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Panorama Brasil

"The backbone of this show is Panorama Brasil, the amazing outfit put together by percussionist Alastair Kerr...a dream combo to deliver the sounds of Jobim."

Tracey Korsten, Glam Adelaide

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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 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 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.  The first edition of this quartet was underpinned by the responsive rhythm section of Kerr and Sam Zerna (bass), with Marc Hannaford’s energetic and highly rhythmic work on piano spurring on 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 2017 Alastair launched the new edition of this group, with the exciting young talents of Stephen Byth (sax), Daniel Mougerman (piano), and Jordan Tarento (bass).  Following Byth's move to Boston to undertake his Masters at Berklee, trumpeter Paul Williamson joined the group.

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
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