With his new quintet, guitarist Eduardo Mercuri explores his personal approach to modern Brazilian music. Alongside Gustavo D’Amico on saxophone, Paul Sanchez on trumpet, Do-Young Kim on bass, and Juan Alejandro Saenz on drums, Mercuri mixes jazz textures with contemporary Brazilian music, bringing a new and fresh sound to both genres. Regardless of its short existence, the group is already signed with Berklee’s Jazz Revelation Records and has performed at Berklee Performance Center and other venues around the Boston area.
Albino Mbie was born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a country in southern Africa known for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Fueled by the resourcefulness and determination that have always characterized Mozambicans, he built his first guitar at age 16 from scrap wood, strings made out of electrical cords, and a five-liter can of oil.
Drawn to the sounds of neighborhood street musicians in Maputo, Mbie began to play in a number of local bands and wanted to combine styles, incorporating diverse elements in his music. For his talents to grow, he knew he needed experience new places, cultures, and sounds.
While studying music education and performance at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, he heard about Berklee and soon afterward became one of the first students to receive a full scholarship to Berklee through the African Scholars program in 2009.
At Berklee, he was exposed to a variety of influences but wanted to go deeper into the roots of jazz and expand his knowledge of music. He auditioned and was selected to participate in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), which is directed by Danilo Pérez and has a roster of teachers that includes Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, and Terri Lyne Carrington. BGJI fosters a musician's artistic vision, and has helped Mbie find his own unique voice in the art form.
Mbie still felt the absence of his Mozambican traditions in his music. With the help of his mentors, Richard Bona and Lionel Loueke—two of the most prominent African musicians in the United States—he began to bridge that gap.
Today, Mbie's music succeeds in combining many disparate parts into an organic whole. It incorporates his musical experiences from Mozambique, the U.S., and many other places around the world, combining rhythmic patterns and musical concepts to create a unique "Moz-jazz" sound.
His original composition "Mozambique Dance" was released by Jazz Revelation Records, a student-run record label at Berklee, in 2011. He recorded another original, "Awusiwana," for the Berklee 2012 Summer in the City disc. His debut album, also called Mozambique Dance, will be released soon.
Mbie is an active musician, and has performed in several countries, including Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Italy, the U.S., and Mexico. He has also produced and recorded various projects in Mozambique and in the United States. He graduated from Berklee in 2012 with a dual degree in performance and music production and engineering, and a minor in acoustics.
Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472
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Born in the U.K. and raised in the West Indies, Thaddeus Hogarth is an associate professor of guitar at Berklee College of Music. A two-time winner of the Independent Music Award for R&B/Blues, he has been a prominent singer, guitarist, harmonica player, and singer-songwriter in the R&B tradition on the New England music scene since 1990.
Hogarth has shared the bill or stage with acts such as of Tower of Power, Average White Band, Johnny Winter, Ernie Isley, Fred Wesley (James Brown), Jimmy Cliff, the Neville Brothers, Steve Kimock, Bernie Worrell, Eric Gales, and James Montgomery. His band was among those chosen to represent Bose in live venues nationwide when it launched its L1 line of products, the personalized amplification system. His former notable contribution to the Boston music scene was back in the early 90s as the prinicipal lead singer-songwriter, guitarist, and harmonica player for the Heavy Metal Horns. As a harmonica player, he has been featured on radio and in soundtracks for PBS programming.
At the Arsenal, Hogarth joins the John Baboian Trio—Baboian, guitar; Bruce Gertz, bass; and Jon Hazilla, drums—to bring you some of his his chromatic harmonica repertoire, featuring music of Stevie Wonder, Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, along with many other well known jazz standards. This is the fifth year of Berklee's faculty artist series at the Arsenal Center for the Arts.
Guitarist and jazz composition major Quinn Jacobs presents his senior portfolio concert.
Not written for the dance floor or the concert hall, Quinn Jacobs presents music composed for the modern day house of worship. As he sees it, the temple of today grooves to swinging psalms, hip-hop hymns, and P-Funk plainsong. Join the congregation in our first prayer meeting (incidentally also Quinn’s senior jazz composition recital), featuring 20 of Berklee's finest musicians and the music that brought them all together.
This concert will showcase various genres of music that are of special importance to Rayner Tham's guitar-playing journey up till now. It will be presented by a four-piece band: lead guitar, piano/keyboard, bass, drums, vocals.