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Brazilian Jazz Vocalist Teresa Inês to Perform at Moravian

Bethlehem, Pa., September 8, 2005—Brazilian jazz vocalist and guitarist, Teresa Inês will perform in concert at Moravian College on Wednesday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. A pre-concert lecture, focusing on various rhythms of Brazilian music, will be held prior to the concert beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Inês is regarded as the most well-known Brazilian vocalist in the Boston area. Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, the great melting pot of the traditional and modern Brazilian culture, Inês absorbed a rich blend of musical styles from Rodas de Samba and Choro to concerts by the most sophisticated artists.

During the past ten years, Inês has added jazz influences to her broad range of Brazilian styles and rhythms. Her sophisticated, warm voice blends with a sensual stage presence and has inspired praise. The Boston Globe reported, “Inês has the technique to stretch her material and the taste to preserve its aura.” World Rhythm wrote, “Inês has an “authentically sensual Brazilian style reminiscent of several of the greats.”

Her group of musicians matches instruments such as the piano, the alto flute, the bass drum, the pandeiro, and the berimbau to create a unique harmonious sonority with Inês’ voice. Her band members are from South America. Brazilian Fernando Brandáo’s virtuoso flute playing matches the vocal line and creates an orchestral unison. The piano, skillfully played by Uraguayan Nando Michelin, provides intense harmonic texture. Brazilian Pedro Ito’s drumming and Argentinian Fernando Huergo’s brilliant bass playing add the traditional elements to the music.

Her newly recorded CD, Ave Rara (Rare Bird), includes soulful songs of yearning such as “Ave Rara” by Edu Lobo and Aldir Blanc as well as her own composition, “Cores Frias,” in a classical bossa nova style. Inês demonstrates a mellow yet upbeat aspect of her personality with a funky arrangement of “Tuaregue e Nagô” by composer Lenine, and in “Com Sabor,” a lush string quartet emphasizes the warmth behind Inês’ thoughtful portrait of a woman’s heart. The lyrical choro “Marambaia” displays Inês’ vocal virtuosity and elegance while “Pra que discutir com Madame,” a song made classic by the Bossa Nova Master João Gilberto, is given a lively and playful reading.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; senior citizens/students/children 12 and under pay $6. For information please call the Moravian College Music Department (610) 861-1650.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu