Multiversity Workshop with Felipe Salles (USA)

Latin & Brazil Meets Jazz

Music School Stanković,
November 20th 2017 from 01.00PM to 06.00PM
Participation free

13.00-15.30h Bringing Latin and Brazilian influences to modern jazz
(Improvisation and composition for small ensemble)

15.30-18.00h Latin, Brazilian and classical influences in modern big band writing
(Large ensemble composition and orchestration approaches)

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Felipe Salles is an Associate Professor of Jazz and African-American Music Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 2010. In the US since 1995, he has- worked and recorded with prominent jazz and Latin artists, including Randy Brecker, David Liebman, Lionel Loueke, George Russell, Gunther Schuller, Sam Rivers, Herb Pomeroy, Jerry Bergonzi, Chico Pinheiro, Jovino Santos Neto, Oscar Stagnaro, Duduka Da Fonseca, Maucha Adnet, Tony Lujan, Luciana Souza, and Bob Moses. He has toured extensively in Europe, North and South Americas, India and Australia, both as a sideman and as a leader of his own group.

Salles is a 2015 National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts Grant winner, a 2009-2010 winner of the French American Jazz Exchange Grant, and a 2005-2006 winner of the Chamber Music America New Works: Creation and Presentation Grant Program, grants sponsored by The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He was awarded First Place in the 2001 Concurso SGAE de Jazz “TETE MONTOLIU”, 2001, for his composition The Return of The Chromo Sapiens.

Salles has had arrangements and compositions commissioned and performed by The Metropole Orchestra, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Violas, Meta4 String Quartet, among others.

Downbeat Magazine calls Felipe’s music “crafting pieces that juggle intriguing complexity with buoyant rhythms and lush colors”. JazzTimes Magazine says “Felipe Salles blends the visceral and the cerebral on his fascinating fifth album, infusing classical modernist strains with the buoyant rhythms of his Brazilian homeland.”

The jazz guitarist extraordinaire Lionel Loueke described Salles’ sixth album, Ugandan Suite (Tapestry, 2014), as follows: “This is one of the best progressive works I have heard in a long time. What a great blend of classical, African and Jazz music.”

Felipe Salles’ newest release is the CD Varanda (Tapestry, 2017), with the The Reunion Project, a Brazilian jazz collective. Varanda has received critical acclaim, including a 4.5 stars review on the July 2017 issue of DownBeat Magazine.

Salles is a D’Addario Woodwinds Select Reeds Artist/Clinician and an Andreas Eastman Saxophones Artist/Clinician. He currently leads both The Felipe Salles Group, and The Felipe Salles’ Interconnections Ensemble, and is a member of the New World Jazz Composers Octet, Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra, Alex Alvear’s Mango Blue and Gonzalo Grau’s (Grammy Nominated) La Clave Secreta.