowie (Mixed genres), Wynton Marsalis (New Orleans), Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (Mixed genres), McCoy Tyner (Modern Bebop), the Mingus Big Band (Bebop), Nana Kimati Dinizulu (Ghana), Lenny Kravitz (Funk/Rock), Stephen Scott (Bebop), Lamine Toure & Group Saloum (Senegales Sabar/Mbalax), Sidi Muhammed Camara (Mali), Isaura Oliveira (Bahia Brazil), Sory Diabote (Mali), Fred Woodard Collective (Bebop/Mixed genres), Taina Asili (Puerto Rico), Fulani Haynes (Bebop/Mixed Genres), and Stan Strickland (Mixed Genres), among others.

Akili is cultivating his multi-genre band, A Slice of P.A.I. (Positive African Images), which combines the ancient rhythms of the African continent with Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Hip-Hop, and Bebop. With the diverse backgrounds and musical histories of its personnel, the group is able to authentically infuse the many rhythmic creations and genres of Africans around the world into one sweet healing sound. P.A.I. has performed concerts and lecture demonstrations for communities and schools in the Greater Boston Area. Most recently, it supported the Green House Growers of the Dudley Greenhouse, brought music to students of the Martin Luther King School, and participated in Feté de la Musique. P.A.I. is currently working on a multi-media project called Metamorphosis of the Blues and a feature film called Becoming Chibuzo, which tells the story of Akili Jamal Haynes, a child prodigy forced to play trombone, who puts it down to pursue the dreams of his youth.

Tyson Jackson

Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, Tyson Jackson first discovered his love for music at
 the very ripe age of three. Distinctly remembering sitting in church beating on hymnals within the pews at New Bethel Missionary Baptist church, here is where his passion for music was evident. Having attended arts schools with a music focus since the third grade, his love for music has done nothing but continue to grow. It makes sense that Gospel remains one of his favorite styles to play, alongside R&B and jazz. Before attending high school at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, he attended Bak Middle School of the Arts where he first began playing jazz. In 2012 and 2013 he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Juilliard Residency in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jackson has been afforded many opportunities to study and be mentored by world-renowned artists including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terence Blanchard, Darren Barrett, AJ Wright, Terri Lynn Carrington, Ralph Peterson, Tia Fuller, Sean Jones, and Nona Hendryx to name a few. Tyson will graduate Berklee College of Music with his masters degree in Global Jazz Performance.

Mimi Jones

Born Miriam Sullivan in New York City on March 25, 1972 of parents from Barbados, she was raised in the Bronx. Jones grew up listening to a variety of music including Al Green, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson, Earth, Wind & Fire, and more. She took up the guitar at the age of twelve, studying classical guitar with her first music instructor, James Bartow, at the Harlem School of the Arts. She also studied percussion, songwriting, voice, drums, and dance. Jones switched to cello after being accepted at the famed LaGuardia High School of Music and Art because the school had no guitar teacher. Band director Justin DiCioccio heard her messing around with an acoustic bass and recruited her to play in the school jazz band.

Jenny Herzog

Jenny is a vocalist and tap dancer. She received her Masters of Music from the Contemporary Improvisation Dept. at New England Conservatory. Jenny was a Teaching Artist with the University of Michigan Musical Society, Classroom Cantatas, Boston Public Schools, and at the Edwina Martin House, a women’s halfway house. She was Artist-in-Residence at Surel’s Place in Boise, ID, where she presented an evening of original compositions, tap, and voice. Jenny directed and produced Moving Stories, an original production comprised of a cast of previously incarcerated women and women in recovery, in which women told true stories from their lives; stories were interwoven with song and dance. She currently works as the Arts teacher at Pelham Academy, a residential school for adolescent girls with histories of complex trauma. She sings with Carduus Choir, and has performed as a soloist at Jordan Hall, Dixon Place NYC, Wally’s, Boston Center for the Arts, Arts at the Armory, Music on Norway Pond, Maureen’s Jazz Cellar, and as part of the Club Passim Summer Series and Boiler House Jazz Series, among others. (movingstoriesfoundation.com, jennyherzog.com)

Chris Perry

Christopher Perry is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in music therapy.  Whether working with adults with developmental disabilities, children with special needs, Early Intervention, or children with autism, Christopher has a passion for connecting with others through music.  He has experience practicing music therapy with groups and individuals, in classrooms, homes and community spaces.

Aidan Ramsay

A naturally inquisitive and curious person from birth, Aidan has always been fascinated with sound. As a composer, he finds himself often categorized as a writer of experimental music, due to his fascination with texture and color as primary musical forces, but he has also been trained as a jazz and classical composer, and retains great interest in an eclectic variety of music, from pop to the farthest reaches of the experimental, and maintains that all such genres are far more closely related than one might initially imagine. Mr. Ramsay is particularly interested in the intersections between music and diagetic sound design, and is always searching for the music hiding in everyday life. He is currently finishing a master’s degree at Boston University, where he studies with Joshua Fineberg. He previously studied at the University of Oregon under Robert Kyr and David Crumb. Though young and early in his career, Aidan has managed to make a name for himself writing for artists such as JACK Quartet and Esteli Gomez, of Roomful of Teeth fame.

Tina Tallon

Tina is a Boston-based composer, computer musician, soprano, and arts documentarian who writes music for humans, computers, and spaces alike. Her music and sound installations have been performed and presented internationally by such ensembles and musicians as the LA Philharmonic, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Talea, wild Up, and members of the JACK Quartet, among many others. Organizations that have recently recognized her creative work and research with awards and grants include ASCAP, the Barlow Endowment, NewMusicUSA, PARMA, UC San Diego, and the La Jolla Symphony. Recent commissioners include the LA Philharmonic, the La Jolla Symphony, Guerilla Opera, Sound Icon, and Composers And Schools. Ms. Tallon holds B.S. degrees in Biological Engineering and Music from MIT and an M.F.A in Composition and Music Theory from Brandeis University, and is currently concluding her doctoral studies at UC San Diego. Her main teachers have been Peter Child, David Rakowski, Lei Liang, Tom Erbe, and Miller Puckette. She currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of music at Clark University and Assistant Professor of Composition at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Xingyu Yao

Born in Shanghai, China, an international city, Xingyu grew up within a large variety of cultures and heritage. She developed a natural interest in both Eastern and Western philosophy, history, medicine, and arts.

She began her classical piano training at five and taught her first private student at the age of 16. After coming to Berklee in 2014, She has studied Jazz and other contemporary music styles with Laszlo Gardony, Kenny Warner, Victor Wooten, Donna McElroy, Jerry Leake, to name a few. She holds a BA summa cum laude in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music and a BS in Applied Psychology (mental health counseling specialization) from East China Normal University. She has performed her original compositions and/or arrangements in various venues, including Berklee Performance Center, Boston National Poetry Festival, and Boston Symphony Hall.

She has extensive professional training and working experiences using multiple expressive arts modalities with clients ranging from newborns to older adults, with a family-centered experiential approach.

She has created and presented original music therapy interventions at the Passage and New England Regional Music Therapy Conference when she received an invitation to further develop her method into a Continuing Music Therapy Education (CMTE) course.

Her mission is to support her students, clients, and audience to remove obstacles from their lives, find their unique voices, express themselves freely, reach their goals, become an authentic person, and build communities in which everyone can thrive.

She is trilingual, fluent in Shanghainese, Mandarin, and English.

She is thrilled to join the Community Music Center of Boston in 2019 and looking forward to sharing the power of music.

To find out more about her, please check out her website: cherubxingyu.com

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