Brazilian-Influenced Jazz at Swingin' in the Fens

Liz Burg
June 27, 2012
Marcella Camargo performs with her quartet at Swingin' in the Fens on July 11.
Marcella Camargo performs with her quartet at Swingin' in the Fens on July 11.

The sounds of Brazilian-influenced jazz music will fill the Fenway at Swingin' in the Fens, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. Berklee-based act Marcella Camargo Quartet will perform. The annual free concert presented by Berklee in partnership with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department's ParkARTS program moves to a new location this year at Ramler Park, located at 130 Peterborough Street. Picnics and folding chares are encouraged, and the event is wheelchair accessible. Presenters of Swingin' in the Fens are Berklee College of Music's Office of Community Affairs and Campus Engagement, the Fenway Civic Association, and ParkARTS. In the event of inclement weather, Swingin' in the Fens will be postponed to July 25 at 6:30 p.m.

The concert is part of Berklee's Summer in the City presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, with more than 115 free outdoor concerts.

Hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, singer and arranger Marcella Camargo performs unique arrangements of blues and jazz standards influenced by the sounds of her native country. A recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, Camargo has been invited to share the stage with artists like Paul Simon, Ivan Lins, and Jetro da Silva. Camargo formed her quartet for the simple reason of getting friends together to play Brazilian music and now performs Brazilian jazz fusion throughout Boston for private parties and events like the 2011 and 2012 Taste of the Back Bay.

Since 1997, Mayor Thomas M. Menino's multi-faceted ParkARTS program has offered a wide variety of cultural offerings in Boston's parks including performing, participatory, and visual arts. By presenting programs in each of these three areas, ParkARTS ensures a broad variety of programming which appeals to many constituencies reaching all of Boston's neighborhoods.

The Fenway Civic Association is a board-driven, all-volunteer, member-supported organization whose goal is to promote and sustain a vital, livable neighborhood. Fenway Civic values the contributions that the neighborhood's arts and cultural institutions make to the Fenway, and is an active supporter and sustainer of the neighborhood's open spaces. Fenway Civic is proud to cosponsor Swingin' in the Fens, among other public-private partnerships that enhance the vitality and livability of the Fenway.

Headquartered in Paris and Boston, Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM) provides investment solutions to both institutional and individual clients. The Berklee Summer in the City sponsorship is the second phase of a new multi-year global NGAM music sponsorship program designed to align business objectives with initiatives that preserve cultural experience through music.

The Office of Community Affairs and Campus Engagement at Berklee College of Music cultivates and manages institutional relationships, partnerships, and programs that advance the college, mobilize musicians as leaders, and contribute to the cultural, educational, and artistic development of the Boston area and our society.