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Sudamericanto in Summer @ The Back Room // Berkeley

July 14 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm


Sudamericanto in Summer
The Back Room.

Join us for an evening of Latin American folk/jazz fusion with Sudamericanto / Madeleine Zayas Trio with Marcos Silva and David Pinto and special guest Raúl Ramírez on percussion/drums and a little cameo appearance sorpresita!

The Madeleine Zayas Trio’s unique brand of Latin-American music takes audiences along a journey through traditions from South America and the Caribbean with a Brazilian jazz twist. The Trio features multi-faceted Puerto Rican vocalist/interpreter Madeleine Zayas and high-caliber Bay Area musicians/educators natives from Peru Brazil, Puerto Rico and the US, who play original compositions and fresh arrangements of carefully selected Latin American classics from Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.
Their very eclectic repertoire is influenced by Afro-Peruvian rhythms such as lando and festejo, Chilean cueca, Brazilian samba and maracatu, Argentinian chamames, stylized plena, bomba and guaracha Puertorriquena, son Cubano and boleros, all tied together with rhythmic precision and intertwined with jazzy flavors.


Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Madeleine Zayas is a Latin American singer/interpreter and choreographer based in Oakland. Her love of folk music is rooted in the jíbaro traditions of the mountains from Puerto Rico and her eclectic repertoire is inspired by the Nueva Canción/Nueva Trova tradition of entertaining and educating about Latin American culture and pressing social issues. Musical influences include artists such as Andrés Jiménez, Cheo Feliciano, Ibrahim Ferrer, Pablo Milanes, Atahualpa Yupanki, Alberto Cortez and Violeta Parra, and groups such as Haciendo Punto en Otro Son and Inti Illimani.

Rio-born pianist, composer, arranger, producer and educator Marcos Silva performs worldwide. Nominated for two Grammys, he has toured with many artists, including Paquito D’Rivera, Bud Shank, Claudio Roditi, Raul de Souza, Toninho Horta, Leny Andrade, Edu Lobo, Emilio Santiago, Dori Caymmi and many more. Marcos was the musical director for Flora Purim and Airto Moreira for 24 years. He wrote arrangements for Dizzy Gillespie’s band and replaced Gil Evans as composer-arranger of Airto’s Spiritual Mass with a 63-piece orchestra in Germany. He is sought-after as a producer of CDs, including three of his own.

David Pinto is a Peruvian native best-known for his work as music director, arranger, and bassist for Grammy-winner Susana Baca, Diva of Afro-Peruvian song. He was member of Peru Jazz, a group highly praised for their innovation and fusion of Peruvian roots and jazz.
Raul is from the port of Callao, Peru, a hub of musical innovation and the fusion of African and Spanish music styles. Raul began playing the Peruvian cajon on the streets of Callao, a traditional instrument that is the key to the Afro-Peruvian and coastal music styles. As a boy he followed the street musicians through the streets of this rough port town learning the marinera, zamacueca, festejo, lando and other Peruvian rhythms from the masters who went from bar to bar and played the back alleys of Lima.

As Raul matured as a musician he worked played in local radio orchestras and performed with many of the legendary Peruvian artists before moving to the USA in 1973. He arrived in the Bay Area during the post-hippy jazz renaissance and worked with jazz-rock jam bands organized by Grateful Dead collaborator Merl Saunders. In the Bay Area he became an important figure in the music scene working with George Duke, Mad and Eddie Duran, Denise Perrier, Lady Memphis, Frank Jackson, Eric Schifrin, The Bobs, Pedro Vargas, Piero, Susana Baca, Eva Ayllon, Cecilia Bracamonte, Houston Persons, Pete Escovedo and The Oakland East Bay Symphony and many others.

Madeleine Zayas (Puerto Rico), vocals/percussion
Marcos Silva (Brazil), keys
David Pinto (Perú), bass
Raúl Ramírez, (Perú), percussion/drums
Plus guest artists
Musical Arrangements: Marcos Silva and David Pinto


Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door general admission. $18 for students with ID and low-income individuals.

Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available here, or if the show is not sold out, you may purchase your tickets at the door before the show.

Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash or Venmo only at the door.

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages. The venue is ADA accessible. If you need more information or have any questions, please call The Backroom at: #510-381-1997.

Please note: Although masks are no longer required, we strongly encourage their use to keep everyone safe in our intimate space.


July 14
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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