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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Cascadia Weekly - Jovino Santos Neto

Since the age of 12, Jovino Santos Neto has studied classical music, jazz, and the seductive sounds of his native Rio de Janeiro. A pianist, flutist, composer, and one-time biologist, Neto is a man raised on both the Beatles and Brazil, making for a sound authentic and irresistible. Get your funky pants on, 'cause Neto's here to play.

(more after the jump)


At 5:21 AM, Blogger Tyson said...

"He's an authentic Brazilian player," said Jud Sherwood, Jazz Project Director and Firehouse Jazz series curator. "He brings all the stylistic touches. His rhythms are different, he plays in mixed meters, not just 4/4. He plays 11/4, 7/4, 5/4, meters that are difficult to play, and a little difficult to understand."

Invited to tour Brazil with Hermeto Pascoal's legendary band from 1977 to 1992, Neto remained an important part of the Brazilian multi-instrumentalist's band for 15 years, co-producing six albums, including Festa dos Deuses, which received a Sharp Prize as Best Instrumental Album in 1992, and archiving thousands of Pascoal's compositions.

But the upcoming performance at the Firehouse is most definitely Jovino's show.

"I wanted to put Jovino in a situation where he was leading his own group and not working as a sideman," said Sherwood. "I've always admired his musicianship. I know how good he is."

Since relocating to the United States in 1993, Neto performed on Sergio Mendes's Grammy award-winning world music album, Brasileiro, and studied conducting at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where he continues to teach piano, composition, and jazz ensemble.

He's released several albums, including 2003's Canto do Rio, which was commissioned by Chamber Music America's New Works program and was nominated for a 2004 Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. His newest, Roda Carioca (Rio Circle), was just released earlier this year.

"This is his CD release party," said Sherwood. "He went down to Rio De Janiero to record this album, and now he's back up here to release it."

A combination of syncopated rhythms and charming melodic explorations, Neto's work needs no explanation, just an audience willing to listen and dance along.

This is the second show in the Firehouse Jazz series. "The Firehouse has a beautiful Steinway grand piano and great acoustics," said Sherwood.

The Firehouse Jazz Series showcases diverse regional, national, and international touring artists in a four-part series at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Fairhaven. Tickets are available on line at, at Village Books in Fairhaven, and at Northwest Computer downtown.


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