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Sergio Arocha | Dreaming of Jazz | Graduating Student Recital

Monday, May 13, 2024   |   6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Free – $20.00
Longy’s performances are free and open to the public, but please register in advance.

All Longy students present full recitals as part of their education and ongoing evolution as artists. They are charged with thinking critically about what stories they tell, whose voices to amplify, and who’s in the room for their event while also considering how to use performance spaces in innovative ways and how to truly engage audiences and create interactive music experiences.

Sergio Arocha is a student of Neal Smith.

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Sergio Arocha – Drums
Nando Michelin – Piano
Tony Leva – Bass

Sergio Arocha is a jazz student of Grammy Award Winning Jazz Drummer Neal Smith. Sergio received a Bachelor of Music in Performance (drum-set) from Berklee College of Music alum (2014-2020), and he was granted a Full Scholarship at Longy School of Music for the Masters program in Jazz & Contemporary Music and the Graduate Fellowship as a Music Ensemble Percussionist and the Rob Straus Equity Scholarship.

Sergio has studied for many years with the Great Masters of the instrument such as the late Ralph Peterson Jr., Dave DiCenso, Neal Smith, the late Bob Gullotti, Jerry Leake, Marco Djorjevic, the late Kim Plainfield, Henry Cole, and Yoron Israel, just to name a few. He has been an invited drummer in the biggest drum festival in Colombia in two occasions where Eric Moore, James Murphy & Dom Famularo participated.

He has performed in venues the likes of Berklee Performance Center, The Palladium in Worcester, ArtBeat Festival in Somerville, the exclusive Regattabar in Cambridge, MA & Pickman Hall, to name a few. Most recently he won First Place in the “Beats & Fills” Contest held by The Drum Channel judged by Thomas Lang, Terry Bozzio, Greg Bissonette & Chad Wackerman.

Sergio has played with North American Jazz Legends such as Kevin Harris, Charlie Kohlhase, Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dr. Bill Banfield & his Imagine Orchestra, Chris Klaxton, Bill Lowe & opened for 4 times Grammy Award Winner Paquito D’Rivera.


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Monday, May 13, 2024
6:00 pm 7:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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