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Nov. is Latin Culture Month at Berklee

Berklee Presents Latin Culture Celebration 2009
Boston, October 23, 2009 - Berklee presents its 11th annual Latin Culture Celebration, an event organized by students to showcase music from Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, and other parts of Latin American. Public events take place throughout the month of November, with concerts and clinics presented by students, faculty, alumni, staff, and guest artists. Highlights include concerts by Puerto Rican pianist Angel David Mattos November 4, vocalists Mili Bermejo and Patricia Elena Vlieg November 10, and Cuban superstar Issac Delgado November 12.
All concerts are open to the public; clinics are only open to Berklee students. Concerts at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, are $10 for general admission, unless otherwise noted. Events at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston Street; David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street; and Recital Hall 1A and 1W, 1140 Boylston Street; are free. Visit http://www.berklee.edu/events for more information.

Monday, November 2
Victor Mendoza/Marcus Santos Concert, 8 p.m., Cafe 939
Mexico-born vibist and composer Victor Mendoza is considered one of today's finest Latin jazz artists. Recordings and performances with artists such as Paquito D'Rivera, Danilo Pérez, Michel Camilo, Claudio Roditi, and Antonio Sánchez, have earned him the respect of critics and fans around the globe.http://www.victormendoza.com
Raised in the uniquely African-influenced culture of Bahia, Brazil, Marcus Santos has passionately committed his life to the study, preservation, and teaching of Afro-Brazilian music and heritage. The Berklee alumnus is the leader of the 20-piece ensemble Bloco AfroBrazil. http://www.marcussantos.com

Tuesday, November 3
Mariano Martos Clinic, 4 p.m., Recital Hall 1A
Mariano Martos has taught workshops on flamenco bass all over the world. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he studied at the Escuela Superior de Jazz Walter Malossetti, with Bucky Arcella at the Estudio escola de música in Santiago de Compostela, with Carles Benavent (from Paco de Lucía’s band), and with Rafael Cañizares in Barcelona. http://marianomartos.com.ar

Wednesday, November 4
Ramón Vázquez Clinic, 1:15 p.m., Recital Hall 1A
Ramón Vázquez has performed or recorded with Chick Corea, Tito Puente, Eddie Gomez, Justo Almario, Hilton Ruiz, Paquito D`Rivera, and others. The Cuban-born/Puerto Rico-raised bassist is also a distinguished educator who helped develop the International Association for Jazz Education, Chapter of Puerto Rico, and has taught at Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, and Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. http://www.ramonvazquez.com
Angel David Mattos/Pan American Faculty Band Concert, 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center
Puerto Rico-born pianist/composer Angel David Mattos fuses elements of Latin and straight ahead jazz, classical, and Puerto Rican folk music. The Berklee alumnus has performed or recorded with Dave Valentin, Alex Acuña, Bob Mintzer, John Benitez, Mike Stern, and Antonio Sanchez, among others. Berklee's Pan American Faculty Band, directed by professors Bernardo Hernandez and Bertram Lehmann, will perform in the concert's second half. http://www.angeldavidmattos.com

Thursday, November 5
Taller de Musica Experimental Clinic, 4 p.m., Recital Hall 1W Concert, 7:30 p.m., David Friend Recital Hall
Taller de Musica Experimental (Experimental Music Workshop), from Carabobo, Venezuela, is an eight-piece ensemble that combines Afro-Caribbean rhythms and instruments with elements of jazz.http://www.myspace.com/thelaraproject
Monday, November 9
Fernando Brandão Concert, 8 p.m., Cafe 939
Berklee professor Fernando Brandão is an award-winning flutist, composer, and author. Born in Rio de Janeiro, he has performed or recorded with Luciana Souza, Bill Pierce, Marta Gomez, and many others. A student vocal group will open the show. http://www.fernandobrandao.com

Tuesday, November 10
Issac Delgado Clinic, 1 p.m., Cafe 939
Issac Delgado was one of Cuba's most well-known musicians before defecting to the United States in 2006. A founding member of timba's seminal group NG La Banda, Delgado has received two Latin Grammy nominations, and his solo recordings with Gonzalo Rubalcaba earned him a number of EGREM prizes, the Cuban equivalent of the Grammy. http://www.myspace.com/issacdelgado
KC Porter Clinic, Music Production and Engineering
KC Porter is a world-renowned producer and composer whose work has earned several Grammy and Latin Grammy awards and nominations. He has worked with Carlos Santana, Ricky Martin, Selena, Luis Miguel, Bon Jovi, Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan, Toni Braxton, and Boyz II Men, to name just a few. http://www.kcporter.com
Mili Bermejo/Patricia Elena Vlieg Concert, 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center
Voice professor Mili Bermejo blends Latin folk music, jazz improvisation, and socially aware lyrics. Critics have described her sound as "part poetry-folk, part Sarah Vaughn sophistication" (Boston Magazine). Tonight, she will perform "Love Songs of the Americas," a program featuring romantic songs from a variety of lyrical traditions and cultures, with faculty cellist Eugene Freisen and the student World String Orchestra.http://www.milibermejo.com
Panama-born Patricia Elena Vlieg is a pianist, vocalist, and composer whose music combines a variety of Latin rhythms and styles with elements of jazz and other genres. She will perform with Latin Grammy Award-winning bassist, professor Oscar Stagnaro. http://www.patriciaelena.com

Thursday, November 12
Issac Delgado Clinic, 1 p.m., Cafe 939
Issac Delgado was one of Cuba's most well-known musicians before defecting to the United States in 2006. A founding member of timba's seminal group NG La Banda, Delgado has received two Latin Grammy nominations, and his solo recordings with Gonzalo Rubalcaba earned him a number of EGREM prizes, the Cuban equivalent of the Grammy. http://www.myspace.com/issacdelgado
Benny Faccone Clinic, Music Production and Engineering
Eight-time Grammy Award-winning mixer/producer Benny Faccone has worked with Ricky Martin, Boyz II Men, Sting, Reba McEntire, Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, and many others.
The Heart of Cuban Salsa: Issac Delgado Meets Berklee Concert, 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center $25, $20 reserved seating
The 2009 2010 Music Series at Berklee continues with Cuban superstar Issac Delgado: The Heart and Soul of Cuban Salsa. The Grammy-nominated vocalist is one of the most famous interpreters of timba in the world. Delgado will be backed by his son, Issac Jr, on piano, and a group of more than than 20 Berklee students, faculty, and alumni. Bass professor Oscar Stagnaro will direct the ensemble.http://www.myspace.com/issacdelgado

Monday, November 16
Noel Schajris Clinic, 1:15 p.m., Recital Hall 1A
Singer-songwriter/pianist Noel Schajris was one half of the Latin pop duo Sin Bandera, whose debut album sold more than a million copies and received the Latin Grammy award for Best Group Album.http://www.myspace.com/noelschajris
Luis Marin Clinic, 4 p.m., Recital Hall 1A
Luis Marin is one of the top Latin jazz pianists in his native Puerto Rico. Says the San Juan Star, "He's truly admired by his peers - and fans - for his adventurous artistic expression, as well as his passion for perfection."http://www.luismarin.com
Berklee Canta en Español Showcase Concert, 8 p.m., Cafe 939
This concert will feature artists who competed in Berklee Canta en Español, the Spanish-language songwriting contest sponsored by Berklee College of Music and SGAE. Performers include contest co-winner Joel Waldman, finalist Juliana Ronderos, and artists Tornsol and Pablo Latapi. http://www.berklee.edu/berkleecanta

Tuesday, November 17
Berklee/Puerto Rico Conservatory Ensemble Concert, 7 p.m., Recital Hall 1W
Students from Berklee and the Puerto Rico Conservatory team up for a concert being billed as "Boston meets San Juan."

Wednesday, November 18
Advanced Latin and Jazz Performance Workshop Concert, 2 p.m., Berk Recital Hall
A student ensemble, directed by voice professor Mili Bermejo, features some of the college's top players working in the Latin jazz and traditional jazz idioms.

Friday, November 20
Marcus Santos Clinic, 1 p.m., David Friend Recital Hall
Raised in the uniquely African-influenced culture of Bahia, Brazil, Marcus Santos has passionately committed his life to the study, preservation, and teaching of Afro-Brazilian music and heritage. The Berklee alumnus is the leader of the 20-piece ensemble Bloco AfroBrazil. http://www.marcussantos.com

Tuesday, November 24
Latin jazz ensemble directed by Rebecca Cline Concert, 5 p.m., Recital Hall 1W
A student ensemble, directed by assistant professor of ensembles Rebecca Cline, will perform Latin jazz from Brazil, Cuba, and New York.
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Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Berklee College of Music
  • Press Release Date: Novemeber 2- 24, 2009
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