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The Fernando Brandão Ensemble has various formations, from trio to nonet. We play original compositions and arrangements of music by the great Brazilian composers, from Ernesto Nazarth and Pixinguinha, Cartola, Jobim through Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti and contemporary composers.

 

  • FB Trio

    • flute, guitar/mandolin and bass/7-string guitar

 

  • FB Sextet

    • vocal, flute, sax, piano, bass, drums

 

  • FB Octet

    • vocal, flute, sax, trumpet, piano, bass, drums, percussion
       

Other bands are:

  • Imagine 5 – Contemporary Jazz, South American, World 

  • Choro Trio Brasil – flute, cello and 7-string guitar

  • Bohemia Carioca – Gafieira dancing music

Some of the musicians who have performed/recorded with me (no particular order):

 

  • Vocals: Marcella Camargo, Luciana Souza, Beth Bruno, Teresa Inês, Leala Cyr, Mirella Costa

  • Trumpet and Flugelhorn: Greg Hopkins, Jason Palmer, Phil Grenadier

  • Saxophones: Daniel Ian Smith, Rick DiMuzio, Anat Cohen, Dino Govoni, Tim Mayer, Felipe Salles

  • Trombone: Joel Yennior, John Pierce

  • Piano: Henrique Eisenmann, Leandro Braga, Vitor Gonçalves, Tim Ray, Weber Iago, Alon Yavnai, Gilson Schachnik, Doug Johnson, Gilad Barkan, Nando Michelin, Leo Blanco, Dan Reynolds, Renato Neto

  • Accordion: Kiko Horta, Evan Harlan, Roberto Cassan

  • Guitar: Sergio Brandão, Jurandir Santana, Eduardo Mercuri, Flavio Lira, Bilinho Teixeira, Claudio Ragazzi, Sergio Costa

  • Bass: Fernando Huergo, Oscar Stagnaro, Pual Del Nero, John Lockwood, Ebinho Cardoso, Andrew Blickenderfer, Andres Rotmistrovsky, Bruno Aguilar, Gustavo Amarante, José Pienazola, Leonardo Lucini, Adriano Giffoni, Bruno Raberg, Papito, Itaiguara Brandão, 

  • Drums and percussion: Bertram Lehmann, Mark Walker, Eric Doob, Steve Langone, Keita Ogawa, Pedro Ito, Marcelo Woloski, Joca Perpignan, Tiago Michelin, Élcio Cáfaro, Márcio Bahia, Zazá Desiderio, Alejandro Lucini, Vinícius Pienazola, Harvey Wirth

 

> Performance venues include:

  • 1st Cambridge Jazz Festival

  • Beantown Jazz Festival

  • Isabella Gardner Museum Concert Series

  • Casa do Choro

  • Sala Guiomar Novaes

  • Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

  • Hyde Park Jazz Festival

  • 2nd Annual Brazilian Cultural Festival

  • Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center

  • Berklee Performance Center

  • 4th Boston Flute Festival

  • Charles River Museum

  • Arsenal Center for the Arts

  • National Flute Association Festival in Boston, Washington and New Orleans

  • First Night

  • Regattabar, Scullers, Ryles, and other local clubs

  • Lowell Folk Festival

  • Brazil Independence Festival

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

  • University of New Mexico

  • Hatt Shell

  • White Mountains Jazz and Blues Festival

  • Cafe Teatro/IBA

  • South Shore Conservatory

  • Harvard University

  • live performances at WGBH, WERS

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