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Berklee Students Perform at Jazzfest, Canadian Music Week

Marco Perfetti of Perfect Mark
Marco Perfetti of Perfect Mark
Berklee College of Music

Students from Berklee College of Music will be performing in Boston and Toronto in the next days and weeks.

Beginning tomorrow, April 29, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) presents its fourth annual Berklee Global Jazz Summit: Global Report. It will feature BGJI artistic director and UNESCO Artist for Peace Danilo Perez and faculty members including master saxophonist George Garzone and world renowned bassist John Patitucci, along with acclaimed percussionist Roman Diaz. Together, they will celebrate GBJI's humanitarian ission: music outreach on a global scale.

The performance will present music from recent BGJI trips to Panama, the Dominican Republic, Chile and Valencia, Spain, featuring the same ensembles that traveled to each country. The ensembles, with students from Israel, South Africa, Korea, Japan, Brazil and the U.S., will perform original music including a piece from Danilo Perez's latest release, Panama 500. BGJI managing director Marco Pignataro and drummer/percussionist Jorge Perez-Albela will also perform.

The concert takes place at Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. Tickets are $8 in advance or $12 the day of the show. Tickets can also be purchased online through berkleebpc.dom or call 17-747-2261.

The Berklee Global Jazz Summit is also a celebration of International Jazz Day, April 30, a UNESCO-designated day of recognition for jazzas a vehicle for peace, unity and dialogue between people.

A Berklee student will also be performing at Canadian Music Week in Toronto May 6-10. Marco Perfetti, a singer-songwriter from Tuscany, Italy, has been selected to perform with his band Perfect Mark on Tuesday, May 6. Perfect Mark also features alumnus guitarist Vinicius Da Silva, and students, drummer Kiwoong Choi, bassist Derrick Elliott and guitarist John Tyler Kent.

Canadian Music Week, the country's largest music festival, is one of the premier events in North America focusing on the business of music. The festival presents 1000 bands at more than 60 venues. This year features appearances by Quincy Jones, Diane Warren, Nile Rodgers, Deadmou5, Ellie Goulding, Tegan and Sara, and City and Colour.

Perfetti applied to the festival through Reverb Nation and was chosen for the opportunty from hundreds of submissions. "It's the step forward that I was waiting for a long time, the chance to perform and introduce myself at the festival level," said Perfetti. "And it's important for us, not only the performance, but also to attend the clinics, meetings and conferences with promoters, producers and publishers."

He will soon release his debut album, "Flesh and Voice, a collection of pop-rock songs influenced by R&B and funk. Perfetti wrote, produced and arranged all of the tracks on the album. The songs were performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by a team of fellow Berklee students at The Record Company studio in Boston. Following Canadian Music Week, Perfetti heads to Italy for a two-week acoustic tour with two of his band-mates.

Perfetti came to Berklee in 2012 where he is a professional music major, after being awarded a scholarship at the Umbria Jazz Festival.