Music is like a mother tongue, and this trio share a common language, fluent both in jazz and Brazilian music. In a special collaboration for the 2018 Winter Red Sea Jazz Festival, Brazilian harmonica master, Gabriel Grossi, features percussionist, Joca Perpignan, and guitarist, Marcelo Nami, both Israeli musicians whose homeland is Brazil.
Gabriel Grossi, one of the leading harmonica players in the world, is also an acclaimed composer, producer and arranger. With tenacity and insistence, he has found unique ways to incorporate the harmonica into the richness of Brazilian music and jazz, developing a modern and innovative musical style. Toots Thielemans, the Belgian harmonica jazz musician, to whom Grossi dedicated a tribute album, is quoted saying, “I was very impressed with Gabriel Grossi, he is a harmonica player who plays with great ease and a musician of great explosion. I was also struck by his compositions and his mastery of Brazilian language.” Grossi has already released nine albums involving a variety of projects such as duets with guitar, piano, or accordion, as well as quintet and trio. Since 2005, he is a member of the Hamilton de Holanda Quintet, led by Brazilian bandolim player and a Latin Grammy nominee three times in a row. He worked with artists such as Hermeto Pascoal, Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, Dave Matthews, Paulo Moura, Ivan Lins, Leila Pinheiro, João Donato, Dominguinhos, and more.
His two Israeli guest artists, Joca and Marcelo, know Grossi from Brazil, expressing great appreciation and love towards him. Joca Perpignan, born in Rio de Janeiro, is a percussionist, vocalist and composer who spends much of his time between Brazil and Israel. As a multicultural musician with an international career, he worked with a great many artists such as Naná Vasconcelo, Armandinho, João Donato, The Mendes Brothers, Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Liebman, Edmar Castañeda and more. In Israel, he collaborated with Matti Caspi, Yoni Rechter, Arik Einstein, The Mayumana Group, Idan Raichel and the Tucan Trio, of which he is a founding member. “Joca spread the Brazilian music to the world with affection, professionalism and dignity,” says master Brazilian percussionist, Naná Vasconcelo.
Guitarist Marcelo Nami was born in a small town in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro, and performed and recorded with the best artists in Brazil, including Chico Buarque, Daniela Mercury, Ivan Lins, Hamilton de Holanda and more. In Israel, he worked with Yoni Rechter, Shem Tov Levi and Shlomo Yidov. A regular contributing musician to the annually released official carnival album, he has already released two solo albums, demonstrating his deep connection to the Brazilian tradition and his ability to innovate and break from conventions. Nami, who plays both classical and electric guitar has developed a musical technique that combines the two and inspires musicians around the world. “One of the greatest guitarists of the new generation,” says Ivan Lins, the acclaimed Brazilian musician and composer.
The meeting of these three Brazilians in Israel will include original arrangements for classic pieces from the rich repertoire of Brazilian music as well as their own original materials, a fine mix of Brazilian jazz, some choro, some samba, bossa nova, Afro-Brazilian rhythms, as well as vocals and improvisation. This trio share a special connection. The carefree and colorful harmonica together with percussion instruments and guitars create an exquisite, gentle and flowing acoustic sound in a performance that is a love song to Brazilian music.
Gabriel Grossi Harmonica
Marcelo Nami Guitar
Joca Perpignan Percussion, Vocals
- All festival venues offer seating chart booking by seat and row numbers.
- Wheelchair-accessible seating available for booking at the call center.
- Resident Discount for the Eilat municipality and the Central Arava regional council available only upon presentation of a valid resident ID at the ticket pick-up box-office and at admittance to the venue.
- The festival box-office in Eilat is located at the Isrotel Theater at the Royal Garden Hotel during the festival.
- The 2018 winter RSJF venues are the Isrotel Theater at the Royal Garden Hotel and Canaan Hall at the Queen of Sheba Hotel, located on Antibes Street, Eilat.
- In accordance with hotel security policy, no weapons are allowed in the festival venues.
- Please be attentive to the instructions of the Royal Garden / Queen of Sheba hotel stewards and security guards.
- Entrance with food and drink according to the policy of venue host hotel.
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- Entrance to the venue will be approximately 15 minutes prior to scheduled performance time.
- Once the show has started, late arrivals will be required to wait for a suitable time during performance to be admitted into the venue.
- The 2018 winter RSJF production reserves the right to implement all modifications and improvements as deemed necessary. Please stay tuned for update mailings from the RSJF production and Eventim booking and visit our website https://en.redseajazz.co.il/