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September 16, 2018

presented by Foley & Abbott

LOCATION: The Cabaret
DATE: Sunday, September 16, 2018
COST: $35 main dining room / $50 preferred / $20 student w/ID
IndyGo Route 19, 38, 39 | indygo.net


Clarinetist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence.

– Jazz Journalists Association – 9X Clarinetist of the Year
 – Downbeat Critic and Readers Poll winner since 2011.
 – ASCAP Wall of Fame prize for composition and musicianship.

At Indy Jazz Fest 2018 Clarinet superstar Anat Cohen joins forces with cutting edge Brazilian ensemble “Trio Brasileiro” to explore Brazil’s traditional Choro music and its modern reflections.

Trio Brasileiro was formed in 2011 and is dedicated to performing traditional Choro music as well as their own contemporary compositions, inspired by Choro. The trio comprises of Douglas Lora – a celebrated guitarist and full time member of the award-winning Brasil Guitar Duo, Dudu Maia – one of Brazil’s finest mandolin virtuosos, and Drummer/Percussionist Alexandre Lora.

Choro music originated in 19th-century Rio de Janeiro. Very much like its contemporaries the Dixieland and early New Orleans jazz, it was created by the combination of traditional European dance forms like the polka, the waltz and the mazurka with African and South American rhythms. It is traditionally a vehicle for virtuosi improvisers.

Cohen has long been associated with the music of Brazil in general and Choro in particular. Her solo releases often include Brazilian or Brazilian-inspired compositions, often penned by Cohen.

This is the trio and Cohen’s second recorded collaboration, following their 2015 release Alegria Da Casa, which featured combination of traditional Choros and originals inspired by the traditional form. Rosa Dos Ventos is a fascinating next step in the evolution of this collaboration; it features only original compositions by the members of Trio Brasileiro and Anat Cohen.

The instrumentation on Rosa Dos Ventos is a take on the traditional Choro band – the characteristic 7-string guitar, clarinet, and Pandeiro are present. The traditional Bandolim (a Brazilian take on the Mandolin) in replaced by an unusual 10-String Bandolim (the traditional Bandolim has 4 sets of 2 strings for a total of 8), and the Pandeiro is joined by additional percussion instruments – among them the intriguing new pitched percussion instrument the “Hand Pan.”

The compositions move from the traditional to the daringly modern. Some contemporary indie-rock influences are present, traditional bitter-sweet Choros can be heard, the blues makes an appearance, Flamenco is explored, and indian-inspired drone-heavy compositions are offered. While travelling through these various styles and traditions, the musicians remain rooted in the improvisatory, virtuosic, grooving and deeply moving choro tradition. The genre-defying result is Choro – reimagined.


After developing her craft through years as a sideman, touring musician, and educator, saxophonist Amanda Gardier emerges as a composer and bandleader with her debut album, ‘Empathy.’ Comprised of an eclectic collection of original compositions, the music of “Empathy” is brought to  life by a distinctive quintet: Charlie Ballantine (guitar), Jesse Wittman (bass), Clay Wulbrecht (piano), and Chris Parker (drums). “As a listener, it’s easy to settle into the lustrous tones and elegant structures of [Gardier’s] compositions” (Downbeat). Her music  juxtaposes the calmness of droning harmonies and cyclical melodies with the intensity of complex rhythms and fiery solos. “This is what happens when you turn someone loose to make art and the results work” (Midwest Record).  

Indianapolis Star – “You won’t overlook the skills or the talents of alto saxophone player Amanda Gardier” – David Lindquist 06/21/2016

Blog Critics – “Fine alto sax work from Gardier” – Jack Goodstein 04/28/2016

KUCI FM – “Charmingly direct solos on alto and flute” -Hobard Taylor 08/06/2017

Sea of Tranquility – “Gardier’s sax solo on “Hallelujah” is absolutely gorgeous…Please, do yourself a favor and give this one a listen” – Jon Neudorf


September 16, 2018


The Cabaret
924 N. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204 United States
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(317) 275-1169