BOSTON.- Under the direction of artistic directors Javier Limón and Victor Mendoza, five of Spain’s top young Flamenco artists will appear in the U.S. for the first time for a concert of traditional music and Latin jazz featuring some of Berklee College of Music’s most inspiring international students. The Mediterranean Music Institute Presents Young Flamenco takes place Thursday, November 17, 8:15 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. Tickets are available at the box office, at berkleebpc.com, or by calling (617) 973-2000. The venue is wheelchair accessible. The event is part of the Young Flamenco Project presented by the Mediterranean Music Institute at Berklee in Valencia and organized by Berklee College of Music and SPAIN arts & culture.
SPAIN arts & culture is the cultural program of the Spanish Embassy in Washington. It works for the diffusion of Spanish culture in the USA and one of its main objectives is to make the cultural exchange between cultural creators of both countries easier.
The Young Flamenco project is an initiative of Berklee College of Music and Spain arts & culture created to promote the career of young Spanish Flamenco artists in the US and, at the same time, spread this rich musical language at an international level.
The Mediterranean Music Institute is the initial activity of Berklee in Valencia, the college’s first international campus. The main objective of the Mediterranean Music Institute is to contribute to the cultural exchange of Mediterranean music, research and teaching in these musical traditions, its promotion at an international level, and the support of young talents.
The concert will feature some of Spain’s greatest up-and-coming young Flamenco vocalists, dancer, percussionist, and guitarist. Some of these artists have collaborated with the world’s best known Spanish performers, including Sara Baras, Joan Manuel Serrat, and Jorge Pardo.
Under the direction of Limón and Mendoza, a group of top international students from Berklee College of Music will draw upon rhythms and instruments from Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Venezuela, and other countries fusing a myriad of cultures and sounds to create a spectacular program of traditional Flamenco music and Latin jazz seldom heard in Boston.
Students from Berklee College of Music performing:
Â* Jeremy de Jesus – flute, Puerto Rico
Â* Mario Castro – tenor sax, Puerto Rico
Â* Paul Sanchez Pacheco – trumpet/flugelhorn, Ecuador
Â* Evan Waaramaa – piano, USA
Â* Sergio Martinez – flamenco percussion, Spain
Â* Gabriel Lugo – Latin percussion, Puerto Rico
Â* Francisco Vielma – Latin percussion, Venezuela
Â* Oscar Suchanek – drum set, USA
Â* Patrick Duffy – acoustic bass, USA
About the artistic Directors:
Producer, musician, composer, Javier Limón is a legend of Latin American culture. His ability to weave fairytales with the unique twists of the genre garnered him a Latin Grammy in 2004 for Producer of the Year. Limon has gone on to win a total of seven Latin Grammys, one Grammy and many more nominations. He is also the Artistic Director of the Mediterranean Music Institute.
Victor Mendoza Considered by critics around the world to be one of today’s finest Latin jazz artists, Mexican-born vibraphonist and composer Victor Mendoza’s career includes performances with his own group and as guest soloist around the globe including Montreal, Quebec, Boston and New Orleans Jazz Festivals. He has also been a professor at Berklee College of Music for many years and is an active and important part of the Berklee in Valencia project.
The project will feature some of the greatest young Spanish flamenco artists:
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