is recognized as one of the most innovative contemporary Brazilian Jazz ensembles based in the U.S. Formed in 2008 by heralded composer-guitarist-vocalist Richard Boukas
, the ensemble explores a wide diversity of Brazilian genres: samba, choro, baião, frevo, maracatu, marcha, frêvo, valsa
Boukas's compositions synergize these traditional forms with a richly diverse melodic and harmonic vocabulary drawn from jazz and chamber music. The group's performances showcase a dynamic spontaneity driven by daring improvisations and fiery rhythm section interaction.
These exciting traits are captured on their DEBUT RECORDING , "LIVE! AO VIVO!"
Featured on guitar and vocals, Boukas is joined by woodwind virtuoso Lucas Pino
and itinerant Brazilian sidemen Gustavo Amarante
(bass) and Maurício Zottarelli
(drums). The ensemble has performed extensively in the New York City area, including Dizzy Gillespie Auditorium, Johnny Pacheco Latin Jazz Festival
and Queens College's Year of Brazil