Future roots quartet The Boston Boys announce the release of their third EP, “Idea of Love” on May 20, 2014. They will play Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 in NYC on Friday, May 23 at 8:00 PM in support. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.
This follows a ten date run in Colombia, South America from May 4-14. The boys will spend three days in the cities of Bogotá, Manizales and Armenia leading master classes as well as performing a series of public concerts, all sponsored by local partners in each city and the US Embassy in Bogotá. This comes through American Music Abroad, a cultural exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Past alumni include Dave Brubreck and Louis Armstrong.
What's a master class? The Boston Boys each have authentic backgrounds in traditional American genres-- jazz, bluegrass, old-time folk, soul, and rock n' roll. These classes allow them to connect with audiences around the world and explore a deep side of American history and culture through the music.
What about the public performances? The Boston Boys win hearts and minds by playing music whose sonic identity could only be made in United States. These performances will have a heavy emphasis on original music by The Boston Boys as well as the fusion of their music with local Colombian musicians. Collaborations like these are the basis for drawing different cultures together through the unifying language of music...and they are doing it through new technology too.
“Idea of Love” releases to digital and online stores on May 20 and interactively on the new music app, Sonarc, developed by music collaboration software company Musikara. Sonarc allows you to rearrange the sections of music played by each instrument within a song into your own creation. Using an innovative circular interface designed to allow time to flow through the music in any direction, users will be able to connect with The Boston Boys’ music like never before.
Independently produced at Zoo Labs studio in Oakland, CA; “Idea of Love” features four-part vocal arrangements and instrument signatures that invite listeners to shift their musical touchstones," capturing timeless American songwriting sculpted from the influences of Ray Charles, The Band, and Paul Simon.
Mandolinist, guitarist, and lead singer Eric Robertson initiated the band as a student with fellow graduates of the Berklee College of Music in 2012. He, along with multi-instrumentalist Duncan Wickel, bassist Josh Hari, and drummer Nicholas Falk fuse their backgrounds in soul, bluegrass, pop, jazz, and rock into entirely original layers of sound.
5/5-15: COLOMBIA - Cultural Exchange Tour with U.S. Embassy in Bogatá
5/20: Release “Idea of Love” EP
5/23: New York City, NY - Rockwood Music Hall II w/ Matuto
5/25: Portland, ME - One Longfellow Square w/ Anna Lombard