Viva Brasil w/ Claudio Amaral
"...a high energy group that draws a variety of contemporary rock influences into its bossa nova spectrum; with a floor-shaking fusion of Latin and African rhythms."
Lawrence Christon, Los Angeles Times
Friday – July 16 – 9 pm
Claudio Amaralís musical compositions and style have entertained listeners in the Bay Area and around the world for the past 20 years. His songs have a strong Brazilian flavor mixed with a myriad of world rhythms and beats. Writing lyrics in his native Portuguese or in English, his songs are about friends, family, and lifeís ups and downs. The band members have changed over the years, but Claudio has managed to keep the spirit of the music alive and touching newcomers while keeping the long-time fans happy on their feet. The group is formed by world class musicians ,some band leaders themselves as well as outstanding song writers. They bring their talents, personalities, humor and energy to Viva Brasil.
Jeff Buenz on bass, guitar, and vocals. Jeff has performed and recorded with Stanley Turrentine, Airto Moreira, Toninho Horta, Smith Dobson, Patrick Simmons of the Doobie Brothers, to name a few. Jeff is a master class teacher and composer, clinician who resides in the Bay Area. Co-founder of the Latin band Canoneo along with master percussionist, John Santos, Jeff joined Viva Brasil in the 1990ís and continues to bring his fresh approach to the music.
Marcos Silva on keyboards, vocals, and percussion. Marcos is a multi-talented performer, with the ability to play a variety of instruments and all of them well. From keyboards to guitar, bass, drums, and percussion, he excels in rhythms and techniques. He has played and written arrangements for great artists such as Dizzie Gillespie, Gil Evans, Herbie Mann, Bud Shank, and Brazilian greats Toninho Horta, Ivan Lins, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, in addition to Latin musicians such as Pacquito d'Rivera. Marcos joined Viva Brasil in the early 1990ís and his musicianship has been invaluable to the band's sound.
Celso Alberti on drums. From Curitiba, Brazil, Celso is a strong, talented, dedicated musician. Playing with fury and sensitivity, Celso's drumming branches out from Brazilian rhythms as well as Jazz, rock, world music, Latin, Caribbean, and poly-rhythms. Celso owns and operates a recording studio, performing as a sound man, in the studio and live performances. His unique style, has earned him the respect of great drummers and percussionists since his arrival in the US. He has performed and recorded with Airto Moreira.
Harvey Wainapel on sax and clarinet. He is where the music is. He is music. You could find Harvey in every joint where music is present. He carries his sax with him at all times, ready to play and add his tasteful lines to the music. Harvey is a true music lover and a lifetime student. He goes deep into the roots of the music he performs, understands it, and then rips it apart, making it his own. Harvey has performed with almost every Brazilian musician and singer, to set foot in the US. His talents, and knowledge of Brazilian music allows him to sit in and play with virtually anyone at anytime. It is easier to name the performers he has not played with, than to list them all. Harvey is a long time friend of Viva Brasil, loves performing with the band whenever his busy schedule permits.
Claudio Amaral, song writer, singer, guitar. Claudio arrived in the US in the early 1970's and his perseverance took him from being a SF street musician to stages around the world. The SF Carnaval owes its success to Claudio since Viva Brasil were the first live band to perform, produce, and promote Carnaval on the West Coast. Viva Brasil has recorded with Jazz singer Mark Murphy, performed with Stan Getz, headlined with Tito Puente, Tower of Power, Pete Escovedo, in addition to backing up or playing with Martinho da Vila, Joao Gilberto, and Airto Moreira. Claudio's songs have the magic of a pop tune combined with the sophistication of Brazilian rhythms and harmony, giving a distinct touch that is both catchy and musical. Skindo lele, one of his most popular songs has been recorded by artists from Japan to New York and continues to have air play in many parts of the world.
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