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Celebrated as a pivotal new sound on the Brazilian and World Music scenes, Farofa delivers a passion-filled, electrifying performance of traditional rhythms blended with modern stylings and influences. Hear their signature sound in an intimate club setting at the Holland Music Club, amplified by an eclectic collection of ideas and inspirations drawn from rock, jazz, contemporary classical, pop, deep African rhythmic tradition and, above all, from the entire musical universe of their native Brazil.
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Celebrated as a pivotal new sound on the Brazilian and World Music scenes, Farofa delivers a passion-filled, electrifying performance of traditional rhythms blended with modern stylings and influences. Hear their signature sound in an intimate club setting at the Holland Music Club, amplified by an eclectic collection of ideas and inspirations drawn from rock, jazz, contemporary classical, pop, deep African rhythmic tradition and, above all, from the entire musical universe of their native Brazil.

Cal Presenters Spotlight Award winner, Farofa is propelled by the stunning virtuosity of percussionist Felipe Fraga, bassist Isaias Elpes, JP Mourão on guitar and violinist Luis Mascaro, each from different cities and towns in Brazil, bringing with them multiple influences indigenous to these regions.

Violinist Luis Mascaro brings the classical and Música Sertaneja (Brazilian country music) traditions of his native Campinas. Combined with his intensive studies of pick-ups, electric violins, amplification and the use of effects for string instruments featured in “Forró da Penha,” Luis proves why he is one of the foremost mixed-style violinists of his generation.

Meanwhile, guitarist JP Mourão also pulls out the viola caipira in “Lamento Sertanejo," (Lament of the Country Man) allowing him to demonstrate the melting pot of musical influences from his native São Paulo.

Bassist Isaias Elpes was born in the state of Minas Gerais, where the music is distinguished from much of Brazilian music by almost always featuring sophisticated harmonies. You can hear this in Isaias' originals “Minas”, “Pacific Wind” and "Ijexa." Percussionist and hybrid drum-set expert Felipe Fraga is from Curitiba, where he was heavily influenced by Brazilian popular music (MPB) as heard in “Assanhado/Linha De Passe.” 

Their latest program, entitled "Brazil Beyond Samba: From Choro to Funk and Back," includes a variety of Brazilian jazz compositions as well as some Farofa originals. 

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