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Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz (U.S. Debut) with special guests Arturo O'Farrill and Steven Bernstein at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival
(Published: July 21, 2015)

Damrosch Park Bandshell - Thursday, July 30 at 7 PM

A 20-piece percussion and horn big band created in 2006 by the composer and instrumentalist Letieres Leite, Rumpilezz combines the power of traditional Afro-Bahian rhythms with jazz influences for a one-of-a-kind "veritable explosion of the boundaries of Brazilian instrumental music," (leading Brazilian music critic). The group has garnered top music awards at home, toured to major European capitals and festivals, recorded a debut album (2009) that received four stars from Rolling Stone, and collaborated with music luminaries, saxophonist Joshua Redman and singer-songwriter Gilberto Gil. Making its U.S. debut at Lincoln Center, and kicking-off a 4-city U.S. tour, the group debuts a new collaborative project with U.S. jazz greats Arturo O'Farrill and Steven Bernstein. Each performs as guest artist, with Letieres arranging their compositions in "Rumpilezz style," based on the traditional drumming of Afro-Brazilian candomblé. In conjunction with the project, the three musicians will meet in a panel discussion and demonstration on Wednesday, July 29 at the Bruno Walter Auditorium to explain their collaborative process.

Forró in the Dark is the collective of New York-based Brazilian ex-pats playing the hip-swiveling, dancefloor-filling, rural party music of Brazil's northeastern states with a signature blend of down home forró and urban cool.

Described by All About Jazz as "a diversity of sounds and colors that can't be found anywhere else," master percussionist Cyro Baptista's Banquet of the Spirits draws freely from an expansive array of music from around the globe, combining Afro-Brazilian beats with improvised, experimental jazz trappings to create utterly unique music.

7 PM - July 30
DAMROSCH PARK is located on West 62nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue.

More Information: http://www.lcoutofdoors.org/events/letieres-leite-and-orkestra-rumpilezz

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