Tres Baias CD Release Concert
Três Baías featuring Almir Côrtes, Colin Walker and Brian Rice will perform a concert at 3:00pm on Sunday July 28th at the Community Music Center in Portland, OR.
This concert is in celebration of the release of their first recording. The self titled CD will be available at the concert and refreshments will be available by donation.
Três Baías is inspired by the three bays of Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco from where each of us come. This Brazilian choro trio navigates the genre with ease and playfulness but with intensity and flare. Their creative arranging of the traditional repertoire speaks to how alive the tradition of choro is today. This July, Três Baías celebrates the release of their first CD featuring several musical guests.
A native of Bahia, Brazil, multi-instrumentalist ALMIR CÔRTES is equally at home on mandolin, acoustic and electric guitars, viola caipira (Brazilian ten-string guitar) and the rarely-seen Bahian guitar. His repertoire of styles is equally broad, including choro, frevo, samba, maxixe and Brazilian jazz among others. He has performed throughout Brazil as well as the United States, Europe and Cuba. Almir has performed with David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Nailor Proveta, Howard Alden, Armandinho Macêdo and many other luminaries, as well as leading his own Trio, featuring many of his original compositions.
Mandolin master Mike Marshall says Almir is a virtuoso instrumentalist who swings like mad in a variety of musical styles and improvises with great energy and creativity. He is a world class teacher and performer on mandolin and guitar.
Specializing in the seven-string guitar, COLIN WALKER has dedicated more than two decades to performing Brazilian music. He has studied both in Brazil and in the U.S. with guitarists such as Guinga, Mauricio Carrilho, Arnaldino do Cavaco and João Junqueira. Building on a close study of samba and choro music, he has developed a nuanced accompaniment style reflecting a diverse stylistic background.
As a member of the group Choro Famoso, led by mandolinist Mike Marshall, Walker has appeared throughout the Western U.S. at events including the Wintergrass Music Festival, the Live Oak Music Festival and others. In 2007 he completed a two-year study of Brazilian percussion with Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro as part of the Durfee Foundations Master Musician Grant program, going on to facilitate workshops with Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro in Brazilian music for professional musicians supported by the City of Los Angeless Artist-in-residence program. He regularly performs with several Los Angeles area Brazilian music ensembles including Samba Society and Los Angeles Choro Ensemble.
Percussionist BRIAN RICE has devoted much of his musical career to playing Brazilian music, and choro in particular. His great expertise on the pandeiro (Brazilian tambourine) has led to performances with Mike Marshall, Jovino Santos Neto, Danilo Brito, Dudu Maia, Alessandro Penezzi, Paulo Sergio Santos and Rogerio Souza among others. In 2017 he performed at the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Savannah Music Festival and on NPRs famed Tiny Desk Concert with the Danilo Brito Quintet. In July 2019 Brian will release Três Baías a choro trio CD with Almir Côrtes and Nando Duarte and featuring several Brazilian guests. Brian teaches Brazilian percussion at UC Davis, California Jazz Conservatory and California Brazil Camp and has taught workshops at several universities in the US and Brazil. He is the co-founder and artistic director of the Berkeley Festival of Choro, now in its fifth year presenting choro music to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Community Music Center (View)
3350 SE Francis Street
Portland, OR 97202
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