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Cornish Music Series Features Brazilian Music This Spring

February 14, 2014

Cornish Music Series announces two upcoming concerts with a Brazilian focus.
Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto kicks it off on April 3 with his Quinteto — Chuck Deardorf (bass), Mark Ivester (drums), Ben Thomas (vibraphone), and Jeff Busch (percussion)—in a concert of his recent original compositions featuring a wide range of Brazilian styles. Special guest jazz vocalist Johnaye Kendrick joins the band on several selections.

Trio Brasileiro with special guests acclaimed jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen and Jovino Santos Neto, will showcase Brazil’s choro repertoire on May 4. Choro (or chorinho) in Portuguese, translating to “little cry” or “lament”, is a popular style of music born in 19th century Rio de Janeiro, continuing today as a living tradition passed down from musician to musician; it transcends time and outshines boundaries. Blending African polyrhythms and grooves, with European form and harmony while infusing South American indigenous roots, this music has been thrilling audiences worldwide. Local band Choroloco will open the concert.

Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto
PONCHO Concert Hall
710 East Roy Street, Seattle
Thursday, April 3, 8 p.m.

Choro! Trio Brasileiro with special guests Anat Cohen and Jovino Santos Neto
PONCHO Concert Hall
710 East Roy Street, Seattle
Sunday, May 4, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 seniors (62+), $10 students and Cornish alumni, and $5 Teen Tix (members only), and are available online at http://www.cornish.edu/music/series or by phone at Brown Paper Tickets 800.838.3006.

Free parking available.

About the Artists
Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer, and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. His personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, telepathic improvisation, lyrical melodies, and great ensemble playing, always inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music. Currently, Santos Neto leads his Seattle-based Quinteto and teaches piano and composition at Cornish College of the Arts. He can also be heard around the world as a piano soloist, working with symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, and chamber music groups and in collaboration with musicians such as his mentor Hermeto Pascoal, Bill Frisell, Paquito d’Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, David Sanchez, Joe Locke, and Marco Granados. Jovino’s many ensemble and duet recordings include Canto do Rio (2004), Roda Carioca (2006), and Live at Caramoor (2008), which were all nominated for Latin Grammy awards. His latest release is a solo piano recording, Vol. 4 of Adventure Music’s Piano Master Series. His compositions have been performed by the Seattle Symphony, the NDR Big Band in Hamburg, and numerous jazz and chamber music groups. Santos Neto has received commissions by the Cheswatyr Foundation, IAJE, ASCAP, CMA/Doris Duke Foundation, the Jack Straw Foundation, the City of Seattle, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and Meet the Composer. In 2012 he was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame and his Quinteto won Best Northwest Acoustic Group in the Golden Ear Awards by Earshot Jazz. He was awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship in Music in 2012. http://www.jovisan.net/

Formed in 2011, Trio Brasileiro has already made a name for itself as an ensemble worthy of international attention. Their stunning virtuosity is matched with remarkable musicianship and a deep devotion to the language of music, allowing them to achieve a one-of-a-kind sound that shares equal parts understated subtlety and irresistible groove. But it is their love of the traditional music of Brazil and the connection between brothers – by birth and by bonds of friendship – that create a very rare and profound beauty. Half of the highly regarded Brazilian Choro ensemble, Caraivana, Trio Brasileiro includes the celebrated guitarist and full time member of the award-winning Brasil Guitar Duo, Douglas Lora; one of Brazil’s finest mandolin virtuosos, Dudu Maia, and the amazing percussionist Alexandre Lora. Trio Brasileiro is dedicated to performing the great traditional choro music of Brazil by Jacob do Bandolim, Ernesto Nazareth and others, as well as their own compositions, which are modern reflections of that great traditional musical form. Trio Brasileiro released their first recording, Simples Assim, in 2012. http://www.triobrasileiro.com

Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Reviewing Anat’s 2008 headlining set with her quartet at the North See Jazz Festival, DownBeat said: “Cohen not only proved to be a woodwind revelation of dark tones and delicious lyricism, but also a dynamic bandleader who danced and shouted out encouragement to her group – whooping it up when pianist Jason Lindner followed her clarinet trills on a Latin-flavored number. . . With her dark, curly, shoulder-length hair swaying to the beat as she danced, she was a picture of joy.” Anat has been voted Clarinetist of the Year six years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association, as well as 2012’s Multi-Reeds Player of the Year. That’s not to mention her topping of critics and readers polls in DownBeat magazine several years running. Anat has toured the world with her quartet, headlining at the Newport, Umbria, SF Jazz and North Sea jazz festivals as well as at such hallowed clubs as New York’s Village Vanguard. In September 2012, Anzic Records released her sixth album as a bandleader, Claroscuro. The album ranges from buoyant dances to darkly lyrical ballads, drawing inspiration from New Orleans and New York, Africa and Brazil. In its ebullient, irresistible variety, Claroscuro encapsulates the description Jazz Police offered of Anat in full flight: “She becomes a singer, a poet, a mad scientist, laughing – musically – with the delight of reaching that new place, that new feeling, with each chorus.” http://www.anatcohen.com

Choroloco is a Seattle based acoustic ensemble of clarinet/flute, 7 string guitar, mandolin and percussion. This group has traversed the wondrous world of Brazilian music since 2008. Choroloco’s sound is inspired by the streets of Rio de Janiero, the hot deserts of Brazil’s Northeast, the salted air of Ipanema Beach and the Douglas-firs that blanket Western Washington. Choroloco can be seen and heard throughout the Northwest in a variety of venues such as: Tempero do Brasil, The Rialto Theater in Tacoma, Chapel at the Good Shepherd Center, Seattle Center, Couth Buzzard Books, Hales Palladium, Vermillion Art Gallery, La Familia Art Collective and the Greenwood Art Walk. Choroloco has also performed at a variety of festivals such as: NW Folklife, JamFest, First Night in Tacoma, Ethnic Festivals in Olympia and Lacey, Arts-in-Nature Festival at Camp Long, Belltown Founders Day Festival and the Moisture Festival. Choroloco has also been heard on Sonarchy Radio, KEXP, KBCS’s “Raízes” and KUOW’s “In the Studio” with Dave Beck. In 2012 Choroloco was awarded a music residency at Jackstraw Productions and a GAP grant from Artist Trust to produce their debut album coming out in the summer of 2013. Choroloco’s mission is to present choro as a living tradition, drawing on its historical influences as well as bringing our own influences to the music. This music transcends time and outshines boundaries and Choroloco continues to share the wealth of the repertoire through workshop presentations, performances and audience participation based jam sessions. http://www.choroloco.com.