There’s nothing as uplifting and festive for a holiday party than Brazilian samba. Anyone familiar with this music knows how its joyful rhythms are captivating, energizing, and unforgettable.
Cantaloupe Music Productions offers every variety of authentic Brazilian samba — from high-intensity carnaval shows, to the more sophisticated bossa nova so popular at parties. Our roster includes ensembles that perform hot samba, smooth samba, vocalists, carnaval shows (with dancers and instruction if desired). We are known as the “go-to” people for the highest level of authentic Brazilian performers available. And we work with you to identify the music and the performers that are best suited for your event.
For more information and to discuss your event, call or email:
Ellen Azorin, President
The word “tango” conjures up images of beautiful women and handsome men, long female legs in mile-high heels kicking out in improbable patterns and curling around their partners’ legs, intense expressions on faces. To learn to dance tango is a commitment and a passion. But don’t be fooled by the dance. You needn’t take a step onto the dance floor to appreciate the beauty of tango music—this is some of the most beautiful music ever written. From the old tango masters to the innovators like Piazzolla, the melodies and instrumentation are haunting. Here in the New York area, we are fortunate to be home to some of the finest tango musicians outside of Argentina.
When Cantaloupe Music Productions was founded 15 years ago, it was to provide an incomparable depth of resources in — not tango — Brazilian music. That is still our principal priority. But about 8 years ago, we were seduced. By tango! Today we work with the best of the best of the tango musicians, and the virtuosity of their playing is astounding.
Please visit some of the tango musicians we represent. They are the best of the best to be found living anywhere outside of their native Argentina. Then invite tango into your life or event, as we have into ours:
Soloists and special formations (upon request)
JOIN THE EXCITEMENT: HAVE AN OLYMPICS PARTY WITH BRAZILIAN MUSIC!
Cantaloupe Music can make your party an event to remember, with any and every kind of Brazilian music, from cool bossa nova to hottest samba, from small ensembles to full bands, from smooth vocals to irresistible percussion that will have guests up and dancing. Sample just a few of the bands on our roster — and we have lots more!
Tango comes to Bryant Park!
Learn the steps and then dance to music from the Pedro Giraudo Quartet.
6-7pm: Dance Instruction
with instructors Mariana Parma and Mario De Camillis
7-8:30pm: Live Music and Dancing
with Pedro Giraudo Quartet
Jazz Gallery Founder Dale Kelley Fitzgerald leaves behind a massive legacy that lives on in music, life and through the love of others
His life and legacy will be celebrated in the coming months at The Jazz Gallery —more details to be announced.
In lieu of flowers or other gifts in the wake of his passing, his family is asking that donations be made to his son Gabriel’s education fund, HERE.
*photo courtesy of Ingrid Hertfelder
Los Chantas are a New York-based tango ensemble, whose repertoire draws from the great Argentine tango traditions — from the guardia vieja to the present. The group, consisting of some of the finest interpreters of tango in the area, has been playing in milongas, clubs, theaters, and other venues in and around New York since its inception in 2002. With their virtuoso arrangements of songs by tango masters like Gardel, Troilo, Plaza, Salgán, Piazzolla, and others, Los Chantas brings the passion and beauty of tango music to life at the highest level.
EMILIO TEUBAL, piano
DAVID HODGES, bandoneón
SERGIO REYES, violin
PEDRO GIRAUDO , double bass
Available for milongas, concerts, festivals, or a special treat at a cocktail reception. YOu don’t have to dance tango to appreciate this gorgeous music!
Our dear friend and great talent, Argentine pianist Octavio Brunetti died peacefully at 12:25am today, August 29th. His friends and family, colleagues, and anyone who met him were constantly touched by his tremendous humanity, and that makes the loss even greater.
It was our privilege to hear him perform many times during the eight years since he came to New York from Rosario, Argentina. He leaves behind a legacy of great music and much love.
Gracias, maestro, we will remember you always.
Acclaimed composer and bandleader, Argentine-born Pedro Giraudo has captivated audiences everywhere with his music. Full of passion and energy, upbeat rhythms and beautiful harmonies, the music grooves with Argentine underpinnings, masterfully weaving together pre-composed and improvised elements — and performed by some of the top instrumentalists on the jazz scene today. His two most recent CDs won top honors, two years in succession, in Latin Jazz Corner’s “Best Of” awards, and the latest, “Córdoba,” was the winner, best jazz album, Independent Music Awards Pop poll 2013.
The Pedro Giraudo “Expansions” Big Band will be at the Jazz Standard on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 with sets at 7:30 and 9:30 PM.
They’ll also perform in Sextet formation at the Kitano Hotel jazz room on Thursday, March 20, 2014, sets at 8:00 and 10:00 PM.
And on June 20, the Pedro Giraudo “Expansions” Big Band will be at ZincBar with an early set at 7:00 and a second set at 8:30 PM.
Millions of eyes and ears will be tuning in during the World Cup in Brazil. What’s the best way to record authentic Brazilian Portuguese for your jingle, so it can be seen and heard? Our roster of Brazilian female and male vocalists can translate and record for you — either in New York or in Brazil. More information, email Cantaloupe Music Productions president, <firstname.lastname@example.org> or call us at 212-724-2400.
In June 2014, the World Cup returns to Brazil for the first time since 1950, and the media are full of everything Brazilian: not just the “futebol,” but all the excitement of Brazilian music and the exuberant spirit of Brazilian people.
Cantaloupe Music Productions, based in New York, is a music-booking agency that specializes in the best Brazilian music being performed by Brazilian artists in the Greater New York area. Whether hot samba, cool bossa nova, high energy carnaval, great percussion groups, forró, axé, choro. . . whether for large events, weddings, cocktail receptions, special celebrations, or small parties, Cantaloupe can bring the spirit of Brazil to any event. And we’ve never met anyone who didn’t love Brazilian music!
Not sure what kind of music is right for your event? For ideas, recommendations, specific bands or custom formations, call or email directly to founder and president, Ellen Azorin: 212-724-2400, <email@example.com>.
(Here’s just one of the many great Brazilian bands on our roster! Check out the many styles of Brazilian music we offer!