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Zinc Bar in NYC gets a grand piano!

November 1, 2010 Comments Off on Zinc Bar in NYC gets a grand piano! News

Huge thanks to the Sauter piano company (and Peter Becker of Noble Art Pianos, representing Sauter Center East) and to Dita Sullivan, the dedicated and energetic force who made it all happen: Zinc Bar now has a beautiful grand piano!

“This is a dream come true,” said Zinc Bar’s owner, Alex Kay. “Zinc Bar has given opportunities to scores of exceptional artists who needed a place to develop their music, but without a good piano, they couldn’t go the whole distance that their talent demanded. Sauter Pianos is providing the essential element they deserve as performers, and to lift Zinc Bar to the level that it deserves as a venue, so it can continue to connect with the sophisticated audience in New York that wants to grow with new artists and new ideas. The impact of this is going to be life-changing for so many people.”

To celebrate the installation of the piano, Sauter will sponsor Dita Sullivan’s landmark performance series “New Dimensions in Latin Jazz” at Zinc Bar from November 2nd through December 2nd.  The mission of the series, according to Dita, is “to open doors onto the panorama of  music being created by a new wave of Latin American jazzistas now based here.”   Among the luminaries of latin jazz who will perform are Emilio Solla, Fernando Otero, Dafnis Prieto, Juan-Carlos Formell, Dario Boente, Osmany Paredes, Robert Rodriguez, Elio Villafranca and Pedro Giraudo.

More information in this wonderful blog post by Eliseo Cardona.

Chorinho every Wednesday at Modern Sound in Copacabana

October 26, 2010 Comments Off on Chorinho every Wednesday at Modern Sound in Copacabana News

Every Wednesday at the Bistro Allegro in the Modern Sound record store in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, the amazing choro group “Gente Fina & Outra Coisas,” whose members are Ronaldo do Bandolim (also of Época de Oura and Trio Madeira Brasil), Joé Carlos “Bigorna,” Fernando Coelho, Bebeto Castilho, and Jovi Joviniano.  [Learn more about choro, or “chorinho” music]

In this video made a few weeks ago by our friend Mike Quinn, the sambamaster/impressario behind Austin’s famous Carnival Brasileiro, the group plays “Sonoroso” by K-Ximbinho:

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Three of our favorite Brazilian vocalists now in New York

October 25, 2010 Comments Off on Three of our favorite Brazilian vocalists now in New York News

Some of the best Brazilian talent spend time in Brazil and New York, traveling back and forth as bookings demand. Three of our favorite Brazilian vocalists are in New York now and available for bookings. They are: Vanessa Falabella, Débora Santos, and Joyce Cândido. For music samples and more information, click on their names.

Urban Tango Trio to perform at free concert November 4, 2010

September 24, 2010 Comments Off on Urban Tango Trio to perform at free concert November 4, 2010 News

The celebrated ensemble, Urban Tango Trio, will make a rare free appearance on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 7 PM in the auditorium of the Dweck Center of the Brooklyn Public Library.

Brazilian guitarist Rogério Souza to perform in NYC September 8

August 27, 2010 Comments Off on Brazilian guitarist Rogério Souza to perform in NYC September 8 News

The great Brazilian guitarist Rogério Souza, whose swing and virtuosity have contributed to the groups of Paulinho de Viola, Época de Ouro, Nó em Pingo d’Água and Ivan Lins among others, will perform in New York City at Cornelia Street Café on September 8th from 8:30-11:00 pm. Accompanying him from Rio will be João Hermeto, pandeiro/percussion; they will be joined by Billy Newman guitarist/composer; Dennis Lichtman, mandolin/clarinet; and Rob Curto, accordion; from NYC.

One of the leading interpreters of choro and samba, Rogério’s guitar playing and composing is informed by a language and aesthetic rarely heard in New York City. More on Rogério’s music. . .

More on the performance at Cornelia Street Café . . .

Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival on Friday, August 6, 2010

August 3, 2010 1 Comment » News

Hermeto Pascoal is a visionary and prolific Brazilian musician born in 1936 whose compositions and performances evade categorization. A multi-instrumentalist, often taking extremely unconventional instruments and techniques as a basis, Hermeto pursues jazz-based experimentalism, heightened by grace and whimsy. He began his career playing on recordings for now-prominent Brazilian groups, and went on to play with jazz figures such as Miles Davis, whose album Live-Evil introduced Pascoal to a larger audience.

Also on the bill, the boundary-pushing, inventive Brazilian body-percussion group Barbatuques, and also Michael Rothner and Friends perform the music of NEU!

Come early to catch Hermeto, first on the program!

The concert takes place at 7:30 pm at Damrosch Park Bandshell, between 62nd and 65th Streets and Broadway, New York City. More information. . .

Brazilian Day in New York, Sunday September 5, 2010

July 26, 2010 Comments Off on Brazilian Day in New York, Sunday September 5, 2010 News

Started in 1984, this annual event commemorating Brazilian Independence Day has grown bigger every year. In 2010, the event will celebrate its 26th anniversary, starting on Saturday, Sept. 4, with the ceremonial Lavagem da Rua 46 — and then the main event, Brazilian Day, on Sunday, September 5, on 46th Street (also known as Little Brazil) and 6th Avenue, near Times Square. Presently the event takes over 25 blocks surrounding Little Brazil. Full information is available here in both Portuguese and English.

This year, in addition to the musical attractions from Brazil (including Carlinhos Brown, Zezé de Camargo & Luciano, and Margareth Menezes), one US-based band will be chosen to perform — the selection will be determined by popular vote, open to anyone who visits the website. To vote, click here, then click on “CLICK AQUÍ PARA VOTAR” which will take you to a page with a long list of bands. Find your favorite, and cast your vote! (Quite a few of them are bands we represent at Cantaloupe Music Productions!)

Sarau para Paulo Moura

July 14, 2010 1 Comment » News

Cliff Korman, a longtime friend and musical collaborator of Paulo Moura, has shared this recounting of an emotional and beautiful last “sarau” (an informal musical gathering) at the clinic in Rio de Janeiro where Paulo Moura was being treated:

“The sarau at the clinic took place on Saturday (July 10), the last full day in which I can say Paulo was able to enjoy and participate. We brought instruments to a veranda overlooking the the view one finds in Gavea, Saõ Conrado, and Tijuca…hills of stone covered with luscious green of the national park, a stunning blue sky.

A good number of friends and musicians were there, amongst them Daniela Spielmann, Marcello Gonçalves, Paulo’s nephew Gabriel Moura, David Feldman, Humberto Araujo (a wonderful saxophonist, former student of Paulo, and now undersecretary of culture) and Wagner Tiso. We warmed up a bit with a Brazilian and American standards, (Embraceable You, which Paulo and I often included in our duo performances, a tune by Donato, a samba of Noel) as we looked for a common repertoire. Paulo soon came out to long and loving applause. In various and changing formations, we played Tarde de Chuva, Barão de Mesquita, and a few other pieces either by Paulo or associated with him. Wagner Tiso arrived, sat at the keyboard to play.  Paulo picked up his clarinet, adjusted it, wet the reed and blew a few notes to get oriented. Wagner asked him what he would like to play, then suggested Doce de Coco. Paulo nodded his agreement, Wagner started up, and by the time the first phrases were complete, Paulo had gathered his strength and musicality, and played. He joined the melody, improvised… and as we all looked on in amazement, we were joined on the veranda by doctors, while some of the other patients, who couldn’t fit  on the veranda, looked on through open windows, all with “boca aberta.”  When it was over, there were more than a few tears, and waves of applause.

That was his last time with the horn in his hands.”

A sad farewell to the great Paulo Moura

July 13, 2010 Comments Off on A sad farewell to the great Paulo Moura News

The legendary instrumentalist/composer/arranger Paulo Moura died last night in Rio de Janeiro after a fight with lymphoma.  He would have been 78 years old on July 14th.

A virtuoso on both saxophone and clarinet, Moura was famous for his versatility, performing virtually all styles of Brazilian music, from choro, samba, jazz and folk, to classical orchestral.

He won a Latin Grammy in 2000 for the best Brazilian roots album and was nominated again in 2004 for best Latin instrumental album.

He was a vital and inspirational presence on the Brazilian music scene for many years.  He will be deeply missed.

Brazil to play first game of 2010 World Cup on June 15

May 22, 2010 Comments Off on Brazil to play first game of 2010 World Cup on June 15 News

BRABrazil will play their first game in the 2010 World Cup against Korea on June 15 (televised on ESPN starting at 2 PM Eastern time).

The only country to have taken part in every edition of the FIFA World Cup, Brazil enters with other records in their history:

They are the only country to have won the title five times: amassing a total of 64 victories, 14 draws and 14 defeats in 92 games played.

They are preparing to contest their 19th consecutive FIFA World Cup finals.

Between 15 June 2008 and 11 October 2009, they went 19 games unbeaten.

“We have to learn to live with the favorites’ tag. We mustn’t let it turn into something negative, as it has done in previous years,” said Kaka, following the win over Argentina which clinched qualification.

Brazil is in Group G, which includes Korea, Cote d’Ivoire, and Portugal. Their first match takes place in on June 15 against Korea at 2:30 PM (Eastern time). Television coverage will be by ESPN starting at 2:00 PM

More at the official FIFA home page and on the Brazilian team profile

For Brazilians, soccer is part of their sense of national identity, and they celebrate their players, the team, and every game. Music is often a part of the festivities, and the New York area is proud to be home for some of the best Brazilian musicians outside of Brazil!