Dircect from Brazil: AMILTON GODOY and LÉA FREIRE

Dircect from Brazil: AMILTON GODOY and LÉA FREIRE

Saturday, Nov 18th, 2017

8 PM

$20 – $25 sliding scale

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PLease join us on Saturday, Nov. 18 When Avonova presents  Dircect from Brazil: AMILTON GODOY and LÉA FREIRE.  These fine Brazilian musicians will be joined by locals Harvey Wainapel, Jane Lenoir and Ricardo Peixoto.  The show starts at 8 PM and the admission is set at $20 – $25 sliding scale. Doors open at 7:15.

This swinging instrumental duo is making a rare visit to the USA. They represent the best of their respective generations. Their delightful original compositions bridge the gap between beloved Brazilian styles (such as samba and choro) and modern chamber music. (Tonight, together with their dear friends, they will create a mix-and-match of solos, duos, trios, quartets, and quintets, celebrating the great music of Brazil!)


Pianist Amilton Godoy has influenced Brazilian instrumental music  and musicians ever since he founded the Zimbo Trio in 1964, one of the  first “Brazilian jazz” trios; this group has made 51 recordings and performed in over 40 countries. At 76 years young, Amilton continues to play with the energy of a teenager (a very experienced one!).


Flutist/pianist Léa Freire is also a major figure on the scene, having created award-winning groups, compositions for orchestras, and a highly-respected record label based in São Paulo, which has produced 50 releases over the past 20 years. She is one of Brazil’s most prolific and creative composers.


Founder of the Berkeley Choro Ensemble, flutist JANE LENOIR has performed with symphony orchestras, new music ensembles, chamber and early music groups, as well as jazz, latin and Brazilian artists such as Paulo Sergio Santos, Rogério Souza, Caio Marcio Dos Santos, Netinho Albuquerque, and Alessandro Penezzi.

Originally from Rio de Janeiro, RICARDO PEIXOTO came to the US on a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and subsequently settled in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ricardo has recorded, performed, and collaborated with, among others, Claudia Villela, Flora Purim and Airto, Bud Shank, Sivuca, Claudio Roditi, Raul de Souza, Toots Thielemans, Guinga, and Dori Caymmi.


Harvey Wainapel has toured internationally with Ray Charles, Joe Lovano, and Airto Moreira & Flora Purim. Wainapel’s deep connection with Brazilian music has also resulted in performances with such masters as Guinga, Jovino Santos Neto, Spok, Filó Machado and Paulo Bellinati. To date Harvey has presented his work in clubs, festivals and studios in 22 countries.

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