Marsalis Berklee JamsClaudia Acuña Master Class

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Thursday / April 22, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
United States

Marsalis Music, the Cambridge, Massachusetts–based record label founded by Branford Marsalis, has joined forces with Berklee College of Music to bring Marsalis Jams to Cafe 939, Berklee's student-run, all-ages music venue and coffee house. The program, an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction, will be presented periodically during the college's academic semesters as Marsalis Berklee Jams.

Whether delivered in the Spanish of her native Chile or the English that has served her well during her years in the United States, Claudia Acuña creates music resonant with determination, compassion, and commitment to struggling for and sustaining her hope for a better world. "The majority of musicians who I know or admire want to make a piece of music their own," she says, while also noting that "words are written for a reason, and the images in lyrics are a key to motivation." The images that inspire Acuña, drawn from her own creations as well as classics of Central and South America, coalesce in her Marsalis Music debut En Este Momento (At This Moment) and create a program powerful in both its message and its musicality. Claudia will wil be joined by John Cowherd on piano, Mark Kelley '02 on bass, and Edgardo "Yayo" Serka on drums and percussion.