Berklee Summer Concert SeriesCarlos Averhoff Jr. and IRESI Project
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Carlos Averhoff Jr. is a saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator whose sound combines the rhythms of his native Cuba with modern styles of jazz and funk. Born in Havana, Averhoff began his musical training at the Manuel Saumell Music Conservatory, following in the footsteps of his father, also a renowned musician and educator.
He graduated from Amadeo Roldan School of Music and also studied at the Superior Institute of Art (ISA). He has recorded with Buena Vista Social Club, Roberto Fonseca, Elmer Ferrer, Jorge Reyes, and others.
In 2004, he settled in Spain, where he began leading his own quartet, and the following year, he took first place honors at the SGAE Awards for Jazz Interpretation and Composition. He came to Berklee in 2008 after receiving several scholarships, including the prestigious Charlie Parker Scholarship.
Averhoff is launching his music project IRESI while working on his first solo album, featuring original compositions that fuse elements straight-ahead jazz and funk with traditional Cuban styles such as danzon, son, bolero, Cuban timba, and Afro-Cuban.