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Chico Pinheiro Quartet- Dublin

Improvised Music Company


From Sao Paulo

Chico Pinheiro Quartet

With support from Francesco Turrisi's Gato Azul

Wednesday 24th June 8pm


Wexford Street, Dublin

Adm €18 + booking fee from

Or WaV: 1890 200 078

Chico Pinheiro - guitar/voice | Luciana Alves - voice

Marcelo Mariano – bass | Edu Ribeiro – Drums.

“An outstanding performer, and one of the leading figures

in the modern Brazilian jazz scene.”

Guitar Player USA

In Brazil, they know something about great grooves and guitar players, and in Chico Pinheiro, the two have come together in dramatic fashion. This young Sao Paulo native has set the Brazilian music scene alight with a glorious synthesis of bossa and jazz that moves the idiom onward from the towering achievements of artists like Joyce and Baden Powell.

His European itinerary this spring includes collaborations with Brad Mehldau, a measure of his growing reputation in the jazz world, where his quicksilver phrasing and sophisticated harmony allied to an authentic carioca style is winning him many admirers.

Back home, he’s equally acclaimed by musicians from right across spectrum, working with leading singers like Ed Motta and Dori Caymmi, his fertile imagination finding new inspiration in Brazil’s rich trove of omnipresent rhythms that keep time for every ritual, from religion to futbol.

He sings too, in a sotto voce style that evokes the hushed intimacy of Joao Gilberto and Chet Baker, further evidence if it were needed, that here is a musician with something new and original to add to the great love affair between Brazil and jazz.

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About Gato Azul

Gato Azul is an ensemble founded by Francesco Turrisi that also comprises of Lucas Gonzales and Brian Dunning.

Italian accordionist and pianist Francesco Turrisi is equally at home with Jazz (with his own piano trio), Mediterranean music (with Tarab), eastern European music (with Yurodny) and the accordion driven frenetic rhythms of Forro’.

Lucas Gonzalez is a versatile guitarist and percussionist from Argentina whose experience encompasses different styles such as flamenco, classical and South American traditional music.

Brian Dunning is a renowned Irish flute player. His background is in both Jazz and Irish traditional music. He has been touring extensively with the New World band Nightnoise and with his own trio Puck Fair.

Drawing its main inspiration from the endless well of Brazilian music, Gato Azul perform sambas, choros and forro’ alongside original pieces by great Brazilian composers such as Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti and Guinga.

Gato Azul enhance this repertoire with a unique blend of flamenco rhythms, jazz improvisation and Irish swing.

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