Quarteto Moderno / Brazilian Jazz
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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), Jazz Forum, Branford Jazz Festival (CT), Johnny Pacheco Latin Jazz Festival (Lehman College), Queens College Year of Brazil, Dizzy Gillespie Auditorium (Bahai Center, NYC), and community venues including Budarz Theater at Ossining Library and New Americans Program at NYC Public Library.
"Boukas appropriates the rhythmically funky essence of such styles as Forró, Frevo and Baião and tests their viability in a setting that stresses spontaneous improvisation."
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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