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Welcome to my website

panorama do brasil-7-2This 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 returned to Melbourne in April 2018 for further adventures in Afro Sambas (check out the new vid).  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, TamanduaAnd Rose Gonzalez has an incredible new project - Hermeto Magnetico - performing the music of Hermeto Pascoal.

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
Hermeto Magnetico/Danilo Rojas Nov 29
Dany Maia - Fridays at Vamos
Dec 21 - Panorama Brasil All-Stars at Paris Cat

Upcoming Gigs

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Hermeto Magnetico/Danilo Rojas Nov 29

Saturday Nov 3, 5:30pm

Hermeto Magnetico and Danilo Rojas Quartet

at Wesley Anne, 250 High St Northcote

Thurs Nov 29, 8pm

The acclaimed pianist Danilo Rojas (Bolivia) leads the Danilo Rojas Quartet, whose improvisation stems from the tradition of the Andean and popular music of his country. The repertoire of the quartet "travels" through diverse and colourful rhythms, harmonies and melodies within contemporary music styles.

The quartet will feature in a double bill with the octet Hermeto Magnético, who are dedicated to uncovering the repertoire of Brazil’s most prolific composer Hermeto Pascoal, whose musical genius is magnetic. Made up of stellar musicians of Melbourne’s live music scene, Hermeto Magnético feature eclectic melodies, otherworldly soundscapes and free improvisation. Join us for a night that celebrates contemporary Latin American improvisers and their music. 

Tickets at the door.  More details here.

 

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

 

 

 

Dec 21 - Panorama Brasil All-Stars at Paris Cat

Friday Dec 21, 7pm

Panorama Brasil at Paris Cat Jazz Club

Featuring Jacqueline Gawler, Dany Maia and Josh Bridges

This is a rare chance to hear a big chunk of the extended Panorama Brasil family together in one show!  With two incredible singers - Dany Maia and Jacq Gawler - as well as Josh Bridges on cavaco/voice.  There will be lots of samba, and we'll stretch out into a whole heap of new songs.  Don't miss it - you won't get the chance to see this line-up again for a long time!  Book online here to reserve your seat.

Jacqueline Gawler