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Panorama Brasil

SpicyPanorama 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 is leading this new group focusing on Brazilian influenced jazz.  

Panorama Brasil have performed at the 2013 Melbourne International Jazz Festival, 2014 Stonnington Jazz Festival and 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival (with Vince Jones and Alda Rezende).  In 2015 Panorama Brasil released their second album, Flor de Pedra.  In November 2016 they presented 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.

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

www.panoramabrasil.com.au 

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The Alastair Kerr Quartet

Al Kerr FrontCover WEBThe Alastair Kerr Quartet was formed in 2009, primarily as a vehicle for Kerr's compositions. A distinctly Australian sound, but clearly influenced by a love of Brazilian and Cuban music, the group’s sound combines a quirky harmonic sense and high level of group interaction. Underpinned by the responsive rhythm section of Kerr and Sam Zerna (bass), Marc Hannaford’s energetic and highly rhythmic work on piano spurs trumpeter Pat Thiele in his improvisations – alternatively angular and cascading – in a band that uses delicacy and space in equal measure with intense, driving grooves.

In 2010 the Quartet opened for Chucho Valdes at the Melbourne Recital centre, and this was followed by the release of their debut album The Ultimate Fate of... Buy the album here!

 

Trio Agogo

Trio Agogo features three of Australia’s finest exponents of Brazilian music – guitarists Paul Carey and Adam May, with percussionist Alastair Kerr. Trio Agogo perform classic works from the choro repertoire, as well as originals by Carey. In addition to the standard 6-string guitar, this group features the Brazilian 7-string guitar, and the ukulele-like cavaquinho. Percussionist Kerr focuses on the quintessential Brazilian percussion instrument – the pandeiro – but also brings are range of textures and rhythms to the group with his collection of authentic instruments.

Formed in 2010, the group released their debut album - The Story of Benjamin Constant - in January 2012. All three musicians have spent extensive time studying and performing in Brazil, and bring an authentic touch to their performances.

Visit us at www.trioagogo.com

 

The Doug de Vries Trio

Doug de Vries is one of Australia’s foremost guitarists and a significant composer for the guitar, excelling in many musical genres, from jazz to choro, samba and bossa nova. He is considered Australia’s leading exponent of Brazilian guitar repertoire and recently released a solo album of Brazilian repertoire, DdV Solo. He is particularly noted for his sophisticated accompaniments, deep knowledge, and daring improvisations - in jazz and other settings.

In this Trio he is joined by bassist Frank Di Sario and drummer/percussionist Alastair Kerr. Di Sario has performed with the cream of Australian jazz, including Paul Grabowsky, Dale Barlow and Don Burrows, and has also appeared alongside international artists such as George Coleman jr, and Nigel Kennedy. Kerr is an in-demand percussionist in Australia's burgeoning Brazilian music scene, as well as leading his own jazz groups, Panorama do Brasil and The Alastair Kerr Quartet.

De Vries leads the Trio through a broad range of Brazilian music - afro-sambas, bossa nova, choro, forró and Brazilian jazz. Their performances convey the depth and beauty of this music while maintaining the spontaneity of jazz, with intricate interplay seamlessly woven through the sublime rhythms of Brazil.

The Trio has played to full houses at the Melbourne International and Wangaratta Jazz Festivals, and opened for legendary Brazilian musician Hermeto Pascoal at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Visit us at www.dougdevries.com

 

Sexteto Zona Sul

Drawing on the rich repertoire of Brazilian Choro, Sexteto Zona Sul is a Melbourne combo put together by Doug de Vries, a leading exponent of this mostly instrumental music. Featuring classic compositions by Jacob do Bandolim, Pixinguinha and new original works in an ever expanding genre that combines polka and samba with virtuosity and ingenuity.

Doug de Vries – mandolin & tenor guitar
Asha Henfry – flute
Adam May – cavaquinho
Ken Murray – guitar
Julian Scheffer – 7-string guitar
Al Kerr – pandeiro

Visit us at www.dougdevries.com

 

Diana May Clark & the Sunny Set

Adventurous Aussie singer-songwriter Diana Clark is blending all her influences in her first single release ‘Sunny Daze’ - an electrifying, hooky 60s pure pop extravaganza. This new mix of Beatlesque 'yeah, yeah, yeah' and pop styles with Diana's well established Brazilian Jazz fluency is both unique and instantly charming. Her groove driven songs speak of willing the sun into the darkest places, family, unity, travel and having an escape plan. The full original album will be released in 2014, including a very special guest appearance from Chico Cesar!

Visit us at www.dianaclark.com.au

 

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.