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"The band launched straight into the heady syncopations of the maracatu from Recife, transporting us immediately into the alternative reality of a wild, intensely colourful carnival, about as far removed from Adelaide in winter as you can get." Stephen Wittington, Adelaide Advertiser


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 - samba, MPB, bossa, folkloric music and regional styles mixed with jazz and more.

Musical director of Panorama Brasil is drummer/composer Alastair Kerr, a long-time student of Brazilian music, and recognised as one of Australia's leading exponents of Brazilian percussion. Kerr is known for his work with groups such as The Doug de Vries Trio, The New Sheiks, Sexteto Zona Sul, and Trio Agogo, and leads this stellar group.  

Panorama Brasil have performed at major festivals, including the 2013 Melbourne International Jazz Festival, 2014 Stonnington Jazz Festival, 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival (with Vince Jones and Alda Rezende), and 2017 Melbourne International Jazz Festival (with Vince Jones and Doug de Vries).  In 2017 they performed a sold-out Melbourne Recital Centre concert of Os Afro Sambas (with Alda Rezende), and they return to the MRC in 2018 with Brazil's Modern Poets.

Panorama Brasil released their debut album, The Archer & the Dancer, in 2013, with the album being nominated for an Australian Jazz Bell Award.  In 2015 they released their second album, Flor de Pedra, featuring Jacq Gawler, Diana Clark, and Doug de Vries.  November 2016 saw the premiere of Kerr's second major work for the ensemble - Chant/Call: Stories of the Gods.  This suite draws on Kerr's extensive study of the Afro-Brazilian rhythms of Candomble.  The recording of Chant/Call will be released online in 2018.

Regular perfomers include: Asha Henfry (flute), Al Parsons (trombone), Matt Boden (piano), Jorge Albuquerque (bass), and special guests including Doug de VriesAlda RezendeJacqueline Gawler and Diana Clark. 

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Upcoming Gigs
Panorama Brasil - Nov 29 Paris Cat
Dany Maia - Nov 15 Paris Cat
Oct 19 - Trio Agogo at Wesley Anne

Upcoming Gigs

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Panorama Brasil - Nov 29 Paris Cat

Friday Nov 29, 8:30pm

Panorama Brasil at the Paris Cat Jazz Club

The incredible Dany Maia joins Panorama Brasil at the Paris Cat Jazz Club for a night of beautiful Brazlian song, with special guest Rodrigo Salgado (bass).  Music from some of Brazil's greatest composers - Jobim, Milton Nascimento, Djavan and more.  Bookings recommended - reserved seats for these shows always sell out.  Limited door sales available.  Bookings here.



Dany Maia - Nov 15 Paris Cat

Dany Maia Sextet at Paris Cat Jazz Club

Friday Nov 15, 7pm

Dany Maia brings the best of Brazil to the Paris Cat Jazz Club.  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.  6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne.Dany Maia 1




Oct 19 - Trio Agogo at Wesley Anne

Saturday Oct 19, 6pm

Trio Agogo at Wesley Anne

Featuring Ben Carr

The Agogos are back at Wesley Anne.  Two sets of high-energy choro with guest saxophonist Ben Carr.  Adam May (7-string guitar and cavaco), Paul Carey (guitar) and Al Kerr (pandeiro).  250 High St, Northcote.  Free entry.