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San-São Trio (Brazilian Chamber Jazz)

Vera's Heartbeat is very excited to present San-São Trio releasing their new album "Novos Caminhos". The trio is
LÉA FREIRE (flute)
HARVEY WAINAPEL (sax & clarinet)

Combining the worlds of Brazilian music and jazz, in a chamber-music type setting, these three instrumentalists have produced a body of work that blends the swinging exuberance, virtuosity, and charm of the many different rhythms of Brazil along with the country's characteristic tender lyricism; mix all this with the spontaneous discoveries of Jazz improvisation and you have a unique trio! The repertoire of original compositions and arrangements by Godoy and Freire covers the entire range of traditional and modern Brazilian genres. Although some might expect such a group to also include bass and percussion, Amilton Godoy's amazing left hand rules out any disappointment in this area; he is a one-man rhythm section!

This year, multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger Lea and Amilton Godoy will host a workshop at Brazil Camp in San Francisco for a look into some of their compositions.

AMILTON GODOY, resident of São Paulo, is a major figure in the development of Brazilian instrumental music. A classically-trained virtuoso, at an early age he shifted his focus to Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) and American Jazz. In 1964, at the age of 23, he formed the influential Zimbo Trio, one of the first “Samba-Jazz” groups to combine these two compatible genres. The group went on to make 51 recordings and tour in 40 countries, and has also partnered with countless luminaries, from legendary singer Elis Regina to jazz giant Sonny Stitt. Now in his seventies, Godoy still performs with the enthusiastic energy and joy of youth, combined with decades of hard-earned wisdom and experience. In addition to his active artistic career, in 1973 Godoy founded the first school to focus on these styles, the Centro Livre de Aprendizagem Musical (CLAM), which has nurtured generations of Brazilian musicians, including Léa Freire.

LÉA FREIRE started her studies at CLAM at the age of 16. Although not a student of Amilton Godoy, she got to know him at the Zimbo Trio's open rehearsals held at the school. Many years later, Léa invited Godoy to record a solo CD of her innovative compositions, an invitation he readily accepted. When it came time to release the CD, Amilton suggested they appear as a duo, and the new formation was an instant success. Freire has performed her original music throughout North and South America, as well as Europe, in various formats: duo with Amilton; the new San-São Trio with Amilton and Harvey; her quintet; and full orchestra. In 1997 she founded the Maritaca recording label, which has released 40 CDs by some of Brazil’s strongest instrumentalists. In the country’s still sexist society, Freire has broken many barriers and inspired countless Brazilian women to follow their artistic visions.

Californian saxophonist/clarinetist HARVEY WAINAPEL has toured internationally with Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, Joe Lovano, Ray Charles, and Jovino Santos Neto, and has presented his own work in 23 countries. Since 2000, Harvey has spent 1-2 months per year in Brazil, researching, meeting and collaborating with great musicians. These encounters have led to recordings and performances with major figures such as Guinga, Paulo Bellinati, Nelson Ayres, Marco César, Filó Machado, and Spok. On Harvey’s very first day in Brazil, he met Léa Freire, and a deep friendship developed over the years. Many informal musical encounters followed, and in 2017, Godoy and Freire invited Wainapel to join forces.The San-São Trio has since toured in Brazil and also the west coast of the USA, as well as recording their new CD, “Novos Caminhos.”


Friday, August 9, 2019



Sam First
6171 W Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045