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A Brazilian music concert at Open Space is a family affair

September 12, 2013 · 4:53 PM
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The Open Space for Arts & Community will host a night of Brazilian music quartets at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.

Headlining the evening is the Gurgel Quartet, an acclaimed mother-daughter group that includes Debora Gurgel and Dani Gurgel, as well as drummer Thiago Rabello and bassist Sidiel Vieira. At the concert, the family-style ensemble will play selections from “UM,” a new album featuring original compositions and bold arrangements of Brazilian standards.

Debora, the mother, and Dani, the daughter, have always been involved in each other’s projects, as composition and interpretation partners, but UM is their first collaborated album.

Known as a modern Brazilian singer-songwriter, Dani has four previous solo albums and one live DVD performance recorded atop São Paulo’s landmark building, Viadutos. Debora is a pianist, arranger, composer and educator. Her compositions are known for their jazz harmonies and classical influences merged with Brazilian rhythms. She has written for Jazz Sinfônica Orchestra, the Tom Jobim Orchestra, Filó Machado, Lilian Carmona, Chico Pinheiro and Amilton Godoy.

A performance at the 12th Tokyo Jazz Festival kicked off the quartet’s current tour, and since that time, they have been winding their way through an itinerary that includes San Francisco, New York, Boston, Seattle and Portland. The quartet will top off their 2013 tour with eight shows throughout Paulo State, Brazil. For more information about the quartet’s music and tours throughout South America and the United States, visit http://um.dapavirada.com.

The evening will open with a performance by the Seattle-based Adriana Giordano’s Quarteto. That group is made up talented and well-traveled players — Brazilian-born vocal Giordano, pianist Eric Verlinde, bassist Dean Schmidt and  drummer, percussionist, vocalist and composer Jeff Busch.

Tickets to the concert, $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the show, are on sale at the com and at the door. For more information about the show, visit www.openspacevashon.com.

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