ROSTER OF WORLD MUSIC ARTISTS
Brazil: Claudia Villela "Claudia Villella’s haunting improvisations, and her surprising five-octave range, have earned her a consistent following at such venues as the Monterey Jazz Festival, Spoleto Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, U.C. Davis, Yoshi's, and others clubs, concerts and festival dates across the United States, Japan, and Brazil. Audiences are drawn to the magical dimensions of her singing. Creative and soulfully expressive Villella’s music is heavily rooted in the traditional and contemporary sounds of Brazil's rich creative cultural heritage. "This phenomenal Rio-born singer leads her group through performances that range from sensuous to sizzling." -Bud Spangler
Tex Mex: Little Joe Y La Familia Little Joe Y La Familia is one of the most popular and enduring Tex-Mex bands in the music industry. Thousands know him in the United States and abroad simply as Little Joe. He is considered a pioneer of the "Tejano" sound, a unique blend of traditional "Norteno" music and German polkas, incorporating elements of contemporary jazz, country, blues and rock styles. He is acknowledged as the reigning king of Tejano music.
Americana: The Mills Brothers Featuring John Mills and Elmer Hopper, who spent 22 years with the Platters, perform the repertoire in the original key’s and with the original scores. “How do you explain the long-lasting career of the Mills Brothers? It has to be their sound, that uniquely mellow blend of harmonizing. That and their infallible knack for choosing songs that touch in the common experience and become classics” - Sarasota Herald
This vocal duo can perform in a number of different formats from Quartet to Symphony.
Cuban: Orquesta La Moderna Tradición One of the few ensembles in the United States that is dedicated to the performance is classic Cuban dance music. Danzon, a legendary ballroom style that developed for the synchronization of African and European music in Cuba. This eleven piece group performs classics of the genre along with original compositions designed to keep the tradiction alive and the music swinging.
Brazil: Tania Maria Internationally renowned for her exhilarating vocals and keyboard artistry Tania Maria's music is a unique combination of jazz, funk and the popular music of her native Brazil. She has created an eclectic fusion that is more exciting than pure jazz. Tania Maria's vibrant voice, brilliant piano work and outstanding performances have made an artist of increasing international popularity. Without doubt, the true essence of Tania Maria is best experienced in her "live" performances. "I think music more than everything is a choice. I think it was like a mission. I chose music, and music chose me to spread this around." Tania Maria
Brazil: Flora Purim & Airto The music of Flora Purim and Airto has crossed the paths of anyone with an interest in Latin and American Jazz music. Instrumental in the creation of a unique fusion of world music and jazz, Flora's beautifully expressive voice enables her to cover a wide range of styles. She can handle a ballad as well wordlessly evoking the sound of birds. Airto Moreira is among the most famous percussionist around today. He helped make percussion an essential part of many modern jazz groups; his tambourine solos border on the amazing!
Roots: Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir The Cultural Heritage Choir is a Grammy nominated, percussion driven, vocal ensemble whose mission is to help preserve and share the rich musical traditions of African-American roots music. Their music is rooted in the Deep South and strongly connected to their West African and Caribbean origins. Or as we like to say it’s, “American Roots Music that Rocks!"