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The Los Alamos Arts Council announces the opening of the new season of its Brown Bag Performance Series. The first concert is noon Sept. 3 at Fuller Lodge.
The first concert of the series features a jazz performance by Dr. Marcos Cavalcante. The LAAC’s Brown Bag concerts showcase local performing artists and are free and open to the public. Performances are generally the first Wednesday of the month.
Cavalcante is a Brazilian from Bahia. He has lived in New Mexico since 2007 and has a home and studio in Los Alamos.
A guitar player, composer and arranger, he developed his musicianship in jazz, Brazilian jazz and popular music (Música Popular Brasileira), classical guitar, World Music and several kinds of folk music. He has played many concerts and taught workshops in Brazil, Japan and the United States. In the U.S., he has a been a performer in concerts and presented workshops both in artistic and academic venues such as Indiana University, University of Louisville, Interlochen Center for the Arts (Traverse City, Michigan), Duke University and Oklahoma University. He has had a very prolific career as a player, composer and arranger.
Cavalcante has played with renowned musicians such as Dominic Spera, Pat Harbison, John Rangel, Steve Allee, Phil DeGreg, Rique Pantoja, Kanoa Kaluhiwa, Jack Wilkins, Farrell Vernon, Mike Tracy, Tom Walsh, Tom Clark, Luis Guerra, Jeremy Allen, Mike Valerio, Tyrone Wheeler, Frank Smith, Diego Arencon, Steve Davis, Rogerio Boccato, Tom Taylor, Steve Barns, Kenny Phelps and many others. He has recorded with many artists, since the early 1980s, as an arranger, composer and multi-instrumentalist. His most recent recordings were done with Michael Feinstein, John Rangel, Farrell Vernon and Barbara Bentree.
Cavalcante is currently an associate professor at Northern New Mexico College.
In Brazil, he was a professor in both classical and jazz music programs at Universidade Estadual de Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil), from 2000 to 2006.