This recital, given by the Advanced Latin and Jazz Vocal Performance class, is directed by Mili Bermejo. Students choose, write, and arrange songs from various countries: Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and others. The staff band and students work on arrangements that reflect both jazz and Latin music aesthetics.
Maria Rowinska's introduction to bossa nova began at a young age, by listening to Elis & Tom with her father. Her desire to learn bossa expanded to samba, choro, and other Brazilian styles and led her to Berklee College of Music, where she pursues Latin American performance studies in voice and percussion.
Brian Plautz has developed a reputation as a dynamic saxophonist, composer, and educator with a modern and accessible sound. He grew up outside of Cleveland and performed at the Quicken Loans Arena (home of the Cleveland Cavaliers), Severance Hall, Blossom Music Center, and Nighttown. In Cleveland he developed a rich musical background, from gospel to classical to jazz. Under the direction of Liza Grossman, Brian played and recorded with Jon Anderson (Yes), Valerie Naranjo (Saturday Night Live band) and Donnie Iris (Wild Cherry).
3 Sudacas is a trio formed by Esther Rojas on bass, Eduardo Mercuri on guitar, and Marianella Rojas on vocaks and percussion, creating a fusion of music from Colombia, Brazil, and Venezuela and exploring jazz and pop, among other genres.
Guitarist, mandolinist, composer, and arranger Eduardo Mercuri was born in Curitiba, Brazil and grew up listening to his father’s record collection. At age 11 he began playing the guitar. Since moving to Boston, he has collaborated and performed with artists such as Darren Barrett, the salsa singer Luis Enrique, and the multi Grammy winner Alejandro Sanz, with whom he performed at the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas in 2013. Apart of his sideman works, Mercuri performs regularly with his quintet and his choro trio, the ChoroBop. The Eduardo Mercuri Quintet also includes Gustavo D'Amico on saxophone, Paul Sanchez on trumpet, Flavio Lira on bass, and Juan Alejandro Francisco Saenz on drums. For more information, click here.
KeL is a Brazilian singer-songwriter who moved to Boston in 2011. Influenced by artists ranging from Corinne Bailey Rae to Susan Tedeschi, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Tom Jobim, KeL founded her band at Berklee College of Music in 2012, combining jazz piano, rock solos, fresh pop grooves, and hints of smooth Brazilian melodies.
Kiri's Quartet stemmed from a group of four friends who enjoy music with influences from B.B. King all the way to Robert Glasper. With a different mix of genres, the group plays an array of funk fusion music with only one goal: to connect with the audience.
Using Venezuela as a point of departure, the Luis D'Elias Ensemble blends traditional South American music with contemporary jazz, rock, and classical music. Formed in 2012, the group has been performing constantly around the Boston area. Its first album will be released this summer.