Venezuelan musician and guitar player Luis D’Elias got into music at age 14 when, for the first time after mandatory music lessons, a teacher motivated him to develop his musical skills. At that moment, he began studies at the Olga Lopez Conservatory, where he took two years of classical training in different areas such as piano, guitar, and choir. Later, he participated in the 2004 Berklee Summer Performance Program, which got him into jazz theory and contemporary music.
Afterward, D'Elias enrolled at the Taller de Jazz Caracas, founded by renowned bass player Oscar Fanega, where he began developing his skills in different areas of jazz under the guidance of musicians like Pedro Barboza, Luca Vincenzetti, and Hugo Fuguet, each very well known within the Venezuelan music scene.
At the same time, he was undertaking studies in electronics engineering at the prestigious Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela, from which he received a bachelor’s degree with honors in 2011. Right after that, he finally applied to Berklee College of Music for full time studies. He obtained a partial scholarship and is now pursuing a double diploma in film scoring and electronic production and design.
As a composer, he has already scored 10 student short films, most recently a full-length documentary titled El Camino de La Voluntad. He also has experience with video game scoring and creating underscores for different types of visual media. As a performer, he has shared the stage with Venezuelan artists like Francisco Vielma, Diego Maldonado, and Fabio Rojas. In addition, he has experience as a pit musician for different musical theater productions.
D'Elias has also had experience as the bandleader of Venezuelan prog-rock band Systaltic and later of his own band, with whom he recorded his first demo as a solo jazz artist in 2010. Currently he is working as an arranger for several musical theater productions at Berklee and leading a new band in order to showcase his own music, which is a blend of traditional Venezuelan influences mixed with contemporary jazz and rock. Currently he is part of the roster for 2013’s Jazz Revelation Records coming CD, Catalyst.
Jazz guitarist Jackson FitzGerald performs weekly at Wally’s Jazz Café in Boston, Massachusetts and is the leader of the Jackson FitzGerald Group, which has performed his original compositions around the Northeast.
FitzGerald began playing guitar at the age of 12. His father gave him his record collection and those were his first teachers. In high school, he studied with Doug Maher and John Mills and performed at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival. He was awarded the outstanding soloist award for his division and this led to his scholarship at Berklee. FitzGerald is approaching his senior year at Berklee and has studied with Mick Goodrick, Tim Miller, Julian Lage, and Bret Willmott. He is the coauthor of the book Immoveable Shapes that will be released in the fall of 2013 under the supervision of Mick Goodrick.
Faculty guitarist Don Lappin will be performing a set of guitar-oriented instrumental rock songs from his latest CD, Tapped In. Since 1997, Lappin has been an in-demand guitar professor at Berklee. He has performed with Michael Sweet, Jonathan Mover, Steve Hunt, Chad Wackerman, Joe Santerre, Guthrie Govan, and many others.
Scott Tarulli will be featuring songs from his new album, Anytime, Anywhere. The album presents Tarulli's signature style: a mix of interesting harmonies and grooves influenced by a wide range of funk, rock, blues, and jazz. Tarulli's bandmates include Mark Egan on bass (Egan has recorded with Pat Metheny, Sting, Arcadia, Roger Daltrey, and Joan Osborne, among others), Jerry Marotta on drums (Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ani DiFranco, Sarah McLachlan, and Carly Simon), and Rusty Hughes on keyboard.
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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 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, is to be released in Spring 2013.
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.
Toyko-born Yuto Kanazawa moved to New York City in early 2013 to support the release of his debut album Earthwards, which features an international band.
After graduating from Berklee, guitarist Kanazawa formed his contemporary jazz band, featuring saxophonist Mario Castro from Puerto Rico, clarinetist Felix Peikli from Norway, upright bassist Zwelakhe-Duma Bell le Pere from South Africa, and drummer Jonathan Pinson from California
With his new quartet, the guitarist Eduardo Mercuri explores his personal approach to modern Brazilian music. Along side with Gustavo D’Amico on saxophone, 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 the Berklee Performance Center and other venues around the Boston area.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juana Aquerreta grew up surrounded by music. Her first steps came along with the guitar and the singing of traditional Argentinean folk. From a very young age she admired and absorbed the South American sounds, and this is what her original compositions and songs present: a musical journey that blends her roots with more contemporary styles and instruments.