16 November 2009


The VORTEX goes south---to BRAZIL!

Join us to hear the innovative Brazilian Trio Baru, who meshes together Brazilian traditions with jazz and other modern world styles.

With Nelson Latif and Bosco Oliveira on guitar and Rafael dos Santos on percussion, the group unites three Brazilian musicians with diverse musical backgrounds. Latif is an ambassador of choro, an instrumental genre originating in Rio de Janeiro, and a master of cavaquinho, the small 4-string Brazilian guitar. He also spent formative years playing on the São Paolo jazz scene. Oliveira, with a classical foundation, has delved into Spanish flamenco. Santos infuses Afro-Brazilian rhythms with modern jazz. The three join forces in expanding and celebrating their native Brazilian music.

Their current program, “Violão Brasileiro” (Brazilian Guitar), includes original compositions as well as their own arrangements of great Brazilian masters, such as Villa-Lobos, Jacob do Bandolim, Egberto Gismonti, and Baden Powell. On December 4th the 
Trio may be joined by several local choro-musicians for an informal jam in the final set.