13 - 16 October 2022

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15 October National Opera and Ballet, 20:00 NOB, 20:00


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JEAN ELTON double bass

HUGO MEDEIROS drums, percussion

From the slums of Recife in Brazil’s North-East to international jazz icon, Amaro Freitas has worked tirelessly to become the artist he is today - one of the great representatives of the new generations of jazz pianists, who has received accolades from the likes of Herbie Hancock. Influenced by his closest cultural substrate – maracatú, frevo, baião, the music of Hermeto Pascoal and Gismonti, – and by names such as Parker, Monk, Coltrane and Chick Corea, Amaro Freitas forged his own style. Ready to challenge the traditional structures of jazz, Amaro Freitas has a sound that will let you discover the piano in a new way. Gaining international attention for “an approach to the keyboard so unique that it’s startling” (Downbeat), his debut and sophomore albums “Sangue Negro” (2016) and “Rasif” (2018) arrived on a wave of instant acclaim. In recent years he has collaborated with, among others, Christian Scott, Lenine and Milton Nascimento. His new album “Sankofa” - a spiritual quest into the forgotten stories, ancient philosophies and inspirational figures of Black Brazil - is his most stunning and sincere work to date. As on the album, Amaro will be joined on stage by his unbelievably talented rhythm section: Hugo Medeiros on drums and Jean Elton on bass, with whom he had performed at important clubs and festivals in Europe and the USA.