Brazilian duo, jazz saxophonist to perform in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND — Brazilian duo Amilton Godoy and Léa Freire and jazz saxophonist Harvey Wainapel will perform from 7:30 to 9:30 tonight at First Baptist Church.

The concert will take place at the church at 1202 Lawrence St.

Tickets cost $15 at the door — cash only — 30 minutes before the concert or online at until 3 p.m. today.

Léa Freire

Flutist, pianist and composer Freire grew up surrounded by music.

She began by studying piano, where she absorbed the work of Brazilian composers such as Villa-Lobos and Lorenzo Fernandes, as well as Bach and Debussy. She later started playing and teaching herself flute, with which she made her musical reputation.

A versatile composer, Freire released her first CD, “Ninhal,” in 1997 on her newly founded label Maritaca.

Many CDs followed, including “Cartas Brasileiras,” (2007) with her symphonic arrangements for 62 musicians in various formations, a contemporary overview of Brazilian instrumental music.

Amilton Godoy

Pianist, composer, arranger and educator Godoy also comes from the state of São Paulo.

With Luiz Chaves (bass) and Rubens Barsotti (drums), Godoy formed the Zimbo Trio, which has made 51 recordings and performed in more than 40 countries.

Throughout the Zimbo Trio’s 49-year career, Godoy has played with many orchestras with conductors such as Julio Medaglia, Chiquinho de Moraes and Simon Bleche.

Harvey Wainapel

Wainapel, a saxophonist and clarinetist, has his feet firmly planted in two musical worlds. His jazz experience has led to performances and recordings with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Kenny Barron, Joe Henderson, Johnny Coles and the Metropole Orchestra.

He has toured internationally with Ray Charles, Joe Lovano and Airto Moreira and Flora Purim.

Wainapel’s deep love and research of Brazilian music has resulted in performances and recordings with Guinga, Jovino Santos Neto, Marco César, Spok, Filó Machado and Paulo Bellinati, among others.

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