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The #BerkleeAnywhere Concert Series features Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students performing virtually, from wherever they are in the world. We may be separated by distance, but music empowers us to unite. Wherever you are, we invite you to connect with us every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. ET on Berklee’s IGTV and Facebook pages.
About the Artist
Roella Oloro is a British composer and multi-instrumentalist of Nigerian and Jamaican descent. Her early musical home was in the Pentecostal Church, where she played piano in regional gospel choirs around Southwest England, playing by ear alongside her classical training in piano, clarinet, alto saxophone, and bass guitar. Inspired by jazz in her early teens after hearing the virtuosic brilliance of Oscar Peterson, she moved to London in 2017 to study at Trinity Laban and quickly got involved with the city's vibrant music scene, performing with bands like the Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Frontline as well as regularly attending jams at Ronnie Scott’s, the Haggerston, Troy Bar, and Steamdown, among others. After spending summer 2018 at Berklee College of Music under the mentorship of renowned drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, she was offered a full scholarship to study there. Following a rigorous fundraising campaign that saw communities come together to help her raise £23,000 in four months, Oloro was able to take her place at Berklee and has been studying there since September 2019. As a composer, she has written for a variety of different ensembles; one of her first pieces for big band, "Cruisin'," was played at the Royal Albert Hall.
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