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Double Bill: VNOTE ENSEMBLE + GRUPO FALSO BAIANO
January 16, 2012
"This is Latin jazz with an original perpective that is, qualitatively, one of the best things happening in the SF Bay Area's world music scene." —Jesse "Chuy" Varela. Latin Beat Magazine. April 2009.
- 8pm / $8 adv $12 door
Hailed for its spirited performances and fascinating fusion of Latin and folk rhythms with adventurous jazz explorations, The VNote Ensemble (formerly The Snake Trio) gives a voice to the hidden treasure of Venezuelan music. The band, formed in 1997, is committed to raising that voice and exploring the connection between North American jazz, traditional Venezuelan songs and original musical ideas. Exquisite arrangements, unique compositions, colors and rhythms blend together to deliver a unique musical profile. The VNote Ensemble defiantly ignores musical boundaries to create a new direction that journeys the infectious rhythms of joropo and swing, gaita and soul and be-bop and calypso among many others. The VNote Ensemble is Sam Bevan, Donna Viscuso, Jackeline Rago and Lali Mejia.
GRUPO FALSO BAIANO
Grupo Falso Baiano is a choro group that offers a window into the history and diverse culture of Brazil. Choro is one of Brazil's earliest popular musics, dating back to the late 1800s, and, similar to jazz, it reflects the melding of African rhythms with a melodic and harmonic structure closely resembling Baroque Classical music.
G.F.B.'s exploration of choro spans nearly 100 years, including everything from the traditional to more contemporary versions and jazz influenced reinterpretations. In addition to performing and touring, Grupo Falso Baiano has worked in collaboration with the Pasadena Pops, Around the World Music Program, Young Audiences of Northern CA, and Youth in Arts, to bring choro and Brazilian music to students throughout California.
Grupo Falso Baiano takes its name from the famous Geraldo Pereira song "Falsa Baiana," made famous by Joao Gilberto, among others. A "falsa baiana" (or falso baiano) is a fake Bahian: one who claims to come from the state of Bahia, named after its famous bay. Hence the play on words as it applies to Grupo Falso Baiano: since we hail from the San Francisco Bay Area, we are Bahians of North America, but are "fake Brazilians".
"We picked the name to honestly reflect our love and respect for the music we play. Our take on choro is to preserve the traditional sounds and instruments while incorporating our own influences and heritage."
G.F.B. is Zack Pitt-Smith, reeds, Brian Moran, 7 string guitar, Jesse Appelman, mandolin(bandolim), and Ami Molinelli, percussion.