Aubrey Johnson / Cesar Garabini Duo - jazz, bossa, choro and samba
Two Bridges Concert Series invites you to attend the duo of Aubrey Johnson and Cesar Garabrini as they present their meeting of jazz and Brazilian music. This is a free concert open to the public. RSVP here.
Aubrey Johnson (voice) and Cesar Garabini (7-string guitar) have been working together since they both arrived in New York in 2011. Aubrey, a jazz singer from Wisconsin and Cesar, a Brazilian Choro player from Brazil, find common ground in bossa nova and samba repertoire. Both experienced improvisers, their differences in training/musical experience become their greatest strengths as they create fresh and unique arrangements in an intimate duo setting.
Aubrey Johnson Bio
Aubrey Johnson is a New York-based vocalist, composer, and educator who specializes in jazz, Brazilian, and creative contemporary music with and without words. She has held faculty positions at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory, and currently teaches at Queens College and Montclair State University. In demand as both a side-person and a leader, Aubrey has performed and/or recorded with Bobby McFerrin, John Patitucci, Lyle Mays, Steve Rodby, Mark Walker, Paul McCandless, John Zorn’s Mycale Vocal Quartet, Bill Stewart, Tyshawn Sorey, Jimmy Cobb, and many others. She is currently composing music for a new album to be released under Greg Osby’s independent record label, Inner Circle Music.
Cesar Garabini Bio
Cesar Garabini is an Italo-Brazilian guitarist, born in Minas Gerais, Brazil. He lived in Brazil until the age of 5, when he moved to New Jersey. In 1998 at the age of 10, he and his family moved back to Brazil where he continued school, perfected the Portuguese language and had his first contact with Brazilian music. In 2005 at the age of 17 he moved to Florence, Italy, where he learned Italian, worked countless different jobs, and started practicing the classical guitar.
In 2009, he started putting together samba, bossa nova and chorinho bands in Italy.
Cesar plays classical 6 and 7 string guitars in many styles such as samba, choro, bossanova, baiao, forrò, waltze, classical, MPB (musica popular brasileira), Portuguese "Fado" and more. He's been living in New York since 2011 and performs regularly in many formations such as solo guitar, guitar+pandeiro, guitar+singer, guitar+mandolin/flute, in samba, choro, and bossa nova bands.
ABOUT THE TWO BRIDGES MUSIC PROGRAM
Two Bridges Neighborhood Council has been dedicated to serving the many neighborhoods of Manhattan's Lower East Side since 1955. We create equitable housing, celebrate cultural diversity through neighborhood-based programs, and work together with local residents, businesses, entrepreneurs, and leaders to stimulate and maintain economic vitality. We offer an array of community programs available to residents of all ages. These programs include the Two Bridges Music program, which currently offers music lessons (group and individual) at an accessible cost to local families.
As part of our 2016-2017 programming, Two Bridges Music continues its series of free music concerts and performances, open to the public. Each month we will invite seasoned, professional musicians who have studied at leading New York conservatories (Julliard, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes) to perform for and share their talent with our local community.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.