SUNY Oswego’s fourth annual Jazz Guitar Festival will feature some Brazilian flavor with Trio de Paz joining the roster of musicians and educators. The daylong menu of performances, courses and workshops will unfold at the lakeside campus on Saturday, Nov. 13.
One of the most renowned acts working in the world of Brazilian music, Trio de Paz brings an eclectic songbook that incorporates everything from Latin rhythms to classical to American standards.
“Over three decades since modern Brazilian music captured our souls, it’s heartening to find the legacy of the genre’s original masters in so capable of hands,” NY Latino magazine noted. Added allaboutjazz.com reviewer Nils Jacobson: “These three players have incredible intuition, and they speak with one voice.”
Those three players—guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka da Fonseca—are well known as musicians and teachers in their own right. They will perform a concert for festival attendees as well as share tips during the educational sessions.
Lubambo, who Jazziz magazine said “may be the best practitioner of his craft in the world today,” will instruct on the Latin jazz approach to guitar. Matta and da Fonseca will teach playing Brazilian rhythms.
Their albums include “Pardito Out,” “Black Orpheus,” “Brazil from the Inside” and their most recent, “Cafe.” In addition to the trio’s tight playing and range of interpretations, these discs also feature such guest artists as Diane Reeves, Joe Lovano and Herbie Mann.
Now based in New York City, the members of the trio have also released numerous solo albums, served as musical educators in a variety of surroundings and expanded their repertoire as session musicians for some of the top artists in the fields of jazz and Latin music.
For the Oswego event, they will join a teaching and performing lineup that also includes Rodney Jones, Jonathan Kreisberg, Gene Bertoncini, Steve Brown, Corey Christiansen, Tom Fittipaldi, Steve Greene and festival founder Rick Balestra. A selection of hands-on workshops and master classes will address players of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced guitarists.
Registration for the daylong schedule of learning and listening costs $55 for adults, $35 for students and $15 for SUNY Oswego students.
The Jazz Guitar Festival is made possible in part by support from the House of Guitars in Rochester, ClearChannel Radio and WAER Jazz 88.
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(Posted: Oct 28, 2004)