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Issac Delgado in ConcertBerklee presents its 11th annual Latin Culture Celebration, an event organized by students to showcase music from Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, and other parts of Latin American. Public events take place throughout the month of November, with concerts and clinics presented by students, faculty, alumni, staff, and guest artists. Highlights include concerts by Puerto Rican pianist Angel David Mattos November 4, vocalists Mili Bermejo and Patricia Elena Vlieg November 10, and Cuban superstar Issac Delgado November 12.

All concerts are open to the public; clinics are only open to Berklee students. Concerts at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, are $10 for general admission, unless otherwise noted. Events at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston Street; David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street; and Recital Hall 1A and 1W, 1140 Boylston Street; are free.

Monday, November 2

Victor Mendoza/Marcus Santos
Concert, 8 p.m., Cafe 939

Mexico-born vibist and composer Victor Mendoza is considered one of today’s finest Latin jazz artists. Recordings and performances with artists such as Paquito D’Rivera, Danilo Pérez, Michel Camilo, Claudio Roditi, and Antonio Sánchez, have earned him the respect of critics and fans around the globe.

Raised in the uniquely African-influenced culture of Bahia, Brazil, Marcus Santos has passionately committed his life to the study, preservation, and teaching of Afro-Brazilian music and heritage. The Berklee alumnus is the leader of the 20-piece ensemble Bloco AfroBrazil.

Wednesday, November 4

Angel David Mattos/Pan American Faculty Band
Concert, 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center

Puerto Rico-born pianist/composer Angel David Mattos fuses elements of Latin and straight ahead jazz, classical, and Puerto Rican folk music. The Berklee alumnus has performed or recorded with Dave Valentin, Alex Acuña, Bob Mintzer, John Benitez, Mike Stern, and Antonio Sanchez, among others. Berklee’s Pan American Faculty Band, directed by professors Bernardo Hernandez and Bertram Lehmann, will perform in the concert’s second half.

Thursday, November 5

Taller de Musica Experimental
Concert, 7:30 p.m., David Friend Recital Hall

Taller de Musica Experimental (Experimental Music Workshop), from Carabobo, Venezuela, is an eight-piece ensemble that combines Afro-Caribbean rhythms and instruments with elements of jazz.

Monday, November 9

Fernando Brandão
Concert, 8 p.m., Cafe 939

Berklee professor Fernando Brandão is an award-winning flutist, composer, and author. Born in Rio de Janeiro, he has performed or recorded with Luciana Souza, Bill Pierce, Marta Gomez, and many others. A student vocal group will open the show.

Tuesday, November 10

Issac Delgado
Clinic, 1 p.m., Cafe 939

Issac Delgado was one of Cuba’s most well-known musicians before defecting to the United States in 2006. A founding member of timba’s seminal group NG La Banda, Delgado has received two Latin Grammy nominations, and his solo recordings with Gonzalo Rubalcaba earned him a number of EGREM prizes, the Cuban equivalent of the Grammy.

Mili Bermejo/Patricia Elena Vlieg
Concert, 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center

Voice professor Mili Bermejo blends Latin folk music, jazz improvisation, and socially aware lyrics. Critics have described her sound as “part poetry-folk, part Sarah Vaughn sophistication” (Boston Magazine). Tonight, she will perform “Love Songs of the Americas, ” a program featuring romantic songs from a variety of lyrical traditions and cultures, with faculty cellist Eugene Freisen and the student World String Orchestra.

Panama-born Patricia Elena Vlieg is a pianist, vocalist, and composer whose music combines a variety of Latin rhythms and styles with elements of jazz and other genres. She will perform with Latin Grammy Award-winning bassist, professor Oscar Stagnaro.

Thursday, November 12

The Heart of Cuban Salsa: Issac Delgado Meets Berklee
Concert, 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center
$25, $20 reserved seating

The 2009–2010 Music Series at Berklee continues with Cuban superstar Issac Delgado: The Heart and Soul of Cuban Salsa. The Grammy-nominated vocalist is one of the most famous interpreters of timba in the world. Delgado will be backed by his son, Issac Jr, on piano, and a group of more than than 20 Berklee students, faculty, and alumni. Bass professor Oscar Stagnaro will direct the ensemble.

Monday, November 16

Berklee Canta en Español Showcase
Concert, 8 p.m., Cafe 939

This concert will feature artists who competed in Berklee Canta en Español, the Spanish-language songwriting contest sponsored by Berklee College of Music and SGAE. Performers include contest co-winner Joel Waldman, finalist Juliana Ronderos, and artists Tornsol and Pablo Latapi.

Tuesday, November 17

Berklee/Puerto Rico Conservatory Ensemble
Concert, 7 p.m., Recital Hall 1W

Students from Berklee and the Puerto Rico Conservatory team up for a concert being billed as “Boston meets San Juan.”

Wednesday, November 18

Advanced Latin and Jazz Performance Workshop
Concert, 2 p.m., Berk Recital Hall

A student ensemble, directed by voice professor Mili Bermejo, features some of the college’s top players working in the Latin jazz and traditional jazz idioms.

Tuesday, November 24

Latin jazz ensemble directed by Rebecca Cline
Concert, 5 p.m., Recital Hall 1W

A student ensemble, directed by assistant professor of ensembles Rebecca Cline, will perform Latin jazz from Brazil, Cuba, and New York.

Source: Jazz News