Guitarist Clay Ross Celebrates His New Release "Matuto" at Joe's Pub on August 25


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Guitarist, Vocalist, and Composer Clay Ross Celebrates the Release of His Forthcoming Album Matuto With an Evening of Brazilian Carnival Meets Appalachia at Joe's Pub on August 25

“Clay Ross thinks like a poet, writes like a novelist, and plays the guitar like a master." - Jambase

Matuto (ma-two-toe) is Brazilian slang for country bumpkin. Imagine the sound of a Brazilian Carnaval in the Appalachian Mountains. A sound where exotic percussion instruments rumble beneath blues drenched vocals, Telecaster twangs, and folksy fiddle tunes. Now, imagine these sounds in the hands of some of NYC's finest young improvisers as they light up club and festival stages world wide.

On his Ropeadope debut, Matuto, Clay Ross offers us a peek into his diverse and dynamic musical world. Composer, singer-songwriter, and producer, this South Carolina native has become an in-demand guitarist on the NYC jazz, world, and roots music scenes. In the last four years, Ross has submerged himself in Brazilian music as a member of Cyro Baptista's world-renowned percussion ensemble “Beat the Donkey." He has completed four international tours as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador and currently performs at bluegrass festivals across North America with rising folk star April Verch.

Through the unorthodox blend of Brazilian percussion and American bluegrass, Ross has created an organic, animated sound all his own. The album features master percussionists Cyro Baptista (Paul Simon, Sting) and Ze Mauricio (YoYo Ma, Choro Ensemble), drummer Richie Barshay (Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea) and accordionist Rob Curto (Lila Downs, David Krakauer.) Mixed by Tony Maimone at Studio G, Mastered by Scott Hull. With Clay Ross - Guitars, Vocals, and Cavaquinho, Rob Hecht - Fiddle, Edward Perez - Bass, Tim Keiper - Drums, Scott Kettner - Percussion, Eduardo Guedes - Percussion, Olivier Manchon - Violins, Viola, and Vio-cello, Merideth Hite - Oboes and English Horns.

with special guest ROB CURTO

Clay Ross: guitar and voice
Rob Curto: accordion
Rob Hecht: fiddle
Itai Kriss: flute
Edward Perez: bass
Richie Barshay: drums
Tim Keiper: drums
Ze Mauricio: percussion
Scott Kettner: percussion

425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY
Tickets $12 at 212-967-7555 (between 10am-9pm)
Tickets and dinner reservations at 212-539-8778 (11am-5pm).
Visit Joe's Pub online for more info at joespub.com

“Clay Ross demonstrated that not all Americans who have the will to be Brazilian are boring.
His sound mixes the old west and the serto in a stylized way, but it's all so much fun that it doesn't sound artificial." - Recife Rock (Rec Beat Festival in Recife, Brazil)

“Clay has a passionate, unique, and personal voice that awakens feelings in audiences."
- Jazz Review

Clay Ross- Matuto
Ropeadope Records- Release date: August 25, 2009


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