Maracujá

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Maracujá (maracujamusic.org) plays a wide variety of Latin American music from upbeat sambas and wild party sones and cumbias, to wistful bossa novas and plaintive boleros. It is music for dancing and and music for listening. Formed in 2013, Maracujá consists of Terrence Rosnagle (guitar), Caitlin Belem (voice, saxophone, guitar), and Sam Esecson (percussion).

Caitlin Belem (www.caitlinbelem.com) grew up in a house full of music in Northern Wyoming. She fell in love with the fiddle at a young age and and continued to learn, playing saxophone, guitar and singing through private lessons, school groups and with her parents. Since, she has explored many genres from Brazilian bossa nova and samba, to Cuban son, to American jazz, blues, and swing. After high school, she moved to Brazil and studied Brazilian culture, music, and Capoeira Angola. She returned multiple times to Brazil and also had the good fortune to visit Cuba for prolonged periods. She went to study music and culture through the Portland based organization, CubaAyuda, and through a grant from Oberlin College. Aside from performing with Maracujá, Caitlin sings and plays with the band At Five and various other local and traveling musicians. Caitlin also works organizing music festivals and other events with the Centrum Foundation, Union Cultural Center (FICA), and Northwest Folklife.

Terrence Rosnagle (www.terrencerosnagle.com) was born in Pasadena, California and raised in the Los Angeles area – but as an adult he became a musical gypsy who has traveled to the ends of the earth to learn, play, and perform different World Musics. Terrence was initially self taught and inspired by Delta Blues and Rock and Roll guitarist such as Robert Johnson, Son House, and Jimi Hendrix. Later, his interests switched to the sound of the Spanish guitar and World Music. He went on to study Flamenco guitar with private teachers in Spain such as Jose Ignacio Franco and El Carbonero in Jerez de la Frontera and through the Conservatory de Licieu in Barcelona, Spain. He has studied Classical and South American guitar with the Chilean maestro Eulogio Davalos in Barcelona and Brazilian guitar styles with Steve Erquiaga at the Jazz School in Berkeley, California. Terrence has lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina studying Folkloric guitar styles and in Istanbul, Turkey where he studied ud and Turkish Classical Music. A diverse player, he has performed solo and in duos, trios, and groups playing musical styles ranging from Cuban Son to Brazilian Samba and Bossa Nova – Spanish Classical and Flamenco to Argentinian Zambas and Milongas – Delta Blues to Rock and Roll. Terrence has performed professionally in the United States, Spain, and Turkey.

Sam Esecson (www.samesecson.com) grew up in Southern California and began studying drum set when he was eight years old. He made his move to the Pacific Northwest after high school to attend the University of Puget Sound and be near Seattle’s vibrant music scene. At first exposure, Sam became enamored with Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music and, after graduating, traveled to Brazil twice to study percussion and soak in the culture. Sam has performed with dozens of bands, touring extensively throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, and most Western European countries. Some of these bands include The Paperboys, Polyrhythmics, Cordaviva, Locarno, Vicci Martinez, Si Limon, Eli Rosenblatt, Michel Navedo and Brazil Novo, Eduardo Mendonça, EntreMundos Band, and Maracujá. Sam also teaches private drum and percussion lessons in Seattle and on the Eastside.

Stumptown Swing: An Evening of Gypsy Jazz and American Swing

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Stumptown Swing takes audiences back to 1920′s Paris, when gypsies with guitars, violins and upright basses made the leap from French musette to American “hot jazz” and kept Parisians dancing to this evocative new sound.

Tim Connell (mandolin) and Mike Burdette (guitar) of Rio Con Brio formed the group after nearly a decade of playing swing gigs with Portland’s best acoustic musicians. They snapped up the hottest upright bass player in town, Keith Brush (Stolen Sweets, Pete Krebs Trio, Blue Cranes) and are proud to feature their long-time friend and collaborator, the absolutely pyrotechnic violinist, Ben Blechman.

Stumptown Swing is a set of hot, cool and sultry classics, featuring swinging groove and gorgeous acoustic instruments played with intelligence and passion by four masters of their craft.

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