BILLY NEWMAN
Brooklyn Brazil Bop guitarist - Composer - Educator
 
Brooklyn Brazil Bop 2005 Demo Clips
"Ana Leaves Astoria" AAC (5.5MB) | MP3 (5.5MB)
"Choro Calms her Anger" AAC (3.0MB) | MP3 (3.0MB)
"Flatbush Avenue Frevo" AAC (4.6MB) | MP3 (4.5MB)
Brooklyn Brazil Bop Live Excerpts
"Bounce it up Down Some" AAC (9.3MB) | MP3 (9.3MB)
"Line for Living" AAC (1.4MB) | MP3 (1.3MB)
"Rob's Tune" AAC (5.3MB) | MP3 (5.3MB)
"Tio Lionel" AAC (2.5MB) | MP3 (2.4MB)
"Why are we Living in the US?" AAC (6.2MB) | MP3 (6.2MB)
"Hues of your Generosity" AAC (1.6MB) | MP3 (1.5MB)
"The Experts in Relaxation" AAC (1.3MB) | MP3 (1.2MB)
About Brooklyn Brazil Bop

Brooklyn Brazil Bop brings together five talented young musicians with an abundance of new ideas based on solid musical grounding and a fascination with the cross-cultures we live in today. The compositions of the very gifted guitarist/leader Billy Newman, informed by his longstanding passion for Brazil and Brazilian music and his deep roots in modern jazz, present a unique mix of influences ranging from the swinging, cerebral tunes of Queens-born Lennie Tristano to the kaleidoscopic inventions of Bangu-bred Hermeto Pascoal. Out of the meeting of the two very different urban cultures of Rio de Janeiro and Brooklyn, NY, an exciting and dynamic dialogue is born. A whole panorama of North and South American rhythms and musical forms are used to express the pulse of the city and complex shadings of joy and sadness through a constant blending of major and minor colors. Samba, bebop, chorinho and more, all find their place and balance in a rich and contrasted musical repertoire that combines structure and arrangement with free-flowing jazz improvisation.

This new band has performed in the New York area over the last two years. Our first shows were at NUBLU, a well known lounge and performance space run by jazz musicians. Next the band moved to the Velvet Lounge in Soho produced by "The House that we Built" where we performed a number of shows at times sharing the bill with noted world-music performers. In June 2004 we took part in the sellout show "Brazil Jam" at Joe's Pub with three other noted Brazilian Groups: "Saveiro," "Forro for All," and "The Choro Ensemble." Following this was a show for the Central Park Conservancy which runs a festival every year in Central Park of music from different parts of the world and then in the same month a show for the Grand Central Partnership, a music festival in midtown Manhattan. Most recently Brooklyn Brazil Bop has performed two shows at Satalla, a well known world-music club in midtown Manhattan.

Recently the band has featured the great trumpeter Ron Horton instead of accordion. Ron has been part of Andrew Hill's ensemble of late and is a founding member of the Jazz Composers Collective. The group has functioned beautifully with the trumpet voice. This group also has the capacity to tackle a vast repertoire of Brazilian music besides the wholly original compositions that have been presented in shows so far. Composer/bandleader Billy Newman has spent a lot of time in Brazil, and with both Brazilian and American musicians here in New York. He is an experienced educator and weaves the context for his music and often some history of the different compositions. Along with his other group "The Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble," workshops and performances are offered that truly inform the audience about the genres of Brazilian music and how they parallel and differ from American styles.
About the musicians

Billy Newman has been working as a professional guitarist in the New York Area for over fifteen years. Since 1987 he has been traveling to Brazil in order to research Brazilian music and perform with local musicians. His book on Brazilian guitar published by Alfred music/National Guitar Workshop has been available in stores since July 2002. Besides performing his original music with "Brooklyn Brazil Bop," Billy's other groups, "Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble," "Afinidades" and the "New York Choro Project" have performed at many major cultural venues in the city including The Guggenheim and Brooklyn Museum. Billy has also worked with dancers, the composing of soundtracks, and is currently working on a CD of his original compositions. He regularly performs solo Brazilian guitar for private functions and gallery openings. He leads a jazz quartet with bassist Steve Schwab with whom he recently performed at the 92nd Street Y. His formal training includes classical guitar with Dennis Koster, Brazilian percussion with Vanderlei Pereira, composition with Dennis Sandole and jazz improvisation with Hal Galper.

Accordionist Rob Curto is closely involved with Brazilian music both in Brazil and in New York. In New York he is a founding member of "Forro for All" (dance music from the northeast of Brazil). Rob also works with the New York Choro Ensemble, pianist Cliff Korman and "The Brazilian Tinge," and in a long-time collaboration with guitarist Billy Newman. Rob began his musical career in jazz, studying with Barry Harris, Fred Hirsch and Cliff Korman. Prior to his passion for Brazil, Rob explored world-music and world-influenced jazz as reflected in his his first CD, "Bellow the Earth." He travels regularly to Brazil and has toured the world from Israel to Japan. Rob has performed with Billy Newman at the Conservatorio Pernambucano in Recife, Brazil (August 2001) and in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. He works with world-music artists such as Turkish musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek, tarantella percussionist and singer Alessandra Belloni, klezmer and jazz clarinetist David Krakauer, and Frank London of the Klezmatics. In Brazil he has performed with Elza Soares, Marcio Bahia and Leandro Braga.

Michael Attias has been active as saxophonist/composer in NYC since 1994. Born in Haifa, Israel in 1968, he had a Parisian childhood, Moroccan parents, and a Midwestern adolescence. He studied music with Pat Moriarty, Lee Konitz, Alan Silva, and Anthony Braxton. Concerts throughout the US, Europe, and the Middle East have brought him together with such musicians as Anthony Coleman, Mark Helias, Bob Stewart, Roy Campbell and many others. He has performed at the Visions and the JVC Jazz Festivals, the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival and regularly plays such NYC venues as the Knitting Factory and Cornelia Street Cafe. Current projects include Renku with Satoshi Takeishi, and Shuffle Boil, a new quartet dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk. Michael Attias is a 2000 Artists' Fellowship Recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts and a founding member of Dangerous Ground Productions.

Chris Michael has been an active drummer/percussionist in New York since 1999. His performing credits include many jazz and Latin American artists, such as Pablo Mayor y Folklore Urbano, Ivan Benavides, Coba, La Cumbiamba Eneye, Tim Hagans, Andy Gonzalez, Byron Stripling, and Matt Shulman, among others. He has received degrees from the University of North Texas and Capital University, and has also studied in Brazil, Colombia, and at the Aspen Institute. Chris has been performing with Billy Newman since 2002.

Bassist Leco Reis is from Rio Grande do Sul, the largest city in the South of Brazil. He began his journey in music at a young age under Maestro Luis Motta. After working with a variety of bands and singers in Brazil, he moved to Boston to attend Berklee, where he was a permanent fixture of the Boston music scene. He played for four years with the Sonny Watson Quartet in addition to numerous Brazilian groups including Conexao Brasil. Since moving to New York, Leco has worked constantly from touring Asia to playing with Graham Haynes, Ze Luis, Ogans, and Brooklyn Brazil Bop. Leco has studied with John Lockwood, Charlie Banacos, Edward Tomassi, Rufus Reid, Leon Dorsey, Antonio Hart and Mark Helias. He is currently completing a masters degree in Jazz studies at the Aaron Copland school of music at CUNY.
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