Trio FADEL, LATIF & SOU
Pianist Elizabeth Fadel, Percussionist Simone Sou and guitar player Nelson Latif will make a jorney through the Brazilian Instrumental Music, exploring the wide scope of Brazil’s cultural heritage.
The concert runs from the hybrid style of Choro up to contemporary Brazilian jazz.
Elizabeth Fadel – Piano
Nelson Latif – 7 string acc. guitar and cavaquinho
Simone Sou – percussion
About Nelson Latif
Cavaquinho and acoustic guitar player Nelson Latif formed his musical identity in the legendary jazz scene of 1980’s São Paulo. With roots in choro and jazz, Latif merges Brazilian styles and a classical guitar technique with diverse musical influences. In his melodic phrasing one hears bebop and Brazilian syncopations.
Latif started his studies at age fourteen. During the 90’s he moved to Amsterdam and started performing on the cavaquinho, an instrument that has since become his trademark.
Nelson Latif returned to Brazil in 2001, where he formed Trio Baru. Since then, Latif has performed as a soloist as well as in collaboration with various artists. As cultural promoter, Nelson Latif has been coordinating educational projects for universities and cultural institutions around the world.
Elizabeth began the piano studies when she was 7, at Rosa Mística Music School. During the studies she had music theory, perception, history and instrument classes. She joined the Parana’s Art College (FAP) when she was 18 to study Music Therapy. A year later Elizabeth joined the Escola de Musica e Belas Artes (EMBAP) for a Bachelor on piano, where she was accepted at the class of the renowned russian pianist Olga Kiun. She became a piano teacher at FAP and at the Brazilian Conservatory of Popular Music. Elizabeth also started working as a pianist assistant for the Chorals of Federal University of Parana and for the Tuiuti University of Parana. At the age of 20, she started playing the harpsichord and become part of a group of EMBAP. Elizabeth played in many bars, restaurants and she did many concerts in Brazil, with classical and popular music (Brazilian jazz and tango). In 2011 she recorded the CD “Divertimento”, with the mandolin player Daniel Migliavacca; the CD had great reviews, specially because of the diversity of the repertoire (Brazilian jazz, tango and classical music). She is also a piano teacher in the Brazilian Music School (Rotterdam).
About Simone Sou
Percussionist, drummer and composer, Simone Sou was born in Sao Paulo in 1970. She began her drum lessons with Flavio Pimenta in his drum School in 1985 at the age of 14. In the late 80s, in São Paulo, she began playing in bands with different styles, from hard rock, reggae, to brazilian music, going deeper into researching traditional music, specially popular expressions of percussion . Coming into traditional music, she produced a CD about indigenous tribes from Xingu Park together with a multimedia group called Dialeto.
In the early 90s Simone worked and recorded her first album with poet – composer Itamar Assumpção, and also began to work with the renowed composer Chico Cesar, touring all Brazil, Europe, USA, Japan, Australia, from 95 till 2005, playing in some festivals such as Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Womad, Sfinx, just to name a few. Simone also worked with some important brazilian artists such as Zeca Baleiro, Zelia Duncan, Badi Assad – touring all USA – Jards Macalé, Marku Ribas, Elza Soares, Funk Como le Gusta Big Band, Carlinhos Antunes and his Orquestra Mundana, drummer Robertinho Silva, and the legendary rock band from Tropicalia movement Os Mutantes.
Simone also played with some international musicians, such as the composer and pianist from Congo, Ray Lema, djembe master from Burkina Fasso, Adama Drame, the English producer Adrian Sherwood, the Russian accordeon player Oleg Fateev, the string quartet from NY, Ethel, the Deutch pianist and composer Martin Fondse, the Cuban composer and bassist Yusa, and a group of 8 musicians from Scotland in a project called Orquestra Scotland – Brasil.
Simone recorded CDs and DVDs with some of these artists, and recorded her own projects, Projeto CRU , with the Brazilian producer Alfredo Bello and Batucajé, a percussion project with Robertinho Silva. She also worked as musician with some theatre companies in Brasil.