Oscar Suchanek Trio Featuring Joanna Teters

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Friday / August 16, 2013 / 6:00 p.m.
North End Park
46 Cross Street
Oscar Suchanek Trio

The Oscar Suchanek trio brings forth a new sound influenced by American and Brazilian jazz, flecked with soulful interpretations of popular music. This captivating quartet will move any audience.

Oscar Suchanek was born to a musical family in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1991. He showed musical ability at an early age, while growing up in Narragansett, Rhode Island. In eighth grade he and his mother moved to the Boston area. It was here he studied drum set with current Berklee professors Mark Kohler and Bob Gullotti. In the summer of 2009, Suchanek auditioned for the Berklee Five-Week Summer Program and was awarded a full-tuition scholarship.

At Berklee, Suchanek was accepted into high-level ensembles run by jazz greats like Teri Lyne Carrington, Ralph Peterson, Hal Crook, Alain Mallet, and Victor Mendoza. He has recorded with recent graduates Jihee Yoon, Kozue Kuriyama, and Jibaek Park, as well as many student projects. In 2012, Suchanek was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Drum Competition and flew to Washington, D.C., to compete. Suchanek also became a member of the Either Orchestra, a professional Boston-based Ethopian jazz group that just celebrated its 25th anniversary. Suchanek also leads projects of his own, including the Oscar Suchanek Quartet and the Brotet, and has played at many venues in the Boston area, including the Top of the Hub, the Beehive, Wally's Café, the Lillypad, Acton Jazz Café, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Middle East restaurant. He's also performed with Tim Ray, Marty Ballou, John Wilkins, John Lockwood, and Fernando Huergo, among others.