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Inspiring Stories from Fenway, Symphony & Jamaica Plain

The heart of our mission at the BostonVoyager is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Boston’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars from Fenway, Symphony, Jamaica Plain and surrounding areas below.

Ashley Schwebel

When I first started making my jewelry years ago, I googled “concrete jewelry” and found some things, mostly concrete inlays, but really found nothing like what I was doing. That’s changed in the years since, but I think my style is still unique- I go for a more “industrial” feel, and I incorporate images on some pieces and use semi-precious stones embedded in the concrete pieces. Read more>>

Neal Kharawala

When it comes to landscape photos, you’ll have numerous people visiting the same location and taking the same photo. Coming up with something different and unique is an obstacle that I am working on to overcome. There is a quote that I always keep in mind when taking photos: “Having a vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” Read more>>

Tommy McCarthy

Louise and I met in 1986, while we both were playing music on the Boston trad scene and In 1992 we got married on Inishbofin, an Island off of the west coast of Ireland. After traveling around the world for a year or so, we returned to Boston and continued to play in bars around town. Read more>>

Eric Hart

Being apart of a lot of many heritages including Mexican, Philippino, Chinese, Dutch, Austrian, and Irish. I identify the most with Mexican even though I don’t speak Spanish and am terrible at playing Latin music. I recently am taking action about this and emerging myself in the art of Brazilian and Afro-Cuban drumming styles. Read more>>

Ravina Oberoi

I believe that inspiration is the key source for creativity, it affects everyone in different ways. For me, my inspiration comes from feelings and emotions transpired through an adventure. I get inspired when I travel to new places and am most vulnerable. I have been exposed to various cultures in my country, and I cherish diversity. I’ve been fortunate to travel the world from the Far East to the far West collecting the most cherished moments. Read more>>

Carmen Marsico

Music was always part of my life. I got my start in the church choir of the Cathedral of San Liberale, Castelfranco Veneto, singing Beethoven, Mozart, and Händel, and I did my first tour in Switzerland. Eventually, I discovered jazz thanks to my first voice teacher, Lilian Terry, an amazing jazz singer born in Cairo, Egypt from a British father and an Italian mother. She had recorded and performed with Dizzy Gillespie and Tommy Flanagan, among the others. Read more>>

Jesús Gerena

When the job description to launch the Family Independence Initiative (FII) Boston site came across my desk in 2010, I was happy in my job working with youth in Boston. But I had a sense that the work I was doing had a ceiling of impact and I didn’t know why. I sensed it was because the service we were delivering to young people was at an astronomical cost, and when I looked at my organizational budget that year, I had a panic of conscience. Read more>>

Lucy Boogaerts

I can’t remember not being interested in fashion and making clothing. I was always creating as a kid, dozens of pillows with my first sewing machine, Barbie’s clothing, I made strappy red velvet sandals with cardboard and a stapler. I remember getting a stain on my favorite tee shirt with a rhinestone hello kitty graphic on it, so I sewed them into underwear and put hello kitty on the butt. Read more>>

Ilona Kudina

Ilona is a strong leader, as well as a generous and skilled collaborator. She has been an advocate for music for flute by Latvian composers and has always performed music for flute by her native country’s composers in her flute solo recitals. Ilona’s first 2-set CD “On the Bridge” (2006) is a compilation of chamber music for flute by world-renowned Latvian composers. Read more>>

Jireh Calo

I’m a Filipina artist-educator born and raised in Manila, Philippines. I am mostly known as a singer-pianist, composer, arranger and improviser.  Aside from making music, I am passionate about music education, being deeply involved with my community, and using the arts to connect and uplift people. Read more>>

Amy Busch and Emily Solomon

The opiate epidemic has hit Boston hard and for a long time, I wanted to start a foundation to help in some way. We were losing so many of our friends and felt helpless. After I lost my cousin, I knew I had to put this plan into action. A friend of ours, Stevie, was struggling and needed to go to treatment but had no funds. I started a GoFundMe and raised some money quickly. Dennis Messing’s wife, Kim, had raised some money in memory of him from a golf tournament and had some left over. We combined the amounts and were able to send Stevie to a 12 step treatment center. Read more>>

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