Small World – Big Ears
Jun 24th: Fernando Brandão Quartet
Jul 22nd: SeaSmoke
Aug 26th: Gustavo Assis Brasil
This program is supported in part by a grant from Cambridge Arts, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Fernando Brandão Quartet
Flutist, composer, author and educator Fernando Brandão has performed extensively as a bandleader, sideman, chamber musician and as a soloist with several ensembles and prominent orchestras both in his native Brazil and the US.
Using concert, alto, bass flutes and pífanos, Fernando performs across an eclectic repertoire of traditional and contemporary choros, sambas, bossas, frevos, ijexás, baiões, maracatus and other styles, allying jazz improvisations to an authentic Brazilian sound. He leads his own ensemble with formations that varies from Trio to Nonet, the bands Alma (contemporary South American music) and Bohemia Carioca (gafieira), and he is an active member of the groups Pablo Ablanedo Octet and Trio Choro Brasil.
He has produced and co-produced 5 CDs, and his latest, Sem Tradução (Without Translation) features nine original songs with lyrics by carioca poet Pedro Lago, by Fernando Brandão, Rosangela Santiago and Robson Santiago, both from Bahia. It also features Marcella Camargo as the lead singer and 14 prominent musicians from the Boston area. His vocal and instrumental compositions are centered mostly around Brazilian styles, and feature traditional and contemporary language and arrangements. His compositions have been recorded by Choro das Três, guitarist Almir Cortes and New World Guitar Trio.
Songs from the American traditions, dronally reimagined by this group of freewheeling improvisers including but not limted to: Warren Senders, Junko Fujiwara, Vijaya Sundaram and lloyd Thayer.
Warren Senders’ long experience as a Hindustani vocalist transforms the group’s renditions of American song material into entirely new experiences.
Cellist Junko Fujiwara has been performing and advocating innovations in contemporary and improvised music while teaching and maintaining Western classical and jazz traditions over a span of nearly thirty years.
Vijaya Sundaram is a musician and composer with decades of experience as a singer, sitarist, guitarist and songwriter. As a voice actor her poetry readings have been featured on Public Radio International. A former public school teacher and current college professor, she is currently active in Boston-area theatrical and musical performances, including the Christmas Revels,Apollinaire Theater and Bridge Repertory Company.
Lloyd Thayer is an International Noise Merchant who plays Dobro, but will also attempt anything with strings on it. He is also a hermetic underground legend in the place where such things are archived.
Featuring originals and songs by Pete Seeger, Ornette Coleman, Harold Arlen, Bob Dylan, Hoagy Carmichael, and others.
Based in Boston, USA, Gustavo Assis-Brasil began playing the guitar at the age of 13. He attended the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil, to get his bachelor in classical guitar in 1995. During those years, he worked as a studio musician, private teacher and played with some important bands and projects (Nocet, Bichofolha duo w/Guilherme Barros).
In 1999 he got a full scholarship to get his Master Degree In Jazz at Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory. His main teachers were Mick Goodrick (Gary Burton, Pat Metheny), Wayne Krantz (Steely Dan, Michael Brecker), Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi, Dave Fiucsynski. Gustavo also had master-classes/lessons with Pat Metheny, Frank Gambale, Mike Stern, Dave Liebman, and John Scofield. Gustavo also studied improvisation and composition privately with the late jazz-guru Charlie Banacos and South Indian Carnatic music with Prasanna.
From 2001 to 2006, Gustavo played and toured with the group Dig Trio.
In 2005, Gustavo released the book “Hybrid Picking for Guitar”. This book is the first method entirely dedicated to the art of combining pick and fingers to play the guitar. The book is in its 3rd edition and it has been receiving praise worldwide. In 2008, he released the follow up book “Hybrid Picking Exercises: Single Note Permutations”, with more than 1,400 different exercises based entirely on math permutations. In 2011, Gustavo released his third book, “Hybrid Picking Lines and Licks”. Guthrie Govan wrote the foreword for it.
In 2016, he released the album “Chromatic Dialogues”. It was in the ballot for the 2017 Grammy Awards.