Thursday, April 6, 2017

April 5, 2017 NEWSLETTER

New York City


 April 4-11,  2017 

Cinema Tropical's popular documentary film series comes to Symphony Space for the first time! The week-long series of 5 films—all premieres—treats fans  to a sampling of contemporary Brazilian musical styles,nBrazilian soul, samba, axé, and MPB, and features such legendary musicians as Tim Maia, Caetano Veloso, Ney Matogrosso, Daniela Mercury, Martinho da Vila, among many others

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC


Promoted by Brazilian Music Foundation

FRIDAY,  APRIL 7 - 8pm 

“Diálogos” (Dialogues)

Brazilian Classical Duo for Clarinet and Guitar

Louis Arques/clarinet & bass clarinet

Richard Boukas/guitar & composer

The premiere of two cycles of seven movements by Richard Boukas and first performance by the Duo. Each piece is dedicated to a famous Brazilian composer-musician- including Villa-Lobos, Hermeto Pascoal, Radamés Gnattali and others.


New School for the Performing Arts
Elebash Hall (Room 750)
55 W. 13 Street, NYC


Endorsed and promoted by Brazilian Music Foundation


FRIDAY,  APRIL 13 - 7pm

Pianist Max Barros performs works by composers from every phase of Brazilian music history, all of which respond in highly creative manner to the African heritage of Brazil. Featuring special guests, soprano
Angelica de la Riva and cellist Andrew Janss.

"The history of Brazilian music is an exuberant mélange of European art music, indigenous traditional music, and African influences that contributed to a vibrant musical melting pot. This concert presents a broad and varied selection of works by composers from every phase of Brazilian music history, all of whom respond in highly creative manner to the African heritage of Brazil. Dance forms, syncopated rhythms, percussive sonorities, and complex textures create a musical tapestry that never fails to captivate." -Max Barros


Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC


Endorsed and promoted by Brazilian Music Foundation

BMF's Chamber Music Concert Series was launched on March 5th, 2017 with a concert in celebration of Villa-Lobos 130 years anniversary. BMF's goal is to promote  and advance the Brazilian Classical Music in the US. 

Tuesday, April 18th - 8 pm

Beginners's Group Class - Singing in Portuguese 

Learn how to sing, improve your vocal technique
and enhance your skills!
Aprenda a cantar com musicas brasileiras! 

Brazilian music from “Aquarela do Brasil” to “The Girl from Ipanema”, and right up to today’s contemporary pop styles has influenced and inspired vocalists and instrumentalists around the globe for decades. We’ll learn classic songs from the worlds of samba, bossa nova, chorinho, baião and more in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.


Class Location: The Opera Center
330 Seventh Ave. (betw. 28-29th St) 7th fl - NYC

$ 225 - 5 weekly - 8-9 pm 

Instructor: Susan Pereira

Limited availability! 

See class details online!




Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8:00pm

Fellipe Galganni  

We will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the creation of Bossa Nova and Jobim’s 90th birthday with an evening of tap dance and live music. Compositions of Tom Jobim.

The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street
Between West 3rd and Bleecker Streets - NYC


Promoted by Brazilian Music Foundation


May 2-6,  2017 

JOAO BOSCO and his very talented band of Gutto Wirtti on Bass, Kiko Freitas on Drums,  and Ricardo Silveira on Guitar, all coming up from Rio,  will light up the stage with their special brand of music rooted and in classic Samba and Bossa Nova traditions, yet steeped in Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jazz and other ethnic flavors such as Arab culture, and Afro American music.

315 W. 44th Street , NYC


Produced by Pat Philips - Stratta

Promoted by Brazilian Music Foundation
Brazilian Music Foundation will be presenting a series of concerts in partnership with local musicians with the intention to promote and advance Brazilian Music in New York City. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:15 pm) 

Luiz Simas (piano, vocals) and Wesley Amorim (guitar) with special guest singer Julia Haughton.

Join Luiz Simas, Wesley Amorim and special guest Julia Haughton for an evening of gorgeous, exciting, exhilarating Brazilian music!  Their repertoire includes Luiz's and Wesley’s infectious original tunes as well as beloved Brazilian music standards by Jobim, Caetano Veloso and others.

The Metropolitan Room

 34 West 22nd St.  (Bet. 5th & 6th Aves)

This event is part of the Brazilian Jazz Concerts Series promoted by the Brazilian Music Foundation.



Terra Symphony Upcoming Events

Terra Symphony Orchestra Concert Events

Terra Symphony Orchestra Presents:
The great Baritone Paulo José and the Conductor Arthur Barbosa on April 20, 2017  At the Dimenna Center at8pm at 450 west 37th st.  btw  9th and 10th Ave. 
Terra Symphony Orchestra 2017 Concert Season - presenting The Brazilian Four Seasons in New York, four concerts featuring soloists, composers and conductors from Brazil. 
For our first concert in 2017, on April 20th at the Dimenna Center, we have a very special guest - the great Brazilian baritone Paulo Jose, along with our amazing conductor and composer Arthur Barbosa. 
For this concert we are going to escape a little bit from our mission of playing almost exclusively classical Brazilian composers, and Along with Paulo Jose, we will travel from South to North America, as well as Europe, with a diverse range of composers.
Terra Symphony Orchestra (TSO) was founded in August of 2015 by the violinist and violist Eliano Braz along with musicians, conductors, and composers from Brazil and the United States living and working in New York.  
The Terra Symphony Orchestra TSO is the world's first Brazilian orchestra based outside of Brazil and has a mission to foster appreciation for art and classical music from Brazil.
Donations to TSO
Promotional video: 

The Sheen Center Presents:

Elegantly Brazilian with the Requinte Trio

Friday, April 21, 2017
The Sheen Center's new series, Jazz on Bleecker Street concludes the season with Elegantly Brazilian and the REQUINTE TRIO (and Band) which combines JANIS SIEGEL, renowned vocalist, founding member of the brilliant vocal ensemble The Manhattan Transfer, NANNY ASSIS, the very talented Percussionist/Vocalist/Composer who is a native of Salvador, Bahia, and JOHN di MARTINO, one of the most in-demand Jazz Pianists on the scene.
They bring together the musicality born of their varied cultures and musical experiences creating a soulful blending of enormous talent.
It’s an elegant taste of Brazil!

Upcoming Performances

Tickets: $35

See the previous week's performances.  April 23-April 30, 2017 See the next week's performances.
Sunday,  Apr 23 - 6:00PM  
Vanessa Golembewski Amy Stiller Usama Siddiquee Craig Fox and Eagle Witt, headliner
The Jen and Jimmy Show image

A night of laughs with Jen and Jimmy!

 $10.00 includes a drink 
Sunday,  Apr 23 - 8:30 & 10:00pm  
Billy Newman, host

Helio Alves, piano;  Vic Juris, guitar;  Edward Perez, bass;  Edu Ribeiro, drums
A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, pianist Helio Alves combines the rhythmic complexity of modern brazilian music with the edgy energy of contemporary jazz. A resident of NYC since the early '90s, Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with the likes of Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D'Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, Rosa Passos and Sadao Watanabe, to name but a few.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 
New Brazilian Perspectives: Helio Alves Quartet image
Monday,  Apr 24 - 6:00PM  
V. Hansmann and Oona Patrick, co-hosts

TJ Jarrett, featured reader;  Becca Lachman Sally Ashton Christopher Salerno

Please join tonight’s featured reader, TJ Jarrett, along with poets, Becca Lachman, Sally Ashton, and Christopher Salerno.
TJ Jarrett is a writer and software developer from Nashville, Tennessee. Her recent work has been published in Poetry Magazine, Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Third Coast, VQR, West Branch and others. Her work has been anthologized in Language Lessons from Third Man Books and Best American Non-Required Reading 2015. Jarrett’s debut collection, Ain’t No Grave, was published with New Issues Press (2013) and her second, Zion, winner of the 2013 Crab Orchard Open Competition, was published by Southern Illinois University Press in the fall of 2014.

 $10.00 includes a drink
Monday,  Apr 24 - 8:30PM  
Amanda Ferguson, vocals;  Joshua Richman, piano;  Dylan Shamat, bass; Will Terrill, drums

Join Chanteuse Amanda Ferguson, along with musicians Joshua Richman on piano, Dylan Shamat on bass, and Will Terrill on drums, as she explores themes of love, loss, and resilience in “Unrequited”, featuring a range of classic standards and contemporary favorites.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 
Tuesday,  Apr 25 - 8:30PM  
Christine Lavin, Julie Gold, Daniel Cainer image

Legendary folk singer and broadcaster Christine Lavin, Grammy Award-winning writer of ‘From a Distance’, Julie Gold and Edinburgh Fringe Award-winning musical storyteller from the UK, Daniel Cainer, combine forces for what promises to be a fabulously entertaining and memorable triple-bill.
Christine is constantly touring the country with her unique blend of folk and observational comedy. Cainer is a Cornelia Street favorite and has recently enjoyed three limited off-Broadway runs for his one-man musical shows Jewish Chronicles and Gefilte Fish & Chips. Julie’s songs have been covered by nearly every major recording artist in the Universe and possibly beyond.
'Since emerging from the NYC singer/songwriter scene in the late 1980s, (along with Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, John Gorka, etc), Lavin quickly established herself as an entertaining tour de force. Quick on her feet, witty, insightful, engaging, she remains one of the most popular and respected performers in the genre.'
'Julie Gold simply exudes warmth, humility, honest, genuine sincerity, charm and a great sense of humor…She is truly blessed – not just with talent and intelligence, but an infectious personality and inner strength'. - Cherry Hill Times
'An extraordinary performer. At times heartbreakingly poignant, at other times laugh-out-loud funny. Utterly charming, thoroughly recommended' Edinburgh Festivals Magazine ‘Honest,edgy, touching and unpredictable. He will leave you tapping your toes and longing for more” - Jewish Week, New York

 $25.00 includes a drink 
Wednesday,  Apr 26 - 6:00PM  
Cynthia Manick, curator; Ed Toney, host

Mahogany L. Browne LeRonn P. Brooks Janel Cloyd Noel Quiñones Purvi Shah
Soul Sister Revue image

For a night of tales and poetry, join Soul Sister Revue for its 4-year anniversary at Cornelia Street Café where we ask "what does soul mean to you?" Soul Sister Revue highlights those established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling.

 $10.00 includes a drink
Wednesday,  Apr 26 - 8:00PM  
Mareike WieningRich Perry Alex Goodman, guitar; Glenn Zaleski, piano; Johannes Felscher, bass
Brooklyn-based German drummer Mareike Wiening released her first album „Crosswalk" as a bandleader in 2014. Since then she has been successfully playing her music in Europe and the US. Wiening’s Quintet returns to Cornelia Street Café with an outstanding group of international musicians, including Rich Perry on tenor saxophone, Florian Weber on Piano, Alex Goodman on Guitar and Johannes Felscher on Bass.
“Thoroughly modern, progressive jazz, Mareike Wiening’s music has many layers that unfold with each repeated hearing. The band as a unit is superb, with each soloist's voice clearly speaking, obviously inspired by the compositions, the arrangements and how the other players sound behind them.” -- All About Jazz 2014

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum
Mareike Wiening Quintet image
Wednesday,  Apr 26 - 9:30PM  
Tobias Meinhart, tenor sax, ewi;  Charles Altura, trumpet;  Yago Vazquez, piano;  Orlando LeFleming, bass;  Jesse Simpson, drums
Tobias Meinhart Quintet, Natural Perception image
Natural Perception is Tobias Meinhart’s debut album for ENJA Records. After spending five years living and playing in New York City, the saxophonist has compiled a series of original compositions that he feels represent his personal exploration of the spiritual power of music. The concept of the album was heavily inspired by Alejandro Jodorowski’s book, The Spiritual Journey, and especially the mental and emotional state that Jodorowski describes as “Empty mind, full heart.” To make a performance of such proportions possible, Tobias put together a band with whom he feels completely free, and thus capable of reaching a level of playing that is transcendent.
"One of Germany's biggest talents on the saxophone." Jazzthing

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum
Thursday,  Apr 27 - 6:00PM  
Rhonda Hansome and David Cantor:  At the Corner of Comedy and Song image

Comedian Rhonda Hansome and songwriter David Cantor join forces for the first time to showcase their talents in a unique and delightful double-bill.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum ,
Thursday,  Apr 27 - 8:00 & 9:30pm  
Tom Chang, guitar, comp.;  Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax;  Matt Aronoff, bass; Kenny Grohowski, drums
Tom Chang Quartet image
Contemporary jazz guitarist, Tom Chang leads a quintet featuring some of the finest improvisers in the New York jazz scene. The music will encompass modern jazz to contemporary classical all with a heavy emphasis on groove and melody.
"What separates these tracks from other rock-leaning cuts made by jazz musicians today? It feels authentic. And then the brief funk tune "Scatterbrain" emerges about halfway though the album, there's chicken-scratch guitar and a simple yet heavy beat that screams The Meters. But later, things get eerie, as is someone was mixing funk with a New York jazz edge. That someone was Chang." --Brad Faberman (Downbeat Mag.)
 $10 cover plus $10 minimum
Friday,  Apr 28 - 6:00PM  
Zoe Christianson, clarinet, accordion;  Ali Dineen, piano, accordion, washboard;  Megg Farrell, tenor banjo, ukulele;  Joanna Sternberg, upright bass
The Crimson Ragdolls image

The Crimson Ragdolls are a non-male jazz quartet performing a selection of favorites from the 1920s era, contemporary tunes, and some old songs with new lyrics. Four part harmonies and ragtime make for a good time! Featuring Zoe Christianson (clarinet, accordion), Ali Dineen (piano, accordion, washboard), Megg Farrell (tenor banjo, ukulele) and Joanna Sternberg (upright bass).

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 
Friday,  Apr 28 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM  
Tomas Fujiwara, drums, comp.; Adam Hopkins, bass;  Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Brian Settles, tenor sax;  Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet
Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up imageMELANIE MINICHINO
In describing Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up, Jim Macnie of The Village Voice says, “The drummer has named his band appropriately. Ensembles can go anywhere if the intra-group chemistry is cooking…Fujiwara sounds like he's got his mates on speed dial.” The band’s first record (Actionspeak, 482 Music) was named one of the best debuts of 2010 by the New York City Jazz Record and received a four-star review in Downbeat. The group’s second album (The Air is Different, 482 Music) "continues upon a course, teeming with unanticipated shifts in strategy, but not executed in shock-therapy mode. With a superfine support system of revered improvisers, Fujiwara reaps the benefits of a distinctly fresh musical climate. With off-kilter patterns, cunning geometric architectures and sudden paradigm shifts, the band merges a search and conquer tactical component with an acutely balanced mix of structure and free-form dialogues." (Glenn Astarita, Jazz Review). It was included on several Best-of-2012 lists including All About Jazz Italia and Something Else. "The Air Is Different is wildly creative music that never veers into inaccessibility. If you're wondering where jazz might be headed in the new millennium, it's a good place to start." (Robert Bush, All About Jazz). The band's third album (After All Is Said, 482 Music), "layered and cohesive, rhythmically diverse, with a lean but muscular sound that defines Fujiwara's distinctive approach to melody and harmony," (Terrell Holmes, New York City Jazz Record) was released in April, 2015; "One of the most accessible, challenging and inventive recordings of recent vintage." (Troy Collins, All About Jazz)
"Tomas Fujiwara works with rhythm as a pliable substance, solid but ever shifting...His style is forward-driving but rarely blunt or aggressive, and never random. He has a way of spreading out the center of a pulse while setting up a rigorous scaffolding of restraint... a conception of the drum set as a full-canvas instrument, almost orchestral in its scope." -- Nate Chinen, New York Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://WWW.TOMASFUJIWARA.COM
Saturday,  Apr 29 - 6:00PM  
Albert Marques, piano;  Marcos Varela, double bass;  Ari Hoenig, drums

Albert Marques is a Catalan transplant from Spain whose passion at the piano is only matched by his huge humanity and kindness. This is not cartoon jazz, or a stereotypical Latin Jazz trio. It is modern, fusing elements of Rock, Jazz, Flamenco, and R&B with a healthy dose of introspection, and not a fake moment. Every note is played with grit, reality, and love. – Arturo O’Farrill

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum ,
Saturday,  Apr 29 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM  
Lage Lund, guitar;  Micah Thomas, piano;  Matt Brewer, bass;  Craig Weinrib, drums
Lage Lund Quartet image
"Of the younger cats, Lage is THE one. He's a wonderful player. Scary actually!" - Kurt Rosenwinkel

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum
Sunday,  Apr 30 - 6:00PM  
Keith Lane, vocals, electric guitar, piano;  Melody Fader, piano;  Mitch Corber, videographer
Keith Lane's SPRING SUN image

April 30 is Walpurgis Night, the night before the celebration of spring - the following day. Keith Lane and Melody Fader cook up a spicy gumbo that transcends genres of classical, pop, jazz, New Orleans and rock. Together, Fader and Lane take you on a musical voyage through the four months of spring.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum ,
Sunday,  Apr 30 - 8:30PM  
Yuhan Su, vibraphone;  Matt Holman, trumpet;  Alex LoRe, alto sax;  tba, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums
Yuhan Su Quintet image
A native of Taiwan, New York-based vibraphonist/composer Yuhan Su returns to Cornelia Street Cafe with a series of new music entitled Viaje featuring her quintet. Since the release of her second record A Room Of One's Own, the album has been listed on the Best of 2016 on Downbeat magazine and received numerous music awards and nominations including the Best Jazz Album of the Year and Best Instrumentalist Award from 2016 Golden Indie Award in Taiwan.
‘Like the best fiction, it’s entirely enveloping’ - Downbeat (December, 2016)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 
Sunday,  Apr 30 - 10:00PM  
Russ Lossing, piano, comp.;  Adam Kolker, tenor, sopranino sax, bass clarinet; Matt Pavolka, bass;  Dayeon Seok, drums
King Vulture has been performing steadily for over two years and will go into the studio this May to record our first album. The compositions are highly malleable and the players are masterful and fluid improvisers and interpreters; you never know what will happen. Performing Russ Lossing's compositions designed to enable and inspire creative improvisations.
"…The pianist, Russ Lossing, illuminates the silence, suspends the time, and intensifies the collective flux. The wealth of his harmonic knowledge, the fluidity of his phrasing and his attention to the weight of every single note creates a sound palette for endless pleasures.” --- JAZZMAN MAGAZINE (FR)
"Adam Kolker is One of the best saxophonists working today." -ERIC QUENOT - JAZZ MAN (PARIS)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://dayeon
See the previous week's performances.   Scheduled performances from
April 23-April 30, 2017  


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