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2017-09-26

7:30PM

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100% of proceeds from this concert series are will go directly to critically-needed medicine to be sent to Venezuela through the NGO "Ayuda Humanitaria para Venezuela".



Music Aid 4 Venezuela with Leo Blanco

Renowned, Boston-based Venezuelan pianist & composer Leo Blanco, has founded, organized and will host Music Aid 4 Venezuela, a cross-genre music performance event, with the participation of multiple artists from Boston and New York. Together they will unite their talent and most heartfelt concern for the grave humanitarian crisis that Venezuela is currently facing.

Arguably, once one of the richest countries on the continent, Venezuela is now enduring one of the darkest and most desperate moments in its history. Blanco, along with a diverse group of artists, will present Music Aid 4 Venezuela through a series of concert performances throughout the U.S, wishing to show solidarity with those who are in the most dire medical need, while raising international awareness of the progressively deteriorating situation in Venezuela.

Classical chamber ensembles, Jazz bands and Venezuelan traditional music will be represented by a group of Master musicians at Regattabar on Tuesday, September 26th at 7:30pm.

100% of proceeds from this concert series are will go directly to critically-needed medicine to be sent to Venezuela through the NGO "Ayuda Humanitaria para Venezuela".

LEO BLANCO BIO

The music of pianist Leo Blanco pulses with global rhythmic elements influenced equally by his South America roots and European classical traditions interwoven with improvisatory developments.

Blanco was born in Venezuelan Andes where he absorbed folk music genres that were a mix of Afro-Caribbean, North American and European musical styles. By age eleven he was a violinist in the Merida Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 1996, his interest in world music and jazz brought him to Boston's Berklee College of Music and he later earned a Master's Degree in Composition at New England Conservatory.

In 1997 Blanco became the first Latin American to win to the prestigious Boston Jazz Society Award. The next year, he received the Billboard Grant Award for his commitment, achievement and contribution to society through music. Currently, he is a faculty member in Berklee College of Music.

Blanco has shared the stage with major international jazz artists including Terence Blanchard, Pat Metheny, Chucho Valdez (Irakere) and Joao Bosco. He has performed at numerous festivals including the Montreaux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and the Latino Festival and at the Kennedy Center. Blanco has produced and composed four albums under his name.

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