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Almir Côrtes Trio with Harvey Wainapel

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St Alban's Episcopal Church

1501 Washington Avenue

Albany, CA 94706

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What could say July better than an afternoon of Brazilian folk, mixed with jazz improvisation?! Join us for a swinging afternoon!

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Please join us for an afternoon of Latin music powerhouses, sure to shake things up and get you dancing! Almir Côrtes, with Brian Rice and Scott Thompson, is teams up with local clarinet/sax phenom Harvey Wainapel.

The group will present material form Almir's CD "Trançado." Recorded in Brazil and California, the album’s title roughly translates to “braided” or “interwoven,” reflecting the repertoire’s mix of Brazilian folkloric rhythms and forms with jazz improvisation, as well as the interchange between Brazil and the USA.

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A native of Bahia, Brazil, versatile multi-instrumentalist Almir Côrtes is equally at home on mandolin, acoustic & electric guitars, viola caipira (Brazilian ten-string guitar) and the rarely-seen Bahian guitar. His repertoire of styles is equally broad, including choro, frevo, samba, maxixe and Brazilian jazz among others. He has performed throughout Brazil as well as the United States, Europe and Cuba. Almir has performed with David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Nailor Proveta, Howard Alden, Armandinho Macêdo and many other luminaries, as well as leading his own Trio, featuring many of his original compositions.

Mandolin master Mike Marshall says “Almir is a virtuoso instrumentalist who swings like mad in a variety of musical styles and improvises with great energy and creativity. He is a world class teacher and performer on mandolin and guitar.” 

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Saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel has his feet firmly planted in two musical worlds. His jazz experience has led to performances and/or recordings with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Kenny Barron, Joe Henderson, Johnny Coles and the Metropole Orchestra. He has toured internationally with Ray Charles, Joe Lovano, and Airto Moreira & Flora Purim. Wainapel’s deep love for and research into Brazilian music has resulted in performances with Guinga, Jovino Santos Neto, Spok, Filó Machado and Paulo Bellinati, among many other notables from that country. He plays clarinet in the Berkeley Choro Ensemble. To date Harvey has presented his work in clubs, festivals and studios in 22 countries. 

Reviewing a concert appearance with guitar virtuoso Paulo Bellinati, Rio de Janeiro’s daily newspaper O Globo wrote “Wainapel displayed incredible intimacy with the language of Brazilian music and great stage presence.” 

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Almir and Harvey are joined by two of the Bay Area’s most in-demand experts in Brazilian music:

Bassist Scott Thompson’s performance credits include Chico Pinheiro, Marcos Silva, Omar Sosa, Toninho Horta, and Jovino Santos Neto.

Since graduating from the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance and Ethnomusicology, Brian Rice has gone on to tour the country and internationally with such top Brazilian artists as Rogerio Souza, Danilo Brito, Jovino Santos Neto, Dudu Maia, and Hamilton de Holanda.

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