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Sarah Hart
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16th Annual Brazilian Summer Festival 2009 — Samba & Bassonova, Latin Grammy Nominee Diogo Nogueira and Pianist Marcos Ariel (June 19, Los Angeles, CA)

by Sarah Hart
June 19, 2009
John Anson Ford Theatres
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA 90068

Box Office
Tele: 323-461-3673
Fax: 323-871-5904
FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009
8:00 p.m. (doors open at 6pm) - 11:00 p.m..

Also performing is Mestre Amen's Capoeira Batuque and Vai-vai Sambaxé Dancers!

"Brazilian festival brings the crowd to its feet…"

- — Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES— The much-anticipated, annual LA tradition of Brazilian Summer Festival (now in its 16th year) erupts on Friday, June 19, 2009 at the Ford Amphitheatre. The 2009 edition features the rhythms of Rio de Janeiro through the Samba and Bossanova, plus the acrobatic Capoeira show with LA Legend Mestre Amen and dancers and the exuberant Brazilian choreographies of the Vai-vai Sambaxé troupe. Headlining is Latin Grammy , singer Nominee DIOGO NOGUEIRA directly from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Opening the festival is pianist Marcos Ariel with a variety of bossanova beats! Doors open two hours prior to the show for picnicking, booths and music from DJ Izael.

Tickets for the Brazilian Summer Festival 2009, priced at $45 and $12 for children 12 and under, are available at www.FordTheatres.org or 323 461-3673 (for non-visual media 323 GO 1- FORD) or www.BrazilianNites.com. Through the Ford's early buyer incentive, adults who buy tickets on or before June 12 pay only $40. Tickets are General Admission only, no assigned seats.

Diogo Nogueira is 27 years old, a singer, and a composer, and comes from a noble lineage of samba music. Son of the renown composer and singer João Nogueira, before Diogo was even one month old, he was already tagging along with his parents to samba gatherings, called pagodes, and was accustumed from an early age to listen to samba and choros. João Nogueira would always invite his son to participate in his shows and in the samba between friends. Soon after, invites for Diogo arrived with hopes of having him participate in the samba gatherings, called roda de samba, in Rio, a habit that awareded him repect and aproval with the veteran samba greats.

In July, 2007, Diogo Nogueira recorded his first DVD in the João Caetano Theater, in Rio, performing samba classics as well as new ones. The artists Marcelo D2, Xande de Pilares (Revelação), and the violinist Marcel Powell were special guests in this recording, which was launched in CD and DVD in November, 2007, by EMI Music. Recently, Diogo has, for the second time, achieved the victory in providing the theme of the samba school of his heart, Portela, where he was part of the sector comprised of composers. Revered by masters like Monarco, Candeia, Clara Nunes, Paulinho da Viola, Marisa Monte, and João Nogueira, Portela took to the samba competition in Rio with the theme of "Reconstructing nature, recreating life: the dream becomes reality". Diogo Nogueira has been chosen by popular vote to the final phase of the Multishow Brazilian Music Prize 2008 in the category "Revelation" and has been nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of "Best new artist".

"Those who are in love with the entrancing music of Brazil will be thankful for the gifted talent of Diogo Nogueira, as good as his dad, he has samba in his blood…" - Zeca Pagodinho

Marcos Ariel is indefatigable as a pianist, flutist and composer. He blends his "Carioca" (one who is native to Rio) style with Jazz and classical influences to create orchestrations and performances that are distinctly his own.Born in Rio de Janeiro, where Music is a way of life, Ariel has spent much of his childhood studying classical piano and memorizing master works of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin. Later, he developed a passion and admiration for Samba, Choro, Jazz and Bossa Nova through the music of Master Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Following his project with Tenure Records "4 FRIENDS" , Marcos Ariel presents now, his latest CD "Alone With Jobim", produced and engineered by his son Lucas Ariel. "That album is really a dream come true. Since I´ve started working in the US, I`ve always noticed the admiration of American audience for Antonio Carlos Jobim's music. I can even say I´ve learned more about his music here in America then in Brazil. Besides all of that, having my dear son Lucas on the studio with me, producing and capturing the beautiful and majestic sound of the Steinway nine foot concert grand made that project really unique and special". After the concert "Homage to Tom Jobim" ( summer 2005 at Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles ) Marcos Ariel diced to prepare and record "Alone With Jobim". The songs recorded in the album Alone With Jobim, were chosen naturally after the audience and critics response to the concerts and performances, Ariel says. "'Girl from Ipanema, Quiet Nights, Dindi, No More Blues, Waters of March among others, always made part of my repertoire and they are well- known all over the World.

…Ariel's unique musical phrasing are played out stylishly employing classical keyboard technique and very 'Brazilian' ideas have a sensibility steeped in Rio brew that combines 'Choro' with Chopin…" (Jazziz Magazine by Mark Holston)

The sinewy Brazilian dancers of Vai-Vai Sambaxé crown the party offering a visual feast with extravagant performances of samba and axé. The ensemble of dancers radiates sheer energy and passion with an exotic show created authentically in Brazil, incorporating the mysticism, folklore, energy, and creativity of the culture. Using all the best dancers and singers of Brazil, the performers represent the many cultural backgrounds of the people, bringing to life Brazil's Technicolor soul. Mestre Amen & Capoeira Batuque (www.capoeirabatuque.org) perform the always breathtaking and gravity defying capoeira .

Brazilian arts and crafts booths will be located throughout the Ford. Such items as Brazilian-made jewelry, T-shirts, exotic bikinis, clothes, and the famous Hawaiianas (Brazilian Flip Flops) will be available for purchase.

Brazilian Summer Festival 2009 is a presentation of Brazilian Nites Productions that has presented the finest Brazilian artists in past years, including Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Dori Caymmi, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Elba Ramalho, Geraldo Azevedo, Olodum, Djavan, Moraes Moreira, Jorge Ben Jor, Maria Rita, Gilberto Gil, Beth Carvalho and Daniela Mercury among others. Not to be missed is the annual Brazilian Carnaval at the Hollywood Palladium that attracts over 3,000 party goers, usually on the actual week-end of carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, in the month of February.

This event is sponsored in part by TAM Airlines, Brasil Best Magazine, LATV, Bossanova Restaurants, Latination, American Latino, EyeSpyLA.com, Nochelatina.com, Golly Guarana, REMO Inc, Brazilian Pacific Times and LatinoLa.com.

The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068, just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios. The grounds open two hours before showtime for picnicking. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink. The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request.

On-site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle for evening shows and $1 per vehicle for morning family shows. For evening shows only, FREE non-stacked parking serviced by a FREE shuttle to the Ford, for evening amphitheatre performances only, is available at the Universal City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. The shuttle, which cycles every 15-20 minutes, stops in the "kiss and ride" area.

This event is part of the Ford Amphitheatre 2009 Season, a multi-disciplinary arts series produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations. For a complete season schedule, directions to the theater and parking information, log on to www.FordTheatres.org.


"…It's not often that a world music festival at a prestigious amphitheater turns into the kind of relaxed, infectious party you would find in the backyard of a Latin American home. Then again, this is Brazilian music we're talking about. History has shown repeatedly that offering resistance to the almighty drum is simply futile…"

— Ernesto Lechner, Daily Variety

Taking Brazilian music far beyond just samba…

If you think Brazilian music simply reaches from samba to bossa nova, from feathered and sequined dancers to the surging excitement of Carnaval, you should have been at the Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday night.

— Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

The annual Brazilian Summer Festival programs at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre have been oases of pleasure for fans of Brazilian music, featuring acts ranging from the percussive exuberance of Olodum to the soaring lyricism of Caetano Veloso.

— Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

"…The amphitheater was on fire!…Elba Ramalho and Geraldo Azevendo had security on their feet, provoking people to dance and transforming the place into a carnaval…

- Jose Fuentes-Salinas, La Opinion

Websites & Youtubes:

Diogo Nogeira – www.DiogoNogueira.com.br / www.myspace.com/DiogoNogueira

Marcos Ariel – www.MarcosAriel.com.br / www.myspace.com/MarcosArielMusic

Capoeira Batuque – www.capoeirabatuque.org

Brazilian Nites Productions – www.BrazilianNites.com / www.myspace.com/braziliannites

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwVU_7SSdBI (with his dad, João Nogueira) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rp0y3k9nto (with Xande from Grupo Revelaçao)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5Co9j57vi0 (with Marcelo D2)


Capoeira Batuque:
A sample of the dance: http://vimeo.com/3043521

For photos, video, interviews and more information contact:

Patricia Leao, (818) 567-0641 / (818)590- 5481, shows@braziliannites.com,

Events Hotline: (818) 566-1111, http://braziliannites.com, www.myspace.com/BrazilianNites
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