World Premiere of Bossa Fever!
World premiere of an original play featuring award-winning, world-jazz quartet Veronneau
In the setting of Washington DC’s legendary 1962 Lisner Auditorium “Brazilian Music” show, Bossa Fever tells the extraordinary story bringing the cool new sound of Brazilian bossa nova to the world’s attention in the early 1960′s. Bossa nova fever went viral around the world when local guitarist Charlie Byrd and saxophone legend Stan Getz merged the cool, new music of Brazil with American jazz to create the milestone recording of Jazz Samba, in a DC church hall some 50 years ago. The seductive sound captured the attention of Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and even the Beatles, and has continued to captivate and endure today in the music of Thievery Corporation, Bebel Gilberto and many more. Jazz Samba became one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, firmly establishing the bossa rhythm into our musical DNA.
Through the eyes of the Brazilian and American musicians, Bossa Fever explores how musical cultures intersected to create possibly the first ever ‘world’ music. How did mainstream success impact the lives of bossa nova’s originators such as Joao Gilberto, Tom Jobim and Astrud Gilberto, and the DC musicians who brought their music to public attention? What was the appeal of the music which catapulted the seductive bossa nova rhythm beyond Brazil into mainstream culture? What was the story behind The Girl from Ipanema?
Bossa Fever is written by British musician Ken Avis, the driving force behind 2014’s hugely successful week-long Brazilian music festival at the Strathmore Arts Center, and co-producer of the documentary movie Bossa Nova – the Brazilian Music Which Charmed the World, currently screening at film festivals. The play is directed by playwright and Helen Hayes Award winning director Mary Hall Surface.
This new stage play features actors Alina Collins Maldonado and Michael Litchfield. Music of the bossa nova era is performed live by DC area, award-winning, world-jazz band Veronneau, who’s Jazz Samba Project CD honored the 50 year anniversary of the Byrd/Getz album. The band earned Washington Area Music Association WAMMIE Awards for Best Jazz Band, Best Jazz Vocals and Best Jazz Recording. They are favorites of the DC area jazz scene and tour internationally throughout North America and Europe where they have performed live on BBC radio and at festival and clubs.
Bossa Fever is presented as part of INTERSECTIONS festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Feb 20 – Mar 7. Eight days of performing and visual arts that celebrate the diversity, energy and excellence of artists and audiences from DC.
World Premiere, Sat, Feb 21, 5:30pm – Atlas Performing Arts Center
1313 H St NE, Washington, DC, 20002
“Veronneau clearly understands the nature of Jazz Samba and honors that classic recording through its own fine work”. Dan Bilawsky – All About Jazz
“Welcome to the land of rhythm and groove. This is the music you feel in your hips and hear with your feet”
“Veronneau not only captures the spirit of Jazz Samba but also of the period that followed….
a cushion of sound that invites the listener into a New York coffee shop in the early 60′s”