Originally from Pereira, Colombia, guitarist Juan Gaviria will present his final recital, infusing elements of jazz and R&B into the folkloric music of South America. Gaviria and his group will be interpreting some of the great American and Latin standards as well as presenting original compositions.
Guitarist Eduardo Mercuri and his group perform a set of his original music. Born in Curitiba, Brazil, Mercuri is also a mandolinist, composer, and arranger.
Influenced by his father, he had his first contact with music very early and began playing guitar at age 11. Mercuri has studied with Vittor Santos, Osiel Fonseca, Oliver Pellet, Daniel Santiago, Mick Goodrick, Bruce Bartlett, and Steve Rochinski, among others.
Singer-songwriter David Ryan Harris has been challenging mainstream notions of African American performers since fronting the Atlanta-based rock group Follow for Now in the late ‘80s. His subsequent solo work has ranged from folk to R&B. Since releasing his eponymous debut album on Brendan O’Brien’s Columbia imprint in 1997, Harris has released Soulstice (2003) and The Bittersweet (2006). He has also worked with several well-known artists, including Dave Matthews, Cassandra Wilson, Derek Trucks, Carlos Santana, Marc Broussard, Guy Sebastian, and John Mayer.
Harris counts Son House, Robert Johnson, Prince, Parliament/Funkadelic, and Stevie Wonder among his influences. He says that these sources of inspiration helped him “to understand that music could not and should not be limited by our often narrow views of what it should be.”
$15 in advance, $18 day of show, general admission