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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.  SMbrasil1274

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 returned to the MRC in 2018 with Brazil's Modern Poets.  Alda Rezende returns to Australia in 2023 another tour of Os Afro Sambas.

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 was released online in 2020.

Regular perfomers include: Yael Zamir and Asha Henfry (flute), Matt Boden and Andrew James (piano), Jorge Albuquerque (bass and guitar), Rodrigo Salgado (bass), and special guests including Dany Maia, Doug de VriesAlda RezendeJacqueline Gawler and Diana Clark.  

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Upcoming Gigs
July 20 Dany Maia - Melbourne Recital Centre
June 14 Panorama Brasil - Wesley Anne
June 15 Panorama Brasil - Paris Cat Jazz Club

Upcoming Gigs

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July 20 Dany Maia - Melbourne Recital Centre

Dany Maia

Saturday July 20, 7pm

Melbourne Recital Centre

Immerse yourself in the pulsating rhythms of Brazil as Dany Maia’s impassioned vocals and magnetic stage presence breathe new life into her homeland’s music. From the infectious beats of samba to the soulful melodies of bossa nova, her repertoire encompasses a wide range of Brazilian musical styles, all delivered with her signature flair and authenticity.

Joined by a talented ensemble including Jorge Albuquerque on acoustic guitar, Alastair Kerr on drums, Ben Carr on saxophone, Josh Bridges on cavaquinho and bass, and Matt Boden on piano, Dany invites listeners to experience the rich cultural tapestry of Brazil through her heartfelt and joyful performances. Highlighting both the traditional and contemporary allure of Brazilian musical expression, don’t miss this celebration of culture and rhythm.

Bookings and info here.

June 14 Panorama Brasil - Wesley Anne

Panorama Brasil

Featuring Yael Zamir

Friday June 14, 8pm

Wesley Anne, Northcote

Tix and info here.

Panorama Brasil explore the music of two Brazilian jazz giants – Hermeto Pascoal and Airto Moreira – led by guest musical director, Yael Zamir (flute).

From their early days together in Sambrasa Trio and the legendary Quarteto Novo, Hermeto Pascoal and Airto Moreira have been at the forefront of Brazilian jazz and improvised music. Panorama Brasil explore and re-imagine the repertoire of these two Brazilian greats, diving into interpretations of regional and folkloric rhythms, as well as samba, bossa nova, and Brazilian jazz.

Panorama Brasil:
Yael Zamir (flute)
Jorge Albuquerque (bass)
Matt Boden (piano)
Alastair Kerr (drums/percussion)


June 15 Panorama Brasil - Paris Cat Jazz Club

Panorama Brasil featuring Jacq Gawler

Saturday June 15, 6pm

Paris Cat Jazz Club

Panorama Brasil return to the Paris Cat, with special guest vocalist Jacqueline Gawler. Join the group for a tour through the rich musical landscape of Brazil, with songs from Djavan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Milton Nascimento, and more.

Jacq has been a regular guest with Panorama Brasil over the past 8 years, but she is also well known for her work with groups such as Coco's Lunch, and America do Sul. Her beautiful renditions in both English and Portuguese alongside this stellar band make this a show not to be missed. The best of samba, bossa nova and Brazilian jazz.

New ticket link here.