An exquisitely trained classical pianist, Antonio Adolfo has been among the elite of Rio de Janeiro’s jazz scene for decades, where his talent was nurtured with the bossa nova movement in Rio’s Copa section, Today, Antonio is a renowned exponent of Brazilian song. He is a first-class pianist and perhaps an even better known composer. Herb Alpert, Stevie Wonder, Earl Klugh and Dionne Warwick are among several prominent artists who have performed or recorded his works. With his teaching obligations lessening in recent years, Antonio has become considerably more prolific and expansive as a performer and recording artist. Included in his recent discography is the acclaimed 2015 CD, Copa Village, with Hendrik Meurkens, a frequent collaborator for over three decades. Notably, the 2014 solo recording O Piano de Antonio Adolfo garnered a Latin Grammy Award nomination, as did the 2015 ensemble CD, Tema, which is incredibly beautiful. His next project will be jazz ensembles with a horn section, harkening back to his jazz roots.
Hendrik Meurkens is a German-born vibraphone virtuoso who trained at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and now resides in New York. After hearing the harmonica legend Toots Thielemans, Hendrik was inspired to teach himself to play and master this capricious instrument and become its most important exponent since Thielemans. An introduction to samba and bossa nova changed his life. He was so enthused with this music that he moved to Rio de Janeiro to immerse himself in the music and culture of Brazil. His recordings and performances have earned worldwide acclaim because of the transcendent beauty of his music, a fusion of traditional and Brazilian jazz. He has recorded more than two-dozen albums as a leader or co-leader.
The quartet is rounded out with first-call players and leaders in their own right, Jamie Ousley on acoustic bass and drummer Carlomagno Araya.
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