The Haven String Quartet joins Sambeleza, one of New Haven’s finest jazz and Brazilian music ensembles, for an evening of Brazilian Bossa Nova music at the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Apr. 4. Admission is $5 and the music starts at 8 PM.
The string quartet arrangements (created by Sambeleza bassist Jeff Fuller) include several well-known songs by Tom Jobim (including “Desafinado,” “Girl From Ipanema,” “One Note Samba,” “Corcovado” and more) as well as works by composers Ivan Lins, Janet de Almeida and Haroldo Barbosa.
As the permanent quartet-in-residence of Music Haven, the Haven String Quartet’s mission is to integrate music and creative endeavor into community life. The quartet provides access to free music education and world-class chamber music performances to residents in New Haven’s most underserved neighborhoods. In conjunction with these activities, the Haven String Quartet actively performs in other communities, providing engaging performances in traditional concert halls and reaching new audiences in non-classical venues.
Each quartet member is an exemplary performer who also enjoys the work of a teaching artist. They have graduated from such institutions as Yale University, Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Rice University, and Longy School of Music, and enjoy successful careers as performers and teachers.
Yaira Matyakubova and Tine Lee Hadari are the Quartet’s resident violinists. Colin Benn and Matt Beckmann, respectively, are resident violist and resident cellist for the Haven String Quartet.
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.” The Sambeleza lineup for this show is Isabella Mendes (piano, vocals), Jeff Fuller (bass, vocals) and Joe Carter (violão).
UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:
• Wednesday, Apr. 10. BLUEGRASS: RAGWEED
• Thursday, Apr. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND
• Wednesday, Apr. 17. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ESTHER GOLTON
• Monday, Apr. 22. FILM SCREENING FOR “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” SERIES: “WALK ON WATER”
• Thursday, Apr. 25. JAZZ: THE NICK Di MARIA QUARTET
• Sunday, May 5. FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION: “ALL ME: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WINFRED REMBERT”
• Wednesday, May 8. INDIE ROCK: POOLS ARE NICE, BUCK McGRANE