Friday, December 2, 2011

The Richard Boukas Quartet returns to Gillespie Auditorium, Dec. 6

Continue your holiday celebration with The Richard Boukas Quartet featuring Trombonist Chris Stover when this original and energetic group returns to Jazz Tuesdays on Tuesday, December 6 in the Gillespie Auditorium at the New York Baha'i Center at 53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway). There will be 2 shows at 8:00 and 9:30. Call 212-222-5159 for reservations and information.

This marks the second appearance of the quartet at the New York City Baha'i Center. These four exceptional musicians span Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Jazz and Classical music, and tonight’s performance will feature mainly original compositions of the co-leaders.
Richard Boukas - guitar/vocals/composer
Chris Stover - trombone/composer
Gustavo Amarante - 5-string electric bass
Mauricio Zottarelli - drums

Richard Boukas

A distinctive performing artist, composer, educator, author and journalist, he has led and composed for numerous contemporary music ensembles for thirty years. A major exponent and advocate for Brazilian music, his pieces merge traditional genres samba, choro, baião, guarânia with sophisticated Jazz and Classical influences. A virtuoso guitarist and vocalist, his work with top Brazilian musicians includes a twelve-year duo with pianist Jovino Santos Neto, the ensemble Quarteto Moderno, bassists Nilson Matta, Rogério Botter-Maio, Santi Debriano and drummers Paulo Braga, Portinho and Vanderlei Pereira. Richard’s other recordings include Tudo de Bom (Hermeto Pascoal’s Calendário do Som), and Jazz Essence releases Amazônia, Embarcadero and Commitment.

Chosen “Best Brazilian Jazz Guitarist in the U.S.” by GuitarOne Magazine, his extensive articles on Brazilian music in Just Jazz Guitar magazine and other publications are read worldwide. An itinerant artist-in-residence both in the States and Brazil, he has been guest professor at Campos do Jordão Festival in São Paulo, Harvard, Cornell, Univ. Louisville, Cincinatti Conservatory, Univ. of Toronto and National Guitar Workshop. Faculty at New York City’s New School Jazz Program since 1989 and founder/director of the Brazilian Jazz and Choro Ensembles, he received the prestigious 2010 New School Distinguished Teaching Award. A four-time recipient of the NEA Grant in Jazz Performance, his chamber music commissions include the Modern Mandolin Quartet, Atlantic Brass Quintets, Lamont Saxophone Quartet, and has also composed extensively for solo guitar and guitar ensembles.

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Chris Stover

A performer, composer, educator and theorist who specializes in Cuban and Brazilian music, creative improvisation, and new music, he has performed recently with Eddie Palmieri, Jovino Santos Neto, Pablo Menendez, Charlie Hunter, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Tom Varner, and Michael Spiro. International tours include Pablo Moses, Apple Gabriel, Quasinada, Jumbalassy, and the Harry James Orchestra. as well as his own solo and group projects. A first-call trombonist on Seattle’s jazz and Afro-Cuban scenes, he appears on over sixty recordings, including releases on OmniTone, Origin, and Sub Pop. His third CD of original music featuring his Seattle-based quintet More Zero will be released this winter. He has recently relocated to New York City for a full-time position at New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music alongside colleague Richard Boukas. Stover’s extensive research includes work on Cecil Taylor, Luciano Berio, music analysis, and traditional/popular music of Cuba and Brazil. He received his PhD in Music Theory and DMA in Trombone Performance from the University of Washington, and MA in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music. His prior teaching positions include Univ.Puget Sound, Univ. Washington and Green River Community College. He has also served as managing editor for Perspectives of New Music. For more info:

Gustavo Amarante

Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, bassist Gustavo started to play professionally at a young age, working extensively as a studio musician and various vocalists. In 1994 he moved to the United States to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, studying composition and improvisation with Oscar Stagnaro, Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi and Whit Browne. In the States he has performed, toured and recorded with Brazilian musicians including saxophonist Carlos Malta, pianist Jovino Santos Neto (both former members of Hermeto Pascoal’s group), Claudio Roditi, Romero Lubambo, Helio Alves; latin artists Aquiles Báez, Luis Salinas, Victor Mendoza and American artists including John Scofield, Bob Moses and PanAmericana Big Band. Major festivals and venues include Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Moods Jazz Club (Zurich), Unterfahrt (Munich), Germany), Reigen (Vienna, Austria), Vail Jazz Fest (CO) and Java Jazz Fest (Indonesia).

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Mauricio Zottarelli

Born in Santos and raised in Rio Claro, Sao Paulo, he has been at the forefront of the NY Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music scenes since his arrival in 2006. He came to the US in 1999 on scholarship to study film scoring, composition and arranging after receiving a computer science degree in 1997. A critically acclaimed and award-winning drummer and composer, he has performed and toured with Brazilian artists Ivan Lins, Eliane Elias, Cláudio Roditi, Rosa Passos, Dom Salvador, Toninho Horta, Cidinho Teixeira and Nilson Matta, American artists Esperanza Spalding and Marc Johnson. He has participated in more than 50 recordings and is co-leader the jazz-fusion project Dig Trio, which released its first CD in 2003. His debut 2009 release “7 Lives” has received wide critical acclaim. He is also co-leader of the Mozik ensemble.

For more info:
Admission is 15.00, 10.00 for students.
Tickets will be sold at the door, or call 212-222-5159 for
reservations and information.

Jazz Tuesdays
in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
The New York Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway)
Two shows: 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.

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