Guitarist Paulo Bellinati with special guests Carlos Oliveira & Harvey
Paulo Bellinati, guitar; Carlos Oliveira, guitar; Harvey Wainapel, saxophones THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT - THANK YOU!
Friday, July 17, 8 pm
Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $28 general | $14 students
In addition to being a virtuoso performer in the classical tradition,
guitarist Paulo Bellinati is a composer, arranger, scholar, and master
of a wide range of Brazilian musical styles. He has played with world-class
artists from a variety of backgrounds, including Carla Bley, Gal
Costa, and Steve Swallow, and luminaries such as John Williams and
the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet have performed and recorded his compositions.
Bellinati is inspired by the richness of Brazil’s musical heritage
and his music combines deep knowledge of dozens of regional styles
and traditions with a contemporary vision and innovative spirit.
Bellinati is joined by two of the Bay Area’s most accomplished
performers of Brazilian music. Seven-string nylon guitar master Carlos
Oliveira was born in Pernambuco, a state in northeastern Brazil.
He moved to the United States in 1980, bringing the region’s
heavily African-influenced style with him. While many American jazz
musicians occasionally season their sound with a dash of generic bossa
nova, saxophonist Harvey Wainapel has embraced Brazilian music
deeply and plays with uncommon authenticity and feeling.
“Possessing a quicksilver virtuosity, arranger, composer,
scholar, and guitar virtuoso Paulo Bellinati, indisputably one of
the giants on his chosen instrument.”
Inside Jazz: History & Development of Brazilian Choro
Speaker: Harvey Wainapel
7 pm, Free with concert ticket
Q&A Paulo Bellinati
What is the first recording you remember hearing as a child?
My grand father’s recordings, mainly Italian opera hits.
What job would you have if you weren’t a jazz musician?
I believe I would be a Scientist. I was fascinated by chemical experiments
when I was kid.
What’s your favorite food?
Italian of course – pasta and pizza.
What’s the most exotic place you’ve traveled to as a musician?
Taipei, Taiwan by far.
What’s your favorite jazz venue?
Eremitage in Schwaz, Austria.
Who is your greatest musical influence?
My favorite Brazilian guitar players/composers are Garoto, Laurindo
de Almeida, Luiz Bonfá, Dilermando Reis and Baden Powell.
My favorite American guitar players are Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall
and Joe Pass.
When did you become interested in music, and what circumstances or
events led to your becoming a professional musician? It happened quickly. My father showed
me the first chords when I was 13. I began
music lessons with my very first music teacher
when I was 15, and I got a job in a restaurant
playing rhythm guitar when I was 16. I graduated
from the Conservatory of São Paulo when I was 18. I never worked in
anything else besides music; one thing always led to another.
If you were to describe your music as a color, what color would it
be and why? Well sometimes the music is sad and slow, which would
be gray and foggy. Sometimes it is bright and fast, which would
be red. When it gets serious it is navy blue, and when it’s fun and happy it’s green and yellow,
like the Brazilian flag.