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César Haas and Ted Perry – Ibeji Quartet
Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm$10
The Ibeji Quartet originated from the collaboration of two Eastman School of Music Doctoral students, the Brazilian guitarist César Haas and the American pianist Ted Perry. The word Ibeji means twins in Yoruba, West African language and religious tradition that was brought to the Americas by West African communities with the process of colonial slavery. The name refers to the similar conditions in which both Brazilian and American music were developed. These two similar yet geographically distant styles of music can be compared to twins separated after birth that take different paths in life and eventually reunite in the form of Jazz and Brazilian Music. The quartet’s repertoire explores the interaction between these two musical world’s with creative arrangements of Jazz and Brazilian Music and original compositions.
Ted Perry brigs together the rich heritage of jazz, blues, and world music into his own unique compositions and arrangements. Ted has performed with musicians such as Ernie Watts, Nick Brignola, Drew Gress, Paul Smoker, John Swana, Dave Santoro, Mike Richmond, Akira Tana, Fred Wesley, and pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell of the Campbell Brothers. Ted graduated with a Masters degree from Eastman School of Music in 2013 with an emphasis on Jazz composition and arranging. He continues to expand his writing for small groups, large ensembles, and Studio Orchestra. After spending several years in New York, he has returned to Rochester where he will pursue his DMA at Eastman School of Music with an emphasis on performance. Ted has been in demand as both a pianist and arranger touring parts of the US and internationally. He has performed in New York at a variety of venues such as Somethin’ Jazz Club, the 55 Bar, the Garage, as well as Chris’ Cafe and Ortliebs in Philadelphia. In his current trio, he explores original compositions and standards. Ted is currently writing new music for a CD to be released in the coming year.
César Haas is a Brazilian guitarist, composer and educator. César Haas is a Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance student at Eastman School of Music, where he teaches Jazz Improvisation and Theory I and II courses along with private jazz guitar lessons. César have been performing regularly in the NJ/NYC area as a leader and a sideman in venues such as Club Bonafide, Cornelia Street Cafe, Le Poisson Rouge, Tomi jazz, Shrine World Music Venue, Rockwood Music Hall. Also oerforming in renowned listening venues of Upstate NY such as The Little Theatre in Rochester and Pausa Art House in Buffalo.
With a solid music education, has a Bachelor in Classical Guitar in one of the top music schools in Brazil and recently finished the NJCU Master of Music in Jazz Performance Program. Currently he is enrolled at Eastman School of Music as a Doctoral Student of Jazz Performance. César took lessons and collaborated with accredited musicians from around the world, such as Bill Dobbins (USA), Chris Byars (USA), Brian Dickinson (CAN), Alex Noris (USA), Gary Versace (USA), Mark Sherman (USA), Bob Sneider (USA), Paul Meyers (USA), Allen Farnham (USA), Walt Weiskopf (USA), Eduardo Isaac (ARG), Frank Bungarten (GER), Renato Serrano (CHI), Daniel Wolf (BRA), Mario Ulloa (COR), Paulo Inda (BRA), Celso Loureiro Chaves (BRA), Flávia D. Alves, (BRA), among others.