NEMPAC Summer Concert Series on the Prado
in partnership with the Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Main Stage Concert
5:30 p.m. NEMPAC Student Feature
Concerts are free and open to the public.
July 6th – Scanzonati, Contemporary Italian Jazz Musicians
“Scanzonati” is the new project that brings again on the same stage the jazz singer Marchese and the Berklee Faculty Pejrolo. The project not simply express the deep love that the two musicians have for the widely known “canzone” form, but represents also an incredible rich and precious age of the Italian music made of well written music as well as a lyrical finesse. Gino Paoli, Angelo Branduardi, Fiorella Mannoia, Pino Daniele and Domenico Modugno are only some of the most renowned and prestigious artists that the project will pay the tribute to. Combining the charming and soulful Marchese’s voice with Pejrolo’s talent and creativity in discovering new sounds and atmospheres, the audience will assist to a real innovation and unique concert.
July 13th – Nempac Community Night, Spotlight on Local Talent
Performers TBA. For information on applying to perform, visit here.
July 20th – REVMA, Authentic Greek Roots Music
Sandy Theodorou – accordion, laouto, vocals
Glenn Dickson – clarinet
Rohan Gregory – violin
Fabio Pirozzolo – percussion, vocals
REVMA passionately displays the living art of traditional Greek music (“Dimotika”), to listening and dancing audiences. Mesmerizing pentatonic and polyphonic Epirot mountain laments and celebrations, lyrical melodies and the “springing” sousta and ballos dances of the Aegean, Dodekanese, and Ionian islands, powerful odd-metered Macedonian and Thracian rhythms, and the delicate modal tones of urban Smyrnaika, are all shaped by a history drenched in struggle, war, migration, resilience, and philotimia, and charged with Greek life-embracing passion and wit. Our musicians are: Rohan Gregory on violin, Glenn Dickson on clarinet, Fabio Pirozzolo on percussion, guitar, and voice, and Sandy Theodorou on laouto, accordion, and voice.
July 27th – Caio Afiune, Brazilian Ensemble
Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Caio did his undergrad at Faculdade Santa Marcelina, where he was the youngest student to ever enroll in the music program, at age 16.
After graduating, Caio moved to Boston in 2011 after receiving a scholarship to attend New England Conservatory, where he studied with several of his musical idols, including Jerry Bergonzi, Brad Shepik, Frank Carlberg, Jason Moran and Miguel Zenon. At NEC, Caio was part of the NEC Jazz Orchestra and shared the stage with jazz greats Dave Holland, Bob Moses, and Fred Hersch.
Since moving to the United States, Caio has been performing extensively as a leader and a sideman not only in Boston, but also in New York, Vermont, Washington D.C, and Chicago, as well as Brazil and Australia.
In 2014, after multiple performance and workshops at the Panama Jazz Festival, Caio was selected to be part of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program, directed by Jason Moran. That same year Caio recorded his self-titled debut album, featuring exclusively original compositions. “Prebenda”, the opening track was awarded an ASCAP Young Composer Award, and “Dido”, the closing track, was an official finalist in the 2015 Hollywood songwriting competition and won the 2016 Downbeat Award for best composition.
Caio has played with Jerry Bergonzi, Luciana Souza, Jaques and Paula Morelenbaum, Phil Grenadier, Bertram Lehman, among many others, and is currently finishing his doctoral degree in jazz performance at New England Conservatory.