Music: Sambeleza to warm Performance Space with Brazilian sounds Wed., Nov. 21

Sambeleza—featuring Isabella Mendes, Jeff Fuller, Joe Carter and Asher Delerme—performs a wide variety of Brazilian songs, both old and new, with a jazz twist. Featured composers include Tom Jobim and Ary Barroso, as well as younger composers like Djavan, Debora Gurgel and Arlindo Cruz. A few originals by group members are added to the mix.

Brasil (spelled with an “s” in Portuguese) is well known for its rich heritage—a blend of indigenous, African and European cultures—from which the music has risen with fascinating rhythms, soaring melodies and colorful harmonies. The musicians of Sambeleza are outstanding U. S. and Brazilian interpreters of the great songs of the bossa nova and samba traditions, as well as outstanding jazz artists in their own right. Sambeleza derives its name from two words: samba, the national dance of Brasil, and beleza, Portuguese for “beauty.”

Sambeleza will perform at 8 PM (with seating at 7:30 PM). The cover for this performance is $5. The Best Video Coffee & Wine Bar will be open, serving fine specialty coffee drinks, wine and beer.

A video of Sambeleza performing  in 2012 at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven:



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