Musica Brasileira, formed by JUNO winning artist Tom Keenlyside, explores the kaleidoscope of musical styles that have made the Brazilian sound so enticing and harmonically rich. Bossa Nova, Choro, Samba, Forro, Frevo and many other kinds of Brazilian music are represented in performance by the group, featuring some of the most respected and bold performers in the Canadian music scene and features:
Tom Keenlyside, Flute - Tom has performed, written and arranged all types of music for nearly five decades, receiving many awards and accolades. His music has received JUNO wins and nominations, multiple Westcoast Music Awards, SOCAN composition awards, and has been featured on Grammy winning /nominated albums by Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and many others. He has had a lifelong love of Brazilian music, and his latest release, “Musica Brasileira”, explores the rich and sultry tapestry of the art. The album has garnered great critical praise, and has received heavy airplay on jazz and worldbeat radio throughout the US and Canada.
Bill Coon, Guitar- is one of Canada’s most sought after guitarists, having performed with Jimmy Heath, Peter Bernstein, Eddie Daniels and Brad Turner, to name a few.
Sharon Minemoto, Piano- A first call pianist in the Vancouver jazz scene, Sharon has presented her wonderful piano playing in clubs and festivals across Canada and Europe and is equally comfortable performing with the mainstays of the Canadian Jazz scene and the Vancouver Symphony.
Miles Hill, Bass- Bassist Miles Hill has done it all…performance, composition, production,with some of music’s biggest names, such as Van Morrison, Michael Buble Seal, Freddie Hubbard, Sarah Mclachlan and the great Brazilian maestro Ivan Lins.
Bernie Arai, Drums- Alternately edgy and introspective, Bernie Arai’s performances are always captivating, swinging and definitive. He is the go-to drummer for themusical spectrum of the Vancouver jazz scene.
Sal Ferreras, pandeiro, percussion- Sal has been a fixture on the Vancouver music scene for decades, and has excited audiences with his fiery playing across Canada and Europe. He describes himself as a cultural catalyst and has a Star on the BC Entertainment Walk of Fame
The band “Musica Brasileira” has performed to packed and wildly enthusiastic houses at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and has received rave reviews for their latest recording release.