Many bands are so difficult to categorise but to simplify for you, the booker, here are some bands with world influences, drawing on a particular melodic sound or culture....from Yiddish to Flamenco, Latin to English folk. Interested in finding out more about a band? Simply email or call and we can either talk in person or I can send you a full-facts info sheet.
Sandro Lustosa (Brazil)
Percussion, Bermibau, Dums, Bongos, Tabla, Tambourine, Pedals, Vocals
Sandro lives in Brazil, therefore please register intent to book so that we can pull tour dates together. A 9 month lead time is required unless full costs or funding is offered.
I first came across Sandro playing in a bar in Barcelona and was blown away. I asked him and his band 'Free Ghetto Brasil' to come and tour the UK and my first UK tour was born, some 23 years ago. With the facility of Facebook Sandro and I have recently reconnected to hopefully bring his Amazonian talents to the UK in the near future. Either as a solo artist collaborating as guest percussionist with other artists or with one of his Brazilian projects. Sandro is also available for master classes and workshops though a translator would be needed.
Sandro is an arranger, composer, producer and researcher of Brazilian music. Born in Acre in the heart of the Amazon he grew up surrounded by the sounds and melodies of the rain forest. He is a master of Brazilian, Arabic and African music and rhythms and has played with many prominent artists both in South America and Europe. He uses traditional instruments and his voice to emulate the percussive heartbeat of jungle life and also uses pedals and loops to manipulate the sound offering a more contemporary vibe. Sandro is simply one of the most talented percussionists on the globe and it would be an honour to bring him to Europe to showcase his unique talent.
Sandro Lustosa - Percussion
Glaucus Linx - Saxophone
Two Brazilian spirits join together to create a cauldron of alchemy. Improvisation of saxophone and percussion emulating and inspired by forest and ocean elements. Glaucus Linx brings colours of his African and Arabic musics as a result of his extensive travels and musical explorations.
Glaucus was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1960 and began studying piano at the age of 5. At 19, he joined the Villa-Lobos Conservatory of Music. At the same time, began the study of the saxophone, which became his main instrument. In 1989 he moved to Europe and immersed himself in the melting pot of Parisian sub-culture mingling with African, Brazilian and French artists. A highly creative time in his career leading him to perform with artists such as Eddie Louiss, Isaac Hayes (Shaft), Zucchero, Ghetto Blaster, David Tonton, Djip, Florence Antraygues, Yana Purim and Salif Keita. He has featured on Mick Jagger's video 'She's the Boss' and performed both solo and as a featured accompanist in many groups across South America and Europe. His biog is massively extensive so if you are interested in this exciting project please contact me for a full press pack. Both artists reside in Brazil so please contact me to register interest or to work with us on an application to bring these artists to Europe.
Vocals: Marianna Moralis
Violin: Lulu Austin
Trumpet: David Mowat
Guitar: Knud Stűwe
Percussion: Simon Leach
With an exciting combined background of performing in all sorts of ensembles these musicians come together as Chai for All. Exciting and entertaining, Chai For All plays jazz-tinged klezmer, Old World Yiddish folk and New World Yiddish theatre songs, on a magnificent musical journey from the haunted Central and Eastern European shtetls, through the dimly lit basement bars of tango-crazed Buenos Aires, to swinging New York's Second Avenue. Impassioned female vocals lead the party, against a joyous backing of violin, trumpet, guitar and percussion. Also available as a 4,3 or 2 piece.
'Like something from a Polanski film. I knew instinctively it was Jewish music without knowing it was Jewish.' - audience member