Concert

Foreign Hues

Sunday / July 19, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
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The Street
55 Boylston Street
Chestnut Hill
MA
02467
Foreign Hues
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Foreign Hues was founded in Boston by bassist and composer Yonit Spiegelman in the summer of 2014. This band of talented musicians from around the world comes together with great passion to take what they've learned from their homes countries and infuse these genres, styles, and traditions with groove-based R&B and soul music. From Israel, Chile, Greece, France, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, and Russia, they give you their music, their souls, their art, their foreign hues. The band is currently planning a tour of the East Coast.

Watch Foreign Hues perform "First Words":

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Foreign Hues

Sunday / September 6, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Spectacle Island
296 State Street
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Foreign Hues
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Foreign Hues was founded in Boston by bassist and composer Yonit Spiegelman in the summer of 2014. This band of talented musicians from around the world comes together with great passion to take what they've learned from their homes countries and infuse these genres, styles, and traditions with groove-based R&B and soul music. From Israel, Chile, Greece, France, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, and Russia, they give you their music, their souls, their art, their foreign hues. The band is currently planning a tour of the East Coast.

Watch Foreign Hues perform "First Words":

Foreign Hues - First words

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Free

Josu Ortiz Latin Jazz Quartet

Thursday / June 25, 2015 / 5:00 p.m.
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Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Josu Ortiz
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At the age of four when Josu Ortiz (José Humberto) was in elementary school, his first teacher told his mother to get him into music lessons after she noticed he was constantly tapping the table. A year later, Ortiz became a member of the children’s choir at school. At age eight, he became interested in learning how to play the cuatro, a Venezuelan instrument. After a while, he and some other kids started an ensemble directed by their teacher, and their band played on a TV show. This experience, together with multiple other performance opportunities, made him realize that he wanted to take music more seriously.

In 2009, Ortiz joined Sgrupo, a private party band in which he had the opportunity to be both pianist and band director. He was in charge of the musical part of parties and chose the repertoire that was to be played in addition to discussing logistics with clients. With Sgrupo, he had gig opportunities in Caracas, Venezuela and many other cities, and he also traveled to Panama, Curaçao, and Aruba.

Ortiz was a member of Sgrupo until 2013, when he decided to make the biggest decision of his musical career thus far: coming to study at Berklee College of Music.

Watch Ortiz perform "AfroCuban #2":

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Josu Ortiz Latin Jazz Quartet

Sunday / August 23, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Spectacle Island
296 State Street
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Josu Ortiz
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At the age of four when Josu Ortiz (José Humberto) was in elementary school, his first teacher told his mother to get him into music lessons after she noticed he was constantly tapping the table. A year later, Ortiz became a member of the children’s choir at school. At age eight, he became interested in learning how to play the cuatro, a Venezuelan instrument. After a while, he and some other kids started an ensemble directed by their teacher, and their band played on a TV show. This experience, together with multiple other performance opportunities, made him realize that he wanted to take music more seriously.

In 2009, Ortiz joined Sgrupo, a private party band in which he had the opportunity to be both pianist and band director. He was in charge of the musical part of parties and chose the repertoire that was to be played in addition to discussing logistics with clients. With Sgrupo, he had gig opportunities in Caracas, Venezuela and many other cities, and he also traveled to Panama, Curaçao, and Aruba.

Ortiz was a member of Sgrupo until 2013, when he decided to make the biggest decision of his musical career thus far: coming to study at Berklee College of Music.

Watch Ortiz perform "AfroCuban #2":

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Free

The Nasty Candombe Project

Thursday / July 23, 2015 / 5:00 p.m.
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Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Nacho González
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Some of the finest Latin jazz musicians from Berklee College of Music will play the groovy compositions of Nacho González, a Uruguayan guitarist and composer. The Nasty Candombe Project features Nando Michelin (piano), Daniel Ian Smith (sax), Tomás Latorre (bass), Juan Chiavassa (drums), and González (guitar and compositions). 

Candombe is an Afro-Uruguayan groove that González mixes with the languages of jazz and funk. To him, candombe is one of the most fascinating grooves from Latin America, a hidden treasure from that more and more people are getting to know. For American jazz players, it is a new language with a lot of potential and new things to be developed.

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The Nasty Candombe Project

Sunday / July 26, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Spectacle Island
296 State Street
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Nacho González
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Some of the finest Latin jazz musicians from Berklee College of Music will play the groovy compositions of Nacho González, a Uruguayan guitarist and composer. The Nasty Candombe Project features Nando Michelin (piano), Daniel Ian Smith (sax), Tomás Latorre (bass), Juan Chiavassa (drums), and González (guitar and compositions). 

Candombe is an Afro-Uruguayan groove that González mixes with the languages of jazz and funk. To him, candombe is one of the most fascinating grooves from Latin America, a hidden treasure from that more and more people are getting to know. For American jazz players, it is a new language with a lot of potential and new things to be developed.

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Free

The Nasty Candombe Project

Thursday / July 16, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
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Atlantic Wharf
280 Congress Street
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Nacho González
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Some of the finest Latin jazz musicians from Berklee College of Music will play the groovy compositions of Nacho González, a Uruguayan guitarist and composer. The Nasty Candombe Project features Nando Michelin (piano), Daniel Ian Smith (sax), Tomás Latorre (bass), Juan Chiavassa (drums), and González (guitar and compositions). 

Candombe is an Afro-Uruguayan groove that González mixes with the languages of jazz and funk. To him, candombe is one of the most fascinating grooves from Latin America, a hidden treasure from that more and more people are getting to know. For American jazz players, it is a new language with a lot of potential and new things to be developed.

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Free

Juan Mejía's Conspiracy

Sunday / July 12, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Spectacle Island
296 State Street
Boston
MA
United States
02109
Juan Mejía
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Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Juan Mejía started playing snare drum in his middle school drum corp at age eight. He soon became the leader of the band and started to teach other students. A couple of years later, he became interested in playing Colombian folkloric percussion. He learned the basic rhythms and started playing concerts with instruments like tambora, tambora andina, cununos, güiro, and maracón. When Mejía finally got his hands on a drum set at age 13, he fell in love with it and spent every moment between classes playing.

After studying English and taking private drum lessons with Berklee alumni Pablo Eluchans in Boston, Mejía moved to New York City and received a diploma in drum set performance from the Collective School of Music. He subsequently decided to apply to Berklee, auditioned, and got a scholarship to attend. Mejía currently leads his own band featuring incredibly talented musicians from all over the world. The group plays his original compositions and arrangements and will soon record their debut album. He also plays with Danny Nagy's Big Stenk Band and with singer-songwriter Prong Guivolists.

Watch Mejía perform "Farmer Fusion" with Danny Nagy's Big Stenk Band:

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Juan Mejía's Conspiracy

Thursday / July 30, 2015 / 5:00 p.m.
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Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Juan Mejía
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Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Juan Mejía started playing snare drum in his middle school drum corp at age eight. He soon became the leader of the band and started to teach other students. A couple of years later, he became interested in playing Colombian folkloric percussion. He learned the basic rhythms and started playing concerts with instruments like tambora, tambora andina, cununos, güiro, and maracón. When Mejía finally got his hands on a drum set at age 13, he fell in love with it and spent every moment between classes playing.

After studying English and taking private drum lessons with Berklee alumni Pablo Eluchans in Boston, Mejía moved to New York City and received a diploma in drum set performance from the Collective School of Music. He subsequently decided to apply to Berklee, auditioned, and got a scholarship to attend. Mejía currently leads his own band featuring incredibly talented musicians from all over the world. The group plays his original compositions and arrangements and will soon record their debut album. He also plays with Danny Nagy's Big Stenk Band and with singer-songwriter Prong Guivolists.

Watch Mejía perform "Farmer Fusion" with Danny Nagy's Big Stenk Band:

Admission: 
Free

V Blackburn

Friday / June 19, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
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The Lawn on D
420 D Street
Boston
MA
United States
02210
V Blackburn
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V Blackburn is a singer-songwriter and current Berklee student from the old Southern city of Miami, Florida. Raised on Southern rock, jazz, and '90s pop, Blackburn has felt the influence of many genres in shaping her blues/pop sound. Her smoky voice and quirky, provocative lyrics easily find their way around catchy melodies that will entice you to sing along. She has shared a stage with artists such as Hozier and Ages and Ages as well as performed on the main stage of the Newport Folk Festival with the Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir. This year promises a lot of studio time in preparation for the release of her first EP, Fifty Shades of Crazy.

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