Lucas Pino, saxophonist with Quarteto Moderno


Gustavo Amarante


Maurício Zottarelli

Lucas Pino, saxophones

Since his arrival in New York City (born in Phoenix, AZ), he has rapidly evolved into one of today’s distinct young voices on the saxophone. Composer-leader of the No Net Nonet, his collaborations with cutting-edge young musicians including guitarist Rafal Sarnecki, Jeremy Siskind and Ben Van Gelder have showcased his virtuosity and a dynamic melodic and harmonic vocabulary. Lucas received his B.A. at New School Jazz after transferring from the esteemed Brubeck Institute in California. It was at New School where faculty member Richard Boukas first took notice of Pino's keen improvisational skills. In 2011, he completed his M.A. at Juilliard, and in 2012 was guest performer on Boukas's música mineira project The Year of Brazil / Ernesto Nazareth 150th Birthday Tribute concert at Queens College was his premiere performance with Quarteto Moderno. For more info visit lucaspino.com

Quarteto Moderno

Quarteto Moderno is a contemporary Brazilian jazz ensemble that features Richard Boukas's compositions written in primary genres including samba, choro, baião, frevo, maracatu, marcha and guarânia. In extended performances, they also interpret legendary Brazilian composers from seminal innovators Ernesto Nazareth, Anacleto de Medeiros and Pixinguinha to Hermeto Pascoal, and Minas Gerais masters including Milton Nascimento, Toninho Horta and Sérgio Santos. Their dynamic interaction and high creative energy makes each performance a whole new adventure, taking the music into totally new and daring directions.

Boukas is joined by the brilliant young saxophonist Lucas Pino and his stellar Trio Brasileiro sidemen Gustavo Amarante (bass) and Maurício Zottarelli (drums). The ensemble has performed extensively in the New York City area, including Dizzy Gillespie Auditorium (Baha'i Center), Johnny Pacheco Latin Jazz Festival (at Lehman College) and the keynote concert to launch Queens College's Year of Brazil

Twelve tracks from the QUEENS COLLEGE YEAR OF BRAZIL CONCERT are featured on the AUDIO PLAYER below.
The same tracks are VIDEOS which are on YouTube in two separate playlists:


Richard Boukas, leader of Quarteto Moderno

Gustavo Amarante, electric bass

Gustavo was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. After moving to the U.S. in 1994 to study at the Berklee College of Music, he has established himself as one of today’s most important voices on the electric bass. Gustavo is an ideal interpreter of original music, always providing a solid groove, impeccable time and keen attention to detail. He has performed and recorded with numerous Brazilian and other world-reknown artists including Toninho Horta, Helio Alves, Jovino Santos Neto, Duduka Da Fonseca, Carlos Malta, Aquiles Báez, Hendrik Meurkens, Panamericana Big Band, Bob Moses, and Katie Viqueira. He has played at major festivals and venues including Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Nuits D’Afrique (Montréal) and Java Jazz Fest (Jakarta, Indonesia). For more info, visit gustavoamarante.com
Maurício Zottarelli, drums and percussion

He has been on the forefront of Brazilian, Latin and jazz music scenes for over fifteen years. Born in Rio Claro (São Paulo state), his sideman credits read like a Who's Who of contemporary Brazilian music: Eliane Elias, Ivan Lins, Toninho Horta, Jovino Santos Neto, Filó Machado, Rosa Passos, Dom Salvador ; U.S. artists Marc Johnson, Esperanza Spalding, Geoffrey Keezer, Chuck Loeb; and Cameroon bassist-vocalist Richard Bona. His first acclaimed CD as composer and leader, "7 Lives" (2009) was followed by MOZIK with pianist Gilson Schachnik. His many workshops in Brazil and the USA include the Brazil Camp in California, and he is a regular columnist for Modern Drummer Magazine in Brazil. His artist endorsements are LP Percussion, Vic Firth drumsticks, Soultone cymbals, Lexicon Pro and Audio, GruvGear, Powerclick in-ear monitors and FSA Cajons. For more info visit www.mzdrums.com

Quarteto Moderno at Lefrak Hall / Queens College, launching the Year of Brazil on campus.

Quarteto Moderno Audio and Video
Live at Queens College

Select tracks << or >> on the AUDIO PLAYER on the right.


1. Chorizinho (choro)
2. Gajatucada (samba)
3. Chuva no Sertão (baião)
4. Samba Pr'o Sérgio (samba)
5. Por do Sol (toada-ballad)



6. Aqui Oh (Toninho Horta, samba)
7. Assanhado (Jacob do Bandolim, choro)
8. Áfrico (Sérgio Santos, samba)
9. Montreux (Hermeto Pascoal, ballad)
10. Brejeiro (Ernesto Nazareth, maxixe)
11. Vera Cruz (Milton Nascimento, baião)
12. Ainda Me Recordo (Pixinguinha, maxixe)


Richard Boukas and Lucas Pino playing Boukas composition "Gajatucada"

Quarteto Moderno at Queens College

Quarteto Moderno at Queens College's Year of Brazil keynote concert celebrating Ernesto Nazareth's 150th Birthday features twelve tracks: five original Boukas compositions and seven Brazilian classics ranging from Nazareth and Pixinguinha to Minas Gerais legends
Toninho Horta, Milton Nascimento and Sérgio Santos

View a summary of all Richard Boukas activities during the Queens College Year of Brazil.

Live at Queens College / Year of Brazil

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Other Richard Boukas Ensembles

For live audio excerpts of these Richard Boukas ensembles, visit their dedicated pages:

Trio Brasileiro

Novosel-Boukas Duo


Lucas Pino soloing on Hermeto Pascoal's "Montreux"


Quarteto Moderno after their performance at Lefrak Hall, Queens College.

all Queens College Year of Brazil concert photos by Simone Caprifogli