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The Great Give Fundraiser!

Best Video, 1842 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT

Join us Wed., May 4, 7-9 PM for a Best Video Film & Cultural Center Great Give® social followed by a concert by the Brazilian music duo of Isabella Mendes and Flavio Lira. This event is free but we are encouraging supporters to donate to us in The Great Give® during the 8-9 PM hour.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is once again, generously providing a $10,000 match pool for performing and visual arts organizations in The Great Give. The Bank of America Raise the Curtain Power Hour will be May 4, from 8-9 PM. Bank of America will provide a pro-rated match based on the number of unique donors that give to qualified organizations like BVFCC during the Power Hour from 8-9 PM on May 4.

From 7-8 PM, enjoy free snacks and discount drinks and schmooze with your fellow friends of Best Video.

From 8-9 PM, enjoy superb Brazilian music by Isabella Mendes and Flavio Lira (and donate to BVFCC online in The Great Give® to help us garner a strong share of the Bank of America Raise the Curtain Power Hour matching pool). Funds from The Great Give® in 2020 and 2021 paid for the building of the deck (as well as the regular rent, utilities, and insurance bills when the pandemic crashed our income stream)! The Great Give®, which is coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, is Best Video Film & Cultural Center’s most important annual fundraiser. Hundreds of wonderful cultural and social action on-profit organizations participate each year.

The marathon part of The Great Give® starts on Tuesday, May 4, at 8 AM and lasts until Wednesday, May 5, at 7:59 PM. Advance giving starts on Monday, Apr. 25.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Isabella started to study music at age four and hasn't stopped since. She has been studying with Grammy Winner pianist Fabio Torres and Emmy Winner vocalist Michal Towber. Isabella is also a leader in education, studying at Carnegie Hall as part of the Music Educators program. She is the founder and teacher of IMMusic Studio, a private music school, where she teaches piano and voice. She is an advocate for women and diversity in the arts, and is leading workshops bringing diversity through music in schools and community events.

Brazilian native bassist, Flavio Lira is very active and eclectic, musical styles have never been a restriction for him, and since the beginning, he has performed with groups ranging from Popular Samba to Classical Chamber Music. Now in New York, Flavio Lira is able to fully employ his versatility as a musician, collaborating with different artists and performing in prestigious venues, such as Birdland and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

This is an indoor show so attendance is 30 max. Proof of vaccination is required to enter and masks are required.

Bossa Nova Project - Quartet

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Best Video, 1842 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT

Join us for an amazing evening of Brazilian songs with an authentic brazilian quartet. With ISABELLA MENDES (voice/piano), FLAVIO LIRA (bass), DAN PUGACH (drums) and Ze Luis (saxophone).

FLAVIO LIRA (bass) Brazilian native bassist, Flavio Lira is very active and eclectic, musical styles have never been a restriction for him, and since the beginning, he has performed with groups ranging from Popular Samba to Classical Chamber Music. “Regardless of style, if there are great musicians on stage, I’m happy to be there!” (www.flaviolira.com)

ZE LUIS (saxophone) “Brazilian film composer, saxophonist, flutist, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. Oliveira became famous in the 1980s performing and recording with Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Tania Maria and Cazuza. … In 2015, his Atelier Music Studio, operational for 19 years, was selected for the Best of Brooklyn Award in the Music Production category. (http://www.zeluis.com/about)

DAN PUGACH (drums) Dan Pugach is a GRAMMY®️ nominated drummer and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. He was born in Israel and moved to the United States in 2006. He served as the drummer for The Air Force Band in the IDF while attending the Rimon School of Jazz at the same time. He received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music, where he studied with Terri Lynn Carrington, Hal Crook, and Joe Lovano, and an M.A in music from the City College of New York, where he studied with Mike Holober and Scott Reeves. (https://www.danpugach.com/)

Brazilian Jazz Trio

Coachman Square, 21 Bradley Road, Woodbridge, CT

Isabella Mendes is a singer/songwriter who plays Bossa nova and jazz. She will be accompanied by Flavio Lira on bass and Jesse Chevan on drums.

Concert goers should park at 245 Amity Road, where local businesses The Red Barn, Write Approach and Progressions Salon will hold sidewalk sales and Solun will offer specials. Prior to the concert (11-1) there will be trick or treating at participating Woodbridge businesses. At 12:45 there will be a costume contest and parade around Coachman Square. Rain date is Sunday.

The concert series is possible thanks to a grant the Town of Woodbridge received from United Illuminating, an Avangrid Company.

Solo Brazilian Music & Culture Event (Zoom)

Zoom (Online Streaming)

ADMISSION: FREE - but register in advance: https://yale.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkcOiprDsrE9eMSP6ZMUjymtr-lJMJdbbs?fbclid=IwAR2wncxdFboAk4oZlq-1SaU_hFaaV4BCEhzfEwVPldo00bsPdiqLmv5Flkg OPEN TO: General Public SPONSOR: Yale Latino Networking Group EVENT DESCRIPTION: Isabella Mendes, a native of São Paulo whose work is rooted in Brazilian jazz and bossa nova, will perform for the Yale community as part of the Latinx Heritage Month. She will share music, history and culture and hold a short Q&A at the end. This event is co-sponsored by the Yale Latino Networking Group and Yale Recovery Latino Colective.

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Bossa Nova Outdoors

Best Video, 1842 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT

Isabella Mendes and Flavio Lira play bossa nova and other Brazilian music styles on the Best Video Film & Cultural Center deck. Isabella Mendes is known for her sensitive interpretations of jazz, bossa novas, as well as the pop-tinged music and her own originals. Isabella Mendes was born in Brazil, where she began her music studies at the age of 4. Four years later, she was composing and well advanced in mastering the piano, which earned her a scholarship to the world renowned conservatory of music Fundação Magda Tagliaferro, where she went on to earn several prizes in piano competitions and Master Classes. In 1999, a career opportunity brought her family to the United States, where she continued her musical studies with noted instructors Rachael Elliott and Qi Liu, both then at Yale University. In her senior year of high school, Isabella received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and was recognized for her musical achievements with a “2002 Hamden Salutes Young Artists” by the town of Hamden and the State of Connecticut. She further her studies at New Haven’s Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) and has performed at Yale University and Woolsley Hall. Isabella Mendes’ multicultural musical interpretations and compositions can be enjoyed at her performances throughout Connecticut. Hailing from Brazil, Flavio Lira is very active and eclectic. Musical styles have never been a restriction for him, and since the beginning, he has performed with groups ranging from Popular Samba to Classical Chamber Music. “Regardless of style, if there are great musicians on stage, I’m happy to be there!” ​Flavio Lira has kept developing the passion for his own musical roots, as well as working with different musical traditions of the world, such as Jazz, Caribbean music and others. Living close to New York, Flavio Lira is able to fully employ his versatility as a musician, collaborating with different artists and performing in prestigious venues, such as Birdland and Jazz at Lincoln Center. As part of his most recent project, Flavio Lira released the album Coffee Gold Sugar Cane, a rhythmic fusion of Brazilian grooves, Cuban clave, Colombian folkloric and jazzy chords. We ask respect for social distancing, please, and conscientiousness on masks. Not everybody is vaccinated yet and our venue wants to advise caution and consideration for others. Masks are required inside Best Video. No cover charge but please bring cash for the musicians’ tip jar. This has been a real hard time for musicians, almost all of whom have seen their live performance income dry up. There will also be a donation vase set out for Best Video. Parking available behind Best Video and on Thornton Street.

Convert your home into a virtual dinner theater with this evening of music, storytelling and food. Set to the “expressive, pristine vocals” (WNPR) of jazz artist Isabella Mendes, three different story tellers will focus on the theme of transformation, among them Mona Asweid, a Syrian refugee from Damascus who transformed her life after she lost and regained her hearing as a result of the war.

For a transformative discussion-dinner pairing, we suggest Sanctuary Kitchen, a program of CitySeed, where food celebrating the culinary customs, cultures, and stories of refugees and immigrants resettled in Connecticut provides nourishment. Sanctuary Kitchen will be preparing a special menu for this event. It will be posted on 5/6 and orders will need to be placed by 5/10.

Event link: https://www.artidea.org/event/2021/4483