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Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist Concert: Jeff Busch, Brazilian Percussion

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 - 7:30pm
  • Jeff Busch, Ethno Visiting Artist

Seattle-based percussionist Jeff Busch presents a concert of Brazilian music, featuring students from his Winter 2023 percussion ensemble, and spanning genres from samba to maracatú to forró. With guest appearances by pianist Jovino Santos Neto, singer Adriana Giordano, and other luminaries of the local Brazilian music scene, as well as UW faculty Marc Seales, Steve Rodby, and Shannon Dudley.

Program Note

Jeff Busch’s soulful exuberance and inclusive spirit has enriched the Seattle music scene for decades. As a drummer/percussionist, vocalist, and composer he has collaborated with musicians from diverse scenes, including jazz, blues, gospel, calypso, samba, salsa and Afro-cuban jazz. He has also hosted a weekly jam session for the last 15 years (currently held on Wednesdays at the Capitol Hill Cider Bar). In his role as bandleader Jeff has guided the Entre Mundos quartet, the Magic Circle, Sambatuque and other ensembles. As a sideman his work has included performances and recordings with 3-time Grammy winning vocalist Carlos Cascante (of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra), and 3-time Latin-Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto. Jovino, who will also perform in tonight’s concert, has been an especially important mentor to Jeff, who performed with him in Brazil in the late 1990s and has played in Jovino’s quintet regularly since then.

As Visiting Artist in Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington this winter, Jeff has indulged his deep passion for Brazilian music. In twice-a-week ensemble classes over ten weeks, he summoned a whole community of his collaborators to work with UW students. Tonight’s concert represents not only Brazilian music, but also the Seattle Brazilian music community in which Jeff has been a fixture for over 25 years.


“E Morio,” c. Joao Donato.
E Morio means unity in the Nago language of Benin. This song is played in the rhythm called ijexá, used in the music of Brazil’s candomblé religion.

 “Mae Oya,” c. Timbalada.
This is a song about returning home, played in a samba duro 

“Lamentos” c. Pixinguinha.

“Festa de Ere,” c. Jovino Santos Neto.
A samba in 3/4 meter.

“Papo Furado,” c. Hermeto Pascoal. 

“Magalenha,” c. Carlinhos Brown. 

 “Eu e Voce,” c. Mestrinho. 

“Feira de Mangaio,” c. Glorinha Gadelha & Sivuca. 

“Preciso me Encontrar,” c. Candeia. 
Samba cancao (ballad samba style).

An afro-Brazilian dance from the Northeast of Brazil that honors people and ancestors of African Royal Lineage.

 “Aldeia de Ogum,” c. Joyce Moreno. 
The song’s title means “Ogun's village,” referring to Ogun, the Yoruban deity of metals, tools, the one who can "open the way." Ogun is also the name of a river and region in Nigeria.

“Girl from Ipanema,” c. Antonio Carlos Jobim. 
Bossa nova style (1963)

“Samba de Orfeu,” c. Luis Bonfa and Antonio Maria. 
Samba from the movie Black Orpheus. (1959)

“Samba de Dois,” c. Roque Ferreira. 
Samba de roda style (circle samba) featuring the berimbau (musical bow).

Afro-Brazilian samba percussion ensemble in the style of Rio de Janeiro samba schools.

“Mas Que Nada,” c. Jorge Ben Jor 
Samba made famous by Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66. 

Student performers

Logan Bellenkes

Kimani Bishop

Taylor Buehler

Mike Chen

Ashley Cook

Nick Fowler

Elliott Hansen

Galin Hevert

Juan Hillon

Hailey Kepple

Minghao Li

Nick Mendonsa

Ari Okin

Maria Price

Tess Roberts

Emily Silks

Guest performers

Erick Cohn, percussionist

Adriana Giordano, vocals

Gabe Hall-Rodrigues, accordion

Tassia Merighi, dancer

Dev Nambi, percussionist

Steve Rodby, bass

Daniel Santos, dancer

Jovino Santos Neto, piano/flute

Naoyuki Sawada, percussionist

Dean Schmidt, bass

Marc Seales, piano

Hans Teuber, sax, flute, clarinet

Eric Verlinde, piano