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Steve Griggs Ensemble - Seresta: Brazilian Serenade
Good Shepherd Center Chapel
Seattle, WA
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Steve Griggs Ensemble - Seresta: Brazilian Serenade
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Seresta is the Portuguese word for Serenade -- music that expresses love by declaring deep personal feelings of longing and hope. Serenades are performed publicly so that the declaration of love is heard not only by the beloved being honored in the song but also by others in the community. The personal becomes universal in the act of musical expression.

The serenade has blossomed from informal to formal music in a variety of world cultures as demonstrated in compositions by Mozart, Brahms, and Stravinsky. In Brazil, Heitor Villa-Lobos wrote serenades that combined improvization from the choro (cry) genre of his Rio de Janeiro home, with his love of native melodies, all with an added influence by the harmony of Chopin and Debussy.

Steve Griggs is a Seattle saxophonist who has spent considerable time in Brazil over the past 20 years. Listening to the sentimental melodies and infectious rhythms of Rio's native music inspired Steve to reinterpret this music for a small jazz chamber ensemble.  After reviewing hundreds of Villa-Lobos' pieces, Steve selected 15 to transcribe and arrange. Two of these pieces were premiered at Bumbershoot 2009.

The date of this concert corresponds with the 50th anniversary of Villa-Lobos' death and also the 50th anniversary of a landmark reinterpretation of Latin music by jazz artists -- the Miles Davis/Gil Evans recording "Sketches of Spain."

Prelude #4 - Villa-Lobos  
Prelude #1 - Villa-Lobos
Papae Curumiassu (Lullaby for the Coboclo Indians) - Villa-Lobos
Xo, Xo, Passarinho (Shoo, Shoo, Little Bird) - Villa-Lobos
Modinha - Villa-Lobos
Saudades da Minha Vida (Longing of My Life) - Villa-Lobos
Serenata - Villa-Lobos
Cry Me a River - Hamilton
Manha na Praia (Morning at the Beach) - Villa-Lobos
Lost - Villa-Lobos
Remembering - Griggs
Mazurka - Villa-Lobos
Vocalize 2 - Villa-Lobos
Vocalize 1 (Anticipando Jobim) - Villa-Lobos
Alma Brasileira (Soul of Brasil) - Villa-Lobos  
Saudades Das Selvas Brasileiras (Longing for the Brazilian Forests) - Villa-Lobos
Bachianas Brasileiras #5 - Villa-Lobos

Bill Anschell - piano
Jeff Busch - percussion
Marco de Carvalho - guitar
Lori Goldston - cello
Steve Griggs - saxophone
Mark Ivester - drums
Chuck Kistler - bass
Tom Varner - French Horn


Good Shepherd Center Chapel
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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