An Evening of Brazilian Music and Jazz

September 1st, 2017 in Blog with NO COMMENTS

An Evening of Brazilian Music and Jazz
featuring Music Center faculty member, Fernando Brandão and Imagine 5

Our 2017-2018 Concert Series begins with an intriguing program presented by Imagine 5, the new Boston based ensemble featuring five leading musicians and composers that bring together a contemporary and fresh sound to Brazilian, jazz and other South American music styles.

Thursday, October 12 7pm – free


Fernando Brandão – flutes

Ryan Fedak – vibraphone

Caio Afiune – electric guitar

James Heazlewood-Dale – acoustic bass

Kan Yanabe – percussion

Meet the Musicians!

Flutist, composer, author and educator Fernando Brandão has performed extensively as a bandleader, sideman, chamber musician and as a soloist with several ensembles and prominent orchestras both in his native Brazil and the US. Mr. Brandão is a Professor at Berklee College of Music and a faculty member of the Community Music Center of Boston, both where he’s been teaching for over 20 years. A leading educator in Brazilian music, he has been a guest lecturer in several colleges to talk its music styles, history and composers, and he is the author of the play-along book Brazilian and Afro-Cuban Jazz Conception, published by Advance Music.
Since moving to the United States, Caio Afiune has been performing extensively as a leader and a sideman in Boston, New York, Vermont, Washington D.C, and Chicago, as well as Brazil and Australia. In 2014, he performed and gave workshops at the Panama Jazz Festival, and was selected to be part of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program, directed by Jason Moran. Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Caio did his undergrad at Faculdade Santa Marcelina. He later received a scholarship to attend New England Conservatory, where he studied with Jerry Bergonzi, Brad Shepik, Frank Carlberg, Jason Moran and Miguel Zenon. Caio is currently finishing his doctoral degree in jazz performance at New England Conservatory.
Vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, and composer Ryan Fedak is currently finishing his undergraduate Jazz Composition program at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Born and raised in Connecticut, he has performed alongside Mike Manieri, Liam Teague, Samuel Torres, Felipe Salles, and recently opened for Spyro Gyra. He continues to perform in a variety of jazz, contemporary, and classical settings while teaching private and group lessons. Ryan’s percussion ensemble piece, “Look Around You”, was recently performed in Ireland by the Jim Royle Drum Studio. He will continue to enjoy playing, writing, and learning, and is beginning to do some freelance work in the video game music industry.
James Heazlewood-Dale is from Australia, where he graduated from Sydney Conservatorium with a full scholarship and first class honors. He later received a full scholarship for his studies at Berklee School of Music with a full scholarship. James is currently completing his Masters at New England Conservatorium where he studies under the tuition of some world-class artists such as Dave Holland, Jerry Bergonzi, and Jason Moran. Having played with some of the world’s top jazz musicians such as Maria Schneider, Aaron Goldberg, Kurt Elling, Monty Alexander, Terence Blanchard, Donny McCaslin, George Garzone, Dave Douglas, Bob Moses, Jason Palmer, Ernie Watts and Will Vincent, he continues to be extensively active in the Boston music scene.
Kan Yanabe is from Osaka in Japan. He begun his classical percussion studies at the age of 13, and after graduating from high school, he to moved the Unisted States to study hand percussion. He studied with Keita Ogawa, Chembo Corniel, Rogerio Boccato and Sergio Krakowski in NYC. He currently studies at Berklee College of Music, and he is a on-demand percussionist free lancing in Boston, New York and Hartford.

Thursday, October 12 7pm – free

34 Warren Avenue Boston, MA 02116 (Allen Hall)
Community Music Center of Boston
phone: 617-482-7494
fax: 617-482-6267

Named in memory of John Kleshinski, former Music Center Board President and
student, our concerts provide a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy a diverse
sampling of musical instruments and genres. Our informal and family-friendly
concerts are free and run approximately ninety minutes in length.

Please join us at Community Music Center of Boston for musical performances of
exceptional quality, featuring our Award-Winning faculty, guest artists and
advanced students.


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