AMAZONAS: MUSIC & ENCHANTMENT VIDEO SAMPLE with
Brazilian Voices and Jacaré Brazil
WELSON TREMURA, Director
BRAZILIAN VOICES is an all women vocal group devoted to performing the rich repertoires of Brazilian music. The group, led by Beatriz Malnic, Loren Oliveira, and Viviane Neves, has been active since 2001 and has performed thousands of concerts in the USA and elsewhere including London, Mexico City, and a European Tour. As a non-profit organization, the group relies almost solely on sponsorships and grants. They also host yearly auditions to bring in new members with the mission of integrating musicians and artists of their community to a brilliant multicultural group. Members are not compensated, and all profits revert to research and development of new community and philanthropic projects. Their dynamic repertoire, a unique mix of voices, and original arrangements are continually performed in unprecedented and exclusive concerts, with distinguished themes geared to projects and audiences.
“Brazilian Voices’ singers share a passion for singing and showcasing the best of Brazilian culture. Rehearsals are memorable, creative encounters when members spend precious time together training to achieve vocal excellence. It is a fun and stress-relieving activity that fosters an enormous amount of positive energy and wellbeing through music. Laughter and group hugs are an intrinsic part of this big musical family bonding.”
Specializing in the musical traditions of Latin America’s largest nation, UF’s JACARE BRAZIL Instrumental (Brazilian music ensemble) is the most diverse performance ensemble of its kind within a university performing arts program. The distinctive mixing of musical instruments such as the violin, mandolin, saxophone, guitar, and pandeiro (Brazilian tambourine) creates nostalgic sentiments with colorful and brilliant textures. Combining forces of different instrumental and vocal settings and offering contemporary instrumental arrangements, this concert explores the wealth of Brazilian music in a collaborative mode with the Brazilian Voices.
The collaboration among the two groups provided the proper atmosphere for creative work and cultural and musical exchange. Ultimately, offering our students, faculty, and the local and distant audience a true experience an exposition to artistic forms of Brazilian music. Listening to this music never fails to enrich one’s life and somehow festively imports a sense of sharing and community. Recapturing our own curiosity, stimulating it, or merely satisfying it, is something that challenges us every time we teach and perform. We can say this without any risk of being pretentious because our thirst is not quenched by us, but by the Music of Brazil as a whole.
Brazilian Voices Personnel
Beatriz Malnic, Loren Oliveira, Viviane Neves, Silvana B. Florez, Renata Pizzutti, Monica Kodama, Dilvar Munoz, Daniella P. Carvalho, Marineide Araújo, Isabel Escosteguy, Evellyn Santos, Debora Pedrosa.
Jacaré Brazil Personnel
Vadim Arsky (saxophone), Tabajara Belo (guitar & mandolin), Larry Crook (percussion), Aaron Colverson (violin), and Welson Tremura (voice & guitar). Singers: James Everett, Jean Feingold, Thomas Allain, Pamelli Marafon, Daniela Lizano, and Simone Rodrigues.
Samba de Verão (Summer Samba) – Marcos Valle
Se Meu Jardim der Flor (If My Garden Gives Flower) - José Renato e Nico Chaves (Boca Livre)
Amazon River – Dori Caymmi, arranged by Beatriz Malnic
Chovendo na Roseira (Double Rainbow) – A.C. Jobim (Beatriz Malnic and Welson Tremura, voice)
Assanhado (Excited) – Jacob do Bandolim
Brazilian Voices & Jacaré Brazil Vocal/Instrumental
Gente Humilde (Modest People) – V. de Moraes and Chico Buarque, arranged by Vadim Arsky
Uai (why?) – Fabiano Fonseca, arranged by Carlos Menezes Júnior
Brazilian Voices & Jacaré Brazil
Segue o Seco (The Dry Continues) – Marisa Monte & Carlinhos Brown
Água de Beber (Water to Drink) – A.C. Jobim & V. de Moraes