Ecletic Series: Sambeleza

Nelson Hall, 140 Cook Hill Rd, Cheshire, CT

Sambeleza Live! • April 21, 2016 • 7:30 PM Warm, exotic sounds of bossa nova, samba and Brazilian ballads, featuring rising talent Isabella Mendes on vocals; Instrumentalists include Jeff Fuller (bass), Tim Moran (sax/flute and percussion) Adriano Santos (drums) and Joe Carter (guitar) Sambeleza performs a wide variety of Brazilian songs – both old and new – with a jazz twist. Featured composers include Tom Jobim, Ivan Lins and Ary Barroso, as well as younger composers like Djavan, Dani and Debora Gurgel and Arlindo Cruz. The group also performs a number of original compositions to round out the mix.Sambeleza derives its name from two words: samba, the national dance of Brasil, and beleza, Portuguese for ‘beauty’. The group has performed widely in Connecticut at festivals – including the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Middletown Summer Sounds, Milford and Hamden Arts Councils – and at universities, nightclubs, restaurants, and libraries throughout the Southern Connecticut region. Tickets: $25