JAMBAR Presents Romero Lubambo & Marcos Silva Duo: "It’s In The Water"


JAMBAR Presents Romero Lubambo & Marcos Silva Duo: "It’s In The Water"

Mar 04, 2023

Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory

2040 Addison Street, 2040 Addison Street

A rare duo appearance for these two Grammy-nominated natives of Rio de Janeiro. In this lively and inspirational concert, guitarist Romero Lubambo and pianist Marcos Silva will perform some of their favorite Brazilian compositions. This is a show not to be missed!

Band Members & Instrumentation

Romero Lubambo – acoustic guitar

Marcos Silva – acoustic piano

Artist Bios

In 1985, Romero Lubambo came to the United States, and brought with him a new sound in Brazilian jazz guitar.

Romero’s guitar playing unites the styles and rhythms of his native Brazilian musical heritage with his fluency in the American jazz tradition to form a distinctive new sound.

From the cool, sophisticated rhythms of his native Brazil to hard bop, Romero is a guitarist who’s comfortable in any musical setting. He is an uncommonly gifted soloist and musical improviser with a steady stream of unpredictably creative musical thoughts and the virtuosity to deliver them.

After arriving in New York City, Romero quickly established himself as a “first call” session and touring guitarist who was in demand not only for his authentic Brazilian sound, but also for his command with a variety of styles.

Lubambo has performed and recorded with many outstanding artists, including Dianne Reeves, Billie Eilish, Angelique Kidjo, Michael Brecker, Yo-Yo Ma, Kathleen Battle, Diana Krall, Herbie Mann, Wynton Marsalis, Gal Costa, Kurt Elling, Kenny Barron, Luciana Souza, Cyro Baptista, Sergio and Odair Assad, Ivan Lins, Grover Washington Jr., Vernon Reid, Flora Purim and Airto, Paquito D’Rivera, Harry Belafonte, Larry Coryell, Gato Barbieri, Leny Andrade, James Carter, Paula Robison, Dave Weckl, Jason Miles, and Cesar Camargo Mariano… among many others.

He has also established himself as a composer and performer on his own critically acclaimed recording projects as well as on those of Trio Da Paz, a Grammy®-nominated Brazilian jazz trio Lubambo formed with Nilson Matta and Duduka da Fonseca.

Lubambo is considered by critics to be “the best practitioner of his craft in the world today… the guitarist’s facility, creativity and energy are in a class all their own” (Jazziz)

Pianist, composer, arranger, producer and educator Marcos Silva performs worldwide. Nominated for two Grammys, he toured with many artists, including Paquito D’Rivera, Bud Shank, Claudio Roditi, Raul de Souza, Toninho Horta, Leny Andrade, Edu Lobo, Emilio Santiago, Dori Caymmi and many more. Marcos was musical director for Flora Purim and Airto Moreira for 24 years. He wrote arrangements for Dizzy Gillespie’s band and replaced Gil Evans as composer-arranger of Airto’s Spiritual Mass with a 63 piece orchestra in Germany. He is sought after as a producer of CDs, including three of his own.

For the past three decades, in addition to his work as an artist, arranger, and producer, Silva has poured his energy into spreading the gospel of Brazilian music, playing an enormous role in the San Francisco Bay Area’s emergence as a verdant outpost of Brazilian jazz. He heads the Brazilian Music Department at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley.

The Rio-born pianist/composer released “Brasil From Head to Toe” in 2019, his first new album in 30 years. With glowing quotes in the liner notes from fellow Brazilian masters such as Guinga, Ivan Lins, and Sergio Mendes, as well as his longtime employers Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, Silva once again steps forward with his own striking music after having collaborated with dozens of other artists. The project is an assertion of identity and a personal manifesto. It’s “a chance to learn about where I’m coming from,” Silva says. “This is who I am. All of my DNA is in there.”

Learn more at romerolubambo.com

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JAMBAR Presents is a special series of select concerts, workshops and other events sponsored by JAMBAR whose purpose is to support music and active living.

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Concert attendees must wear masks regardless of vaccination status. 

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