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.
Berklee alumna and Austria native jazz singer Veronika Anna Morscher has returned to Boston to record her first EP of original music and to perform with her friends from Berklee. Veronika grew up in Lauterach, Austria, where she began to take saxophone, piano, and voice lessons around the age of 13. She attended various workshops and entered jazz competitions throughout Europe. After graduating from high school, she moved to Boston to pursue a degree in professional music at Berklee College of Music. After graduating from Berklee, she moved back to Vienna to start her master’s degree in vocal performance at the Konservatorium Wien.
The Brooklyn-based string composers of the indie duo Charly & Margaux have a distinct style that combines baroque, East Asian folk, and blues. The eclectic flutists Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull of Flutronix navigate daring forms of popular, experimental, and contemporary classical music, along with electronic and digital effects.
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