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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, in 2018 I will continue as part of the music team at Northcote High, leading the Symphonic Band and Senior Stage Bands, as well as teaching some great young drummers and percussionists.

The past year or so has seen 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.  In 2017 we toured NSW, ACT, Vic and Tas with Brazilian chanteuse Alda Rezende, performing Os Afro Sambas.  Alda returns to Melbourne in April 2018 for further adventures in Afro Sambas!  Panorama Brasil were also part of the 2017 Melbourne International Jazz Festival, joining Vince Jones and Doug de Vries for a Jobim tribute.  

Meanwhile Asha Henfry is back from her travels, feeling inspired, and working hard on new projects for her choro/samba group, Tamandua.

There will of course be more in 2018 from the great galvanisers of Melbourne choro - Trio Agogo - and I'm looking forward to more great concerts with Danilo Rojas's Bolivian jazz group.

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
June 2 - Panorama Brasil at the Paris Cat
Dany Maia - Fridays at Vamos
Apr 20 & 21 - Afro Sambas with Alda Rezende

Upcoming Gigs

Please click through the tabs for information on our upcoming gigs.

June 2 - Panorama Brasil at the Paris Cat

Saturday, June 2, 7pm

Panorama Brasil at the Paris Cat Jazz Club

featuring Jacq Gawler

Jacqueline Gawler, one of Australia's best interpreters of Brazilian song, joins Panorama Brasil for a tour through the works of some of Brazil's greatest songwriters.  Music from Jobim, Milton Nascimento, Cartola, Djavan, and more.  Supported by Panorama Brasil - Australia's leading Brazilian-jazz ensemble, lead by drummer/composer Alastair Kerr.  These shows regularly sell-out - bookings strongly recommended.

 Jacqueline Gawler

Dany Maia - Fridays at Vamos

Dany Maia Quintet at Vamos

Fridays from 7:30pm

Dany Maia brings the best of Brazil to Vamos every Friday night.  Joined by her stellar band, Dany brings incredible joy and energy to every performance.  Singing great songs from samba, bossa nova, MPB, and forro, Dany brings the spirit of Salvador da Bahia to Melbourne.  Bookings here.  Level 1, 37 Little Bourke St.Dany Maia 1

 

 

 

Apr 20 & 21 - Afro Sambas with Alda Rezende

Panorama Brasil presents:

The Afro Sambas

Featuring Alda Rezende

Following sold-out performances with Panorama Brasil in 2017, Alda Rezende returns to Australia in 2018 to perform Baden Powell & Vinicius de Moraes' Afro Sambas with Panorama Brasil at the Paris Cat. From the Brazilian state of Belo Horizonte, Alda is one of the most distinctive and captivating voices to emerge from Brazil in recent years.

 

A virtuosic guitarist and genius composer, Baden Powell combined classical techniques with popular harmony and swing, performing in many different styles, including bossa nova, samba, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz and música popular brasileira. His album Os Afro-sambas is a masterpiece of post-Bossa Nova Brazil. Written with poet/lyricist Vinícius de Moraes, these compositions represent the breadth and beauty of Afro-Brazilian music — music central to the Brazilian identity.Melbourne-based ensemble Panorama Brasil draws on the diverse musical landscape of Brazil: music with influences from the arid interior, the Amazonian basin, and the streets of Rio and Salvador. Lead by drummer/composer Alastair Kerr (a long-time student of Brazilian music, and one of Australia’s leading exponents of Brazilian percussion) Panorama Brasil explores the Afro roots that inspired Powell, bringing Afro-Brazilian drumming to the centre of this suite.

 

Tickets April 20

Tickets April 21

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