(Soul of Brazil) is a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the premiere
of Heitor Villa-Lobos' work of the same name. This piece and others
were composed by Villa-Lobos in the 1920's under collections titled
"Choros" named after the Portuguese word for "cry"
and a popular genre of Brazilian improvised instrumental music.
This concert will
feature re-imaginings of Choros 1, 5 (Alma Brasileira), 6, 9, 11, "bis"
and "introducao" for twelve-piece jazz chamber ensemble (Mathew
Schwartz-flute, Steve Griggs - saxophone, Doug Ostgard - English horn,
Tom Varner - French horn, Eyvind Kang - viola, Louie Richmond - cello,
Phil Sparks - bass, Marco de Carvalho - guitar, Nick Newcomb - harp,
Susan Pascal - vibraphone, Bill Anschell - piano, and Jeff Busch - percussion).
The program of seven Villa-Lobos Choros will be supplemented by eleven
more works by Villa-Lobos, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Steve Griggs. Each
piece will be prefaced by a brief narrative of historical context.