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FILO MACHADO ENSEMBLE FEATURING BABI MENDES
July 1, 2017 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
This event was made possible with the generous support of Contemporânea Musical Instruments, BSide, and Suzanne Manvell.
Filó Machado Ensemble featuring Bel Brasil
Filó Machado – vocals/guitar, Bel Brasil – vocal, Tico Souza – piano, Braxton Raymond – woodwinds, Ross MacIntyre – bass
Alan Hetherington- drums
Filo Machado, from São Paulo, is recognized globally as one of Brazil’s most highly revered jazz artists. A singer, prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, he has a career spanning over 50 years, with 11 CDs released, multiple Brazilian awards, and a Grammy nomination in the Latin Jazz category from 2000.
He has performed in dozens of countries across 6 continents and is praised by international critics and audiences alike. Considered a Master of his art by renowned artists, Filó’s remarkable style is a school unto itself.
Throughout his illustrious career he has shared the stage with artists such as Michel Legrand, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Barron, Silvain Luc, Dory Caymmi, Gal Costa, João Donato, Raul de Souza, Joyce Moreno, Arismar do Espírito Santo, Leny Andrade, Os Cariocas, Tetsuo Sakurai and others.
Filó’s music is rich in harmony, infectious rhythm and exquisite expression; Brazilian roots with innovative arrangements, textures and melodies. His music mixes Brazilian mpb, bossa nova, samba, and forró with international influences such as jazz, blues, African rhythms, and European flavours. His performances are a delight to behold, and his musical virtuosity transmits his illuminating spirit of graciousness and joy!
Babi Mendes is a ‘Jane-of-all-trades’ on jazz vocals. Born in Santos – Brazil, she swings like a timeless diva without breaking away from her Brazilian jazz roots, bossa nova and chorinho. At the peak of her prolific and diversified career – also as a songwriter – Babi decided to move from Brazil to Toronto and has brought along with her a large container of diverse sonorities ranging from upbeat sambas to the Great American Songbook, her own startling melodic songs and her knack for thought-provoking lyrics.