The Boiler House Jazz Series at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation will be inaugurated by the Fernando Brandão Trio. - This concert takes place in the Museum's Main Gallery, the former Boiler House of the Boston Manufacturing Company at the Francis Cabot Lowell Mill complex on the left bank of the Charles River in the heart of downtown Waltham, Massachusetts.
Flutist, composer, author and educator Fernando Brandão has performed extensively as a bandleader, soloist, sideman and chamber musician with various ensembles and prominent orchestras, both in his native Brazil and the US. Using concert, alto, bass flutes and pífanos, Fernando performs across an eclectic repertoire of traditional and contemporary choros, sambas, frevos, ijexás, baiões and other styles, allying jazz improvisations to an authentic Brazilian sound.
His new album, Sem Tradução (Without Translation) features nine original songs with Marcella Camargo as the lead singer and 14 prominent musicians from the Boston area. His vocal and instrumental compositions are centered mostly around Brazilian styles including choro, samba, bossa, ijexá, and baião, and feature traditional and contemporary language and arrangements. With precise technique and refined sound, his interpretations on concert, alto, bass flutes and pífanos combine jazzy improvisations to a truly Brazilian language and sound.
He leads the Fernando Brandão Ensemble, which has been featured at the First Cambridge Jazz Festival, the Isabella Gardner Museum Concert Series, the Beantown Jazz Festival, and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. He also leads the group Alma, the gafieira band Bohemia Carioca, and he is an active member of the groups Pablo Ablanedo Octet, Trio Choro Brasil, Sergio Brandão & Manga Rosa and Teresa Inês Quintet. He has also played or recorded with Oscar Castro-Neves, Rosa Passos, Luciana Souza, Kris Adams, John Stein Quartet, Leandro Braga, Maria Teresa Madeira, Emmanuel Music Orchestra with conductors Criag Smith, Seiji Ozawa, and pianist Russell Sherman.
Mr. Brandão is a Professor at Berklee College of Music and a faculty member of the Community Music Center of Boston, both where he's been teaching for over 20 years. A leading educator in Brazilian music, he has given many lectures about its music styles, history and composers, and he is the author of the play-along book Brazilian and Afro-Cuban Jazz Conception, published by Advance Music. His compositions have been recorded by Choro das Três, guitarist Almir Cortes and New World Guitar Trio. He was the first prize winner of several national music competitions in Brazil, and the 1991 Pappoutsakis Flute Competition in Boston.
Doors open at 7:00pm and the show begins at approximately 7:30pm. Arrive early and enjoy a self-guided tour of the museum!
Beverages are included in the ticket price, non-alcoholic for everyone, and beer & wine to those 21+.
To learn more about Fernando Brandão, please visit his website.