Jorge Drexler in Boston

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at the Performance Center
Boston, MA - 1/20/11

BOSTON, MA - Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler played before an appreciative audience this week in Boston. In a show produced by bass professor Oscar Stagnaro and arranged and conducted by contemporary writing and production chair Matt Nicholl, Drexler showed just why he has won audiences the world over. (Drexler's earned 7 Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations as well as 2 Spanish Music Prizes - silly creds.) In short, Drexler is one of the world's premiere contemporary guitar artists and we are delighted to share it with you.

In 2004, Drexler became the first Uruguayan to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song "Al Otro Lado del Río" from the internationally acclaimed film The Motorcycle Diaries. Drexler's recent work includes the soundtrack for James Ivory's film The City of Your Final Destination. His latest album, Amar la Trama (2010), recorded in four days in front of a small audience chosen from an online contest, received four nominations at the 11th Latin Grammy Awards.

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About the Man: Jorge Drexler was born in Montevideo to a German Jewish family that migrated to Uruguay to escape persecution. In 1992, he released his first album, La Luz Que Sabe Robar and earned a doctorate from the University of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. In 1995, Drexler moved to Spain and recorded another four albums: Llueve (1998), Frontera (1999), Sea (2001), and Eco (2004). Although he lives most of the year in Spain, many of his albums were partially recorded in Uruguay with Uruguayan musicians. Artists such as Mercedes Sosa, Shakira, Maria Rita, Ana Belén, Victor Manuel, and Zélia Duncan have recorded on his songs.

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Berklee student Emily Elbert opened for Drexler

upcoming: the Berklee Signature Series

This year, the Berklee College of Music Signature Series features concert performances in a range of musical styles, including gospel, country, bluegrass, and jazz. The series which started in January, has shows coming up February through April. Featured along with world-renowned artists are faculty and student musicians from the Berklee community. All concerts take place at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston. For more information, call 617-747-2261 or simply visit them online.

Songs of Richard Smallwood
Thursday, February 3, 8:15 p.m.
Tickets $20, $15

Six time grammy award-winner and Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee Richard Smallwood performs with Berklee's gospel choir, led by associate professor Dennis Montgomery III, and produced by Africana Studies. He is a classical pianist and gospel music aficionado, blending gospel, R&B, pop, soul, and classical inflences. His music has been recorded by major artists including Destiny's Child, Yolanda Adams, and Karen Clark-Sheard. This concert will also serve to honor Smallwood for his contributions to gospel music, and will be emceed by Dr. Teresa Hairston, publisher of Gospel Today.

Great American Songbook: The Sounds of Nashville
Sunday, February 27, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $20, $15

Berklee students and faculty tell the story of the Nashville music scene through the music of artists such as Jimmie Rodgers, Charley Pride, Hank Williams, Ray Charles, Patsy Cline, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Alan Jackson and others. This performance is presented with a full rhythm section, string orchestra, woodwinds, horns; student and faculty vocalists. Produced by Berklee professor Ken Zambello

Kathy Mattea Meets Berklee
Thursday, March 10, 8:15 p.m.
Tickets $20, $15

Two-time Grammy Award-winner country and bluegrass singer Kathy Mattea blends folk, Celtic, and traditional country for a unique sound. She has recorded 17 albums, with more than 30 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks charts. Her breakthrough song in 1986 was a cover of Nanci Griffith's "Love at the Five and Dime" off her folk-influenced album Walk the Way the Wind Blows, and her music has been covered by such artists as Kenny Rogers, Wynonna Judd, and Reba McEntire. The show is produced by Berklee Music Production and Engineering Department professor Stephen Webber.

Berklee Global Jazz Institute
First Anniversary Summit
Monday, April 25, 8:15 p.m.
Tickets $20, $15

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute, under the artistic direction of world-renowned pianist Danilo Perez, offers young jazz players a chance to concentrate on their creativity and musicianship while performing regularly. This concert brings together institute students and faculty to celebrate their first year anniversary, which includes performances by Danilo Perez, saxophonist Joe Lovano, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, and Grammy Award-winning double bassist and electric bassist John Patitucci.


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