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Sergio Brandao & Manga Rosa

Featuring: Fernando Brandão - flutes
Paul Lieberman - alto flute
Dan Ian Smith - saxophones
Vivek Patel - flugelhorn and trumpet
Gilad Barkan - piano
Fernando Huergo - bass
Bertram Leahman - drums
Fernando Saci - Percussion
Sergio Brandão - guitar, compositions and arrangements

Visually evoking harmonies overlay earthly rhythms of Brazil's Northeast, and urban Rio de Janeiro. An Amazonian soundscape of airy and percussive sounds from flutes and a wide array of percussion instruments... a dash of jazz, classical and world spices...

The Regattabar welcomes back Sergio Brandão and ensemble, Manga Rosa, for what will be his 32nd season with us on October 20th. That performance will be directly following their live presentation at WGBH-Radio during 'Eric in The Evening', on October 18th at 9 pm.

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, guitarist, composer Sergio Brandão, and his octet Manga Rosa, have been at the heart of the Boston music scene for the past two decades.

Manga Rosa consists of virtuoso world class musicians from Brazil (3), Argentina, US (4), Israel, and Germany, all with extensive background and individual careers — four of them in the group for over ten years.

The ensemble will be featuring Fernando Brandão (flutes), Paul Lieberman (alto flute), Dan Ian Smith (saxophones), Vivek Patel (flugelhorn and trumpet), Gilad Barkan (piano), Fernando Huergo (bass), Bertram Lehman (drums), Fernando Saci (percussion), Sergio Brandão (guitar, compositions and arrangements).

The unique instrumentation — two flautists next to the traditional trumpet-sax jazz set — brands itself a unique sound for a music that is complex but reaches the listeners with striking simplicity.

"Consistent with the idea of 'Brazilian Landscapes' [CD available on since 2002], my music still relates to the everyday life, emotions and experiences in the real world, and to my relationship with nature, sublime observations about love, longing, laughter, mysteries, water and stars... Archeology, history and evolution have always fascinated me — where we come from, language and cultural migrations, and how diversity still meets oneness. Music is still the most universal language capable of crossing frontiers and reach people's hearts."

With genuine Brazilian roots occasionally infused by world influences, the rhythmic resources are ‘baião’ and ‘maracatu’ from Brazil's Northeast, along with samba, 'choro' and bossa, from Rio de Janeiro.

Brandão’s appreciation and influences range from Medieval and Renaissance music, through Bach, Ravel and Bartok, as from the folk of Eastern Europe and the Middle East, American Jazz and Blues, and English rock — occasionally surfacing in the compositions.

Among his homeland heroes, are Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, Milton Nascimento, Chico Buarque, Edu Lobo, A.C. Jobim, Dori Caymmi, Joyce and Toninho Horta. In Brazil he studied with H. J. Koeullreutter (teacher of important pioneers in the Brazilian popular and classical worlds, including A. C. Jobim) who also left a profound mark on Brandão's knowledge and craft.

His music has been described in reviews and commentaries as:

"Spicy rhythms, visually evoking harmonies and textures, and melodies that stick to one’s mind"
-Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix editor.

"Compositions that impress and sooth the soul"
- Erica Adams, Museum School of Fine Arts faculty.

"Blending the virtuosity of modern Jazz with his musical roots of Brazil, composer Brandão weaves sophisticated forms and textures into a vibrant simple fabric of folk traditions."
- Catherine A. Salmons, former Boston Phoenix editor

"Mix in a heavy jazz sensibility and a deep appreciation of classical and Brazilian folk music and you've got an original colorful sound that has been drawing listeners to the Regattabar two or three times a year since 1993."
-Bob Young, Boston Herald editor