Hear the best in Brazilian music—from choro, samba, and bossa to Northeastern baião, frevo, and ijexa—embedded in jazz improvisations and original arrangements.
Flutist, composer, and Berklee faculty member Fernando Brandão will debut his new quartet at the Arsenal Arts Center Series. Interpreted on various flutes and the Brazilian pífanos, the repertoire mixes compositions by the great Brazilian masters, including Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, Hermeto, and Gismonti.
Fernando Brandão—concert, alto, bass flutes; pífanos
Brandão, a native of Rio de Janeiro, has performed extensively as a bandleader, sideman, chamber musician, and soloist with many prominent orchestras in Brazil and the United States. He leads the Fernando Brandão Ensemble, the Alma Quintet, and the band Bohemia Carioca, and he is an active member of the groups Choro Democrático, Sergio Brandão & Manga-Rosa, Teresa Inês Quintet, Bruno Råberg Nonet, and Earthsound. He has also played or recorded with Oscar Castro-Neves, Rosa Passos, and Luciana Souza, among others.
Brandão is an associate professor at Berklee and a faculty member of the Community Music Center of Boston. A leading educator in Brazilian music, he has given many lectures about its styles, history, and composers, and he is the author of the playalong book Brazilian and Afro-Cuban Jazz Conception, published by Advance Music.