Vocalist Mili Bermejo and cellist Eugene Friesen present their new collaborative quartet with Tim Ray on piano and Dan Greenspan on double bass, augmented by the Berklee String Orchestra. The program will include string orchestrations by Friesen, Greenspan, and Ray, and will feature Mili's unique approach to the beautiful vocal repertoire from Argentina, Brazil, and her native Mexico from the viewpoint of jazz—compositions by Eladia Blazquez, Fernando Cabrera, Enrique Cadicamo, Jose Dames, Egberto Gismonti, Silvio Rodriguez, and Alberto Suarez Villanueva.
Vocalist/guitarist Teresa Ines and her group—including Fernando Brandão, flutes; Nando Michelin, piano; and Vinicius Pienasola, drums and percussion—perform music from the Brazilian tradition and jazz. Compositions will be by Aldir Blanc, João Gilberto, and Edu Lobo. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Ines came to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music in 1991. She has toured in Europe and South America. Her repertoire for this evening is derived from the great era of Brazilian songwriters, including Chico Buarque, Djavan, Gilberto Gil, and Tom Jobim as well as a few of her own originals. The ensemble strives to find new and jazzy readings of the songs.