Saturday, March 8 8:00pm
Harrison Memorial Hall
"Weird, wonderful...unorthodox and delightful." – Jazz Times
"Seductively cross-cultural." – Chicago Tribune
"The height of world music sophistication." – Sun Times
Matuto (a Brazilian slang word meaning ‘country boy’) is the kind of band that could only be born out of the vibrant culture of New York City. Its members hail from many different backgrounds, but operate as a loose groove-based collective drawn to folkloric music and the dance rhythms of the city.
The band features guitar, accordion, bass, drums and various Brazilian percussion
instruments: the alfaia (a large, wooden, rope-tuned bass drum), the pandeiro (a Brazilian tambourine), the berimbau (a single-string on a bow struck with a small stick) and the agogô (a pair of small, pitched metal bells). Matuto also brings together some of the best musicians working across NYC’s diverse jazz, roots and world music scenes, like Brazilian percussionist Zé Mauricio, drummer Chris Berry and bassist Mike Lavalle.
The music of Matuto draws inspiration both from the Brazilian roots music that band leaders Clay Ross and Rob Curto have spent years passionately studying and from the American roots music that’s surrounded them since birth. Their original sound can sway hips just as easily as spark insights. 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.
Matuto welds these many influences into a uniquely danceable soundscape. On stage, the instruments swirl together, bobbing in and out, whirling around the tension at the core of their music: the push and pull between the Latin syncopations of Brazilian roots music and the folk traditions of the American South. It’s Bluegrass meets Brazil. It’s an unlikely combination on paper, but not in person. On the dance floor it just feels right.
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by phone: (604) 796-3664