Quartabê is nowadays considered one of the most inventive and original bands of the independent Brazilian music scene. The band transits through different sonorities and musical references: from free jazz to afrobeat, from electronic to Brazilian choro. Formed in 2014, at the invitation of ‘Moacir Santos Festival’ (Rio de Janeiro), the quartet became in a short time one of the main references of the new experimental music produced in the country.
Released in 2015, their debut album ‘Lição#1: Moacir’ was hailed by critics and since then the band has been considered one of the promises of the new generation of Brazilian artists. The band has performed at the most important festivals and venues in Brazil: Jazz na Fábrica (São Paulo), Savassi Festival (Minas Gerais), Guaramiranga Festival (Ceará), Rec-Beat (Pernambuco), Ilhabela in Jazz (São Paulo), as well as sharing the stage alongside big names in Brazilian music such as Grupo Pau Brasil and Arismar do Espírito Santo.
QUARTABÊ has stemmed from the band Claras e Crocodilos – an ensemble created by composer Arrigo Barnabé to reinterpret the repertoire of his 1980’s masterpiece LP – which has been drawing critics and public praise with shows in Brazil and abroad. Barnabé is one of the forerunners of a Brazilian cultural movement called Vanguarda Paulistana (São Paulo Vanguard) that flourished in the early 80’s and is remembered by its highly innovative music and for having established an independent music scene in Brazil.
Joana Queiroz (tenor sax, clarinet and bass clarinet), Maria Beraldo (clarinet and bass clarinet) and Mariá Portugal (drums and MPC) are the female wing of Arrigo Barnabé’s project. They gathered with Chicão, a pianist and keyboard player from the musical and theatrical scene of São Paulo, and together they deliver a unique reinterpretation of the famous pieces by music master Moacir Santos (1926-2006) .
A fundamental composer of twentieth-century Brazilian music, Santos has, like never before, synthesized Brazilian black music, jazz and contemporary orchestral music. Santos strongly influenced Tom Jobim, João Gilberto and the whole generation of Bossa Nova. He was also Baden Powell, João Donato and Eumir Deodato’s music teacher, contributing to opening new paths for instrumental music in Brazil. Still, in tribute to Moacir Santos, QUARTABÊ released in 2017 July the EP “Depê” with the participation of Arrigo Barnabé, Tulipa Ruiz, Mc Soffia, Juçara Marçal and Tim Bernardes. Next September the band will tour through Southern Brazil. Afterwards, QUARTABÊ will head to European lands for their first international tour.
**There will be an additional performance on November 7th at Barkett.**
Monday, 6th November 2017 | Doors 22:00 CET | Starts 22:30 CET
Jazz Club A-Trane | Bleibtreustraße 1 | 10623 Berlin