The Earlville Opera House welcomes Matuto and their signature blend of Brazilian influenced folk-rock music on Saturday, May 30th at 8pm. We first introduced Matuto to the area last July with a free concert in Hamilton that had everyone dancing!
Imagine the sound of a Brazilian Carnival in the Appalachian Mountains: dynamic percussion instruments rumbling 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, rootsy yet philosophical tales of love, self-discovery, and true peace.
“The joyous, ebullient music of Matuto merges the folkloric music of Brazil with the sounds of all-American bluegrass,” opines the Chicago Tribune. “Violin, accordion, and a range of Brazilian percussion give this band, founded by South Carolina native Clay Ross, a seductively cross-cultural appeal.” Matuto’s sound reflects the years and, in some cases, decades its members have spent mastering the folkloric styles of the Brazilian northeast, weaving traditional Americana influences into its exotic substrate. Taken as a whole, it’s a richly engaging musical tapestry that’s sure to have you up and dancing.
Come a little early at 7 pm for Rob Curto’s Pre-Concert Talk to learn more about Brazilian folk music. Curto lived in Brazil and studied the music for nearly 20 years. Learn about the influences of Brazilian folk hero Luiz Gonzaga and Brazil’s Northeast music including demonstrations of native instruments. Luiz Gonzaga, often called the “The King of Baião,” has been credited for having presented the rich universe of Northeastern musical genres to all of Brazil. Gonzaga is considered one of most influential figures of Brazilian popular music in the twentieth century. (Wiki)
Join us for an evening with the culture-jumping songsters of Matuto on Saturday, May 30th. Admission is $20 and $18 for nonmembers, and students are discounted to $15. Premium pricing applies for the front-most four rows. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit our Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists showcasing everything from jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance, serving freshly baked desserts and hot coffee and tea.
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For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.
This tour of Matuto is made possible by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.