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Zahili Gonzalez Zamora's musical path and thirst for constant professional growth brought her on a long journey from Cuba to Canada to Southeast Asia and the United States.
In 2017 she graduated from Berklee, summa cum laude, with a dual degree in jazz composition and jazz piano performance. In September of 2019 she joined the Piano Department at Berklee.
Zahili has written and arranged pieces mostly within the jazz genre. Her rich musical background, career experience, and extraordinary improvisation skills have made her a leader in the modern Latin jazz idiom and an influential, emulated musician among her female peers.
Her Afro-Cuban jazz trio, MIXCLA, features original tunes and arrangements by her, which have captured the attention of major agents locally and internationally. The trio has headlined at the 59th Monterey Jazz Festival, the 2016 Stave Sessions by Celebrity Series of Boston, the 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival, Sculler's jazz club in Boston, and other highly respected venues and festivals. With her trio MIXCLA, Zahili's newly-released album has advanced her standing in the jazz world, earning her two Boston Music Award nominations and a finalist place at the DC Jazz Prix competition in Washington, D.C.