Latin Music and Culture Celebration 2010Almir Cortes with Fernando Brandão Quintet
Almir Côrtes presents a clinic as part of the Latin Music and Culture Celebration, focusing on Brazilian jazz-choro, samba, afoxé, frevo, baião, and other styles. The afternoon will include compositions by Ary Barroso, Dominguinhos, Egberto Gismonti, Guinga, Hermeto Pascoal, Pixinguinha, and Cortes and Brandão themselves.
Almir Côrtes was born in Santo Antonio de Jesus, in the state of Bahia, Brazil. He is a musician as well as an academic researcher in the field of Brazilian instrumental music. He plays genres that are considered "traditional" or "regional" (choro, frevo, baião, etc.), but with a contemporary approach that includes experimentation and improvisation.
Côrtes is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the following plucked string instruments: mandolin, guitar, electric guitar, cavaquinho, and viola caipira. He has an undergraduate diploma in classical guitar from UFBA (Federal University of Bahia). He also has a master's degree in music and is working on a Ph.D. in popular music performance at UNICAMP (State University of Campinas). In 2005, his composition "Freveando" was awarded the Best Instrumental Music prize at the III Festival de Música Educadora FM in Bahia. He has played professionally and held workshops all over Brazil, in the United States (at Berklee College of Music and Jacobs School of Music) and in Europe (Italy, France, and Spain). He has recorded two CDs, Almir Côrtes (Fábrica Discos, 2006) and Choro da Voz (Gravina Música, 2008, in partnership with the singer Bel Dias). Among his most important performances are the XIV Festival de Música Instrumental da Bahia, Lotus World Music & Arts festival, Zero Hour Tango Fest, Virada Cultural Paulista, and the VI Prêmio Nabor Pires Camargo. He also organized the V and VI Encontro Nacional de Choro da Unicamp.
During his career, Côrtes has played with musicians such as Armandinho Macêdo, Izaías Bueno, Ivan Vilela, Paulo Freire, Ná Ozzetti, Suzana Salles, and Ana Luiza. At present he is a visiting scholar at the Jazz Studies Department at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.
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