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Marta Gómez

Marta Gómez started her musical studies at the age of six in her native Colombia when she entered the Liceo Benalcazar choir being its soloist for ten years. In 1993 Marta moved to Bogota to continue her musical studies at the Javeriana University and In the summer of 1999 she entered the Berklee College of Music where she received the "Best Achievement Scholarship" and the "Alex Ulanowsky" composition award before graduating magna cum laude under the Professional Music degree program. with more of 70 composed songs, She has also developed an extensive studio career recording for radio and TV for more than ten years in her native Colombia, and three years in the US.

In 2001 Marta recorded a self-titled CD and in her new one called "Solo es vivir" the singer and songwriter not only traverses a whole range of Colombian cumbias and bambucos, Argentine zambas, Cuban sones and Peruvian landos but she also writes the kind of melodies and refrains that translate across whatever language she is singing in.

In March of 2003, Marta's song "Paula Ausente" based on the book "Paula" by Isabel Allende, won the The SIBL Project International songwriting contest as the best song inspired by a South American book. The song was included on a CD among others by artists such as Tom Waits and David Bowie.Only a month later the same year, Marta was chosen by Bonnie Raitt to open her concert at the Orpheum Theater in Boston with Grammy winner John Mayer.

The Boston Globe called her show "A piece of South America brought by a world-class singer full of passion".

The exact date of this concert is not known, but it occurred in the marked year around this time.

Earlier Event: March 4
Rhythm Harvest
Later Event: March 26
"What a Neighborhood!"