Garden Concert Series: Michele Castro Quartet
The smoky-voiced Brazilian songstress Michele Castro of the Michele Castro Quartet, brings her immensely talented colleagues, drummer Raoul Rossiter, and saxophonist Ian Brighton pianist, and pianist Victor Mestas, back for his third appearance in OtHA’s Garden Concert Series, for a swinging concert of jazz standards with a Latin flavor.
Please join us as we gather in the gardens of Joannah Merriman and Neil Petrie for an evening of food, wine, sizzling Brazilian Jazz music and great company.
Pre-concert Catered Reception: 6pm wine (21+) and hors d’oeuvres by Cordon Bleu-trained Vicky Fanea
Concert: 7-9 pm
Tickets: $32 for adults, $10 for students donations for food and drink are appreciated
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About Michele Castro Quartet
Michele Castro (vocals, acoustic guitar) hails originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As a vocalist and guitarist, she began to play internationally when invited to perform two tours of Germany with a Choro/Samba band as lead singer. Michele is proud to say she grew up in the Rocinha favela where she draws much of her musical inspiration and appreciation. While she draws inspiration from a number of artists, Elis Regina and Rosa Passos have influenced her work the most. Her vocal repertoire includes Samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Pop & Rock, MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira), Choro, and Forró but she also plays a variety of Brazilian percussion instruments. Michele loves exploring the Colorado music scene and sharing her culture and music with a new public.
Multi-instrumentalist Ian Brighton (sax, clarinet, percussion) is one of the most versatile musicians in Colorado. Specializing in woodwinds, keys, and percussion, Ian plays a range of styles including jazz, funk, samba, Americana, and Country. Ian has performed with many local and national acts including Devotchka, the Motet, Bonnie and the Clydes, Michele Castro, and Samba Dende. He currently resides in the musical bastion of Lyons, Colorado.
Victor Mestas Pérez
Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Victor Mestas Pérez (piano, keyboards) has been the endorsement artist for Yamaha musical products in Venezuela since 2001. Mestas has performed (as pianist/ keyboardist/arranger/producer) for renowned bands and singers in Venezuela, including Guaco, Soledad Bravo, Maria Rivas, Cheo Feliciano y Julio Iglesias (Uruguay/Argentina tour in 2010). Victor moved to Boulder in 2012 with his wife and daughters and is performing on the Brazilian-Latin Jazz-World music scene. Currently, he is at the University Of Colorado, Boulder, teaching Jazz Piano and conducting the Thompson Latin Jazz Big Band.
Raoul Rossiter (drums, Brazilian percussion) moved to Boulder in 1978 from Tacoma, WA, and began playing the drums in 1985. In 1994, he became aware of Brazilian music and it quickly assumed a prominent position in his musical career. Some highlights in his career include: meeting and performing Brazilian music, jazz, R&B, and funk with Mitchell Long (6 years); recording an album with Sonya Valet, performing at El Chapultapec when Fred Wesley walked in with his horn; playing with Renée Marie in her band No Maintenance; meeting and performing with Marcelo Bernardes (saxophonist, flutist, and arranger for Chico Buarque); and joining art rock ensemble Hamster Theatre in the mid-’90s. Locally he performs regularly with Eric Gunnison, Bill Kopper, Erik Deutsch, Sonya Valet, Marguerite Juenemann, Dexter Payne, and many others. Currently, he’s the drummer for Ginga, Hamster Theatre, the Dexter Payne Quartet, Michele Castro, and the Coração Quartet.