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An engaging Pan-American blend of American Folk and Brazilian Chorro
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
MainstayBrasil! continues with the joyous, ebullient music of Matuto. Drawing on Northeastern Brazil’s folkloric rhythms like forró, maracatu, or coco, and on deep Americana, from bluegrass to spirituals to swampy Louisiana jams, Matuto uses unexpected Pan-American sonic sympathies to craft appealing, rootsy, yet philosophical tales of love, self-discovery, nostalgia, and true peace. With an honest love for roots and world music, genuine Brazilian styles, and improvisational experimentation, they create an inspired Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound from the heart of New York City’s diverse musical culture. Band founder Clay Ross is no stranger to the Mainstay having appeared here years ago with Canadian fiddler April Verch. Since then his interest in Brazilian sounds and rhythms has led to a partnership with master accordionist Rob Curto. Born in New York, Curto is widely regarded as forró’s foremost ambassador in the States. An early devotee of North American swing music, bebop piano, funk, rock, and blues, he has combined these influences with his mastery of their Brazilian counterparts forró, chorinho, samba, maracatu, and frevo to produce stunning new results. He spent years living and playing in Brazil, completely absorbing and interpreting the country’s musical traditions. Ross and Curto began exploring a shared musical vision and set about combining their individual repertoires into an extensive library of Pan-American influences. In 2009 they received a prestigious Fulbright Grant and completed a six-week residency in Recife, Brazil. This mix has proven to have real legs, taking the band from club dates in the Deep South to diplomacy-minded State Department tours across Eastern Europe and West Africa. They will be joined by Aynsley Powell on drums, and Mike Lavalle on bass and percussion.
A Benefit for the National Music Festival and The Mainstay
"A Work in Progress"
Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
You are invited to be in the audience as one of Kent County’s favorite vocalists, Sue Matthews and The National Music Festival’s favorite guitarist, Camilo Carrara, from São Paulo, Brazil take time off from rehearsals to preview music they are working on and plan to record together. Sue Matthews and Camilo Carrara had the opportunity to play together at the home of a host family during The National Music Festival in Chestertown last June. Camilo then invited Sue to sing a couple of numbers as a guest for each of his solo Festival performances. They enjoyed the experience and each other’s approach to the material so much that they made plans to record together. They have studio time booked in December and will present this benefit concert, “A Work in Progress” at The Mainstay while Camilo is here for the recording. Sue describes the repertoire they are creating as “Great American Songbook, intimate love songs well-suited to guitar and voice, ballads with a Brazilian touch.” This very special concert is a benefit for The National Music Festival and The Mainstay.
Meredith Hadaway and Friends
Songs for the Season
Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Celebrate the warmth of the season as Meredith Hadaway and friends return with the lovely and lively traditional songs, dance tunes and carols from the British Isles, Celtic lands and beyond. This will be a delightful program of seasonal tunes with Meredith Hadaway on Celtic harp and concertina, Ben Bennington on guitar and vocals, Rebekah Hardy on oboe, Bob Ortiz on percussion, Nevin Dawson on viola and a special guest or two.
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