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Music: The Haven String Quartet with Sambeleza play Thurs., Apr. 4, at 8 PM

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.

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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).

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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

Music: Sambeleza with Jeff Fuller and Isabella Mendes Wed., Mar. 6, at 8 PM

Sambeleza will play the Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Mar. 6. the cover charge is $5 and the music begins at 8 PM.

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.”

A YouTube video of Sambeleza performing the cover song “Outra Vez”:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Thursday, Mar. 7. INDIE ROCK: SIDEWALK DAVE

• Saturday, Mar. 9. ACOUSTIC CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC: HADE & WILLIAMS

• Wednesday, Mar. 13. ACOUSTIC BLUES & ROCK: NOAH KESSELMAN

• Thursday, Mar. 14. WINE TASTING with KARL RONNE from THE WINE THIEF

• Wednesday, Mar. 20. JAZZ: DAVID CHEVAN

• Thursday, Mar. 21. INDIE GARAGE ROCK: GHOST OF CHANCE

• Sunday, Mar. 24. READINGS: JOEANN HART & MATT DEBENHAM

• Wednesday, Mar. 27. PUNK ROCK: STARK RAVING LULU

• Thursday, Mar. 28. FILM SCREENING: STEPHEN DEST’S “MY BROTHER JACK”

• Wednesday, Apr. 3. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Thursday, Apr. 4. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• 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”

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:

 

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

Sunday, Nov. 25,  2 PM. Pop-Punk Matinee: Dagwood, State Lines, Broadcaster, New Year’s Revolution

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7:30 PM. Readings: Chandra Prasad; Jake Halpern

Thursday, Nov. 29, 8 PM. Americana Chamber Pop: Goodnight Blue Moon

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 8 PM. Post-Apocalyptic Pop: The Grimm Generation

Thursday, Dec. 6, 8 PM. World Music/Psychedelic: Super Trance