Harvey Wainapel & Alegritude

Please join us on Sunday June 4 when Avonova presents the Brazilian ensemble Alegritude. The show starts at 3 PM and the donation is a $15-$20 sliding scale.

The group ALEGRITUDE was born out of saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel’s desire to share the joy and beauty of music he has discovered in over a decade of months-long stays in Brazil; besides well-known rhythms such as samba and bossa nova, ALEGRITUDE presents other fresh aspects of Brazilian jazz, based on folkloric genres of that country, so rich and varied in its musical traditions. This exciting group has performed at Yoshi’s Jazz Club, Stanford University, and the San Jose Jazz Festival, among other venues.

HARVEY WAINAPEL (pronounced wine-apple) has performed with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, Joe Henderson, and Johnny Coles. His heavy involvement with the music of Brazil has led to performances with top level musicians such as Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Dori Caymmi, Guinga, Paulo Bellinati, Nelson Ayres, and Jovino Santos Neto. Besides working with these and numerous other leaders, Harvey has toured extensively under his own name, and has performed in 22 countries.

Guitarist/composer/arranger JEFF BUENZ has performed and/or recorded with Viva Brasil, Toninho Horta, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Stanley Turrentine, and Rebecca Mauleon. Electric bassist SCOTT THOMPSON’s performance credits include Chico Pinheiro, Marcos Silva, Omar Sosa, Toninho Horta, and Jovino Santos Neto. Brazilian native CELSO ALBERTI has been living in the USA since 1982. He has drummed for such greats as Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Herbie Mann, Joyce Cooling, and Steve Winwood.

Brazil’s major daily newspaper O GLOBO, reviewing a live performance in Rio de Janeiro, writes “Wainapel displayed incredible intimacy with the language of Brazilian music and great stage presence.”

Brazilian icon IVAN LINS says “Harvey is amazing; he undersands Brazilian music in a way that’s very unusual, maybe because he loves it so much. He’s got the spirit. He’s a great musician

Alegritude is thrilled and honored to be joined for this concert by a fantastic Brazilian pianist/composer FELIPE SENNA is briefly passing through the area; he has arranged (and will perform) a Choro Suite for the Echo Chamber Orchestra, featuring the Berkeley Choro Ensemble (that concert will take place on Sunday, June 11)

 

 

Ricardo Peixoto and Duo Violao

Please join us on Saturday, March 18 when Avonova presen  Ricardo Peixoto and Duo Violao ts Brasil.  The show starts at 8 PM and the admission is $20.  Doors open at  7:15 PM.

Bay Area-based Brazilian guitarist Ricardo Peixoto returns to Avonova alongside Rio de Janeiro-based guitarists Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber  (Duo Violão Brasil). The trio will be performing new arrangements of music by Pixinguinha and Radamés Gnattali as well as original compositions, and well traditional popular Brazilian music repertoire.

Duo Violão Brasil

A master of 6- and 7-string guitars, Rogério Souza is one of the foremost representatives of music from Rio de Janeiro. He has worked as musical director and producer with a multitude of world-class Brazilian musicians, including Baden Powell, Paulinho da Viola, Sivuca, Ney Matogrosso, Altamiro Carrilho, João Bosco, Paulo Moura, Ivan Lins, Guinga, and Turíbio Santos. Rogério performs regularly throughout Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Asia.

 

The son of a Brazilian mother and an American father, guitarist/composer Edinho Gerber possesses a rich musical vocabulary developed in the two countries. Navigating effortlessly between the genres of choro, jazz, samba, and blues, he is always in search of the intersection points within his dual cultural identity. A staple in the Chicago music scene for many years he currently resides and performs regularly in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Goulderlocks and the Bears

Please join us on Saturday December 3 when Avonova presents the Return of Goulderlocks and the Bears.  The show starts at 8 PM and the admission is set at $15.

New on the scene, the singer/songwriters of this trio are hardly newcomers. Longtime East Bay musicians Lisa Goulder, Pete Elman and Michael DeWall have combined their talents to create a healthy mix of originals and carefully chosen covers. Pianist/vocalist Goulder has released solo albums and had her songs performed by many artists, including Bobby McFerrin. Elman, a producer/writer veteran of the rock and roll wars, contributes bass, piano and a wealth of experience. Guitarist/vocalist DeWall spent his formative years in Argentina and brings a Latin feel to the group. Featuring rich harmonies and accessible pop-oriented songs, their eclectic-acoustic repertoire is sure to delight audiences. Together they form Goulderlocks and the Bears

Ted Falcon & Eduardo Souza, with Ami Mollinelli

Please join us on Saturday November 5, 2016 when Avonova presents Ted Falcon & Eduardo Souza, with Ami Mollinelli and their choro band.  The show starts at 8 pm and the admissions is $15-20 sliding scale..  Doors open at 7:15

US born Violinist, mandolinist, teacher and composer Ted Falcon grew up listening to jazz and the Brazilian music of Villa-Lobos, Tom Jobim and Luiz Bonfá. He has lived and worked as a professional musician in New York City, Los Angeles and São Paulo, and for the past 7 years, he has lived in Brasília, the capital of Brazil.

Ted has written several books about Brazilian choro music for the Escola de Choro Raphael Rabello, (Clube do Choro) the nation’s most respected choro school. He performs regularly throughout Brazil with various music projects including Jambrosia, Trio Oblivion, Gypsy Jazz Club, Kervansarai, and the duo Ted and Pablo, with harmonica player Pablo Fagundes. He has performed with Hermeto Pascoal, Dominguinhos, Armandinho Macêdo, Thiago Espirito Santo, Hamilton de Holanda and many other incredible Brazilian musicians. In the U.S., he has performed along side of David Grisman and Mike Marshall and has recorded with Suzanne Vega and Ben E. King. Ted is one of the few innovators on the violin, an instrument rarely used in Brazilian popular music.

In 2014, Ted released his 7th CD called Retratos Abstratos, with virtuoso guitarist Felix Junior. that featured many of his original songs and abstract paintings. This year, Ted will teach at the Centrum Choro Workshop in Port Townsend, WA with the choro group Trio Brasilieiro and Anat Cohen.

Eduardo Souza, Brazil, performs with the choro group Folha Seca as well as with Tiago Tunes, Sérgio Morais and Ted Falcon. He leads his own samba trio where he sings original compositions and plays guitar. His musical influences include great Brazilian artists such as Chico Buarque, Villa-Lobos, Dilermando Reis, Adoniran Barbosa as well as artists from other styles and nationalities ~ Manu Chao, Piazzolla, Bach, Flaming Lips, Camarón de la Isla.  Eduardo is the guitarist in the group Gypsy Jazz Club, in Brasilia.

Ami Mollinelli is a first-call Bay Area percussionist, accompanying the best of the Brazilian players who come to town.  She is s founding member of  Grupo Falso Baiano whose choro music delights audiences everywhere on the West  Coast and beyond.  Her resume of performing, teaching and recording is extensive.

An acoustic evening with Ramon & Jessica

Please join us on Saturday July 23 when Avonova presets  An acoustic evening with Ramon & Jessica,.  The show starts at 8 PM and the admission is set at $15-$20 sliding scale.  Doors open at 7:15. opening for Ramon and Jessica is the group Bleeding Vector.

Singer-songwriter duo Ramon & Jessica (Dina Maccabee and Jesse Olsen Bay) is beloved by both adults and children for their quirky, original songs, intricate harmonies, and gorgeously blended vocals. Performing around the Bay Area and nationally since 2002, they have released two albums on Porto Franco Records (Handyman’s Honeymoon and Fly South), composed scores for film and dance, and received several awards, grants and much critical acclaim.

This concert is a fundraiser for Ramon & Jessica’s newest project, Roses Are Blue, a musical adaptation of a Gertrude Stein children’s book. East Bay Fund for Artists will match up to $8000 in funds raised by July 29, to support the development and performance of a theatrical version of this work. Help us make this vision a reality!

Tonight, Ramon & Jessica will be performing songs from their previous releases, material from Roses Are Blue, and maybe even something brand new!

Bleeding Vector is a duo consisting of guitarist Eric Vogler and scat singer Lorin Benedict. They have been playing together since 2003, and performing together since roughly 2005. Their music involves structured improvisations culled primarily from, but not limited to, the jazz idiom. Eric and Lorin are also often seen in performance with saxophonist Kasey Knudsen in a trio called The Holly Martins.

Juls & Dave and Ensemble

Please join us on Sunday July 10 when Avonova presenrts a Summer Celebration with Juls and Dave and their ensemble.  The show startrs at 4 PM and the admission is $20 or $ for under 18.  Doors open 3:15.

Bossas, Sambas, Spanish, French, Calypsos, Blues and Ballads Juls has some new original music for you, including her newest song, “Butterfly.” Light Refreshments will be served”

Seating is limited, so advanced reservation is recommended. Our last performance at Avonova sold out quickly. Payment at the door will be accepted. Check with us first to see if seats are still available. Bring your own pillows for extra comfort!!!

 

Claudia Villela and Vitor Gonçalves

Please join us on Saturday July 2 when Avonova presents the return of  Claudia Villela and Vitor Gonçalves.  The performance starts at 8 PM and the admission is set at $20.  Doors open at 7:15.  Be prepared to witness an amazing performance.

Vocalist, multi-instrumentizt and composer Claudia Villela‘s talent for musical exploration knows no limits. Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, she absorbed the sounds of Brasil all around her: Samba, Bossa Nova, Partido Alto, Choro, Baiao, Maracatu, as well as influences of music from all over the world, Jazz, from traditional to classical to avant garde. For Villela, music is a spiritual exercise to be embraced openly, without premeditation, in a search for inspiration and spontaneity. Her compositions and vocal improvisations encompass the full range of human emotion, sometimes dramatic, sometimes humorous, but always fascinating. Jazz Times magazine has described her as “a female Bobby McFerrin”.  RSVP here.

Music bursting with flavors from Brazil’s richest heritage of rhythms and moods, Claudia Villela’s  performances, compositions and improvisations earn rave reviews from critics and spellbound audiences all over. Both nostalgic and contemporary, her sensual music transcends its language, exploding in creativity, intelligence and depth.

Vitor Gonçalves is a pianist, accordionist, composer and arranger, also from Rio de Janeiro. After an illustrious career as an in demand musician in Brazil, playing with such icons as Hermeto Pascoal, Maria Bethânia, Itiberê Zwarg, and many others, he made the move to New York City, where he currently resides.  Since coming to the U.S. in 2012, he has garnered much acclaim and built an impressive resume, including features in NPR’s Jazz Night in America, hosted by Christian McBride, The New York Times, and Fox News. A frequent resident on the stages of Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, and the Jazz Gallery, he both leads his own projects, and collaborates with figures in the New York scene such as Anat Cohen, Vinícius Cantuária, Kate McGarry, Anthony Wilson, John Zorn, Cyro Baptista, and many others.

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choro das tres

Please join us on Saturday, June 25 when Avonova presents the return of Choro das Tres.  The show starts at 8 PM and the cost of admission is TBA.  Doors open 7:15.  This family band will amaze you with their renditions of Brazils wonderful musical art form.

The group is comprised of father Eduardo Ferreira on Pandeiro, the expressive Brazilian tamborine-like percussion instrument, Daughter Corina on flute, daughter Elisa on clarinet and bandolim (10-string Brazilian mandolin), and daughter Lia on violao (7-string Brazilian guitar.)  Based in Brazil but beginning tour on the west coast to great response. visitors to this concert will be delighted with their flawlesslly rendered versions of Choro classics as well as original compositions.

Stephanie Bruce Presents: Singers in Concert

Please join us on Saturday, June 18 when Avonova hosts Stephanie Bruce Presents: Singers in concert.  The show starts at 7:30 and admission is $10

Four talented vocalists will be performing in a program that includes repertoire from Michael Buble to Cole Porter, Joni Mitchell to Johnny Mandel. They will cover the full spectrum of jazz, folk, blues, Brazilian, and pop music, with a fantastic trio of instrumentalists.

The singers are (pictured from top left, clockwise) Andy Fullington, Daniel Francisco, Andrea Spillman-Gajek, and Sam Sorokin.   Sam is making his performance debut with a great selection of contemporary pop tunes, while Andrea and Andy, both classically trained, are returning to the stage with some great folk, pop, and jazz tunes. Daniel is a seasoned jazz singer with a soulful style.

They will be accompanied by Terry Rodriguez/piano, Alex Baum/bass, and Jack Dorsey/drums.

 

Goulderlocks and the Bears

Please join us on Saturday April 30 when Avonova presents the local trio Goulderlocks and the Bears.  The show starts at 8 PM and the admission is set at $15.

New on the scene, the singer/songwriters of this trio are hardly newcomers. Longtime East Bay musicians Lisa Goulder, Pete Elman and Michael DeWall have combined their talents to create a healthy mix of originals and carefully chosen covers. Pianist/vocalist Goulder has released solo albums and had her songs performed by many artists, including Bobby McFerrin. Elman, a producer/writer veteran of the rock and roll wars, contributes bass, piano and a wealth of experience. Guitarist/vocalist DeWall spent his formative years in Argentina and brings a Latin feel to the group. Featuring rich harmonies and accessible pop-oriented songs, their eclectic-acoustic repertoire is sure to delight audiences. Together they form Goulderlocks and the Bears