MATUTO BRINGS JAZZ, ROOTS AND WORLD MUSIC TO RME
September 21st, POLYRHYTHMS Third Sunday Jazz Series and the River Music Experience present the infectious musical group, Matuto in the Redstone Room, on the corner of 2nd & Main in Davenport.Come participate in the moving interactive rhythmic workshop presented by Clay Ross and members of his groupat 3 pm followed by a concert from 6 – 8 pm.
In 2002, Clay Ross embarked on a musical odyssey that brought him closer to home. The South Carolina native moved to New York to pursue a jazz career and several years later found himself in Recife, Brazil studying the region’s folkloric music. Along the way he rediscovered the straightforward songs of his native South.
The guitarist and singer titled his Ropeadope Records debut Matuto, after a Brazilian slang reference to a man from the back country. Described as “Weird and Wonderful… Unorthodox and Delightful” by Jazz Times Magazine, the set allows Ross to carve a niche in a musical tradition created on another continent. He performs North American folk songs like “Home Sweet Home” and Blind Willie Johnson’s “John the Revelator” over South American rhythms Maracatu, Forró, and Coco typical of the northeastern region of Brazil.
In recording the album, Ross called upon the talents of NYC’s most sought-after musicians, including master accordionist Rob Curto. Born in New York, Curto is widely regarded as forró’s foremost ambassador in the States. An early devotee of North American swing music, bebop piano, funk, rock, and blues, he has combined these influences with his mastery of their Brazilian counterparts forró, chorinho, samba, maracatu, and frevo to produce stunning new results. He spent years living and playing in Brazil, completely absorbing and interpreting the country’s musical traditions. Curto was a member of the original scene that established forró, the dance music of northeastern Brazil, as an official dance craze in downtown New York.
Ross and Curto began exploring a shared musical vision and set about combining their individual repertoires into an extensive library of Pan-American influences. Focusing their talents, resources, and experience Ross and Curto set out to establish Matuto as a band.
Employing renowned musicians across NYC’s diverse jazz, roots, and world music scenes, Matuto features violin, guitar, accordion, bass, drums, and various Brazilian percussion instruments.
Reflecting the inspiring live show that the band has developed over hundreds of performances around the world, with an honest love for roots music, genuine Brazilian styles, and improvisational experimentation, Matuto creates a unique and inspired sound from the heart of New York City’s diverse musical culture.
Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Matinee & Workshop Series at the RME’s Redstone Room is scheduled for, September 21st, and features an all-ages workshop at 3 pm, followed by the matinee performance from 6-8 pm. Admission to the workshop session is Free for Kids, $5 for adults. General admission for the 6 - 8 pm concert is $10 or $15 for reserved seating. For ticket information, call Polyrhythms: 309 373-0790. For more information, visit our website: www.polyrhythms.org.
Sunday September 21st, Doors open at 5:30 pm. Experience great music,with the incredible Matuto“live”at the Redstone Room.
Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series is made possible with major support of the Riverboat Development Authority, the Scott County Regional Authority, and the RME as well as the support of Davenport Clarion Hotel, Bowman Accounting, KALA, IL Senator Mike Jacobs, Peeples Heating & Air Conditioning, the Austin Family Charitable Fund, Cribbs Landscaping, Greatest Grains, West Music and DJ Mixxin Mel.
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by Melvin Hawkins Added December 1, 2012 at 1:53pm