Quarteto Moderno / Brazilian Jazz
CD "Live! Ao Vivo!"
QUARTETO MODERNO is 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, 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 musicians Gustavo Amarante (bass) and Maurício Zottarelli (drums).
Among the ensemble's featured performances are Hudson Hall Jazz Festival (Hudson NY), Branford Jazz Festival (Conn.), Lehman College Latin Jazz Festival, Queens College Year of Brazil, Dizzy Gillespie Auditorium (Bahai Center, NYC), Jazz Forum (Tarrytown) and community venues including Budarz Theater at Ossining Library and New Americans Program at NYC Public Library.
QUARTETO MODERNO PROGRAMS
The ensemble presents a variety of programs, including:
• TRIBUTES TO BRAZILIAN MASTERS
Original Boukas compositions
• THE BRAZILIAN SONGBOOK
Jobim and beyond
• MÚSICA MINEIRA (Minas Gerais)
Nascimento, Horta, Santos
FEATURED CD AUDIO TRACKS
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 NYC. His 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
GUSTAVO AMARANTE bass
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 Barbieri, Toninho 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
COMPLETE CD CONCERT VIDEO
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
QUARTETO MODERNO DEBUT CD, "Live! Ao Vivo!" features ten Boukas original compositions, each a musical tribute to a Brazilian master composer.
QUARTETO MODERNO BIO (PDF)
CD LINER NOTES
COMPLETE VIDEO below
"Masterful guitarist, vocalist and composer Richard Boukas has been thrilling audiences for decades. Quarteto Moderno is an extraordinary group of musicians dedicated to expanding Brazilian Jazz musical vocabulary. Their stellar performances highlight the amazing breadth of Brazilian music: from Samba and Bossa Nova to Choro and Baião– featuring fresh and exciting originals alongside venerable classics. The only thing a listener will come away wanting... is more!"
Jazz Forum Arts, Tarrytown, NY
"QUARTETO MODERNO's concert was a unique virtuoso performance. The audience was spellbound and in awe of the group's individual and collective intensity and brilliance on every imaginable level. Even after knowing his talent for over 40 years, I continue to be astounded by what Richard Boukas is able to do as a guitarist and vocalist, and his challenging, forward-looking compositions set a new standard for contemporary Brazilian music.”
pianist and curator
Hudson Hall Jazz Festival, Hudson, NY
MAURÍCIO ZOTTARELLI drums
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