Pedro José Pastrana w/ Christelle Durandy

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Pedro José Pastrana w/ Christelle Durandy

Join us for an evening of Jazz & World music with Pedro José Pastrana and Christelle Durandy.

By Sam Rudin

When and where

Date and time

Starts on Saturday, May 13 · 8pm PDT


The Back Room 1984 Bonita Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704

Refund Policy

Contact the organizer to request a refund.

About this event

  • 2 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Pedro José Pastrana is a music creator re-thinking the concept of Puerto Rican music. Fusing the earthy quality of folk music with forward-looking compositions and live performances. In 2022, he independently released his debut album inspired by the coming of age events of the past 13 years. His work has been reviewed and playlisted by LatinJazzNet, KCSM Jazz, Puerto Rico Jazz and PRPop. As a sideman Pedro has redefined the versatility of the Puerto Rican Cuatro by performing and recording with artists like John Santos, Barrio Manouche and Atabal.

Christelle Durandy fuses Afro-Caribbean, jazz and other polyrhythmic sounds in a provocative exploration of the African diaspora’s diffuse and powerful musical energy - a multicultural complexity Christelle herself embodies, having been raised in France by a mother from Reunion Island and a father from Guadeloupe. Backed by her band Sanktet (a play on the French “cinq têtes,” or “five heads''), Christelle draws upon her polyglot background to celebrate and expand the diaspora’s vibrant musical conversation, ranging joyfully amongst - and fearlessly blending - such varied forms as Cuban popular music, Guadeloupe’s Gwo Ka, traditional jazz and myriad others.

Tickets are $20 general admission. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show.

Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash or Venmo only at the door.

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own food and adult beverages with no additional corkage fee. The venue is ADA accessible. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-381-1997.

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Please note: Although masks are no longer required, we strongly encourage their use to keep everyone safe in our intimate space.

About the organizer

Organized by
Sam Rudin

Local musician Sam Rudin owns and operates The Back Room in downtown Berkeley, which honors his vision to recreate the cozy ambience of the original Freight & Salvage. Rudin describes his venture as a small space (100 people max), with great acoustics and comfortable seating, that showcases the musicians with respect and appreciation. This is a BYOB (21+), all ages listening space dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. For more information, please visit The Back Room's website.