About the players on Flower of Bahia:
Guitarist and bass player Carlos Oliveira comes from Recife, a city in the Northeastern part of Brazil, and an area particularly rich in African influences. Deeply affected by his exposure to American jazz, he moved to the U.S. to expand his creative and professional opportunities. He has performed with such Brazilian masters as Airto Moreira, Dori Caymmi and Guinga, released a CD, Brazilian Origins, of original music, is a respected educator, and is one of the most highly regarded musicians of the Bay Area Brazilian community.
Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, guitarist Aliéksey Vianna is equally at home performing in the classical, jazz, and Brazilian worlds. He has performed and taught workshops in prestigious music venues in over fifteen countries throughout Europe and the Americas, and has been awarded first prizes in more than ten worldwide music competitions. He has premiered works by Egberto Gismonti and Sergio Assad, and maestro Assad offered to produce a CD of his own solo guitar works, which Alieksey recorded in 2002.
Multi-reed player Sheldon Brown is a well-respected and sought after performer, recording artist, and educator in the Bay Area. He has recorded and produced a CD, Shifting Currents, comprised of original compositions, with his band, The Sheldon Brown Group. He has toured Europe extensively, and has performed with Omar Sosa and Paul McCandless, among others.
Michael Spiro is an internationally recognized percussionist. He has performed on hundreds of recordings, including such diverse artists as David Bryne and Ella Fitzgerald. He has co-produced several instructional videos, and produced seminal recordings in the Latin music genre, including the original Brazilian/Cuban crossover album, Bata Ketu.
Vocalist and guitarist Adriano Faquini was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has lived in many parts of the world, and draws from a panoply of cultures in his influences. A unique artist, he has played with musicians such as Marcio Montarroyos and Leo Gandelman, taught workshops, released a CD, Tom da Cor, recorded the theme song and appeared in the award-winning 1994 film, Louco por Cinema, and received numerous honors in Brazil. www.adrianofaquini.com
CD is also available at The Bassment: Jazzschool Books and Records, 2087 Addison Street, Berkeley, Ca 94704.