Casa Limón Hosts a Week of Music in NYC

Katie Gibson
November 14, 2018

The Berklee Mediterranean Music Institute and Casa Limón showcased Mediterranean music and student work through a week of events. 

casa limon concert delfina tali
Martin sings piano
concert nella Rojas everybody knows
Javier limon gala students
Christiane karam plentenitsa balkan choir
concert bebo valdes piano tribute
Javier limon panel discussion
The week included several concerts with performances by students and alumni, including Delfina Cheb (left) and Tali Rubinstein B.M. '14 (right).
Berklee student Martin Guas won the songwriting contest. His original piece will be recorded by Javier Limón.
Nella Rojas B.M. '15 performed a selection of songs from the upcoming movie 'Everybody Knows.'
Javier Limón thanks the performers at an event sponsored by the airline Iberia, which supports MMI.
Christiane Karam directed the Pletenitsa Balkan Choir at the Casa Limón Gala.
The week included a tribute to Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes, featuring three young female pianists.
Limón hosted a conversation with musician and educator Mehmet Dede (left).
Photo by Alba Vigaray
Photo by Lauren Desberg
Photo by Ines Velasco
Photo by Alba Vigaray
Photo by Liz Maney
Photo by Ines Velasco
Photo by Ines Velasco

For the second year, Berklee musicians and the Mediterranean Music Institute joined forces with Casa Limón, a record label and production company owned and directed by Berklee faculty member Javier Limón, to host seven days of musical events in New York City.

The week included a panel discussion on modern Mediterranean music and a tribute to Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes featuring three young female pianists. The label also hosted a New York–themed songwriting contest for students, which garnered entries of various styles inspired by the city. Berklee student Martin Guas, the contest winner, earned the chance to have his original song recorded by Limón. The Casa Limón Gala, supported by the Spanish consulate, featured new musical projects with a host of Berklee student and alumni musicians. 

Venezuelan vocalist Nella Rojas B.M. '15 performed a selection of songs composed by Limón for the upcoming film Everybody Knows. The film, directed and produced by Asghar Farhadi, includes Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, and Ricardo Darín. Rojas has a cameo in the film, and performed several of the songs with Limón and a live band. 

To see some highlights from the week, click through the photo gallery above. 

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