MV Creative Arts Council presents Eduardo Mendocia CD Release Concert
Jun 17, 2016 @ 7:00PM - Jun 17, 2016 @ 9:00PM
Maple Valley Creative Arts Council invites you for a concert by Eduardo Mendonca celebrating the release of his CD
"Steps: Brazilian Footprints".
Friday June 17th
7pm to 9pm
Maple Valley Creative Arts Center
23220 Maple Valley Black Diamond Rd, SE., Suite 15
Maple Valley, WA 98038
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ABOUT THE ARTIST:
With the much anticipated release of his latest recording project “Steps: Brazilian Footprints,” Brazil-born Eduardo Mendonça continues a long musical journey began in 1974. Throughout his travels in the US, Canada, Nepal and Brazil, the talented musician, composer, arranger, and musical director has explored the many and varied genres of Brazilian popular music, entertaining such notable personalities as the 14th Dalai Lama, Pope John Paul II, and former South Africa President Nelson Mandela. A native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Eduardo has shared international stages with legendary Brazilian musicians Geraldo Azevedo, Alcione, and Jorge Ben Jor and appeared in the PBS “American Masters” documentary: “Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time” which aired in 1993.
Eduardo brings a wealth of experience—and knowledge—to his wide-ranging musical endeavors. A variety of musical fusions throughout and between the Americas form the backbone of four earlier solo CDs: “Brazil and Me” (2009), “Dois em 1” (2008); “Dois em 1 - Second Edition” (2008), and “Brazil in Washington” (2003) where his talents as performer (guitar, vocals, and percussion), composer, and arranger shine. In addition to solo performances and recordings, residents of the Greater Seattle area might know Eduardo as musical director and performer of the umbrella group Show Brazil! (founded in 1994, followed by a self-titled CD in 1997), which boasts a host of musicians and dancers who annually delight audiences with popular Brazilian regional musical styles at “Carnaval Seattle,” the Seattle Center’s BrasilFest celebration, and at numerous community festivals. Exploring another path in his creative peregrinations, Eduardo founded the all-female string ensemble Cordas in 2013, focusing on Chorinho, a lively urban fusion of Samba and Polka rhythms.
Additionally, this multi-talented performer holds a Masters in Arts Education and is a much sought after artist-in-residence and master class instructor recommended by the Washington State Arts Commission for lectures, workshops, and school assemblies. In May 2016, Eduardo performs as guest artist with the jointly sponsored Seattle Symphony-Carnegie Hall project “Link Up: The Orchestra Moves,” exploring the creative process of this passionate composer through melody and motif. Whether on stage, in the classroom, or in the studio, Eduardo offers a unique and pleasurable musical experience and his performances never fail to enlighten and entertain multi-generational audiences about music theory, history, and investigation. As Paul de Barros of The Seattle Times observes, “Seattle is lucky to have Mendonça in the neighborhood”.