Artists will perform in the Upper Courtyard area at The Charles Hotel.
Shows are weather permitting.
Courtyard Series: Berklee at the Regattabar - Albino Mbie
Featuring: Albino Mbie - Guitar & lead Vocal
Jiri Nedoma - Piano
Roberto Giaquinto - Drums
Chuks okpu - Acoustic and Electric Bass
Tracy Robertson - Vocals
Erin Bentlange - Vocals
Albino Mbie was born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a country in southern Africa known for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Fueled by the resourcefulness and determination that have always characterized Mozambicans, he built his first guitar at 16 from a five-liter can of oil, scrap wood, and strings made out of electrical cords.
Drawn to the sounds of neighborhood street musicians in Maputo, Mbie began to play in a number of local bands. As with his homemade guitar, he wanted to combine styles and incorporate diverse elements in his music. For his talents to grow, he knew he needed experience new places, cultures, and sounds.
While studying music education and performance at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, he heard about Berklee, and soon after, became one of the first students to receive a full scholarship to Berklee through the African Scholars program in 2009.
At Berklee, he was exposed to a variety of influences, but wanted to go deeper into the roots of jazz and expand his knowledge of music. He auditioned and was selected to participate in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), which is directed by Danilo Pérez and has a roster of teachers that includes Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, and Terri Lyne Carrington. BGJI fosters a musician's artistic vision, and has helped Mbie find his own unique voice in the art form.
Albino still felt the absence of his own Mozambican traditions in his music. With the help of his mentors, Richard Bona and Lionel Loueke, two of the most prominent African musicians in the United States, he began to bridge that gap.
Today, Albino's music succeeds in combining many disparate parts into an organic whole. It incorporates his musical experiences from Mozambique, the U.S., and many other places around the world, combining rhythmic patterns and musical concepts to create a unique "Moz-jazz" sound.
Albino Mbie's original composition, "Mozambique Dance," was released by Jazz Revelation Records, a student-run record label at the Berklee, in 2011. He recorded another original, "Awusiwana,", for the Berklee 2012 Summer in the City disc. His debut album, also called Mozambique Dance, is to be released in Spring 2013.
Albino Mbie is an active musician, and has performed in several countries including Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Italy, the U.S., and Mexico. He has also produced and recorded various projects in Mozambique and in the United States. He graduated from Berklee in 2012 with a dual degree in performance and music production and engineering, and a minor in acoustics.