Born to second-generation Cape Verdean immigrants, Lisbon-based Sara Tavares sings for a generation caught between cultures. The young singer and guitarist has drawn widespread praise for her worldly songs spiced with Angolan and Portuguese slang, Cape Verdean Crioulo, and English, and layered with Afro-beat, reggae, jazz, and infectious Cape Verdean rhythms.
Milton Nascimento's deeply moving music and rich, remarkable voice has made him an international legend and one of Brazil's biggest stars. Beyond jazz and pop, his sound is a harmonious mix of African rhythms, Brazilian folk melodies, bossa nova, and diverse undercurrents from across the globe.
Mariza is a charismatic fado singer with a clarion voice and mesmerizing stage presence. Her hauntingly beautiful sound seems to bleed saudade, the uniquely Portuguese passion that roughly translates as a sorrowful longing. Whether singing traditional numbers or new songs, Mariza honors the legacy of fado, Portugal's expressive lament of destiny.
In a busy summer that also includes performances at the Duke Ellington and Monterey jazz festivals, the members of the Roy Guzman Quintet are getting their road legs. Led by Billboard and Jimi Hendrix award recipient Roy Guzman, the all-star quintet's performance will be recorded for radio broadcast.
The members of the Folk Arts Quartet met while studying at Berklee, arranging traditional tunes and original compositions using an array of techniques and ideas. With the addition of the occasional beautiful song or energetic step dance, their groovy, contemporary style nods to their many influences and breathes new life into folk and chamber music.
VR Venkataraman performs with Berklee students, including some from the International Musicians English Language Institute program. The concert will feature Indian music and explore both the relationship between Eastern and Western music and the connection between music and math.