Witkowski's playing is consistently thrilling, and her musical imagination seems boundless. --All Music Guide
Deanna plays as if she were writing a letter to someone who does not exist. Her piano announces all the autumns yet to come. -Guinga, Rio-based guitarist/composer/vocalist
Machado's ideas reach beyond one continent...he has cited Joyce and Flora Purim as influences, but he also has listened to Jon Hendricks and his giddy torrent of syllables derive from jazz. -Downbeat
Sao Paulo-based guitarist/composer/vocalist Filo Machado and New York-based pianist/composer/vocalist Deanna Witkowski join forces--collectively and as a double-bill-- on Tuesday, March 23 at 7 pm at The Shrine, located at 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, New York. From 7-8, Machado and Witkowski will play as a duo in a set devoted to Machado's compositions; from 8-9, Witkowski's quartet featuring saxophonist Felipe Salles, bassist Michael O'Brien and drummer Vince Cherico will perform Witkowski's originals and arrangements, featuring Machado as a special guest.
Prior to their New York appearance, Machado will perform as a special guest with the Deanna Witkowski Trio on Friday, March 19 at 9 pm at 51 Main in Middlebury, VT; and on Saturday, March 20 at 8 pm at Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield, MA.
Two acclaimed composer/performer/bandleaders from different continents, Witkowski and Machado originally met in 2006, when Witkowski visited Brazil for the first time. A longtime fan of Machado's work, she heard Machado perform on her first night in Sao Paulo. A love of dense harmonies, Brazilian rhythms, and the use of the voice as an instrument led the two to begin playing together last November, when Machado was in New York to perform at Dizzy's Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Nilson Matta's Brazilian Voyage. This date at The Shrine marks their debut as a duo.
About Filo Machado
One of the great voices of Brazilian MPB (Brazilian popular music) today, vocalist/composer/guitarist/arranger/producer FIl Machado is known internationally for his infectious blend of virtuosity, soulfulness, and groove. Throughout his forty-year career, Machado has worked with many illustrious musicians, including Michel Legrand, Jon Hendricks, Ivan Lins, Leny Andrade, Joyce, Hermeto Pascoal, Johnny Alf, Tim Maia, and Flora Purim. His 2009 release, Ubida, was produced by Nilson Matta and includes appearances by Kenny Barron, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Romero Lubambo, Paulo Braga, and others. In November 2009, Machado shared a double-bill with Brazilian vocalist Gal Costa at Toronto's Massey Hall. In 2001 he made his Carnegie Hall debut in the program, 40 Years of Bossa Nova," with Gal Costa, Dori Caymmi, Toots Thielemans, Csar Camargo Mariano, Jane Monheit, Romero Lubambo and Paula Robison. A well-known composer, Machado composed and recorded the MPB hit Jogral" with Djavan, which appears on Djavan's 1981 release, Seduzir.
About Deanna Witkowski
Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in 2002 and a former guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, Deanna Witkowski has been heralded for her genre-defying work which melds the diverse worlds of jazz, Latin, Brazilian, and sacred music. Her 2009 recording, From This Place, marries ancient and modern sacred texts with the richness of jazz and features Donny McCaslin, John Patitucci, and Kate McGarry. An active member of the local Brazilian jazz scene, Witkowski is a member of Vanderlei Pereira's Blindfold Test and has performed with Hendrik Meurkens and Fabiana Masili. Fluent in Portuguese, she has toured twice in Brazil, most recently appearing at the Recife Jazz Festival in 2007. Since 2005, she has been the pianist in the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra and also appears on recent releases with the Schumacher/Sanford Sound Assembly and Joseph C. Phillips' large ensemble, Numinous.