Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Berklee alumnus Jeremy De Jesus has been recording, performing, composing, and arranging in many different styles, including jazz, Afro-Caribbean, salsa, neo-soul, R&B, hip-hop, and fusion. Many of these styles are on display on his debut album, Semi Formal, which features his original compositions.
Watch Jeremy De Jesus perform "Desamor" in the video below:
The Tito Puente Latin Music Series takes place in July and August at outdoor locations across Boston. The six-concert series is an infectious soundscape of salsa, bolero, danzón, Afro-Latin, Caribbean, jazz, funk, R&B, and more. Performers include Berklee faculty, students, alumni, and world-renowned artists from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ecuador, Brazil, and throughout Latin America.
Giorgi Mikadze began playing piano at age five and performed a piano concerto with a symphony orchestra by age 12. Hailing from Tbilisi, Georgia, Mikadze started composing music at age 14 and, after discovering the music of Oscar Peterson, quickly fell in love with jazz.
After graduating from the V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Mikadze earned a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he has become known for his skill as a fantastic pianist and a composer adept at many styles. He was recently selected for the competitive Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., where he performed for three nights.
Mikadze has also performed with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra and the Berklee Symphony Orchestra. He served as musical director for Berklee’s tribute to Quincy Jones and he has composed for plays at the Rustaveli National Theatre in Georgia. He has played jazz with renowned artists such as Roy Hargrove, Patti Austin, and Justin DiCioccio, among others, and he has received awards at international piano competitions in Georgia, Ukraine, and the United States.
Eric Law grew up performing classical, jazz, and punk music. At Berklee, he has developed an affinity for old-time and Americana music. In 2013, Law won first prize in the American String Teachers Association's National Alternative String Competition, where he performed a combination of traditional old-time music and his own songs. He is currently working toward the release of his first solo record and recently released a second album with We Avalanche.
Watch Law perform his original song "Sometimes I Wonder" in this video: