Israeli musical collaborative the Idan Raichel Project looks beyond intercultural differences and celebrates the value of diversity. Led by Raichel, a young keyboardist, composer, and producer, the Project's blend of Ethiopian folk music, Arabic poetry, Yemenite chants, Biblical psalms, and Caribbean rhythms has already taken Israel by storm, generating multiple number-one hits.
Tom Simons—president/creative director of the independent, full-service marketing communications firm PARTNERS+simons—is a guitarist by avocation and a long-time Loomer. With Michael Cahill (drums, background vocals) who owns his own business, CK Environmental; PARTNERS+simons controller Jack Cavalier (bass guitar, background vocals); Everett Pendleton (electric guitar, harmony vocals); and Jon Svetkey (acoustic guitar, harmonica, lead vocals), Simons continues to perform in the great tradition of corporate bands. The Loomers, whose latest album Tomorrow Today is available on iTunes, have performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and twice been finalists in Fortune magazine's Corporate Battle of the Bands. For more information, visit loomers.com.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops are a group of young African-American string band musicians, hailing from the green hills of the North Carolina Piedmont to sunny Arizona, sharing the tradition of music as a culture and way of life. They bring their washboards, jugs, bones, and kazoos into the BPC for a homegrown night of fiddle and banjo music.
Professor Jetro DaSilva will perform original arrangements of popular hymns. He will be joined by his quintet (Ron Mahdi, Ricardo Monzon, Bill Pierce, Ron Savage) and the Berklee String Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Friesen.
Three student ensembles showcase the music of the Caribbean. The Bob Marley Ensemble, directed by Matt Jenson, the Steel Pan Ensemble, directed by Ron Reid, and the Afro-Cuban Ensemble, directed by Ricardo Monzon, bring some welcome warm weather to midwinter Boston. Grammy-nominated trombonist and Berklee alumnus William Cepeda—who has created a music style titled Afro-Rican jazz and has worked with legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Celia Cruz, and Eddie Palmieri—will be a special guest performer for the evening.