Fresh Takes On Jazz: São Paulo – Philly Connection ft. Mervin Toussaint and Mikayla Shirley

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Sunday June 23rd, 2024

Doors | 2:00 PM
Show | 3:00 PM

General Admission
Advance | $15 + Fees
Day Of Show | $18 + Fees

Student tickets generously provided by our sponsors – please call our box office at (717) 723 – 8463 to reserve yours.

All Ages Welcome – 21+ With Valid ID to Drink
São Paulo – Philly Connection explores the history of musical exchange between the United States and Brazil. Drawing on the repertoire of American jazz and folk songs, Brazilian popular music, and original compositions, the group pays tribute to the cultural contributions and musical dialogue between both countries.

Felipe Gianei is a Brazilian bass player. He has studied with bass players such as Ben Wolfe, David Wong, Dario Deidda. Has performed with brazilian music and jazz artists such as Maurício Einhorn, Ehud Asherie, Francesco Ciniglio, Chico Pinheiro, Toninho Ferragutti, Daniel D’Alcantara, Idriss Boudrioua, Carlos Bala, Cleber Almeida, Lukas Pfeil. Based in São Paulo, he is working on both brazilian music and jazz scene, also touring with his last project “Duo de Rabecas”, trying to mix brazilian rhythms like forró, xote, choro, frevo and samba in a different formation of double bass, brazilian traditional instrument Rabeca and percussion.

João Bueno is pianist, composer and arranger from Campinas, Brazil. Classically trained at Carlos Gomes Conservatory, he also attended Campinas State University (UNICAMP) for Brazilian Music/Jazz Studies. João has largely performed alongside many notable musicians in the brazilian music scenario such as: Lito Robledo, Maurício Einhorn, Daniel D’alcântara, Nailor Proveta, Michel Leme, Marcus Teixeira, Roberto Sion, Djalma Lima, Celso de Almeida, Vitor Alcântara, Thiago Alves, Paulinho Vicente, Cuca Teixeira, Edu Ribeiro and others. Furthermore, João has accompanied internationally known musicians such as european saxophonists Idriss Boudrioua (FRA) and Lukas Pfeil (GER), drummer Francesco Ciniglio (ITA) and American musicians such as David Spencer, Ryan Keberle, Woody Witt and others.

Mervin Toussaint is an emerging saxophonist and composer making waves as both a performer and educator in the Philadelphia area. A Haitian American, Toussaint grew up in the Haitian church which provided an important incubator for his musical voice. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2016 Mervin has embraced the musical influences around him including Jazz, RnB, Neo-soul, and other contemporary styles into his own voice. He has presented his music as a leader in a wide array of venues and spaces, including South Jazz Kitchen, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Paris Bistro, and the MAAS building. He has also performed as a soloist at a variety of churches, including the historical Tindley Temple United Methodist Church. As a side musician, Mervin actively collaborates with rappers, poets, and spoken word artists and incorporates those mediums into his original compositions; his five-song debut EP, Another Name for Everything reflects his diverse musical language creates a beautiful preamble to his first full-length release in the fall of 2022.

Jake Kelberman, originally from Philadelphia, PA, is a musician, composer, educator, and collaborator whose multi-faceted career reflects his diverse passions and belief in the importance of the arts in society. He has performed at venues and festivals throughout North America, South America and Europe. Jake was a finalist in both the Wilson Center Jazz Guitar Competition in Milwaukee, WI and the “Keep an Eye” Jazz Competition in Amsterdam, NL, and has performed in the Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition in Montreux, Switzerland.Jake has performed and recorded with artists including Wycliffe Gordon, Ulysses Owens Jr., Jim Snidero, Gerald Veasley, Walt Weiskopf, Deana Martin, Terell Stafford, Josh Lawrence, and Chelsea Reed. As a composer, Jake has been commissioned by the Philadelphia Jazz Project to write music inspired by the work of environmental photographer Edward Burtynsky and has collaborated with choreographer Peter Chu, composing new music for works which have been performed by The Juilliard School, The Charlotte Ballet, Gibney Dance Company, and Giordano Dance Chicago, which was hailed as “an extraordinary original composition” by the Chicago Tribune. As a film composer, he has scored the independent short film by Nicholas Orris Buried Words about the experience of Aphasia and is included in the 2020 ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop Composer’s Spotlight, scoring the trailer for the 2020 Columbia University Film Festival.

Check out Mikayla Shirley here. | Check out Jacob Kelberman here. | Check out Mervin Toussaint here.

Presented by: Mickey’s Black Box & Music For Everyone

Special Thanks to:
Ephrata National Bank – Ticket Sponsor
Clark Associates Inc. – Youth Sponsor
Lancaster County Community Foundation – Youth Sponsor
Benecon – Series Sponsor
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Additional Support Provided by:
Four Seasons Produce – Youth Sponsor
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