It's easy to wonder whether actual events in the lives of great composers are directly reflected in their music. Sometimes people even argue about it. But in the case of personal tragedies early in Giuseppe Verdi's life, the case seems like a slam dunk.
Latin funk band Grupo Fantasma brings its 10-piece lineup to Mountain Stage for a five-song set fusing African and Latin rhythms, driving horns and electric guitars. The band's 2010 album El Existential won a Grammy for Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album.
The 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival in the fall of 2009 helped kick off the return of Return to Forever, the stellar fusion band from the 1970s — now a trio with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White on piano, bass and drums, respectively.