Composed of Berklee faculty members, staff members, alumni, and students, the Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band has evolved into a forum that allows for the sharing of musical ideas, stimulating the creative process and fostering the creation of new music. This collective of talented jazz composer/instrumentalists shares a vision of the ever-evolving world of jazz music, the positive opportunities provided by working within the jazz orchestra setting, and the importance of the role played by the jazz orchestra in this music's evolution.
We are hosting another Green Room alumni networking event! If you haven't made it out yet, here is your chance. Get connected with your fellow local alumni.
If you're new to town, even better. We'll be welcoming all newly graduated and relocated alumni plus Valencia grad students visiting Los Angeles for the week. Our March event saw our largest turnout to date, with 150 people in attendance. This event is open to all and not to be missed!
18+ Berklee alumni and friends
Parking: Valet $6 or street Hosted by: Justine Taormino '06 Tweet: @BerkleeAlumniLA
Paulo Stagnaro, a rising percussionist and composer, is quickly establishing both a national and international reputation. Stagnaro began playing piano, cello, and many folkloric Latin American instruments at a young age. After attending a percussion camp, and the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program, he began to take a more serious interest in music. Since then, he has performed with some of the biggest names in the Latin and jazz worlds.
Stagnaro traveled extensively while attending Berklee College of Music from 2005-2009, representing the school with his band, La Timbistica. They graced the stages at the jazz festivals in Monterey, California; Springfield, Massachusetts (Hoop City); Saratoga, New York; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; and Newport, Rhode Island, among other places. While leading this group, La Timbistica received a 2008 DownBeat magazine award for Jazz Group of the Year in the collegiate category.
In 2012, Stagnaro made the move to Brooklyn, New York, where he is currently based. Since his arrival, he has become a force on the creative music scene. He is a part of the Pedro Giraudo and Alon Yavnai big band orchestras, as well the Ralph Peterson Fo’Tet, and the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet. He is currently producing a percussion-based film score for the upcoming documentary, Secundaria.
Spanish pianist and composer Ariadna Castellanos is one of the emerging talents of the flamenco and jazz scenes. She's presenting her album Flamenco en Black and White, produced by frequent Grammy winner Javier Limón (Lágrimas Negras, Cositas Buenas, Buika) and under Universal Music in Spain.
Born in Madrid, Castellanos started playing piano when she was 6 and won a full scholarship at 17 to the Guildhall School of Music for classical piano. Flamenco was always her passion, and in Spain she worked with many of the main flamenco figures including Niño Josele, Jorge Pardo, Agustín Carbonel "El Bola,” and Jesús del Rosario, among others.
She is the only Spanish musician to receive the Presidential Award at Berklee College of Music. She has recorded with Alejandro Sanz, Javier Limón, and Jorge Pardo. She has performed in festivals all over the world, sharing the stage with Paco de Lucia, Michel Camilo, Herbie Hancock, and Richard Bona.