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 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.