Nando Michelin: Candombe and the Music of Hugo Fattoruso
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Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Nando Michelin came to Boston to study at Berklee, where he graduated summa cum laude. Now an assistant professor in Berklee’s Piano Department, Michelin will explain the basic roles and origins of the different drums in candombe, the most important Afro-Uruguayan rhythm. A band of Berklee faculty and students will perform the music of Hugo Fattoruso, who incorporated candombe in a jazz and rock setting through his iconic and internationally acclaimed band, Opa. The evening’s Berklee band, which will be joined by guests, includes Mark Walker on drums, Claudio Ragazzi on guitar, Tomas Latorre on bass, and Michelin on piano.
Michelin’s discography includes Facing South and Common Grounds for Brownstone, Art, Chants, Live at the AJC, and When Einstein Dreams for Double Time, Duende (featuring Esperanza Spalding) for Fresh Sound, and an independent release, Reencontro, also with Spalding. His last album, Como Arboles, features the voice of Sofia Rei, among others, and is a collection of original songs written to poems by the great Uruguayan poet Mario Benedetti. As a producer, Michelin has worked with artists such as Katie Viqueira, Teresa Ines, Felipe Salles, and Alejandro Cimadoro. As a sideman, he has performed with Jerry Bergnozi, Anat Cohen, George Garzone, Antonio Sanchez, and Lo Borges, among others.