There’s no joy like falling into a story. If Ani Cordero hadn’t chosen to come to Mass MoCA this Saturday night, I would not have be listening to her music today and imagining the folk musicians she has re-imagined — like Victor Jara sitting in a peña with musicians around him playing Chilean folk music on the quena or zampoñas, Andean flute or pan-pipes, and writing love songs. She writes her own music as she explores the sounds of Puerto Rico.
This weekend brings music from many parts of the world to the Berkshires. Betsayda Machado will perform Venezuelan and Afro-soul harmonies at Hancock Shaker Village on Saturday, with tambor, a spirit-shaking percussion and vocal energy. Zivanai Masango and his band Pachedu, will give a free concert at Williams College on Friday of Afropop, Afrojazz and traditional Zimbabwean and Southern African music, with Tendai Muparutsa, known for his unique guitar and vocal styles.
And the annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival begins a week of concerts with nightly jazz crawls this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, leading up to next week’s headliners — piano prodigy Caelan Cardello will perform at the Berkshire Athenaeum on Oct. 11, New Orleans jazz and blues artist Samirah Evans will join saxophonist Charles Neville at Flavours of Malaysia on Oct. 13, and the Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience, a six-piece ensemble led by his long-term bassist John Lee, gives a tribute to Gillespie at the Colonial Theatre on Oct. 14, celebrating what would be his 100th year.