Fancy spending a Sunday browsing books, drinking some delicious single origin coffee and engaging in relaxing conversation, while all around you some of the most talented musicians in London arrive and go playing some tunes and improvising music together. A new experiment for a lazy Sunday with music and art combining as musicians use the whole space naturally producing lovely sounds to see your weekend off.
Live Music: samba, bossa nova, choro and Brazilian Jazz
LINE-UP: Cléa Thomasset (flute, vocals) + Mario Bakuna (guitar, vocals) + Jansen Santana (percussions)
Cléa Thomasset (flute, vocals): Flute player, vocalist and composer, Cléa Thomasset comes from West of France (Brittany-Pays de Loire). After studying classical and jazz flute, she started to perform as a singer too: French music, Jazz and of course Brazilian music, her very long lasting love affair. Very active in the Choro (Brazilian instrumental music) network in Europe, she works with the finest chorões of the Old Continent ; she moved to London in 2015, and became the project manager at Club de Choro UK (founded by Gaio de Lima). Currently she can be seeing performing on European stages with her quartet Travessias (poetic Brazilian songs) and with the Brazilian 7-string guitar player Vitor Celestino (Choro & Brazilian jazz) ; she also works with many other musicians from various backgrounds (samba, contemporary and classical music, French songs), on stage or as a session musician.
Mario Bakuna: Mario is a London-based Brazilian composer and guitar player, with over ten years of professional experience. He is a graduate of the Free University of Music in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Whilst there he studied with musicians such as: Olmir Stocker, Roberto Sion and Roberto Bomilcar (pianist who played with Frank Sinatra during his visit to Brazil).Mario has worked alongside the trombonist Itacir Bocato, guitarist Renato Consorte, and other big names from the São Paulo music scene.His study focusses on the development of an instrumental music repertoire; inspired by the greats of Jazz and Bossa Nova.
In addition to developing new arrangements of music by enshrined Brazilian artists as Tom Jobim, Paulo Moura, and João Donato, in recent years he has been focussing to reinterpretations of Samba Jazz – a music that emerged in Rio de Janeiro in the 50s and was pioneered by musicians like Luiz Eça, Tamba Trio, Edson Machado, among others. Their repertoire was based on Brazilian standards with more sophisticated harmonies, inspired on the post-Bossa Nova movement.Recently, he travelled to Europe to expand his research, and since moving to London, he has been performing hip Brazilian Jazz music.
Jansen Santana (percussion): Born in Salvador da Bahia (Brazil) in 1992, Jansen Santana is a percussionist, bass player, composer and producer. He began his music career very early, with only 3 years of age he accompanied his father, the Artist Peu Meurray, on his shows, who is his biggest musical influence, as well as his mother, Cida Nunes, who is also a singer. He has been involved in projects with different concepts and music genres, national and international percussion festivals, cultural and environmental projects. Currently living in London, he’s performing and producing with independent artists like him, dedicated to his solo work, in which he has been recording and composing, based on the researches of the places he visits, and the influences of the music on the streets of Salvador da Bahia, Northeast of Brazil where he was born and raised.