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Michel Nirenberg in Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, DC area
Brazilian saxophonist and composer Michel Nirenberg has several performances scheduled in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Washington DC area:

Michel Nirenberg. Michel Nirenberg Photo: Ian Furlong Oct. 28, 8:00 pm, the Michel Nirenberg Brazilian Jazz Quartet at the Avalon Theater, Easton, MD. For more information, call (410) 822-7299 or visit

Nov. 10, 8:00 and 9:30 pm, Michel Nirenberg with Hot Club of Baltimore at An die Musik Live, Baltimore, MD. For more information, call (410) 385-2638 or visit

Nov. 11, 9:00 and 11:00 pm, the Michel Nirenberg Brazilian Jazz Quartet at 49 West Café, Annapolis, MD. For more information, call (410) 626-9796 or visit

Nov. 12, 7:00 pm, the Michel Nirenberg Brazilian Jazz Quartet at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA. For more information, call (703) 323-0880 or visit

Michel Nirenberg's website is

Kenia in Long Beach, California
Kenia. Kenia Brazilian jazz singer Kenia will perform Nov. 18 at Casa Arjona, 4515 E. Harvey Way, Long Beach, CA. For more information, visit or phone (562) 805-7770.

Kenia's website is www.kenialive.

Gustavo de Francisco to lead masterclass in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
Gustavo de Francisco. Gustavo de Francisco Gustavo de Francisco, a member of the flute ensemble Quinta Essentia Quarteto, will lead a recorder and chamber music masterclass Nov. 18, 10:00 am-1:00 pm and 2:00-6:00 pm, at R. Sergipe 892, Savassi, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. Ten openings are available for active masterclass participants (soloists and groups) of all levels. The cost is R$50. The cost for people who just want to come and listen is R$15. Payment is by cash at the door. To register by email, contact Ana Roberta Rezende at

The website of Quinta Essentia is

Chicago Choro Club's Roda de Choro in Evanston, Illinois
The Chicago Choro Club. The Chicago Choro Club The Chicago Choro Club hosts a monthly Roda de Choro (choro jam session) at The Musical Offering, 743 Custer Ave., Evanston, IL. It's free and open to the public, and The Chicago Choro Club. musicians are invited to bring their instruments and play along.

The club also gives weekly lessons every Sunday, 10:30-11:30 am. Organizer Julie Koidin says, For non-musicians wanting to participate in playing music/choro, I highly recommend taking up pandeiro, the Brazilian percussion instrument that is played in a host of styles including choro, samba and other MPB (Brazilian popular music). We have two wonderful teachers—Heitor Garcia and Geraldo de Oliveira.

For more information about the Roda de Choro or music lessons, visit

Career News
Quaternaglia celebrates 25 years with updated website
2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet. To mark the milestone, the group has entirely updated its website.

One of the goals of the new design is to be able to sustain more personalized Quaternaglia. Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet interactions with audiences, friends, admirers, and the press.

Among the features of the site is Quaternaglia 25, a series of 25 posts that recount the history of the group, from its origins in 1992 to its most recent activity. Each post is accompanied by a variety of bonus materials including photographs, scans of concert programs, historic video footage, and re-mastered tracks. The posts are found under the heading News.

In addition to the new series of posts, the website also includes Quaternaglia's updated bio, schedule, discography, photographs, videos, audio tracks, and press kit.

To receive information about Quaternaglia's concerts and releases, sign up at Quaternaglia's website is

Flávio Barba launches Jazz4Music project
Brazilian jazz guitarist and composer Flávio Barba has launched a new project called Jazz4Music. Every month, he invites different musicians playing Brazilian music, Jazz4Music. jazz and pop to make a new video of a song, recorded live. The videos are presented on the Jazz4Music youtube channel. Three recordings are already online:

Jogral (Jester) by Filó Machado, José Neto, and Djavan features Flávio Barba, João Cristal, Marinho Andreotti, and Nelton Essi. You can watch at

Milton Nascimento's Canção do Sal (Salt Song) features Flávio Barba, Giba Favery, Ary Holland, Nilton Leonard, Marcos Eiras, and Helio Ishitani. You can watch at

Heitor Villa Lobos' O Trenzinho Caipira (Little Country Train) features Flávio Barba, Michel Freidenson, Lael Medina, Marcos Eiras, and Helio Ishitani. You can watch at

To share these videos, or to subscribe to the channel, visit Flávio Barba's website is


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