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.
Double bassist Jared Henderson and his band performs a set of original music in his senior recital. The show will feature guest appearances by Mike Bono, Christian Li, Matthew Halpin, Roberto Giaqunito, and others.
Often, some musicians don’t feel comfortable starting the process of improvisation. This clinic by Tino D’Agostino ‘96, open to everyone, will present some easy and fun ideas on how to get started. Sponsored by Epifani Amplifiers, DR Strings, and F-Clef Bass, the clinic will use some well-known tunes to help musicians begin wading into the waters of improvisation. D’Agostino (bass) will be joined by Berklee assistant professor of percussion Sergio Bellotti.
Born in Salerno, Italy, Tino D’Agostino was named best bass player at the 1995 Umbria Jazz Festival. His publications include Get a Move On: A Gradual Approach to Walking Bass Lines and numerous articles in Bass Guitar magazine. D’Agostino is a faculty member of the Berklee College of Music Sumer Program, director of instrumental music at Arlington High School, and the founder/director of Musica Vesuviana, a summer music festival for high school singers and instrumentalists held in Salerno, Italy. He also teaches jazz improvisation at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. He has delivered lectures at the Massachusetts Music Educators Conference and the American String Teachers Association Conference. D’Agostino performs regularly with Spajazzy, the band he co-founded with Bellotti, and he has performed or recorded with many distinguished musicians, including Andrea Bocelli, Bruce Gertz, Steve Hunt, and Mike Stern.