Florquestra Brasil's Evandro Gracelli, Regina Gomes Teixeira, Leonard Constant, Silvio Modolo (r-l) brighten Les Brasseurs du Temps on February 28. ©Brett Delmage, 2011
Florquestra Brasil's Evandro Gracelli, Regina Gomes Teixeira, Leonard Constant, Silvio Modolo (r-l) brighten Les Brasseurs du Temps on February 28. ©Brett Delmage, 2011

Florquestra Brasil recently played to a full house at Les Brasseurs du Temps on a wintry evening, and brought in just a bit of the South American sun and warmth. Near the end, they inspired several listeners to dance and a lot of toe-tapping, with their combination of unusual instruments, different percussion beats, infectious vocals, and smiling enthusiasm.

The number of Latin- and Brazilian-influenced local groups in Ottawa has jumped in the last few years, with appearances by Florquestra Brasil, Rimbombante, Pulse Mondiale, La Roda da Samba, Rômmel Ribeiro, Duo/Trio Zansa, Sol da Capital, Farinha Biriba (Sambaway), the Evandro Gracelli Group, Shaman Rhythms, Tropicantos, Los Gringos, Flow, Mango Upstart, and many others.

Salomon Carrillo Sr. at Mercury Lounge with Shaman Rhythms, and Sol da Capital on February 10. ©Brett Delmage, 2011
Salomon Carrillo Sr. at Mercury Lounge with Shaman Rhythms, and Sol da Capital on February 10. ©Brett Delmage, 2011

Perhaps Latin music has a double advantage: it reminds us of warmth in the winter, and is a good way to last through our tropical heat in the summer ?

    – Alayne McGregor

 

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