Join members of the World Flutes Ensemble and Rhythm Section from the Berklee College of Music as they play original numbers and unique arrangements of jazz and popular songs from Argentina, Brazil, Japan and Turkey. Their entertaining “World Flutes Cabaret” will be held on Sunday, August 5 at 4:00 pm in the First Congregational Church in Marion.
Flutists Wendy Rolfe, Kazuyo Kuriya, Shota Ishikawa and Amy Conti, along with guitarist Bhrigu Sahni, bassist Max McKellar and percussionist Ana Barreiro, will be showcasing the captivating repertoire they will be taking to the U.S. National Flute Convention later in August.
Tickets ($15 adults, $10 students) may be purchased at the Bookstall on Front Street in Marion and at the door. For more information and reservations, call 508-748-1734. The First Congregational Church, located at the corner of Front Street and Main Street in Marion, is handicapped accessible.
Flutist Wendy Rolfe is a professor at Berklee College of Music. She performs on historical and modern flutes across the USA, Canada, and Latin America. She has recently returned from Quito, Ecuador, where she was in residence under the US State Department’s Fulbright Specialist Program.
Flutist and composer Kazuyo Kuriya graduated from Berklee College of Music (Jazz Composition). Performances with: Maria Schneider and McCoy Tyner (Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra), Cesar Camargo Mariano, and Eddie Gomez. Commissioned by NFA Jazz Flute Big Band in 2011.
In 2006, flutist, bassist, and composer Shota Ishikawa was awarded the World Asia Scholarship from Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with a degree in Jazz Composition and Music Performance in 2010. With the Shota Ishikawa Trio, he released the CD “Diversified Triangle” in 2009.
Flutist Amy Conti is a major in Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music. She earned a degree in Psychology and Classical Performance from Simmons College and New England Conservatory of Music. Performances with: Colleges of the Fenway Orchestra, Boston College Marching Band, and the Tufts Flute Choir.
Bhrigu Sahni is a versatile guitarist/composer-producer/vocalist, currently working with Pakistani neo-sufi artist, Arooj Aftab as co-composer and guitar player. Performances with: Angelique Kidjo, Meshell Ndegeocello, Punjabi folk star Arif Lohar, and Michael McDonald.
Bassist Max McKellar is a student at the Berklee College of Music and also works in the Nashville, TN music scene. Brazilian native percussionist Ana Barreiro graduated from the Berklee College of Music.