HOLLYWOOD ARTSPARK EXPERIENCE: BAHIA

ArtsPark at Young Circle
Saturday, August 1, 2015 • 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Orkestra-RumpilezzOrkestra Rumpilezz is a bracing 20-piece big band from Bahia, Brazil. The band combines the percussive power of sacred Afro-Brazilian drumming with the beautiful brass sonorities, harmonic sweep and jolt of a jazz orchestra. It’s a big band informed by Gil Evans and the gods of Candomblé, featuring five percussionists, 14 brass and reeds – with a tuba, four trombones and baritone sax, they get a deep, soulful sound – and a Candomblé “drum master” who plays the tall wood hand drums called atabaques. The ensemble, which won the Brazilian Music Award for Best New Artist and Best Instrumental Group in 2010, is led by Letieres Leite, a composer, woodwind player and arranger who has worked with top Brazilian musicians like Hermeto Pascoal, Gilberto Gil and Elba Ramalho, and American jazz players such as Stanley Jordan. With influences ranging from Evans and Pascoal to Weather Report and the street bands and ritual Afro-Brazilian drumming of Salvador, the Bahian capital, Leite and Orkestra Rumpilezz create a rich and mighty sound. Opening set by Batuke Samba Funk. Free admission.
*Lawn seating. Bring a blanket or beach chair.

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