Hamilton Concerts in the Park: 7/31 Matuto ~ A Brazilian Carnival in the Appalachian Mountains

In Brazil, Matuto is slang for Country Boy, but this NYC based group of urbanized virtuosos is emerging as one of the world’s hottest international touring acts.  Recently awarded the title of “American Musical Ambassadors” by the U.S. State Department, Matuto has been hailed as "seductively cross cultural" by the Chicago Tribune, and praised by the Sun Times as "the height of world music sophistication.”  As another critic recently admired, "there is without a doubt nothing else out there like it."

In Brazil, Matuto is slang for Country Boy, but this NYC based group of urbanized virtuosos is emerging as one of the world’s hottest international touring acts. Recently awarded the title of “American Musical Ambassadors” by the U.S. State Department, Matuto has been hailed as “seductively cross cultural” by the Chicago Tribune, and praised by the Sun Times as “the height of world music sophistication.” As another critic recently admired, “there is without a doubt nothing else out there like it.”

This Thursday, July 31st at 7 pm imagine the sound of a Brazilian Carnival in the Appalachian Mountains on the village green in Hamilton!  A sound where dynamic percussion instruments rumble beneath blues drenched vocals, telecaster twangs, accordion acrobatics, and folksy fiddle tunes.  Matuto (“bumpkin” in Brazilian slang) moves with two-stepping grace between bluegrass and forró, between swamp rock and maracatu, between surf guitar shimmies and the wah-wah of the berimbau.

Matuto’s songs can sway hips just as easily as spark insights. Drawing on Brazil’s folkloric rhythms like forró and coco, and on deep Americana—from bluegrass to spirituals to swamp jams—Matuto uses unexpected Pan-American sonic sympathies to craft appealing, roosty, yet philosophical tales of love, self-discovery, and true peace.

Matuto, who call themselves a Brazilian Carnival in the Appalachian Mountains, to our community this summer and again next May.
Their first concert will highlight Brazilian Folk Music:
Brazilian musical styles like Bossa Nova, Samba, and Choro have made huge impressions on the American musical landscape for decades, but there is much more to be gleaned from this culturally rich and dynamic country. The members of Matuto have spent decades mastering the folkloric styles of the Brazilian Northeast, where Rabecas (Brazilian Fiddle), Accordions, and polyrhythmic percussion instruments reign supreme. In this concert we’ll explore styles like forró, xoté, maracatu, and arrasta pé with an in-depth look at the rhythms, melodies, and cultural influences that make up this infectious and universally appealing dance music.
The Devil and The Diamond was released May 2014...“The devil is what’s keeping us from our best selves, which is the diamond we have the potential to become,” Ross explains, spinning the narrative thread that ties the album’s pieces together. “That tension exists in all of us and in a loose way, this album outlines the journey we take, when we wrestle with the devil and find the diamond.”

The Devil and The Diamond was released May 2014…“The devil is what’s keeping us from our best selves, which is the diamond we have the potential to become,” Ross explains, spinning the narrative thread that ties the album’s pieces together. “That tension exists in all of us and in a loose way, this album outlines the journey we take, when we wrestle with the devil and find the diamond.”

This is from the band’s bio:  Matuto has just released a new record out this spring so the concert will also feature selections from their new work.  “…The rolling drums and quicksilver accordion licks, the earthy vibe and thoughtful reflections mingle on Matuto’s latest refinement of their Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound, The Devil and The Diamond (Motema Music; release: May 14, 2013).

Here’s what the press is saying:

“The joyous, ebullient music of Matuto merges the forró folkloric music of Brazil with the sounds of all-American bluegrass.  Violin, accordion, and a range of Brazilian percussion give this band, founded by South Carolina native Clay Ross, a seductively cross-cultural appeal.” – Chicago Tribune

“The accordion will make you want to throw salt on your hardwood floors and two-step with someone.” – The Examiner

“While many bands attempt ambitious fusion projects, few succeed in such an authentic way.” – RootsWorld

“The sound resulting from Matuto’s lab is a mature blend which seems to expand and update the musical legacy of MPB (Música Popular Brasileria), refreshing the relationship that for so many decades has existed between U.S. American folk musics and Brazil’s own musical heritage.” – Black Grooves

“These engaging Brazilian Forró rockers borrow from jazz and funk in their lively sets.” – New York Times
This tour of the Matuto is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support for the National Endowment for the Arts!

Enjoy an evening of music and creativity in a beautiful park setting!  Come early with a picnic, or check out the local eateries. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. FREE!

The Hamilton Village Music Series runs every Thursday until August 14th.at 7:00 pm on the Hamilton Village Green. Rain Location is the Colgate Inn (Payne St). No tickets necessary for this free event.

This series is funded by the Village of Hamilton, and was made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered by Cultural Resources Council and co-presented by the Earlville Opera House.

For more information about the location if it is raining on the day of the show call (315) 691- 3550.

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