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Sunday, August 8th, 2021

+ Suffolk School of Samba

Mario Bakuna Band

". . . infused with saudade and well-honed talent achieved through in-depth research and years of experience . . . the tenderness is palpable," wrote Songlines magazine on Where Rio de Janeiro Meets Bahia, Mario Bakuna's 2019 debut album with master percussionist Edmundo Carneiro.

After a very successful season performing at international festivals and prestigious music venues in Europe, Africa and Brazil, promoting his previous album, Mario Bakuna's latest release is Brazilian Landscapes


Focussing specifically on Afro-Brazilian music, jazz and Bossa Nova, in addition to developing new arrangements of compositions by legendary Brazilian artists such as Tom Jobim, Paulo Moura and João Donato, more recently Mario has been reinterpreting Samba jazz, which emerged in Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s and was pioneered by musicians like Luiz Eça, Tamba Trio and Edson Machado.


Brazilian Landscapes celebrates the best of Brazilian music and features new arrangements of material by great composers such as Emilio Santiago, Marcos Valle, Claudio Bertrami, Gilberto Gil, João Bosco, and the 'forrozeiros' Dominguinhos and Luiz Gonzaga.

Mario says the album is a tribute to the culture and memory of its people, and is the result of years of inspiration he drew upon while travelling through Brazil, experiencing its rhythmic and harmonic richness.


From the arid landscape in the north-east that's brought to the chorus of songs of forró, baião and xaxado, to the African influence found in Ijexá, the popularity of Samba and the sophistication of Bossa Nova, Mario and his musicians celebrate the most musically-rich territory on Earth.

Members from the Suffolk School of Samba will also be returning to entertain us, so expect music and dance inspired by Brazil, Cuba, Africa - and their home town of Ipswich!

Mario Bakuna (Acoustic Guitar and Vocals), Yoav Yenon (Electric Guitar), Felippe Oliveira (Bass), Uccio Gaeta (Drums).

Tickets: £16 / £15 Concessions. Students £6 (+ Booking Fee)

Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm