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REVIEW: Branford Marsalis & Philarmonia Brasileira @ Hult Center (Eugene, OR – – 10/2/08)

3rd Oct 08 (Fri) Leave a comment Go to comments

I first got into (Grammy Award-winning saxophonist) Branford Marsalis when I sat through the 10-disc (20 hour) Ken Burns JAZZ documentary that I got from the University of Oregon Library.  Let’s just say that I spent a lot of rainy spring weekends watching these discs and getting more into the roots of jazz when there wasn’t anything to do outside.  Prior to this, my jazz experience was more on the avant-garde side of things (with John Zorn), with occasional listenings of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, et cetera.  The JAZZ documentary series opened my eyes to many more beautiful jazz greats, both past on as well as those still alive and kicking.

Branford’s brother, trumpeter/band leader Wynton Marsalis, was prominently featured in that documentary as a historian of sorts as well as a leader in the current jazz movement.  Branford also popped up in several spots.  That set up my familiarity with the “Marsalis” name… then I started getting more into Wynton’s music, as well as picking up some Branford here and there.  When I saw that Branford was coming to Eugene with a Brazilian music meets jazz concert – – well, I jumped at the tickets.

This was my first concert at the Hult Center (and thus the Silva Theater).  It’s a very gorgeous facility, and I hope I can make it here for a Eugene Symphony Orchestra or other great show in the future.  The Silva Theater at the Hult is similar to venues like the Aronoff in Cincinnati or the Palace in Columbus (i.e. – a great big, ornate concert hall).   I also got to check out the Mayor’s Art Show at the Jacob Gallery.  It had some great stuff in it, but alas, no jewelry art.  I’m still wondering why my wife and her co-worker’s great pieces didn’t make it in the show.

The musical program for tonight was Branford and the Philarmonia Brasileira conducted by Gil Jardim, celebrating the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos 49 years after his death.  It was Branford & the PB’s first show of the 40-day tour.  They had met only the day (or two) prior.  With that being said, it was unnoticeable.  They were ON

A Heitor Villa-Lobos celebration! Program

(the following was a change from the printed program – updates from the Hult Program Director)

  • Philarmonia Brasileira only playing Abertura Concertante: dedicated to Aaron Copland (by Camargo Guarnieri)
  • Philarmonia Brasileira joined by Branford Marsalis playing Fantasia for Saxophone (soprano) and piano or orchestra (1949 by Heitor Villa-Lobos) *a fave of the night*
    i. Animé
    ii. Lent
    iii. Trés Animé
  • La Creation du Monde, op 81 (1923 by Darius Mihaud)
    i. Overture
    ii. The Chaos Before Creation
    iii. The slowly lifting darkness, the creation of trees, plants, insects, birds and beasts
    iv. Man and woman created
    v. The desire of man and woman
    vi. The closing section (coda) the man and woman kiss
    < < intermission > >
  • Bachianas Brasileiras no 9 (1945 by Heitor Villa-Lobos)
    i. Prelude: Vagaroso e mistico
    ii. Fugue: Poco apressado
  • Scaramouche for Saxophone (alto) and Piano op. 165c (1937 by Darius Mihaud) *a fave of the night*
    iii. Vif
    iv. Modere
    v. Brazileira
  • Bachianas Brasileiras no 5 (1938 by Heitor Villa-Lobos)
    i. Aria (Cantilena)
    ii. Dança (Martelo)
  • Encore #1 (title not given)
  • Encore #2 (title not given)

The Philarmonia Brasileira was quite amazing.  They swapped out members and instruments for each piece, and all 8 pieces of the night had a different feel.  It was much more enjoyable than I was expecting (and I was expecting it to be quite enjoyable to start).  Several of the pieces were a full orchestra, several were more string-oriented, some with piano & orchestra, one with just piano and Branford, and some with more of an exotica with Brazilian percussion.  Branford was also quite great / amazing.  This was definitely a more classical sax setting, but he did break loose in a more “jazz way” on the song with just him and piano.  I hear he comes through often (from a Veg Club friend); so I hope to see him again in the future.

All in all = A-freakin-plus.

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Medeski Martin & Wood play John Zorn’s Masada Book Two – Zaebos

The Rest of the Branford Marsalis & Philarmonia Brasileira Tour

October 2008
03 – Seattle, WA – Benaroya Hall
05 – Stanford, CA – Stanford Memorial Hall
06 – Modesto, CA – Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
08 – San Bernardino, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium
09 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Christopher Cohan Center
10 – Los Angeles, CA – Royce Hall Auditorium/UCLA
11 – Orange County, CA – Segerstrom Concert Hall
13 – Santa Fe, NM – Lensic Theatre
14 – Albuquerque, NM – Popejoy Hall
16 – Lufkin, TX – Angelina Center for the Arts
18 – Fayetteville, AR – Walton Arts Center
19 – Overland Park, KS – Yardley Hall Carlsen Center
20 – Conway, AR – Reynolds Performance Hall
22 – Milwaukee, WI – The Kuttemperoor Auditorium
23 – Detroit, MI – Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts
24 – Wheaton, IL – Edman Memorial Chapel
25 – Minneapolis, MN – Orchestra Hall
26 – Winona, MN – Winona Middle School Auditorium
28 – Storrs, CT – Jorgensen Auditorium
30 – Ithaca, NY – Bailey Hall Auditorium/Cornell

November 2008
01 – Bronx, NY – Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
02 – Stony Brook, NY – Staller Center for the Arts
05 – Newport News, VA – Ferguson Center for the Arts
06 – Durham, NC – Page Auditorium/Duke
07 – Rockville, MD – Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center
09 – Birmingham, AL – Stephens Center for the Performing Arts

The Roster for the Philarmonia Brasileira

Gil Jardim

Esdras Silva
Cinthia Zanco
Daniel Stein
Flavio Meyer
Gilberto Paganini
Maria Brandào Neto
Natalia Visona
Paula Vazquez
Pedro Gobeth

Glesse Colleti
Mariana Jelen

Marisa Silveira
Ji Shim

Neimar Dias

Maria Carvalho
Clarissa Andrade

Marcos Junior
Marcelo Silverio

Erick Ariga

Michael Alpert
Flavio Faria

Alexandre Ficarelli

Wellington dos Santos
Ismael Brandào Neto

Sidnei Borgani

Nahim Marun Fo

Vinicius Barros
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  1. 3rd Oct 08 (Fri) at 9:32 am

    Hi Dan:

    Great post on the Marsalis Brasilianos tour, which I ‘ve been following at The Villa-Lobos Magazine: http://villa-lobos.blogspot.com/search/label/Marsalis%20Brasilianos

    Thanks for this review and update on the latest information. Marsalis and Jardim are bringing Villa-Lobos to a broader audience in this tour. I’m in awe of the sheer hard work a tour like this must take.

    Great blog!

    Cheers from Red Deer,

    – Dean

  2. 3rd Oct 08 (Fri) at 5:57 pm

    Yeah, it was pretty damn great. I was shocked that Branford and the band had just met to rehearse the day prior. :)


    PS- the set list has been changed above from new info I got in an email from the Hult Center’s Program Director. Ah, the power of email. :)

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