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Latin summer at Ronnie Scott’s

Posted on June 27, 2013

hermeto pascoalSome of Latin music’s hottest stars come to London this summer, with a series of Brazilian guests at Ronnie Scott’s.

 

The SpokFrevo Orquestra, which comes to the celebrated London venue from July 1 to 2, is a Brazilian big band sensation. Fronted by saxophonist Maestro Spok, the 18-strong band draws inspiration from frevo, a Brazilian dance rhythm. The name comes from the Portuguese word “ferver” (to boil). It’s been described as a kind of super-charged polka; there’s even an umbrella-wielding dance associated with it. “Frevo is unique in rhythm, different from all others, cheerful and with a special magic, the one to transmit happiness,” Spok says.

 

Hermeto Pascoal (pictured), a charismatic composer and performer, will perform from July 17 to 19. Described by jazz great Miles Davis as “one of the most important musicians on the planet”, Pascoal plays accordion, flute and other instruments; he’s been known to produce a piece for kitchen utensils.

 

From August 12 to 13, João Bosco is one of Brazil’s most compelling singer-songwriters, with a style rooted in classic samba and bossa nova traditions. His protest song “The Drunkard and the Tightrope Walker” became the theme song of Amnesty International. For tickets to both shows, see www.ronniescotts.co.uk or call 02074 390 747.

 

Photograph courtesy of Ronnie Scott’s

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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