Sun, September 7th

Savassi Jazz Festival


Doors 5:30PM
Show 6PM
Advance Price $10 (SAVE 30% on dinner when you include a FULL DINNER for only $20 – details below)
Door Price $10
Table Reservation (212) 777-1157

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door

Rob Curto on piano


Based in New York, Rob is an accomplished pianist and accordionist. He travels regularly to Brazil and has toured the world from Israel to Japan, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Holland, and the Czech Republic. Rob Curto is widely regarded as forró’s foremost ambassador in the States. An early devotee of North American swing music, bebop piano, funk, rock, and blues, he has combined these influences with his mastery of their Brazilian counterparts forró, chorinho, samba, maracatu, and frevo to produce stunning new results. He spent years living and playing in Brazil, completely absorbing and interpreting the country’s musical traditions.
Rob began his musical career in jazz, studying with Barry Harris, Fred Hirsch and Cliff Korman. He soon began delving into world music and world-influenced jazz. His first CD, “Bellow the Earch” is an exploration of European traditional music including styles as diverse as celtic, French musette, Italian tarantella, and Scandinavian folk music. But his love for Brazilian music pulled him more and more in that direction, and he soon was dedicating himself intensely to that.Rob is closely involved with Brazilian music both in Brazil and in New York. In New York he is a founding member of Matuto, which plays dance music from the northeast of Brazil. Rob also works with the New York Choro Ensemble, pianist Cliff Korman and “The Brazilian Tinge”, and in a long-time collaboration with guitarist Billy Newman.

In Brazil he is a member of the Brasilia-based group Choro de Calango, the forró band Trio Perfumado, has played with members of Nó em Pingo d’Agua and Dois de Ouro, and has his own band based in Brasilia. Rob has also performed in Brazil with musicians such as Leandro Braga, Adriano Giffoni and Marcio Bahia.

As a composer, in addition to writing for his own recordings, Rob has composed music for the Jim Henson Productions television program “Bear in the Big Blue House” currently aired on the Disney Channel, and “Biography” on Arts and Entertainment network.

Rob has performed his own music at the Conservatorio Pernambucano in Recife, Brazil (August 2001) and in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. He works with world-music artists such as Turkish musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek, tarantella percussionist and singer Alessandra Belloni, klezmer and jazz clarinetist David Krakauer, Frank London of the Klezmatics, and Fernando César of the choro group Dois de Ouro.

Sergio Krakowsi on pandeiro

Sergio Krakowski was born on December 18, 1979 and began playing pandeiro when he was 15 years old. He learned to play informally with friends, but quickly realized the richness of the instrument and began to dedicate himself more seriously to it. He is self-taught and developed his own technique, based on various influences such as Rafael Rabello, Jorginho do Pandeiro and Marcos Suzano.

Freedom of expression is a primary focus in Sergio’s musical path. He believes that the pandeiro has even more potential than has been explored until this point, including the use of polyrhythms.

Krakowski started his professional career at 18, playing in clubs in Rio de Janeiro with some of the great names in Brazilian music. He dedicated himself to the instrumental Brazilian music style call Choro, where he found the freedom of expression he was looking for.

At 22 Sergio joined the group Tira Poeira and had the opportunity to share the stage with great names in Brazilian music such as: Maria Bethânia, Lenine, Zélia Duncan, Olivia Hime, Francis Hime, Bnegão and Beth Carvalho. He appeared on TV programs such as: Jô Soares, Altas Horas, e Sem Censura and performed at events such as the TIM Festival and at the Teatro Luis Angel Arango in Bogotá.

Aside from his musical career, Sergio has a Masters in Mathematics and is researching ways to combine his current musical and mathematical knowledge.



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Guest: Edmar Castañeda on harp


Edmar Castañeda (born 1978 in Bogotá, Colombia) is a Colombian harpist. He performs his own compositions as well as tapping into native Music of Colombia, Music of Venezuela; Joropo and Music of Argentina, Zamba. He tours regularly as the leader of the Edmar Castañeda Trio, together with David Silliman on drums/percussionand Marshall Gilkes on trombone. He is also a band member for theAndrea Tierra Quartet whose members are Andrea Tierra on vocals,Sam Sadigursky on flute/clarinet/saxophone, and David Silliman.

Castañeda is the son of Colombian harp player, composer, singer, teacher Pavelid Castañeda.

He has performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, Joe Locke, JLCO, John Patitucci, Giovanni Hidalgo, Lila Downs, Janis Siegel, Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban jazz big band, The United Nations Orchestra, Simón Diaz, Samuel Torres among other renowned musicians.

In 2006 he released his first solo album Cuarto de Colores. Entre Cuerdas followed in June 2009. His latest album Double Portion was released in March 2012.


**Dinner Special Details**

Click on the ticket link above and select the General Admission ticket PLUS $20 Dinner special to save 30% on your dinner (does not include TIP). Select your dinner option on the page during checking-out when you review your online order and BEFORE finishing the check process.

Dinner options include:

None: I purchased a General Admission Ticket

Option 1: Mediterranean Plate, Salad and a Soda

Option 2: Hamburger, Salad, Humus and a Soda

Option 3: Marinated Grilled Chicken Cubes, Salad, Humus and a Soda

Option 4: Kale Salad, Humus and a Soda