Tito Puente Latin Music SeriesBernardo Hernandez and La Tradicion
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Berklee alumnus and professor Bernardo Hernandez was born in Caracas, Venezuela and started playing the Venezuelan cuatro at the age of 8. He switched to harp and eventually to the classical guitar, and by the age of 15 he was working regularly, appearing on TV shows and touring the Caribbean and Latin America, receiving valuable experience at an unusually young age. In 1977 Bernardo moved to Spain to continue his guitar studies, and in 1980 he moved to the United States and graduated from Berklee College of Music in Jazz Composition and arranging.
Over the years, he has written arrangements and performed with artists as diverse as Cachao; Gloria Estefan; Juan Luis Guerra; Bebo and Chucho Valdez; Ruben Blades; Ismael Miranda; Larry Harlow; Soledad Bravo; Vicky Carr; Chequeré; Tito Gomez; Humano; Antonio Lauro; Victor Mendoza; Pablo Milanes; Dan Moretti; Jetro Da Silva; the Pampero Studio Orchestra; the Pan-American and Palladium 51 big bands; Los Pleneros del Coco; Tito Puente Jr.; Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez; Oscar Stagnaro; Eguie Castrillo big band; Cecilia Todd; Roberto Vizcaino; Giovanny Hidalgo; and Nancy Wilson.
This concert is part of the annual Tito Puente Latin Music Series, presented by Berklee College of Music, IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, and the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department. This six-concert series takes place in July and August and is an infectious soundscape of live Latin music and dance, with a strong salsa influence, in parks around the city. Performers include Berklee faculty, students, alumni, and world-renowned artists from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ecuador, Brazil, and throughout Latin America.