Baden Powell's Afro-Sambas

Panorama Brasil

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Baden Powell was one of the most important Brazilian musicians of the 20th century.

A virtuosic guitarist and genius composer, he combined classical techniques with popular harmony and swing, performing in many different styles, including bossa nova, samba, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz and música popular brasileira. His album Os Afro-sambas is a masterpiece of post-Bossa Nova Brazil. Written with poet/lyricist Vinícius de Moraes, these compositions represent the breadth and beauty of Afro-Brazilian music — music central to the Brazilian identity.

Melbourne band 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. Lead by drummer/composer Alastair Kerr, a long-time student of Brazilian music, and recognised as one of Australia’s best exponents of Brazilian percussion, Panorama Brasil explores the Afro roots that inspired Powell bringing the Afro-Brazilian drumming to the centre of this suite. Joining the band is Alda Rezende, a native of Belo Horizonte and one of the most captivating voices to come out of Brazil in recent years.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Panorama Brasil

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