This SOLD OUT concert, showcasing Alejandro Sanz's music as interpreted by Berklee students and faculty, will celebrate the presentation of his honorary degree from Berklee, and feature Sanz himself on selected songs. Sanz’s new album, La Música No Se Toca, is one of 2013’s best-selling albums and he has produced three consecutive No. 1 singles in Spain, Latin America, and the U.S. Sanz has won a total of three Grammy Awards and 16 Latin Grammy Awards, including three Latin Grammy Album of the Year Awards, a distinction no other artist can claim for that category. The concert is being presented by the Berklee Mediterranean Music Institute under the artistic direction of renowned producer Javier Limón with Oscar Stagnaro and will be arranged and conducted by Matthew Nicholl.
Berklee celebrates International Music Day with a concert from renowned flamenco singer Diego el Cigala, who will be joined by several students from Berklee’s master’s degree program in contemporary performance. At the concert, ten scholarships will be awarded for music students to study at Berklee’s new campus in Valencia, Spain, a location chosen in part due to the city’s immense cultural wealth and rich musical tradition.
Watch Diego el Cigala perform “En Esta Tarde Gris” in the music video below:
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.
Spanish pianist and composer Ariadna Castellanos is currently one of the top rising flamenco artists. She merges flamenco and jazz in order to create a new language, a unique identity. She blends the new harmonies and modern traditions with the wild passionate essence of flamenco. Based on her technique, acquired with classical piano training, and her natural sense of improvisation, Castallanos’s performances achieve the highest artistic quality.