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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!

 

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