2013-14 concert season closes with Grammy-winning percussionist Ignacio Berroa


The FIU School of Music closes out its 2013-14 concert season with “Afro-Cuban Jazz and Beyond” featuring Grammy-winning percussionist Ignacio Berroa for a lecture-performance set to take place on Friday, April 25th from 7:30pm until 9:30pm at the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. Presented in collaboration with the Cuban Research Institute, WDNA, and the Cuban-American Student Organization (CASO), the event will include a special presentation that covers 400 years of Afro-Cuban and Cuban music, followed by a trio performance with pianist Martin Bejerano and bassist Armando Gola.


International drum star Ignacio Berroa has been recognized by many as one of the greatest drummers of our time. His numerous contributions to the American music scene have earned him a place among a very select group of artists known to have set new musical trends for the 20th century. Described by Jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie as “The only Latin drummer in the world and in the history of American music that intimately knows both worlds; his native Afro-Cuban music as well as jazz…”


Over the last 40 years Mr. Berroa has been major protagonist of an era in which historic and political conditions greatly influenced the music in both Cuba and the United States. His first-hand knowledge includes the musical legacy of both his father and grandfather, making this presentation uniquely historical. Berroa has developed an audiovisual-teaching program that shows the evolution of Afro-Cuban music and its fusion with Jazz. His main purpose is to educate American musicians, while keeping the legacy of the great masters alive. Artist information available by click here.


Click here to watch Ignacio Berroa in performance


Tickets are $10 for FIU students; $15 FIU Faculty/Staff & /Alumni/Non-FIU Students; and $20 general public. Tickets are available by calling 305-348-0496, at the door, or by clicking here.


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