Latin Culture Student Composition Concert

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Tuesday / December 6, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
United States

A tribute to the music of Latin America. This concert will feature a select group of student composers, arrangers, and performers from a wide range of styles representing the music of different countries related to Latin culture, such as Puerto Rico, Cuba, Venezuela, the United States, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, and the Caribbean.

Styles include Brazilian pop, timba (modern Afro-Cuban), Argentinean zamba, joropo (Venezuela), chacarera (Argentine), reggae-funk-rap, plena (Puerto Rico), Latin vocals, and rhumba flamenca (Spain). Peformers include:

Juana Aquerreta

Juana Aguerreta was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She grew up surrounded by folkloric music, a style that influences most of her own compositions. She was very lucky to find at Berklee people who feel passionate about this music too, and with whom she will be performing one of her newest songs, "Camalote," with the air of an Argentinean zamba in a contemporary style.

Nuevas Almas (Francisco Viema)

Nuevas Almas is influenced by the Venezuelan joropo, a genre originally performed in the plains region of Venezuela. The original instruments used for joropo are harp, cuatro, maracas, and voice. The tune has also sections with culo'e puya drums, which are Afro-Venezuelan instruments performed at the parties of San Juan Bautista in the state of Miranda/Venezuela.


"Music is a weapon," as the saying goes, and this funk-reggae-rap-atack-a-ton band called Numasbala firmly stands behind that saying. Primarily concerned with spreading good vibes, screaming positive messages, challenging sterotypes, and questioning taboos about the world, the universe, and oneself, this Latin American band—often accompanied by people from the four corners of the world—will definitely shake your bones and make you run for the dance floor.

Victor Mota: Samba-Rock

Influenced by many styles, including Brazilian samba and pop-rock as well as American blues, funk, and pop, Victor Mota makes groovy pop with much expression and intensity. He brings strong arrangements for horn section but also acoustics for fingerstyle, resulting in a versatile wave that he calls Brazilian pop-rock with blues and funk influence. His inspiration comes from many artists, including Brazilians (like Djavan, Jorge Ben Jor, Seu Jorge, Lulu Santos) and also Americans and Europeans (like John Mayer, Jamie Cullum, James Morrison, Tower of Power, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimi Hendrix).

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$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission