Azymuth - Los Angeles

VTECH PRESENTS: A CELEBRATION OF JACKSON CONTI
Performances by Azymuth, The Beat Konducta, Carlinhos De Pandiero DJ Sets by J. ROCC, B+, Coleman and a special dance performance by Samba Angeles and Special Caiperinha Bar fueled SAGATIBA.

Saturday August 16th 2008

The sounds of Brazil are hot and vibrating in LA! VTECH, along with KCRW, The LA Weekly, The Echoplex, Mochilla and ArtDontSleep have crafted a bounding rhythmic night! For more information, visit www.myspace.com/artdontsleep.

Taking place at The Echoplex, located on 1154 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026. Ticket prices are General Admission: $15 presale through Ticket Web and $20 at the door. Admittance is 21 and wiser.

Azymuth (www.myspace.com/azymuth)

Celebrated as one of the worlds most electrifying and influential bands, Azymuth is known for their trademark sound, ‘Samba Doido,’ meaning Crazy Samba. Hailing from Rio de Janeiro’s vibrant studio scene, in the late sixties, keyboardist and songwriter Jose Roberto Bertrami and legendary drummer Ivan ‘Mamao’ Conti met bassist Alex Malheiros in 1972. Their first session together was on the “Mustang Cor de Sangue” album with Marcos Valle, in 1973. Bertrami’s wild impassioned keyboards combined with Mamao and Malheiros’ risky rhythms quickly attracted attention. It was only a matter of time before their brand of new Brasilian music would find its own audience. Their first self-titled album was recorded, in 1975, was an instant classic and re-released, in 2007, by Far Out Recordings in the UK. Following an astounding live performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, in 1977, they inked an international deal with Milestone Records, bringing Azymuth a larger worldwide audience. Their first Milestone’s outing Light As A Feather spawned the single “Jazz Carnival,” which sold over 500,000 copies and held the UK top 20 spot for eight weeks. It’s a dance floor and proto-house classic still getting spins. Samba Doido is their swing! The world finally understands what crazy samba means in their feet and hearts. In the ensuing years, there have been many albums, solo, covers and collaborations, including a recent album with Madlib and Mamao titled Sujinho. In 2008, Azymuth are still as poignant as ever! With twenty albums under their belts and a few more grey hairs, the energy still hasn’t stopped and the trio is a force to be reckoned with!

Beat Konducta (www.stonesthrow.com)

One of Hip Hop’s most musically unfurling producers, the Beat Konducta is known for his numerous musical personalities and intrinsic sounds. Relentlessly thriving in his own gifted realm, Beat Konducta incessantly presents music anew. His has numerous releases under many monikers, for Stones Throw Records. I am sure you know who we are talking about.

Carlinhos De Pandiero (www.carlinhospandeirodeouro.com)

Carlinhos got his first break playing with Marcel Camus in ” Zeca in Orfeu Negro.” Carlinhos is memorable in the film for his energetic dancing and pandeiro playing. Taking the pandeiro performance aspect to another level, he developed many of the pandeiro juggling maneuvers called malabarismo. Establishing himself, he appeared on many TV shows, including Globo TV and Radio Naçional. In 1978 he contributed several songs to the movie “Samba da Criação do Mundo.” He has also played with numerous legendary Brazilian musicians, like Beth Carvalho, Sergio Mendes and many North American artists. As of late, he is immersed within Los Angeles’ Brazilian music scene and is constantly demanded as a percussionist and pandiero teacher.

Azymuth - Los Angeles