Master Class: Claudia Villela “Brazilian Rhythms and Melodies”

Master Class: Claudia Villela “Brazilian Rhythms and Melodies”

“An extraordinary singer in any context.” – The Boston Globe FREE! Doors at 6:30 pm. In an interactive master class for all levels, vocalist/composer Claudia Villela dives into the rich heritage of Brazilian music exploring an array of rhythms and styles, including Lundu, Maxixe, Maculelê, Capoeira, Ciranda, Xote, Samba, Baião, Frevo, Partido Alto, Choro, Côco, and Bossa Nova. Utilizing one of her own compositions, she will demonstrate the use of call-and-response and “Voice Battucada” – where the human voice is used to imitate a specific instrument from a Carnival parade ensemble (samba school) – and explore the use of vocal improvisation....
Claudia Villela & Heloísa Fernandes

Claudia Villela & Heloísa Fernandes

$22/Advance  $27/Door Doors and dinner beginning at 6:30 PM (Claudia Villela) “Soulful expression steeped in the now…” – DownBeat (Heloísa Fernandes) “She was pure enchantment from the moment she entered…” – Jazztimes.com This marks the debut of a collaboration of two Brazilian artistic forces – singer Claudia Villela and pianist Heloísa Fernandes. Over the past two decades, each has forged a new identity, one rooted in Brazil’s rich cultural history yet speaking in a modern voice. Now these two voices join to make a third that promises to reveal even greater expressive power. Claudia Villela’s voice is already familiar to Kuumbwa audiences – five octaves in range, lithe and startlingly beautiful in every register. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, she sings mostly in Portuguese, interpreting lyrics with keen emotional insight and supple rhythmic command. An inventive scat singer, she has honed a vocabulary of sounds that can evoke the hollow thump of a tabla drum, the muted trumpet of Miles Davis, the insistent twang of a berimbau, or the ethereal call of a flute. Her sound is also the product of composition, both of new works and unique arrangements of those by important Brazilian composers. Heloísa Fernandes is making only her second visit to the U.S. A native of São Paulo, she is a study in the power of contrasts – delicacy and driving rhythm, quiet introspection and joyous dance, elegance and playfulness. With this vast artistic vocabulary, she reveals a Brazil largely unknown but profoundly deep and beautiful. Her sources of inspiration are often folkloric and ancient, but what she makes of them as a composer and...
Claudia Villela Quartet

Claudia Villela Quartet

SOLD OUT! Monday, April 15, 7:00 PM Claudia Villela Quartet $20/Adv $23/Door Doors and dinner at 6:00 PM Sponsored by Dr. Arthur Dover, Aptos Travel Clinic “She is pure music.” – Bela Fleck Vocalist Claudia Villela’s talent for musical exploration knows no limits. Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, she absorbed the sounds of Brazil all around her: Samba, bossa nova, partido alto, baião, choro, as well as the influences of Brazil’s classical composers and American jazz musicians, from traditional to avant garde. For Villela, music is a spiritual exercise to be embraced openly and unpremeditated, a search for inspiration and spontaneity. Her compositions and vocal improvisations encompass the full range of human emotion, sometimes dramatic, sometimes humorous, but always fascinating. JazzTimes magazine has described her as “a female Bobby McFerrin.” Claudia Villela – vocals/piano/percussion Jeff Buenz – guitars Gary Brown – bass Celso Alberti – drums/percussion...
Claudia Villela & Romero Lubambo

Claudia Villela & Romero Lubambo

Claudia Villela & Romero Lubambo – Thursday, October 20, 7:00 pm $20/Adv $23/Door Sponsored by Dr. Duncan McCollum, D.C. Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 pm “(Villela)…transforms unfamiliar audiences into passionate fans.”- Boston Globe Claudia Villela’s glorious five-octave vocal instrument is one of the wonders of jazz, lithe and startlingly beautiful in every register. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, she is a supremely inventive scat singer with a vivid vocabulary of sounds, expressive pianist, percussionist and an ingenious composer and lyricist. Villela will be joined by New York based Brazilian jazz musician – guitarist Romero Lubambo – renowned for his work with Trio da Paz, a series of stunning duets with vocalist Luciana Souza, as well as having recorded two gorgeous albums with vocalist Leny Andrade, 1994’s Coisa Fina (Perfil Musical) and 2006’s Lua Do Arpoador (Biscoito Fino). http://www.claudiavillela.com/...