The Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College presents “The Voice of Latin Spring,” a concert by the World Music Percussion Ensemble (WMPE) and its guest artists La Voz de Tres, featuring the Chilean vocalist Natalia Bernal. The concert takes place Wednesday, May 24, 7 pm, in Spaulding Auditorium, and tickets are $10.
Expect an upbeat mix of music from many traditions filtered through a Afro-Latin aesthetic—including Stevie Wonder, Cal Tjader, Charanga Cakewalk, Irakere, Milton Nascimento and La Voz de Tres originals. WMPE and La Voz will each play some selections on their own and the two groups will combine for other numbers.
Led by master drummer Hafiz Shabazz, the WMPE is a full band with percussion at its core, with student and community percussionists reinforced by excellent musicians from this region.
Along with Bernal, La Voz de Tres is consists of seven-string guitarist (and Bernal’s husband) Jason Ennis and keyboardist Mike Eckroth. Together they blend the infectious rhythms and nuanced songwriting traditions of Latin America, original compositions and picks from the great American songbook into a surprising improvisational texture. Although based in New York, both Ennis and Eckroth teach on the Dartmouth Music Faculty, Ennis as a guitar instructor and Eckroth as a spring 2017 guest keyboard instructor. All About Jazz praised the group’s “exceptional originality and style,” while Richard B. Kamins of Step Tempest wrote: “The musicianship is impeccable and Ms. Bernal’s voice is a revelation.”