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Fran Vielma Venezuelan Jazz Collective

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Please note that this event has already occurred.
Free for Salem Residents

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and in keeping with the recommendations of Governor Baker, Salem State is canceling this event and all on-campus activities through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Read more about Salem State’s response to the outbreak.

This concert has been rescheduled to Monday, September 28, 2020. The concert will still be a "Salem Night" and will be free to Salem residents.

“The ensemble is not quite hard-bop and not quite salsa--they are something more complex and unprecedented, and take sharp turns at times.”  - Phillip Freeman, Downbeat Magazine, July 2018

This innovative jazz ensemble is comprised of world-class musicians from Venezuela and Latin America who are based in the United States. Their shared musical background of the Caribbean and South American genres blended with their knowledge of jazz traditions and music from the concert hall creates a unique synergy and masterful spontaneity at every performance.

Fran Vielma, born in Venezuela, is a critically acclaimed and award-winning multi-percussionist, composer, and educator. Vielma was recently awarded the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship and the Jazz Road Tour Grant by South Arts Foundation.

Tendencias, his recent release with the start-studded Venezuelan Jazz Collective includes his original works and an arrangement of a piece by the laureate Venezuelan songwriter, Simon Díaz. It features some of the most important players of the jazz scene in the world and was included in the Best of 2018 lists by Downbeat, Latin Jazz Net, and NYC Jazz Record.

Purchase tickets today

  • $20 General
  • $15 Senior
  • Free for those under 18

For access and accommodations please visit

When 9:00pm
Classroom Building, Central Campus
71 Loring Avenue, Salem, MA 01970
Recital Hall
Karen A Gahagan

For access and accommodation information, visit our page on access or email

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