This clinic/performance will be about music from the Andes region in Colombia. Traditional rhythms like passillo, bambuco, and guavina will be demonstrated in their original forms and then demonstrated using tapping and slapping, creating a more contemporary approach to these styles.
The performance will feature Miguel Angel Lous on alto saxophone, NIcolas Castañeda on harp, Utar Artun piano, and Andres Fonseca on drums.
Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, J.D. Blair, and Derico Watson perform in conjunction with the Victor Wooten/Berklee College of Music Summer Bass Program. The evening's repertoire will include a demonstration of bass extremes, Wooten's solo material, and jazz classics. Students participating in the program may take the stage to show off their skills alongside the bass masters.
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission
Born into a musical family in Barranquilla, Colombia, Esther Rojas started playing the violin at age 10, mainly focusing on a classical music repertoire. From 1995 to 1997, she continued her studies at the University of Cauca and the Antonio Maria Valencia Conservatory in Cali, Colombia, where she also performed with their youth symphony orchestras. In 2000, she switched her musical interest to electric and acoustic bass, entering the commercial arranging and composition and the jazz performance studies programs at the prestigious Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia. She has studied with Alain Caron, Oscar Stagnaro, and Luis Angel Pastor. Recently, she performed with Latin superstar Luis Enrique.
She is currently enrolled in the contemporary writing and production program at Berklee College of Music. Rojas’s style is a combination of the influences of Colombian traditional music, R&B, pop, salsa, Cuban timba, Brazilian music, and jazz. She is a very creative and solid player with a strong focus on the groove.
For this performance, she will feature the great Colombian singer Maria Mulata, 2008 winner of the world-renowned Viña del Mar Festival in Chile. Rojas and Mulata have been working together for the past four years. Their work includes performances at the most important festivals in Colombia and concerts in Asia and the United States. Rojas has also collaborated on Maria Mulata's most recent album, Cantos y Vuelos, which was released in 2013.