• 7/12/2018 – Quarteto Moderno

    Guitarist, vocalist, and compositionist Richard Boukas is an internationally acclaimed leader, educator, and internationally recognized exponent of Brazilian music. He was selected “Best Brazilian Jazz Guitarist in the United States”, by GuitarOne Magazine. He is also leader of Trio Brasilerio, (which interprets the Brazilian songbook) and Dialogos Brazilian Duo with clarinetist Louis Arques. An itinerant music educator, Boukas received the prestigious New School Distinguished University Teaching Award where he has been on the faculty since 1989. In 2015, he joined the faculty of New York Jazz Workshop. Receiving his MA in Composition from Queens College/Aaron Copland School of Music, he has composed music for numerous contemporary chamber ensembles including La Catrina String Quartet, PUBLIQuartet String Quartet, Berklee World String Ensemble, and the Lamont Saxophone Quartet. Visit his site
    Since his arrival in New York City from Phoenix, AZ, Lucas Pino has rapidly become one of today’s distinct virtuosos of the saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet. Pino is composer-leader of the No Net Nonet (CD Port Fenix, Origin Records 2015) which is an ensemble-in-residence at Small’s Jazz Club in NYC. Pino’s debut CD Yellow Flower was released in 2008. Lucas received his B.A. at New School Jazz and his M.A. at the Juilliard School. In 2012 he was guest performer on Boukas’s landmark música mineira project.

    Bassist Gustavo Amarante was born in Belo Horzonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Since moving to the United States in 1994, he has established himself as first-call bassist for contemporary Brazilian music. Gustavo is an ideal interpreter of original music, always providing a solid, groove, impeccable time and keen attention to detail. He has played at major festivals and venues including Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Nuits D’Afrique (Montreal) and Java Jazz Festival (Jakarta, Indonesia).
    Born in Rio Claro (São Paulo state), Maurício Zottarelli has been on the forefront of Brazilian, Latin and jazz music scenes for over fifteen years. Zottarelli has four CDs as a leader: “7 Lives”, MOZIK, Glasses, No Glasses and Dig Trio. In 2012 he won the prestigious music award in Brazil, Prêmio da Música Brasileira with Dom Salvador on the CD “The Art of Samba jazz”. Nominated several times in “best-of-the-year” publications including Jazz Station Blog, he has taught many workshops in Brazil, Europe and USA, and is a regular columnist for Modern Drummer Magazine in Brazil. His artist endorsements are LP Percussion, Vic Firth drumsticks, Soultone cymbals, Lexicon Pro Audio, GruvGear accessories, Powerclick in-ear monitors, Evans Drumheads and FSA Cajons.
    “The Branford Jazz Festival is one of the rare concert series where top artists and the community can come together to celebrate art and cultural diversity,” said Boukas. “We look forward to performing this year with great excitement and inspiration.”