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June 17th Festa Junina at the Columbia City Theater 7pm
"This delightful, animated septet’s first full-length album of the Brazilian Northeast’s accordion-woodwind-and-percussion-generated folk music sparkles with life."
-Paul De Barros
The Seattle Times
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SOLTO POR JERI WAS REVIEWED IN NEW YORK!!!!
"“Elas,” which I have the unique pleasure of premiering here on this site begins with a slow-burning intro that has the band pairing Giordano’s gorgeous vocals with a breezy melody consisting of twisting and turning clarinet, accordion and flute notes punctuated with shuffling percussion that quickly turns into a salsa-like samba section consisting of gorgeous bop-era jazz-inspired piano, staccato percussion. The entire composition possesses a sleek, coquettish yet confident sensuality while subtly revealing the septet’s playfully and charmingly modern take on Brazilian music and on genres that are largely unfamiliar to North American ears."
-WILLIAM RUBEN HELMS
The Joy of Violent Movement
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En Canto Joins Big Freak Media Cast
En Canto Is now on the roster at Big Freak Media with the likes of Jamaica to Toronto, Nicole Willis, funk goddess Betty Davis (wife of Miles), and Fly Moon Royalty!!!
A multi-ethnic, female-led seven-piece, En Canto’s world pop music—a combination forró, samba, and choro-inspired originals and reimagined covers of classic Brazilian hits—commands attention and inspires movement. “We love this music because of its compositional brilliance, its original grooves, and its revolutionary nature ..." Accordionist Jamie Maschler, explains.
Playing primarily in North American venues, En Canto currently channels its fierce independence into challenging stereotypes while also helping audiences expand their comfort zones. “We make people dance”
"En Canto formed three years ago and has become a familiar fixture at Columbia City's Royal Room, Capital Cider and at festivals such as Northwest Folklife. The septet specializes in forro, from Brazil's Northeast, a music that features accordion and flute and has a kind of honky-tonk bounce."
Paul de Barros
The Seattle Times, August 5, 2014