Oscar Stagnaro: The Foundation of Groove in Afro-Cuban Music

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Friday / September 27, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street

Four-time Grammy Award-winning bassist and renowned educator Oscar Stagnaro presents a clinic for newcomers and seasoned veterans alike on the rhythmic foundation of Afro-Cuban music. By breaking down the essential rhythmic cells used to create different rhythms, he will bridge the gap between feeling and an authentic understanding of language, while applying one's own voice to this idiom. During his tenure at Berklee, Stagnaro established the Latin bass curriculum, while also writing what is considered to be the essential method book on the topic, The Latin Bass Book.

He will be accompanied by Mark Walker on drums, Ernesto Diaz on percussion, Samuel Batista on tenor sax, Paul Sanchez on trumpet, and Issac Delgado Jr. on piano.

At Berklee, Stagnaro is the advisor for Latin minor studies and coordinator for the Latin Music and Culture Celebration. He is also the artistic director of the Congress of Latin American Music Schools. Bass Player magazine writes that, “Oscar’s technical agility, advanced harmonic and melodic knowledge, and grounding in funk and R&B—as well as his dedication to Latin traditions—give him the ultimate flexibility when it comes time to lay down a groove.” Stagnaro has performed or recorded with Paquito D’ Rivera, Dave Valentin, David Sanchez, Charlie Sepulveda, and Ray Barreto, among many others.