KUNM – KUNM's Gift of Community Auction Spring2013
Auction Ends: May 30, 2013 11:00 PM MDT



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$300 USD
$85 USD to lettucelady
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3  -  Bid History

Item Description

Two Pairs of Tickets to A Tale of Two Nations featuring Maracatu Naçao Estrela Brilhante & Nation Beat plus workshops! Perfect for a double date to this historic concert.

The concert will be at the NHCC on Wednesday August 14, at 7pm.

There will be free percussion and dance workshops with members of both bands including Mestre Walter and Queen Marivalda the day before. Check the Facebook page for more details!

MARACATU NAÇÃO or MARACATU DE BAQUE VIRADO  is a dynamic rhythm from the northeast of Brazil, propulsive and dramatic, steeped in African and Indigenous traditions with heavy religious overtones. This cultural performance derives from a ritual of the African slaves in Recife (capital city of Pernambuco) approximately 400 years ago when they crowned their own king inspired by the Portuguese colonizers. Its massive percussion groups and dancers lead the way for the king, queen, princess, and crowds of revelers who follow the rhythm of the music and the movement of the court.

Founded in 1906,  Estrela Brilhante  (‘Bright Star’)  has become one of the most renowned and respected traditional maracatu groups in the world. Their music and performance reï¬ÂA?ect not only more than a century of history, but the entire history of the Afro-Brazilian people of northeastern Brazil.  It is a history condensed into a colorful and vibrant ritual, an ancient Carnival art ï¬ÂA?lled with pulsating rhythms, call and response songs and infectious dance.

Led by the legendary Mestre Walter and Queen and President Dona Marivalda, Estrela Brilhante has accomplished several remarkable achievements including releasing the ï¬ÂA?rst maracatu recording,  Amazônica (Sony Music), in 1996 and contributed a track to the live CD Pernambuco em Concerto (África Produções) in 1998.  They have performed throughout Brazil and hold numerous Carnival competition championship titles in Recife.  Over the last decade they have performed throughout Europe including EXPO 2000 in Hanover, Germany and other prestigious festivals.

On this tour Estrela Brilhante will be joined by members of Nation Beat.   In 2005, Scott Kettner successfully brought together Estrela Brilhante and New York City-based American-Brazilian collective Nation Beat for a historical collaboration. Recorded in Recife, Brazil, the resulting Nation Beat debut CD, Maracatuniversal – the ï¬ÂA?rst such collaboration between  a traditional maracatu “nation” and a contemporary  band – earned rave reviews from the Brazilian and American press including a feature in  Rolling Stone.  This project will reunite Estrela Brilhante and Nation Beat in concert as they celebrate bringing the roots of traditional maracatu together with its contemporary manifestations.

Nation Beat is a NYC-Brazilian collision that parades with an infectious, audacious energy, seamlessly bridging folkloric Brazilian rhythms with classic American roots music in an altogether creative and original manner. NB’s 21st Century fusion is an explosion of thunderous Brazilian maracatu drumming and New Orleans second line rhythms, Appalachian-inspired bluegrass music, funk, rock and country- blues. It is also at the heart of their incendiary live show—which is frequently known to burst into crowd-wide Carnival-style drumming and singing, attracting music fans from a wide demographic: American roots music fans, Brazilian music lovers, outdoor festival-goers and pretty much anyone who loves to dance and loves great music.
The group is fronted by the soaring powerhouse vocalist and rising Brazilian star Liliana Araujo - already garnering comparisons to the great Virginia Rodriguez - and led by artistic director/founder Scott Kettner, a 2006 Latin Jazz Ambassador, who at once is following the path of such Brazilian luminaries as Lenine and Chico Science, and forging new trails in a distinct contemporary interpretation of the traditional 19th century Pernembuco-born maracatu rhythm.

The band is rounded out by a remarkably talented, innovative and fearless group of musicians and has performed at a number of festivals and venues to rave revues from audiences and press alike including Farm Aid, Brazil's Porto Music Festival, Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival, Stern Grove, Taste Of Durham, Madison World Music Festival, ¡Globalquerque!, Hollywood Paladium, Booklyn Academy of Music, S.O.B.'s, Joe's Pub, Elbo Room, Cedar Cultural Center and The Blue Note and have been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and PRI's The World.


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