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A Multi-faceted Celebration of the Human Voice

With Mark Shilansky piano, voice; Fernando Huergo bass; Bertram Lehmann drums, percussion; Andrew Rathbun saxophone; Eric Byers guitar; Sharon Broadley-Martin, Bob Martin, Paul Stiller, Yumiko Matsuoka - voice. Special Guest: Luciana Souza - voice.

On Thursday, February 27th pianist Mark Shilansky will return to the Regattabar to celebrate the release of his latest CD, Other Voices. Mr. Shilansky's complex, heartfelt and infectious music draws from jazz influences, as well as from pop and Brazilian music. Joining him this evening are special guest vocalist Luciana Souza, saxist Andrew Rathbun, bassist Fernando Huergo, drummer Bertram Lehmann, guitarist Eric Byers, and a vocal ensemble comprised of Yumiko Matsuoka, Sharon Broadley-Martin, Bob Martin and Paul Stiller.

The Regattabar is located in the Charles Hotel at Harvard Square, 1 Bennet St., Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ticket are $12. Sets start at 8:30p.m. and 10:00p.m.
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Pianist, singer, composer and producer Mark Shilansky has been a mainstay on the New England music scene and beyond, regularly working with renown artists like Rebecca Paris, Patrice Williamson and Lisa Thorson. Aside from being a first-rate accompanist, his arranging and composing skills have made him in-demand producer in Jazz as well as Pop circles, where he can frequently be found producing a roster of regional talents. He also has performed with legendary trumpeters Clark Terry and Kenny Wheeler, as well as released two records as a leader, First Look with bassist Steve LaSpina and drummer Jeff Hirshfield, and Different Songs, a collection of original pop songs.

For his Other Voices project, Mr. Shilansky has now assembled an all-star cast of musicians from Boston as well as New York, in what can perhaps best be described as a multi-faceted celebration of the human voice in jazz. Wordless vocalizations meet lyrics, improvisation encounters dense harmonization in lush, sophisticated vocal arrangements that embrace Pop sensibilities and Brazilian rhythm, too. At times through-composed, at others open and freewheeling, his songs all share highly intricate yet accessible melodic invention, in which the voices often transcend their typical function as purveyor of lyrical content. Drawing on his love for the large-ensemble writings of contemporary composers like Kenny Wheeler, Jim Mc Neely and Vince Mendoza, Mark Shilansky has given an almost Big Band-esque radianceto the vocal arrangements that blends well with the rhythmically charged intensity provided by the core quartet of piano, bass, drums and saxophone.

Luciana Souza, one of the most renown Brazilian vocalists of her generation, now calls New York her home. Originally from Sao Paulo, Mrs. Souza came to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory, before joining the band of pianist Danilo Perez’, and currently bassist John Patitucci’s. She has released 3 re-cordings as a leader of which her most recent, Brazilian Duos (Sunnyside), has been nominated for a 2003 Grammy Award.

Canadian saxophonist Andrew Rathbun has emerged has one of the most interesting musical voices on the scene after arriving in New York City a few years ago. A prolific composer as well as player, Mr. Rathbun’s original works have been featured on his four recent CD’s, released on the Spanish Fresh Sound and Dutch A-Records labels. On his latest release, Structures, he enjoys extensive collaboration with trumpet-legend Kenny Wheeler, with whom he also has performed at some of New York’s finest jazz clubs and frequently tours Canada and the U.S.

Bertram Lehmann has been based in Boston for over a decade, performing Jazz, Latin and World music with artists like Katie Viqueira, Mango Blue, Natraj, as well as Cuban pianist Tony Perez. In addition to his appearances in the U.S. with artists such as Romero Lubambo, Danilo Perez, Claudio Roditi, Kenny Werner or Dave Samuels, he has toured internationally in India, Ecuador, Ghana, Mexico, Israel, Russia, and Germany.

Argentinean bassist Fernando Huergo has recorded on over 30 albums of all musical couleur, including his own recent Jazz Argentino (Fresh Sound). Among others, he has performed with Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, Joey Calderazzo, David Sanchez, Claudio Roditi, Mike Stern, traveling to countries like Japan, Brazil, Turkey, Germany or Finland.

Guitarist Eric Byers is an active player in the New England area in a variety of contemporary styles, and has performed with jazz vocalists Titilayo Ngwena and Patrice Williamson. He leads his own group ‘Moment’s Notice’.

Vocalists Sharon Broadley-Martin and Bob Martin are former members of the renown Vocal Jazz group ‘The Ritz’, while Paul Stiller and Yumiko Matsuoka have been longtime collaborators in the highly regarded a-capella quintet ‘Vox One’.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Mark Shilansky
  • Event Date: 2/27/2003
  • Subtitle: Other Voices featuring Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza
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