Date(s) - Wed. Dec. 07, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
1st & 3rd Wednesdays at ROOTED Cafe at 7 PM
Billy Joel. Sara Bareilles. Stevie Wonder. Tori Amos. What do these artists have in common? They are singer-songwriters who play the piano! The piano can be groovy or introspective or artsy or raw or… just about anything.
Wednesday, December 7 is piano night at Songwriters in the Round. We have four performers who choose the ivories for their expression. Eva Gertz is a young veteran of many piano duels who creates original and fresh songs and videos. Sarah Brindell is a funky singer and keyboardist that will get you smiling and grooving. Nora Meier, back by popular demand, is a current Berklee student who has been writing unforgettable melodies since her early teens. And your host David Thorne Scott is working out music that fuses jazz harmonies, rock beats, and folk lyrics.
So why don’t you join us this Wednesday at Songwriters in the Round? December 7, 7pm. Only $10 for an evening of great music, entertaining anecdotes, and gripping vocals.
Four songwriters take the stage, seated in a comfortable semi-circle. They take turns playing songs, occasionally joining in with each other on harmony vocals or guitar licks. The format encourages conversation between the writers, which gives the audience an opportunity to hear these creative people talk as if in their own living rooms. Inspired by the “guitar pulls” of the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville.
You might hear a young up-and-coming pro, an established mid-career performer and mentor, and a cherished elder of the scene — all sharing music. The growing relationships will warm your heart and enrich your soul. Come every week as the lineup shifts and new friends are made.
Part of the ROOTED Armory Café Series. Café menu is available here. Beer and wine also available!
Our songwriters this week:
Eva Gertz is a singing pianist and artist of many mediums, born and raised in Melrose, MA. She attended Berklee College of Music (class of 2015) and now teaches arranging in the Contemporary Writing and Production department of the college. During the time in between, she lived in Brooklyn, NY for six years, arranged for a Broadway production, assisted top-rank composers, and performed as a dueling pianist on cruise ships and at piano bars. She has been self-producing and releasing original music along with creative music videos for five years now. During a transitional time last year, Eva moved out of her NY apartment and went on a spontaneous solo road trip for five months. The music she wrote on the journey is currently in the progress of becoming her next album, titled “Worth The Drive.” www.evagertz.com
Nora Meier grew up in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by her parents’ expansive vinyl collection and a lot of trees. Encouraged by her mentor Moorea Masa to pursue her love of music, Nora began seriously honing her skills as an artist throughout her teenage years. In January of 2017 she wrote and produced her first single, Icicles, followed by a five-track EP, “With Time,” released in November. Her single “Astraea,” was released in fall of 2019. These projects would not have been possible without support of Portland’s amazing creative community and artists such as Moorea Masa, Rebecca Sanborn, Steve Swatkins and more. She is currently studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
Meier has a proven ability to connect to the heart of the individual while uniting us through the emotions that make us human. Her newest single “Harvest Song” is out now. https://www.norameiermusic.
Sarah Brindell is a songwriter, arranger, producer, vocalist, keyboardist, and full-time Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music. Raised in San Francisco, CA, by a family of professional musicians, composers and published writers, her original music blends rich harmonies, stunning vocals, and infectious grooves into a melodious sonic palette of neo-soul, jazz, samba, and reggae. With touring credits around the world, she has shared the stage and recorded with many renowned artists including Norah Jones, Carole King, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and Raul Midon. Her original songs can be heard on many television shows including MTV’s Made. She was a panelist in the Song of the Year contest as part of VH-1’s Save the Music Foundation, as well as the Billboard World Song Contest. A Summa Cum Laude graduate from Boston University, she holds a Masters degree in Music Education, and teaches courses on the Berklee campus and Berklee Online in songwriting, harmony, ear training, arranging, improvisation and stage performance. https://www.sarahbrindell.com/
David Thorne Scott is a singer and songwriter in jazz and Americana styles. A 20-year resident of Somerville, he organized Songwriters in the Round to foster a creative, dynamic music scene here. He believes that music can bring a community together like nothing else. “At a time of great conflict in our country – when words often fail us – music has the power to bridge divides… David Thorne Scott explores the intersection of Jazz and Americana, city and country, instrumentation and lyrics to create lush compositions and covers that are unifying, and healing, in their beauty.” – Laurie Fanell, Eponymous Review www.davidthornescott.com