Berklee Latino, the Mediterranean Music Institute (MMI), and Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with the Hispano-American consulates, will present a free concert celebrating the Miguel de Cervantes anniversary. The concert will feature Berklee students and faculty, including the Balkan Vocal Ensemble directed by Christiane Karam, and special guest, renowned Spanish artist La Shica, playing Latin and Spanish genres such as tango, salsa, bolero, cumbia, and rancheras.
The concert will also include a tribute to the great flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía, who passed away earlier this year. A famous novelist, poet, and playwright, de Cervantes shaped the Spanish language of today and is best known for his classic epic novel Don Quixote.
The Miguel de Cervantes Anniversary Concert is led by MMI and Berklee Latino artistic director and Grammy Award-winner Javier Limón; MMI executive director Matthew Nicholl; Berklee Latino academic director and Latin Grammy-winner Oscar Stagnaro; and voice instructor Sofia Rei. All the songs will be arranged by students, and coordinated by student arranging supervisor Esther Rojas.
Warm your soul on Georges Island with music from passionate artists that speak to humanity. Each artist will perform a set of her music with stories of hope, vulnerability, and joy.
Georgia tells stories of youth, discoveries, and vulnerability. Her writing runs from empathetic to in-your-face, often playing the role of the open-eared observer. She honors the legacies of pop, soul, folk, and jazz in exploring everyday themes. In 2012 she released her all-original album In the Fog, with songs including “Salvation” and “Learn to Be My Fool,” recently licensed to a feature film in Los Angeles. Georgia was the recipient of Berklee's Songwriting Achievement Award and SESAC Award.
Wambura Mitaru is eclectic, and her fluid music blends funk, soul, R&B, jazz, and hip-hop as well ans sounds from African background. A young passionate singer and songwriter from Nairobi, she began her career in high school with training in classical music. She attended the Kenya Conservatoire of Music for further studies i until enrolling at Berklee College of Music in 2011. She has performed at the Boston Arts Festival, the Close Encounters Festival in Helsinki, the St. Petersburg festival, and several concerts at the Michael Joseph Centre in Nairobi.