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Mochi Parra & David Pinto

Suggested Donation $15

Born in the rural town of Parral, Chile, Mochi Parra began training as a concert cellist and performer at the age of five. Deeply rooted in Chilean folk songs, her repertoire stretches to embrace musical influences from all over South and Central America as well as the Caribbean. Her captivating voice has been heard in combination with a number of remarkable musicians such as Carlos Hayre, Juan Falu, and Carlos Mejia Godoy.

Berkeley Jazz School teacher David Pinto is internationally known for his work as music director, arranger, and bass player for Grammy-winner Susana Baca. He was a member of Peru Jazz, a group highly praised for their innovation in encompassing Pervian roots. David also leads the group Syncopated Colors.

Mochi and David are teaming up to present a concert of South American musical jewels that will set a precedent for the boundless possibilities between the voice and a six-stringed bass. The two gave taste of their beautiful musical dialogue at the Encuentro Festival last December when presenting an arrangement of the late Rafael Manriquez’s “The Hand,” and were said to have “created an exquisite orchestration.” It goes without saying that we are in for a treat!