A highly regarded Venezuelan bassist, producer, and pedagogue, the Latin Grammy nominee Roberto Koch talks about Afro-Venezuelan music genres and demonstrates how to incorporate these grooves in standard compositions that are not related to this tradition. Genres covered will include those such as parranda, fulía barloventeña, san millán, patanemo, sangueos from the Carabobo and Aragua states, gaita de tambora, and calipso, among others. Musicians Fran Vielma (percussion) and Carlos Capacho (Venezuelan cuatro) will appear with Koch. Composers, arrangers, and any kind of instrumentalist are welcome.
Koch appears on more than 50 recordings with renowned Venezuelan artists such as Pablo Gil, Gerry Weil, Leo Blanco, Pedro Eustache, and Andrés Briceño, among many others. He has also worked with international artists including Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Samuels, Dave Kikoski, Steve Khan, and Wolfgang Muthspiel, among others. Koch is a master's degree candidate in jazz pedagogy at Jazz Campus in Basel, Switzerland. He is currently part of Ensemble Venezuela, led by the pianist Edward Simon, and also part of Fran Vielma’s Venezuelan Jazz Collective.
This event is produced by Fran Vielma, Oscar Stagnaro, and Berklee's Latin Music Studies.