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Renowned Jazz Drummer Francisco Mela Visiting McNally Smith April 18–20 to Conduct Clinics, Masterclasses and More

Francisco Mela is one ambitious cat. The Cuban-born drummer arrived in the United States in the early 2000s to study at Berklee College of Music and promptly flipped the script, becoming a teacher at the school within a few years. In similar short order, he firmly established himself within elite jazz circles by playing alongside legends such as John ScofieldJoe LovanoKenny Barron, and McCoy Tyner, all the while composing his own music and performing with his own ensembles. Perpetually busy with a bevy of projects going at all times, it comes as no surprise that Mela will have his hands quite full while visiting McNally Smith College of Music this Thursday–Saturday (April 18–20). In addition to an exclusive clinic and masterclass, the charismatic drummer will conduct an intimate DisCourse conversation with students, as well as an Artist & Industry performance/Q&A in the History Theatre. Mela is renowned for his unique voice on the drum set. He possesses a knack for to blending the sounds of modern jazz with traditional Cuban rhythms and melodies. Make sure to catch him while he’s on campus:

  • Thursday, April 18 — DisCourse @ 1:00 p.m. in Room 70
  • Friday, April 19 — Artist & Industry @ 12:00 p.m. in the History Theatre
  • Friday, April 19 — Masterclass @ 2:00 p.m. in Room 70
  • Saturday, April 20 — Clinic & Reception @ 11:00 a.m. in the Soundbite Cafe