Brazilian Singer
Monica Salmaso

Saturday, September 27,  2003
Brava Theater, San Francisco

Jazz vocalist
Monica Salmaso,
is joined by

Benjamim Taubkin,
Nailor Proveta
on sax & clarinet,
and Guello
on percussion

An Evening of very fine Brazilian jazz, samba & choro. 

Upon winning the El Dorado Prize as best singer in Brazil in 1999, Monica
Salmaso found herself at the forefront of the renovation of Brazilian popular
music.  New York Times writer Jon Pareles says "her breathy, melting voice
is set against just a handful of instruments at a time, making the melodies
seem even more cherished, while Bruce Gilman of Brazzil magazine calls her
"the singer Brazil has needed for so long". Audiences are captivated by the
magic of Monica's precise and powerful voice, quintessentially Brazilian,
with a warm and velvety timbre.  Don Heckman of the LATimes advises, "She
is an artist to be watched, one with extraordinary potential."

Monica recorded the cd Afro-Sambas/GSP, arranged and produced by Brazilian
guitarist Paulo Bellinati in 1995, premiering the complete Afro-Sambas by
Baden Powell and Vinicius de Moraes.  Monica's first solo cd, Tamborim/Blue
Jackel Records included performances by many creative artists of contemporary
Brazilian music such as Nana Vasconcelos, and Teco Cardoso.  Monica's recent
cd Voadeira/Blue Jackel Records, elegantly showcases the luminous clarity
of her voice.  Moving between musical styles with ease and grace, Monica
recreates what she sings effectively, giving each song new life, be it bossa
nova or tropical ballads. Accompanied by three of the most talented musicians
from Sao Paulo, Monica will also be presenting sambas and choros composed
by Ary Barroso and Dorival Caymmi.

Steeped in the style of American jazz, pianist Benjamim Taubkin began
his career in the 1970's by performing with Rafael Rabello, Zizi Possi, and
Marlui Miranda. Benjamim participated with the Orquestra Popular de Camara,
whose cd won the 1999 Movimento Prize.  As co-founder with Teco Cardoso of
the record label Nucleo Contemporaneo, he is currently collaborating with
bay area mandolinist Mike Marshall. 

Naylor Azevedo, better known as Proveta, is internationally recognized
for his amazing sax and clarinet work with Banda Mantiqueira, nominated for
a Grammy in 1998.  Appearing at European and Japanese festivals with such
notables as Benny Carter, Anita O'Day, Cesar Camargo Mariano and Joyce, Proveta
is famous for his interpretations of choro music, as well as straight ahead

Percussionist Guello, Luis Carlos Xavier, is considered one of the best
pandeiro players of Brazil.  He participated in Orquestra Popular de Camara,
Banda Mantiqueira, and many international percussion festivals, including
the well-known PercPan in Brazil.  He has performed Brazilian popular music
with artists Badi Assad, Chico Cesar, Marco Pereira and Zizi Possi, and Paulo

One show only:  Saturday September 27 at 8pm 

Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th Street at York, San Francisco, CA

Tickets: $25. &  $30. - Brava Box Office: 415/647-2822

Parking at SF General Hospital, 2 blocks from the theater, just off Potrero Street.

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Excerpts From
Monica Salmaso's VOADEIRA
Blue Jackel  2002

A Violeira