The Francisco Vilema Sextet performs a set followed by students in Rebecca Cline's Latin/Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble performing as a trio plus vocals, with arrangements by Ignacio Berroa, Danilo Perez, Claudia Acuña, Gretchen Parlato, Issac Delgado, Chris Potter, and others.
Francisco Vielma is a Venezuelan percussionist and composer. This project include Vielma's own compositions and arrangements of tunes written by renowned Venezuelan songwriters, such as Jose "El Pollo" Sifontes and Luis Fragachan. The Francisco Vielma Quintet will show some of the rhythmic treasure that Venezuela has and also the influences that are marking a new tendency of composing with Venezuelan genres. Vielma was born in Mérida-Venezuela. He started singing in a choir at 10 years old. At the same time, he began to study music theory and Venezuelan cuatro at the University of the Andes Conservatory. He was quickly attracted to percussion, and at 14 he decided to enhance his musical knowledge in Caracas with the percussionist Omar Olviero.
He has made studies of composition at the University of Arts - Music and percussion at Caracas Free Percussion Cathedra in Venezuela, with the masters Miguel Ángel Urbina and Jhonny Rudas. He moved to Boston to pursue his bachelor's degree at Berklee College of Music. He played with the Mérida Junior Symphonic Orchestra for three years and at the same time he was a member of the Ensamble Kimbandú, with whom he made research trips to study the music of the Yaracuy, Carabobo, and Zulia States of Venezuela.
He has been involved in recording projects, tours, and concerts with renowned musicians from Venezuela, such as Alfredo Naranjo, Pablo Gil, Leo Blanco, María Rivas, Carlos Sanoja, Prisca Dávila, Andrés Briceño, and El Pollo Brito, and in the U.S. with the Paul Winter Consort. He leads his own project, called the Nuevas Almas Ensemble, where he performs his own compositions. This ensemble has released Inesperado and is part of an important Venezuelan music collective called MAU (Urban Acoustic Movement). This important collective is joined by some of the most outstanding young musicians of Venezuela and has recorded a live CD and DVD.
Members include Evan Waaramaa (piano), Scott Kapelman (electric bass), Aaron Graztmiller (saxophone/flute), Marianella "Nella" Rojas (voice), Francisco Vielma (multipercussion), and Miguel Lopez (flute).
Rebecca Cline's Latin/Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble will perform as a trio plus vocals, with arrangements by Ignacio Berroa, Danilo Perez, Claudia Acuña, Gretchen Parlato, Issac Delgado, Chris Potter, and others.