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Featuring: Natalie Cressman of the Trey Anastasio Band (trombone & vocals) Rebecca Kleinmann (flute & vocals) Ian Faquini (guitar & vocals)
Julien Cantelm (drums, guitar & vocals)
Brasiliense is a musical collective of multi-instrumentalists with a shared passion for the rich musical traditions of Brazil. The group has toured Southern California before in a slightly different formation, but this iteration of the ensemble will include NYC- based trombonist Natalie Cressman, perhaps best known for her work as a touring artist with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio (with whom she performed at The Wiltern in LA this past fall).

The music is a culmination of various forms of Brazilian music fused with jazz and other American styles, largely expressed through the distinct compositional voice of the group’s guitarist, Brazilian born Ian Faquini. As described by writer Andy Gilbert in SF Classical Voice, “Faquini writes astonishingly sophisticated Brazilian pop music in the omnivorous tradition known as MPB (música popular brasileira), which often draws heavily on jazz. Born in Brazil and raised in Berkeley, Faquini is a protégé of Guinga, the revered Brazilian guitarist and songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by dozens of MPB stars…While his harmonic palette is unmistakably inspired by Guinga’s writing, Faquini often draws on styles from Brazil’s northeast.”

Though he’s the only Brazilian musician in his band, Faquini has connected with American artists steeped in an array of Brazilian styles. Besides Faquini, the quartet features a particularly impressive array of talent: NYC-based, San Francisco-raised trombonist/vocalist Natalie Cressman, Oakland-based flutist/vocalist Rebecca Kleinmann, and San Diego-based drummer/guitarist/vocalist Julien Cantelm.

Based in San Diego, Julien Cantelm is highly sought after for his versatile and creative drumming styles. Born into a musical family, Cantelm’s journey began at a young age, when he first picked up the violin before moving on to the drum set and acoustic guitar. Equally adept in jazz, brazilian, cuban, funk, rock, eastern european (balkan) and various other styles of music, Cantelm performs, records and collaborates with numerous artists. Notable collaborations include Geoffrey Keezer, Peter Sprague, Chico Pinheiro, The Danny Green Trio, Josh Nelson, and Sheila E. and Pete Escovedo.

Rebecca Kleinmann is an acclaimed flutist and vocalist with a twenty-year professional career marked by diversity and improvisation. An explorer at heart, she rockets and flows between genres, leading The Rebecca Kleinmann Jazz Quartet, performing with Brazilian Choro ensembles, and accompanying flamenco companies. She has performed and recorded with great musicians including Carlos Oliveira, Lionel Loueke, SK Kakraba, Airto Moriera, and Hermeto Pascoal. Rebecca produced her first album “Raio de Sol” in 2005 including co-written music with legendary musician Hermeto Pascoal, and performances by Grammy artists Airto Moreira and Jovino Santos Neto. She has recorded and performed extensively as a duo with Faquini. Their alchemy together has been heralded as “the balance of deep preparation with the unaffected abandon to go wherever the moment leads.”

Ian Faquini was born in Brasília and has lived in Berkeley, California since the age of eight. He followed up his debut release with Kleinmann with his second album, Metal na Madeira, in 2016, this time in collaboration with acclaimed vocalist Paula Santoro, who hails from Minas Gerais. The album consists of nine original compositions by Faquini and presents a fresh take on traditional Northeastern rhythms such as Maracatu, Frevo, Baião, Xote, and Toada. Faquini’s music keeps one foot firmly planted in the past while stepping briskly towards the future with modern harmonic and melodic structures.
Possessing a voice as cool and crystalline as an Alpine stream,

Natalie Cressman is a rising singer/songwriter and trombonist who draws inspiration from a vast array of deep and powerful musical currents. She has released four albums of original music: her latest, The Traces EP reveals her latest evolution, a sleek and sensuous electronica-laced sound. Apart from touring the jam band circuit as a horn player and vocalist with the Trey Anastasio Band for the past eight years, she has performed with some of the most illustrious figures in music, including Phish, Big Gigantic, Escort, The Motet, Umphrey’s McGee, Wycliffe Gordon, Nicholas Payton, Pete Escovedo, Peter Apfelbaum, and Anat Cohen.

Brasiliense is the meeting of these multi-faceted musical minds, resulting in a blend unique to their many different journeys in music. “With the two and three-part vocal harmonies hugging the Brazilian-accented Portuguese and warm voicings for alto flute and trombone, Brasiliense feels like a much bigger ensemble.” (Gilbert, SF Classical Voice)

15 MARCH 2018 / Trio Brasiliense: Natalie Cressman, Rebecca Kleinmann, & Ian Faquini Brazil Arts Cafe / 6:30pm / Free show 1230 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

16 MARCH 2018/ Brasiliense/ Panama 66 7pm-9pm/ Free show 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

17 MARCH 2018/ Brasiliense Dizzy’s / 8:00pm / $15 cover 1717 Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

18 MARCH 2018/ Brasiliense The Mint / 9:30pm / $10 adv/$12 day of show 6010 Pico Blvd W, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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