Wed, August 12th


Brazilian TICKETS

Doors 7:30PM
Show 7:30PM
Advance Price $15
Door Price
Table Reservation (212) 777-1157

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


“The Sounds of Choro”


Performance:  Billy Newman Acoustic Quartet
   Billy Newman - 6 string guitar
   Felicia de Sanctis - 7 string
     Tom Armstrong - Pandeiro
    Dominique Gagne - flute
About the band:
The Billy Newman Acoustic Quartet plays the instrumental music of Brazil.  Choro makes up a large part of the group's repertoire and includes the many choro compositions of Billy Newman. Since 1987 he has been traveling to Brazil in order to research Brazilian music and perform with local musicians in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Recife and Florianopolis. While a recipient of Composer’s residencies three years in a row (from 2007, 08, 09) from the prestigious institutions - Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony - he had the opportunity and the inspiration from his experiences to compose many choros.  His important musical associations include Rogerio Souza and Rodrigo Lessa, important choro players in Rio de Janeiro. In NYC with his ensembles, Billy has played in many festivals (Savassi, 3rd Street, Central Park) and the major cultural institutions such as Moma, Guggenheim, and Brooklyn Museum in town.  Billy plays 7 string guitar and cavaquinho but has been focusing again on "6" as he often is the melodist and soloist in his groups. Over the years he has given workshops in Choro and has taught many a private student. In his group are musicians who have extensive experience playing Brazilian music and choro. Tom Armstrong (pandeiro) had played with Mike Marshall and other important choro players on the west coast.  Dominique Gagne has led her own groups in the Northeast of United States besides playing many genres of flute music.  Felicia de Sanctus (7 string) had been Billy's student for years but has branched out on her own and studied much in Brazil with some of the great guitar players of the last 20 years.  
About the Foundation:
Brazilian Music Foundation. Org, Inc., (BMF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to education, research, promotion, preservation and advancement of Brazilian music in the United States, Brazil and other countries.
We believe that music can improve the quality of life of the individuals and families leading to a happier and healthier society. We will support programs that use music to enable every child to feel like an asset within her or his community. Playing a musical instrument has many benefits: it can bring joy to you and to everyone around you.  
The Foundation will promote, develop, educate the public about the Brazilian music, and produce cultural events, which will unify and support the Brazilian musicians living in New York City. The organization will provide 20% of all donated funds to other non-profit music organizations located in Brazil, who are committed to remove children off streets, teach music, and give them the opportunity for a better life.
"Fundraiser for the Brazilian Music Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting Brazilian culture and music via educational and performance programs"