Dave Brubeck joins Brazilian orchestra for concert

Thu Oct 1, 2009 4:42pm EDT
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By Adriana Garcia

NEW YORK Oct 1 (Reuters Life) - American jazz legend Dave Brubeck will join his long-time friend Brazilian pianist and conductor Joao Carlos Martins and his orchestra on Friday to play a Bach-inspired repertoire.

The concert at Lincoln Center will celebrate decades of musical dialogue between the two men who share a passion for composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

Both musicians had a breakthrough in their careers 50 years ago when Brubeck launched his now jazz classic work "Time Out," and Martins was acclaimed at Carnegie Hall as one of the top Bach interpreters of his generation.

"This will be a concert with 150 years of history, because it also marks the death of (Brazilian composer) Heitor Villa-Lobos," Martins told Reuters.

Martins made a comeback as a conductor about five years ago after several injuries to both his hands halted his musical career. He also suffered severe skull and brain injuries after being mugged in Sofia in 1995 following a recording session.

His orchestra, the Bachiana Filarmonica, an ensemble of more than 40 musicians, will pay a tribute to Villa-Lobos by performing his Bachianas number 7 and 4 at the concert.

Villa-Lobos, who was inspired by Bach and is considered the greatest Brazilian composer, brought traditional Brazilian rhythms to his classical compositions in the 1920's and 1930's.

PASSION FOR BACH   Continued...

<p>Long time friends, Brazilian pianist and conductor Joao Carlos Martins (L) and Dave Brubeck pose for a photo at Brubeck's home in Connecticut in July 2009. Both musicians will play Friday at the Lincoln Center in New York in a concert inspired by Bach and Brazilian music. REUTERS/Yvette Gallardo D'Elia/Handout</p>