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Welcome to my website

PB Lowres-19This site is dedicated to my musical life.  You'll find mp3s, videos and photos of my projects; news on upcoming concerts and albums; plus information about my teaching and workshops.

As well as teaching in the performance course at Monash University, 2017 sees me join the team at Northcote High, leading the Symphonic Band and Intermediate Stage Band, as well as teaching some great young drummers and percussionists.

Last year saw the premiere of some incredible new shows from Panorama Brasil: the new Candomble-inspired suite Chant/Call: Songs of the Gods, as well as shows featuring the music of Milton Nascimento and Djavan.  To start 2017 we toured NSW, ACT, Vic and Tas with Brazilian chanteuse Alda Rezende, performing Os Afro Sambas.  In 2017 we'll also be joining Vince Jones and Doug de Vries for a Jobim tribute as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.  

Meanwhile Asha Henfry is working hard leading her great choro/samba group, Tamandua (stay tuned for news on our upcoming recording).  We're taking a break for the second half of 2017 while Asha studies in Brazil and travels through the Americas.  

There will of course be the great galvanisers of Melbourne choro - Trio Agogo. and guest appearances with lots of wonderful musicians.  And 2017 also sees me join Bolivian pianist Danilo Rojas for explorations in the music of his homeland.

For details on all of these events, check my GIG listings.  You can also find information about all of these groups, including mp3s and videos on this site.  And you can visit us on facebook, see the latest videos on the new Panorama Brasil youtube channel, check out my instagram or catch Panorama Brasil on twitter (panorama_brasil).  I'm now on pinterest too, where I share a lot of great videos, photos and articles related to music and culture.

Upcoming Gigs
Sept 15 - Trio Agogo at the Paris Cat
June 10 - Jobim's Masterpieces, Melb Int Jazz Fest
Dec 17 - Trio Agogo at Paris Cat

Upcoming Gigs

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Sept 15 - Trio Agogo at the Paris Cat

Friday Sept 15, 7pm

Trio Agogo at the Paris Cat Jazz Club

Trio Agogo return to the Paris Cat for a night of fiery choro, featuring saxophonist Ben Carr.  Check out this video of us in the studio with Ben, recording one of Paul's great tunes.  Doors open 6:30pm  Bookings recommended.

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June 10 - Jobim's Masterpieces, Melb Int Jazz Fest

Saturday June 10

Jobim's Masterpieces

Vince Jones, featuring Doug de Vries

Part of the 2017 Melbourne International Jazz Festival

After the stunning sold-out success of "Jobim" at the 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Australia’s leading jazz vocalist, Vince Jones, brings this tribute to the 2017 Melbourne International Jazz Festival.  Guitar virtuoso Doug de Vries features, as well as being musical director for this concert of works from the iconic Brazilian composer, pianist and songwriter, Antônio “Tom” Carlos Jobim.

A founder of the bossa-nova style, Jobim’s 1965 mega-hit The Girl from Ipanema fuelled the craze for Brazilian-inspired music that swept the world. The genius behind some of the world’s biggest jazz and pop hits of all time, Jobim has been an enduring influence on subsequent generations, and was much admired for his collaborations with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz and João Gilberto.

Joining Jones and de Vries will be Jones' long-time collaborator Matt McMahon (piano), as well as members of Panorama Brasil.

Check out the reviews for "Jobim" here and here

 

 

 

Dec 17 - Trio Agogo at Paris Cat

Saturday December 17, 7pm - Trio Agogo at Paris Cat

Brazil on Fire is an exciting collaboration between two of Melbourne’s great exponents of Brazilian music.
 Trio Agogo have been performing since 2009 and features master percussionist Al Kerr and Guitarists Adam May and Paul Carey.  These players have featured in Doug de Vries’ legendary groups and have forged their own groups which have toured nationally and been invited to international festivals.  Ben Carr is well known in Australia as a saxophonist of great virtuosity and originality.  He leads his own trio and is a prolific composer.  This collaboration brings together the powerful swinging grooves of the rhythm section as the bed for Carr’s explosive improvisations.  The material is comprised of standard repertoire which has been reinterpreted within this group and original contemporary compositions inspired by Brazil and beyond.  Online bookings here.