Performance

Venezuelan 7/4 Ensemble

Sunday / April 13, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Venezuelan 7/4 Ensemble

At the beginning of 2011, four Venezuelan trumpet players, all products of the Venezuelan System of Children and Youth Orchestras (El Sistema), decided to explore and conquer new musical frontiers beyond their experience as an academic trumpet quartet. Their ambition was to play a repertoire not only of Venezuelan music, but of music spanning the entire South American continent. To do so, they invited three outstanding performers to their ensemble, adding cuatro, double bass, and percussion to the group’s instrumentation. Ensemble 7/4 has since become an innovative and artistic voice, featuring the trumpet in genres that don’t typically display the instrument, such as the Venezuelan Joropo or the Argentinian tango.

The 7/4 Ensemble also presents arrangements influenced by a deep investigation of the musical styles of countries such as Cuba, Mexico, and the U.S. These arrangements respect the original sound of the native music and feature a broad range of colors and timbres. The group’s artistic and musical vision is like a journey in which rhythms, melodies, colors, and tastes intrinsic to our American countries join happily together.

Admission: 
Free

Near-Coincident Pair

Thursday / April 24, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Near-Coincident Pair is a collaboration between vocalist and violinist Harini Srinivasa Raghavan and guitarist Daniel Alba that merges acoustic and electronic instrumentation influenced by rock, Indian, South American, pop, and alternative music.

Admission: 
Free

Cooperative Big Band

Thursday / April 17, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

This is a concert of music written by graduating seniors in the Jazz Composition Department, with a band organized by the writers. The musical selections will include original works by student composers as well as their arrangements of tunes by jazz greats such as Wayne Shorter.

Admission: 
Free

Yonit Spiegelman

Thursday / August 28, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Yonit Spiegelman

The 25-year-old singer-songwriter and bassist Yonít Spiegelman and her band create original music inspired by Irish melody lines in an intimate environment of acoustic instruments, touching lyrics, and tasteful simplicity.

Supported by the Consulate General of Israel to New England

Admission: 
Free

Karamel Day

Thursday / August 21, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Karamael Day

Karamel Day, led by Dana Protsenko, draws mainly from the rich history of jazz but with a contemporary stylistic fusion of popular music. The group has performed at the Lily Pad, the Middle East, All-Asia Bar, the Cantab Lounge, Berklee Performance Center, and the Red Room at Café 939.

 
 
Admission: 
Free

The Cuatro Venezuelan Project

Thursday / August 14, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142

 The Cuatro Venezuelan Project, led by composer and performer Carlos Capacho, plays original compositions inspired by world music and jazz.

Admission: 
Free

C-bass' Infinity Band

Thursday / August 7, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142

C-bass' Infinity Band is an improvisational group led by percussionist and composer Santiago Sebastian "C-bass" Chiriboga. The group combines music with visual arts, dance, speech, and theatre.

Admission: 
Free

Josh Shpak

Thursday / July 31, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Josh Shpak

“I love connecting with people,” says trumpeter Josh Shpak.  “Whether they be teenagers or your grandma, if I can see that they’re feeling the music, I’m happy.” With a rich style evident of influences from classic jazz to electronica, Shpak has made himself a commodity in the music world. This cross-generational quality has launched a career playing with jazz heavyweights such as Cedar Walton and Jimmy Heath, soul legends Tower of Power, and young crossover innovators like Esperanza Spalding, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and John Daversa.

Admission: 
Free

The Maniacs of the 4th Dimension

Thursday / July 24, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142
Davis Whitfield

The Maniacs of the 4th Dimension, led by Davis Whitfield on piano, is a collective of creative individuals who share an interest in the Fourth Dimension. In trio, quartet, quintet, and sextet formats, the Maniacs offer a unique presentation of timeless standards and original jazz compositions. The group began with two musicians who met while attending Berklee College of Music: Jared Mulcahy on bass and Oscar Suchanek on drums. They have performed at the Fat Cat in New York, The City's Dream Art Gallery in New Jersey, and the Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge. Don't miss an opportunity to travel to the Fourth Dimension with the Maniacs.

 

Admission: 
Free

Fabio Rojas Trio

Thursday / July 17, 2014 / 5:00 p.m.
Kendall Plaza
2 Cambridge Center
Cambridge
MA
United States
02142

Hailing from Valencia, Venezuela, Rojas began his musical studies with drums at the age of 13. By 19, he was playing with the most acclaimed and recognized jazz musicians in Venezuela, such as Pablo Gil, Diego Alvarez, and Gonzalo Mico.  Rojas has performed at numerous venues and events since coming to Boston, including Symphony Hall, TEDx Boston, the Berklee Middle Eastern Festival, and the Esplanade.

Admission: 
Free

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