Quarteto Moderno / Brazilian Jazz


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Boukas, Pino, Amarante, Zottarelli.

QUARTETO MODERNO is widely recognized as one of the most innovative contemporary Brazilian Jazz ensembles based in the U.S. Formed in 2008, the ensemble features Richard Boukas's compositions in Brazilian genres including samba, choro, baião, frevo, maracatu, marcha, frêvo, valsa and guarânia. Boukas synergizes these traditional forms with a rich melodic and harmonic vocabulary drawn from jazz and chamber music. The group's performances showcase a fiery, spontaneous interaction driven by daring improvisations and perpetual rhythmic explorations.

Featured on acoustic guitar and vocals, Boukas is joined by woodwind virtuoso Lucas Pino and itinerant Brazilian sidemen Gustavo Amarante (bass) and Maurício Zottarelli (drums). Quarteto Moderno has performed extensively in the New York City metro area, including Dizzy Gillespie Auditorium (Baha'i Center), Johnny Pacheco Latin Jazz Festival and Queens College's Year of Brazil.


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LUCAS PINO  woodwinds

Since his arrival in New York City from Phoenix, AZ, he has rapidly become one of today’s distinct virtuosos of the saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet. Pino is composer-leader of the No Net Nonet (CD Port Fenix, Origin Records 2015) which perfoms monthly at Small's Jazz Club in NYCHis his debut CD Yellow Flower was released in 2008. Pino's numerous sideman recordings and performances with cutting-edge jazz musicians include Rafal Sarnecki, Dave Baron, Florian Hoefner, Takuya Karoda and Jorn Swart.  Lucas received his B.A. at New School Jazz and his M.A. at the Juilliard School. In 2012 he was guest performer on Boukas's landmark música mineira project. For more info visit lucaspino.com
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Gustavo was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. After moving to the U.S. in 1994, he has established himself as first-call bassist for contemporary Brazilian music. 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 reknown artists including the late Gato BarbieriToninho Horta, Jovino Santos Neto, Duduka Da Fonseca, Carlos Malta, Aquiles Báez, Hendrik Meurkens and Panamericana Big Band. 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


QUARTETO MODERNO presents a variety of arts-in-education programs exploring Brazilian music from a performance, historical and cultural perspective.

Recent programs and venues include:

• Brazilian Music Heroes  
   (Byram Public Library, Greenwich, CT)
• Tribute to Brazilian Masters
  (Queens Public Library New Americans Program,
  Ossining Public Library)
• Ernesto Nazareth 150 Birthday Celebration
  (Queens College Year of Brazil)
• Quarteto Moderno: Boukas Compositional Panorama
  (Greenburgh, NY Public Library)
• música mineira: The Music of Minas Gerais
  (New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music)


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Frederic Frêvo (ded. to Chopin)

Boukas Baião (ded. Luiz Gonzaga)

Samba Pr'o Sérgio (ded. Sérgio Santos)

Chuva No Sertão (d. Jovino Santos Neto)

Marcha Radamés (ded. Radamés Gnattali)

Other Boukas Ensembles

For live AUDIO and VIDEO excerpts of these Richard Boukas ensembles, visit:

Trio Brasileiro

Law-Boukas Chamber Duo
Boukas-Fuller Duo
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New Quarteto Moderno CD. CLICK PHOTO TO BUY NOW!

The ensemble has just released their DEBUT CD, Live! Ao Vivo! from their recent performance at New School for the Performing Arts where Boukas is jazz faculty. The concert features ten Boukas original compositions, each a musical tribute to a Brazilian master composer. Several of the pieces were world premieres, written during the month just prior to the concert.

The CD is now available at NEW AND SPECIAL RELEASESDigital release will occur this fall.

Below are member BIOS, select AUDIO and complete VIDEO from the CD concert.


COMPLETE VIDEO of the CD performance is streamable below.

CD LINER NOTES piece descriptions and composer insights.

COMPLETE MUSIC SCORES of the compositions.

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RICHARD BOUKAS guitar, vocal, composer

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Maurício 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 in Brazilian, Latin music and jazz include Eliane Elias, Paquito D'Rivera, Ivan Lins, Toninho Horta, Filó Machado, Rosa Passos, Chico Pinheiro, Dom Salvador, Jovino Santos Neto, Nilson Matta, Cláudio Roditi, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Hiromi, Keiko Matsui, Richard Bona, Richard Galliano, Joe Locke, Geoffrey Keezer, Oriente Lopez. 

Zottarelli has four acclaimed CDs as a leader: "7 Lives" (2009); MOZIK (2011), "Glasses, No Glasses" (2014) and "Dig Trio" (2003). In 2012 he won the prestigious Brazilian music award, Prêmio da Música Brasileira as sideman with Dom Salvador on the CD "The Art of Samba jazz". Nominated several times in "best-of-the-year" publications including Jazz Station Blog, he has taught many workshops in Brazil, Europe and USA, and is a regular columnist for Modern Drummer Magazine in Brazil. His artist endorsements are LP Percussion, Vic Firth drumsticks, Soultone cymbals, Lexicon Pro Audio, GruvGear accessories, Powerclick in-ear monitors, Evans Drumheads and FSA Cajons. For more info visit www.mzdrums.com

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QUARTETO MODERNO at New School for the Performing Arts

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Calico (ded. Joe Henderson)

Viva O Som! (ded. Hermeto Pascoal)

Mineiro Mesmo (ded. Toninho Horta)

Chorizinho (ded. Hermeto Pascoal)

Valsa Azul (ded. Guinga)

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