Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble

choro and other Brazilian instrumental music

brazacousticenspanelBrazilian Acoustic Ensemble was formed in 2005 to perform styles of Brazilian instrumental music that were infrequently heard in the U.S.  The emphasis is on choro music, a beautiful synthesis of European and African influences that is colorful, ethereal and swinging. It has all the elegance of a string quartet without being stodgy or somber. The formation consists of 7-string 6-string guitar, flute, percussion and mandolin/clarinet. The group has performed regularly at “Barbès” (a prominent art music venue in Brooklyn) and has done shows for the Bronx Public Library, Live on WKCR, Hospital Audiences Inc, MOMA, Bronfman Foundation, private parties for the Prince of Morocco, Tea Lounge and the Delta Grill, among others. The music encompasses a range of timbres and can be quiet enough for the most intimate of receptions.

The musicians:

Billy Newman (guitar): Since 1987 Billy has been traveling to Brazil spending months there to investigate the many forms of music. In 1995 he started performing principally Brazilian instrumental music at many NY museums (Guggenheim, Brooklyn, MOMA etc…) as well as colleges, clubs and libraries. After 1998, Billy developed a serious passion for Choro music, studying and playing with musicians such as Rogerio Souza and Rodrigo Lessa in Rio de Janeiro. In August 2000 he performed at the Conservatorio Pernambucano in Recife, Pernambuco. In 2004 Billy taught in Brazil and performed in Rio de Janeiro and 2007 gave Jazz Worshops and performed in Florianopolis. Billy has been awarded 3 prestigious Composers Residencies at MacDowell Colony and Yaddo(2006,2007,2008). He has performed all over the New York Area with his groups the Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble and Brooklyn Brazil Bop. Billy is the author of a “Guitar Atlas-Brazil” published by Alfred Music.

Hadar Noiberg (flute): In 1999 Hadar joined the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra performing throughout Israel and abroad. She studied in Tel-Aviv with Yossi Arnheim, principal flutist of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2000 she joined the Cuban ensemble “Sabor Cubano” playing throughout Israel for 3 years in many festivals. In 2002 she formed the “Sabres” group of Ladino and original music notably performing in the “Nessiah” festival in Italy. Hadar was flute and jazz instructor at the “Neve Sharet” conservatory (Tel-Aviv). Her arrangements have been used in the “Karmiel Festival of Folk Dance.” She is currently a member of the Fajardo Charanga Orchestra.

Dennis Lichtman (clarinet/mandolin): Dennis is a multi-instrumentalist equally sought after on fiddle, mandolin, and clarinet. He attended the Hart School of Music majoring in classical clarinet. He settled in New York and has appeared on countless stages and recordings with a diverse range of acts. He has performed or recorded with Chris Hillman, Dan Zanes, Irish vocalist Allison Barber, Choro Ensemble, Astrograss, the Cangelosi Cards, Mona’s Hot Four (his own early jazz project), and King Wilkie. Dennis spends time each year in Brazil, studying and playing traditional choro music.

Tom Armstrong (percussion): Before coming to New York, Tom played in a number of west coast bands including the choro group “Vira Lata” 2000-2005, “Vamola” from 99-05, as well as a large Brazilian percussion and dance ensemble for which he served as director, “Quasi Nada,” that blended samba, Funk, Hip Hop and Cuban Timba, and was percussionist of Eduardo Mendonca’s Brazilian group from 97–04. Currently Tom uses drumming as a means to instruct teachers in the Department of Education on how to deal with difficult students, developing resiliency in their classroom, fostering leadership and communication skills. He also coordinates a mentoring program at TAFT educational campus that works with students who are overaged and undercredited, helping them to set goals and reintegrate into the school community

Ellen Azorin, President
Cantaloupe Music Productions, Inc.
Phone: 212.724.2400
E-Mail: music.inquiry@cantaloupeproductions.com

Flamengo:

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Tico Tico:

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Eu So Quero Sossego:

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