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Felipe Salles’ The New Immigrant Experience

October 21 @ 7:30 pm

A saxophone glimmers on a blue background. Creative commons courtesy photo.
Photo by Toshiyuki IMAI

Composer Felipe Salles performs a powerful multimedia work inspired by the lives of “Dreamers,” the almost 700,000 individuals currently protected by DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Salles, who emigrated from Brazil to the United States in 1995, has created the work for a full 18-piece ensemble and created it with a Guggenheim fellowship — the work blends speech cadences and melody.

Salles collected the stories he tells through interviews with a group of nine “Dreamers” during the summer of 2018 and weaves them through his music, honoring the lived experiences of immigrants in America during these turbulent political times.

This concert is a benefit for Berkshire Immigrant Center, The West Stockbridge Historical Society and Berkshire Theatre Group.

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The performance will celebrate and shine a spotlight on the positive contributions that the Berkshire immigrant community makes to enhancing the quality of life in the county, the three organizations agree. More than 10,000 immigrants live in Berkshire County today, and in countless and often unseen and undervalued ways, the Berkshire immigrant community makes a significant contribution to improving the quality of life for everyone. The funds raised will also ensure the local immigrant population can join in the evening’s festivities.

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Felipe Salles has been an active musician in the US since 1995, where he has worked and recorded with prominent jazz artists, including Randy Brecker, Paquito D’Rivera, David Liebman, Melissa Aldana, Lionel Loueke, Jerry Bergonzi, Chico Pinheiro, Magos Herrera, Sofia Rei, Yosvany Terry, Jovino Santos Neto, Oscar Stagnaro, Luciana Souza and Bob Moses.

Salles has toured extensively in Europe, North and South America, India and Australia, as a sideman and as a leader of his own group.

His arrangements and compositions have been performed by some of the top groups in the world including The Metropole Orchestra, UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Amazonas Band, Helsinki Philharmonic Violas, Meta4 String Quartet, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra, New England Conservatory Jazz Orchestra and New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, among others.

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Date:
October 21
Time:
7:30 pm
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Event Location

Colonial Theatre
111 South St.
Pittsfield, MA
413-997-4444

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