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Afro-Brazilian percussion in a big band format, Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz combine traditional African-based rhythms with sophisticated jazz harmonies. Making its U.S. debut at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the group will collaborate with critically acclaimed pianist Arturo O’Farrill and celebrated trumpeter Steven Bernstein, who are presenting original compositions to be arranged in the Rumpilezz style.
Cyro Baptista reveals another imaginative layer of Afro-Brazilian jazz fusion by integrating instruments he designs himself into his performances. His mastery of Brazilian percussion and jazz experimentation produces an utterly unique, unapologetic sound.
Forró in the Dark, a collective of New York-based Brazilian expats, presents a new take on the rural party music of Brazil’s northeastern states: forró. The Philadelphia Inquirerraves, “It’s polyrhythmic street-party music with a downtown edge.”
Related Event: Letieres Leite, Arturo O’Farrill, and Steven Bernstein
Lecture and Demonstration
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 4:30 pm
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium
This engagement of Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.
This event is part of The New York State Presenters Network Presenter¬–Artist Partnership Project made possible through a regrant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Lecture and demonstration co-sponsored by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts