Brazilian brilliance on tour in the UK

It might be the synchronicity: that I happened to be listening to some gorgeous Brazilian music at the moment (a new album by a singer I have not come across before and which I will be reviewing shortly) when I came across this post by guitarist, composer and leader of one of my favourite bands, Oriole, Jonny Phillips. It doesn’t concern one of his own projects, but instead some musicians he knows and admires greatly.

So, a band he rates is worth writing about. And going to hear! They are called Vento Em Madeira, and they are in the UK early next month for a Welsh mini-tour to Holyhead, Swansea, Brecon and Cardiff followed by two dates in London, one at The Vortex and one in Camberwell.

Let’s hear Jonny’s view:

They are really an amazing bunch who have played with everyone important in Brazil… I played with the sax player Teco years ago when i was offered the Jerwood award from Cheltenham Jazz festival to bring over whoever I wanted (as long as they where up for it) I chose Teco Cardoso, I love his sax and flute playing on many Brazilian records – especially with Joyce. He also played with Edu Lobo, Baden Powel and Rosa Pasos …

Vento Am Madeira

Vento Am Madeira

The drummer Edu Ribeiro was the drummer on the Randy Brecker’s album: Randy in Brazil (summit Records, 2008) for which he won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.

Their piano player Tiago Costa is also a grammy winner…

As an arranger his work was performed by São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Copenhagen University Big Band, Minas Gerais Symphony Orchestra, Santo André Symphony Orchestra, Petrobras Orchestra, São Paulo State Symphonic Band, Ahn Trio (NY); and artists such as Milton Nascimento, Jane Monheit, Maria Gadú, 5 a Seco, Regina Carter, Maria Rita, Monica Salmaso & Pau Brazil, Lenine, Edu Lobo, Zizi Possi, Roberta Sá, Céu, Stefon Harris, Stanley Jordan, Dave Liebman, Trio Corrente, Mauricio Einhorn, Fabiana Cozza, Luiz Melodia, Paulinho da Viola and Rosa Passos.

The band leader, Lea runs a really important label in Sao Paulo called Maritaca that releases contemporary Brazilian Jazz and progressive folkloric music.. She has worked with Hermeto Pascual and wrote music for Joyce.

Their singer Monica Salmaso is also well known, one of the best in Brazil.

I could go on for ages…

I remember hearing Teco with the expanded Oriole at Cheltenham, and I reviewed a marvellous Monica Salmaso album called Voadeira way back in 2002.

  • If you would like more go to Jonny Phillips’ website for full details of the dates and for a link to Vento Em Madeira’s website. While you are there, find out what Jonny’s up to as well. He is HERE.


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