Violinist from Brazil to Play at Miri International Jazz Festival

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Monday, 3 May 2010

Fans of Brazilian samba beat should not miss Recardo Herz at the upcoming Miri International Jazz Festival.

 The violinist, composer and arranger, brings a renewed full repertoire of swing, rhythm, color and energy; which is extremely rich in instrumental Brazilian melodies and ranges from Northeastern rhythms to choro, samba and its multiple variables; songs, waltzes, sorrel and xotes. He then infuses jazz, folk, classical and world traditions, into the mix to create a whirlwind of musical delights.

Classically trained and with a degree from prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, his technique is as impeccable as his improvisations enlightened. Herz already has plenty of experience as a classically-trained musician. In France, Herz studied with Didier Lockwood, where he regularly conducts work-shops on Brazilian music. He has been presenting his solo work in Brazil and Europe in recent years.

Currently, Ricardo lives in Paris and, aside from his solo work, he performs with the groups Orquestra do Fub and Tekere.

Orquestra do Fub is a forr band made up of young, dynamic French and Brazilian musicians. They have been a constant presence in France's summer festivals such as Jazz Vienne, Jazz Marciac, Bout du Monde Festival, among others. Tekere is a jazz/world-music sextet composed by 3 Brazilian and 3 French musicians whose undisputable quality provides an amazing range of performances, from South American ballads to North African beats.

Moving between the fertile musical cultures of Brazil and France, Herz collaborates with a wealth of prominent musicians and has appeared in many of the world's top festivals.

Back home in Brazil, Herz won the popular jury at Visa Prize for Brazilian Music in 2004. In Europe, he has performed at major venues such as L'Olympia, Paris, Jazz at Vienne (France), Jazz Marciac (France), Dunya Festival (Holland), Music Meeting (Netherlands) Satellite Coffee and New Morning (Paris) various jazz clubs and festivals in Italy, among others.

Some talented musicians with different background appearing in his band in our Miri International Jazz Festival will be Luciano Silva Barros, Flavio Jose Granja De Abreu, Del Picchia Paulo Menotti and Pedro Freitas Ito.

This will be the bands first appearance in Asia, but as the music is so infectious, it is unlikely to be his last.

The 5th Miri International Jazz Festival this year to be held from 14 - 15 May at ParkCity Everly Hotel featuring, seven other international bands namely; grammy award winner James Cotton Blues Band, Amina Figarova Sextet (Holland), Mellow Motif (Thailand), Michael Shrieves Spellbinder (USA), SimakDialog (Indonesia), Norbert Susemihls New Orleans All Stars (Denmark/Germany/USA) and Jeremy Tordjman (Switzerland) are promising to spice the night for festival goers.

This festival will be one with a difference; the magical sounds of jazz music will fill the grounds of Parkcity while the Pavilion will be converted to a bar where there will be music played by a live International DJ.

Festival tickets are priced at RM60 per day for adult and tickets for children between three and 12 years old are priced at RM30 per day.

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