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The Pan-American Musical Travels of Ladama

Ladama – Ladama (Six Degrees, 2017)

Ladama is a talented female ensemble featuring musicians from Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and the United States. The band’s self-titled debut album includes a captivating mix of soul and pop with rhythms and melodies from throughout South America and the Caribbean, sometimes mixing Colombian beats and Brazilian forms. Vocals are in Spanish, Portuguese and English, where the voices of Sara Lucas and Lara Klaus stand out. Ladama uses traditional musical instruments like the bandola llanera from the plains of Venezuela, tambor alegre from Colombia and a wide range of percussion instruments.

Personnel: Mafer Bandola [María Fernanda González] (Venezuela) on bandola llanera; Lara Klaus (Brazil) on vocals and percussion; Daniela Serna (Colombia) on vocals and tambor alegre; and Sara Lucas (United States of America) on vocals, classical guitar and electric guitar.

Guests: Nathan Koci on accordion; Pat Swoboda on acoustic and electric bass; Kyla-Rose Smith on violin; Alex Asher on trombone; cole Kamen-Green on trumpet; and Mohamed Araki on keyboards.

 

 

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Rare 1976 Album by Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo Vice Versa Reissued

Hermeto Pascoal – Viajando Com O Som

Viajando Com O Som, The Lost ’76 Vice-Versa Studio Session by groundbreaking Brazilian multi-instrumentalist and composer Hermeto Pascoal will be available later this year.

Viajando Com O was recorded in just two days at Vice Versa Studios in Sao Paulo in 1976. The band included Zé Eduardo Nazario, Zeca Assumpção, Lelo Nazario, Mauro Senise, Raul Mascarenhas, Nivaldo Ornelas, Toninho Horta and Aleuda Chaves.

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Azymuth Announce European Tour 2017

Brazilian jazz-funk band Azymuth will be touring Europe in October. Ivan, Alex and Kiko will be presenting material from their latest album Fênix, along with many of their classics.

Tour Dates:

Oct 13 – Fasching (Stockholm Jazz Festival), Stockholm
Oct 14 – The Hideaway, London
Oct 15 – The Hideaway, London
Oct 17 – Gretchen, Berlin
Oct 18 – Bravo Caffè, Bologna
Oct 19 – Auditorium Fausto Melotti, Rovereto tbc
Oct 20 – Santeria Social Club, Milan
Oct 21 – La Bellevilloise, Paris tbc
Oct 23 – Band On The Wall, Manchester
Oct 24 – Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle tbc
Oct 25 – Neimënster, Luxembourg tbc
Oct 26 – Jazz & The City (Festival), Salzburg
Oct 27 – Jazz & The City (Festival), Salzburg
Oct 28 – Jazz & The City (Festival), Salzburg

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Tasty San Francisco Choro

Grupo Falso Baiano – Depois (Massaroca Records, 2017)

Depois is the third album by Grupo Falso Baiano, an American ensemble specialized in choro, an early form of instrumental music in Brazil that brought together European melodies and African rhythms.

On Depois, Grupo Falso Baiano delivers a set of choro classics as well as original pieces composed by the band’s multi-instrumentalist Brian Moran. However, there is more than choro on Depois. You’ll also find sambas, frevo and baião, American jazz and they even sneak in a little flamenco.

The musical pieces feature various solo instruments such as clarinet, harmonica, mandolin, flute, saxophone and cavaquinho that interact with each other, sometimes in a call and response way. It’s mostly lively music accompanied by Afro-Brazilian percussion, although there are also slow tempo melancholic moments.

Even though most of the music is instrumental, Grupo Falso Baiano invited two Brazilian vocalists who perform on various tracks, adding a Rio flavor to this San Francisco-based band.

The lineup on Depois includes Ami Molinelli on pandeiro, percussion and vocals; Jesse Appelman on mandolin and vocals; Brian Moran on guitars, cavaquinho and vocals; and Zack Pitt-Smith on reeds and vocals.

Guests: Moyseis Marques on vocals; Ana Carbatti on vocals; Ilya Portnov on harmonica; Jeff Cressman on trombone; Henry Hung on trumpet; and Kasey Knudsen on alto saxophone.

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Brazilian Star Vanessa Da Mata to Perform in Los Angeles

Vanessa Da Mata, one of the most popular artists in Brazil, is set to perform on September 17, 2017 at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles.

Da Mata has 5 studio albums (2 platinum): Vanessa da Mata (2002), Essa Boneca Tem Manual (2004), Bicicletas, Bolos e Outras Alegrias (2010), Vanessa da Mata canta Tom Jobim (2013), and Segue o som (2014); the live DVD Multishow ao Vivo – Vanessa da Mata (2009) and several #1 radio hits in Brazil.

She achieved international exposure after a successful duet with Ben Harper, the song “Good Luck”, released in 2007.

 

 

 

September 17, 2017 – 8pm
Teragram Ballroom
1234 7th St., Los Angeles (DTLA)
Tickets available at www.BrazilianNites.com

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Hamilton de Holanda Quinteto Honors Milton Nascimento

Hamilton de Holanda Quinteto – Casa de Bituca (MPS/Biscoito Fino, 2017)

The Hamilton de Holanda Quinteto plays a tribute to the music of one of Brazil’s greatest musicians, Milton Nascimento. The Brazilian quintet, led by mandolin master Hamilton de Holanda is one of the finest acts in Brazil, known for its remarkable instrumental albums where Brazilian music and jazz come together.

Most of the material on Casa de Bituca are well-known songs by Milton Nascimento that are recreated elegantly by Hamilton de Holanda Quinteto, highlighting the instrumental skills of the ensemble. Although Hamilton de Holanda Quinteto is generally an instrumental band, Hamilton de Holanda sings for the first time on one song and Casa de Bituca features several guest vocalists including the honoree himself.

The lineup on Casa de Bituca includes Hamilton de Holanda on 10-string mandolin; André Vasconcelos on electric bass; Daniel Santiago on guitar and vocals; Gabriel Grossi on harmonica; Márcio Bahia on drums) and (guitar). Guests featured: Milton Nascimento on vocals; Alcione on vocals; and Antonia, Rafaela, Gabriel, Cinara and Joana on backing vocals.

The CD physical version is a 2-disc set with the audio album and a DVD featuring video versions of Hamilton de Holanda Quinteto’s pereformances.

 

 

Casa de Bituca is an outstanding album that showcases the Brazilian melting pot, where Afro-Brazilian rhythms meet the European string tradition, indigenous influences and American jazz.

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Fine Choro from Toronto

Tio Chorinho – Chora Brazil

Tio Chorinho – Chora Brazil (Tio Chorinho, 2016)

Tio Chorinho is a great instrumental ensemble from Toronto that specializes in choro music, a Brazilian genre from the Rio de Janeiro region. It’s lively, uplifting music that brings together Portuguese guitar traditions and African beats.

The group’s sound revolves around the sounds and interplay of the cavaquinho, guitar and mandolin. On Chora Brazil there is also notable flute work by guest musician Alheli Pimienta. The music selection includes classics by Jacob do Bandolim, Waldir Azevedo and Pixinguinha.

The lineup on Chora Brazil includes Eric Stein on mandolin; Avital Zemer on 7-string guitar; Maninho Costa on percussion; Carlos Cardozo on cavaquinho; and Andre Valerio on guitar and cavaquinho. Guests: Alheli Pimienta on flute; Riquinho Fernandes on [percussion; Milos Popovic on accordion and Flavia Nascimento on vocals.

Buy the album from www.tiochorinho.com/music

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A Fusion of Urban Brazilian Styles

Da Cruz – Disco e Progresso (Boom Jah Records / Broken Silence, 2014)

Swiss band Da Cruz play a modernized version of Brazilian disco. It’s got funk, Brazilian samba and even an Afrobeat brass feel which makes it more exciting than the regular cheesy disco music of the 1970s.

The band is led by Brazilian vocalist Mariana Da Cruz who brings an authentic flavor to the band’s music. Disco e Progresso is a two CD set with one disc called Bright Side and the other titled Dark Side.

As the title indicates, Bright Side showcases the easygoing side of Brazil with a nice mix of dance tracks and Brazilian pop. Disc 2 features cutting edge rhythmic electronica with Portuguese-language vocals.

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An Evening with Carlinhos Brown in New York City

Carlinhos Brown

Brazilian star and innovator Carlinhos Brown is set to perform on Saturday, July 15 at 8:00 pm at David Geffen Hall in New York City.

Carlinhos Brown is an acclaimed songwriter, percussionist, and record producer from Salvador, Bahia. He mixes Brazilian and African rhythms with rock, folk music and pop. His shows feature spectacular percussion, a full band that includes electric guitars and brass, colorful costumes, and non-stop dance.

His most recent albums are Marabó, Vibraaasil and Sarau du Brown.

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