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Steps – Brazilian Footprints
June 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$15
Eduardo Mendonça, a native of Brazil and a long time Seattle area resident, will mark the 20th anniversary of his career in the US with the release of his latest recording: “Steps – Brazilian Footprints.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Highlighted by inspired arrangements and inventive interpretations, “Steps – Brazilian Footprints” offers a unique and intimate musical narrative, celebrating the various influences on Eduardo’s far-ranging artistic journey. An accomplished and prolific composer in his own right, Eduardo records, for the first time, works by other renowned song writers from Brazil and beyond. The selection includes standards such as “Over the Rainbow” (music, Harold Arlen; lyrics, E.Y. Harburg) and “Smile” (music, Charlie Chaplin, 1936; lyrics, John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons, 1954), a song later immortalized in renditions by Nat King Cole and Tony Bennett. Eduardo salutes the McCartney-Lennon composing team and their example of stylistic experimentation and unexpected musical migration in his arrangement of “Eleanor Rigby. Brazilian selections range from Samba, to Bossa-Nova and to the lesser-known Baião, a fusion of indigenous, African, and European elements typical in Northeastern Brazil.
Eduardo brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his wide-ranging musical endeavors. A variety of musical fusions throughout and between the Americas form the backbone of four earlier solo CDs: “Brazil and Me” (2009), “Dois em 1” (2008); “Dois em 1 – Second Edition” (2008), and “Brazil in Washington” (2003) where his talents as performer (guitar, vocals, and percussion), composer, and arranger shine. In addition to solo performances and recordings, residents of the Greater Seattle area might know Eduardo as musical director and performer with Show Brazil! which boasts a host of musicians and dancers who annually delight audiences with popular Brazilian regional musical styles at “Carnaval Seattle,” the Seattle Center’s BrasilFest celebration, and at numerous community festivals. Eduardo also holds a Masters in Arts Education and is a much sought after artist-in-residence recommended by the Washington State Arts Commission. In May 2016, Eduardo performs in the jointly sponsored Seattle Symphony-Carnegie Hall project “Link Up: The Orchestra Moves,” exploring the creation of melody and motif.
Drummer and percussionist Sam Alamillo and special guest on keyboards Jovino Santos Neto, Professor of Music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, will lend their considerable talents to this CD release. Sam’s has collaborated with a host of international and local musicians, among them: Tito Puente, Jaime, Mariano, Sonja, Rolando, Ricardo Morales-Matos from Puerto Rico, and Johnny Conga (Oye!). He has also toured with the high-energy Salsa band Nueva Era. Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino is an internationally respected performer and lecturer whose music blends contemporary harmonies with Brazilian rhythmic languages as evidenced in recordings with his group Quinteto (Canto do Rio, 2004; Corrente, 2011) and in duets with Bill Frisell (electric guitar), vocalist Gretchen Parlato, Paquito d’Rivera (clarinet) on the CD, “Veja o Som,” 2010.
There will be two 40 minutes sets, an intermission, and a short question and answer session. CDs, autographed posters, and other merchandise will be available for purchase. Tickets prices are $15.00, general admission; and $12.00, seniors over 65 and children under 18. Tickets can be purchased online from https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steps-brazilian-footprints-eduardo-mendoncas-cd-release-tickets-25148795725
This live performance is sponsored by 4 Culture, Maple Valley Creative Arts Council, and Brazil Arts & Education.