Two student groups are slated to perform from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the main outdoor stage as part of the Boston Arts Festival in Christopher Columbus Park. The festival features music, visual art, and dance. Marcio Philomena Group goes on first.
Marcio Philomena is a guitar player from Porto Alegre, the capital city of the southernmost Brazilian state. The Marcio Philomena Group was born out of the idea of reuniting fellow talented Berklee students from different parts of the globe to create instrumental music that is based in jazz but also incorporates a blend of different tastes, rhythms, and melodies.
The Group debuted on January 2010 at the famous Ryles Jazz Club in Boston; with its strong rhythmic drive and intense stage energy, the band keeps performing regularly around New England area.
The Group consists of Philomena on guitar, Dwight Rivera on piano, Greg Feingold on bass, and Patrick Simard on drums.
Born in Oslo, Norway, Felix Peikli found his way into music through the local marching band at the age of 8. They picked out the instrument, which today seems to have been the perfect choice: a clarinet. Two years later, he received a Benny Goodman recording from his grandfather, and Goodman became the new idol. His first performance was during a jam session at the Oslo Jazz Festival in 2002. Too young to enter the bar, Peikli argued his way in with his mother. Unaware that celebrities such as Berklee faculty member Joe Lovano were in the audience, he played and was invited back the next day for his first hired gig.
Peikli became a student at the Barratt Dues Classical Institute of Norway from 2004 to 2008. He also won the National Dream Prize in 2005; one year later, he won the Grand Chance on national TV. He began playing concerts internationally, and received the Capital of Norway Honors Prize as the youngest recipient ever in 2007. He received a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee in fall 2008 and has had the opportunity to study with Frank Tiberi, Harry Skoler, Terri Lyne Carrington, Leo Blanco, Greg Osby, Hal Crook, and Lovano.