Free jazz concert kicks off the Year of Brazil at Queens College

Richard Roukas and his Quarteto Moderno perform a free concert this Friday at Queens College to kickoff the Year of Brazil. Photo courtesy Queens College

Richard Roukas and his Quarteto Moderno perform a free concert this Friday at Queens College to kick off the Year of Brazil. Photo courtesy Queens College

Queens College’s Year of Brazil gets rolling this Friday with a free performance by QC alumni Richard Boukas and his Brazilian jazz ensemble Quarteto Moderno.

The program features a 150th birthday tribute to Brazilian composer and pianist Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934) and include pieces by Brazilian composers Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, Hermeto Pascoal and Sergio Santos.

After the concert, Boukas will discuss and perform the distinctive Brazilian instrumental music form called choro (little lament).

The concert takes place Friday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. in the LeFrak Concert Hall. The after-discussion is scheduled for 1:40 p.m. in Room 226 of the Music Building.

Queens College’s Year of Brazil, which runs through June 2014, includes performances, lectures and art installations that explore the country’s history and culture.

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