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NEW RELEASE DATE 9/23: Mayimba Music To Release Laura Dreyer's Vida. Arte. Amor. - A Brazilian Journey
(Published: July 30, 2014)


Laura Dreyer, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, has established herself as a vital member of the New York jazz scene. Always drawn to Brazilian music, the composer, educator and multi-instrumentalist created a fusion, incorporating elements of jazz, funk, and rock in past compositions.
Dreyer was a founding member and contributing arranger for the big band DIVA. In this capacity, she worked with luminaries Dave Brubeck, Rosemary Clooney, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Slide Hampton, Clark Terry and Brazilian pianist Dom Salvador, among others. Additionally she has performed with Dr. Billy Taylor, Mel Lewis, Robert Palmer, Nnenna Freelon, Lea Delaria, Leny Andrade, and Portinho. She was a band member for the award-winning musicals "Hot and Sweet" and the Duke Ellington tribute, "Hit Me With A Hot Note."

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Dreyer grants in performance and professional jazz study/composition. She participated in the BMI Jazz Composer's Workshop and four of her songs have received an honorable mention in Billboard Magazine's songwriting contests.

Dreyer has been active as an educator, and continues to write for music publications.

Of her current work she says, "I discovered an intrinsic emotional quality in Brazilian music that helped me find a deeper level of self-expression. After having performed many times with Brazilian jazz artists throughout the years in New York City and Brazil, I began to envision recording my newest album in Rio de Janeiro. I had worked with world-class Rio-based jazz artists in Brazil, and realized that I had found the perfect group of musicians to perform my music and complete my vision."

In the spirit of creating a multi-cultural recording, vocalist and music educator Professor Roger Wesby wrote lyrics in Spanish for one of Dreyerʼs compositions. Brazilian vocalist Débora Watts adapted these lyrics to Portuguese, and penned lyrics to another one of Dreyerʼs songs. Vocalist Teri Koide contributed her vocal talents and English lyrics to another piece, and Karen Rodriguez helped with further Spanish lyrics and stellar vocals. The repertoire was completed with the addition of two arrangements of a composition by the legendary Romeo Santos.

The CD contains 14 songs in the styles of samba, bossa nova, maracatu, baião, samba-funk, and bolero. They were recorded in Rio's historic neighborhood of Santa Teresa with engineer Carlos Fuchs at his state of the art studio.

Dreyer concludes, "I am grateful that the magic I felt during the recording session, and my passion for the fascinating sounds of Brazil, are captured on Vida. Arte. Amor."


1. Caminhos Novos
2. Beauty & The Beast
3. Ping Pong
4. La Pena El Placer (Portuguese Version)
5. Beijo do Sol (Rio Version)
6. Spring St.
7. Vale La Pena El Placer
8. O Outro Lado do Seu Amor
9. Perdendo Voce
10. A Somba Se Foi
11. Until Daybreak
12. Arcade
13. A Danca dos Cacharros
14. Perdiendote

For further info please visit www.lauradreyer.com or http://mayimbamusic.com.

Laura Dreyer - sax, flute
Itamar Assiere - piano
Jefferson Lescowich - bass
Mila Schiavo - percussion
Aldivas Ayres - trombone
Davy Mooney - guitar
Bernardo Bosisio
Marcio Amaro - drums
Karen Rodriguez - vocals
Débora Watts
Teri Koide

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