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January 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST
Pigment Gallery – Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center
1860 Mellwood Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
Tickets: $15, $12 for members
Voted the 2019Best Latin Jazz Artist by the Latin Music Awards Kentucky, Louisville-based Brazilian jazz group Hora Certais a quintet dedicated to performing the best of Brazilian jazz as well as their own original music inspired by the musical traditions of Brazil. Their repertoire encompasses the spectrum of Brazilian jazz, includes the bossa nova, samba, marcatu, partido alto, and baion styles, among others. Hora Certa “brings the heat” to every performance through their spirited performances of uptempo sambas and lyrical ballads. The quintet – Mike Tracy (saxes), Winton Reynolds (piano), Terry O’Mahoney (drums), Giovanni Sena (bass) and Kiko Sebrian (percussion) – bring many years of experience to the group and bassist Sena and percussionist Sebrian are from Brazil, which adds a deeper dimension to the performances. Please join the Louisville Jazz Society for this exciting show.
Michael Tracy – saxophones
A veritable “Ambassador of Jazz,” Professor Michael Tracy is one of America’s foremost jazz educators, with more than thirty-seven years of performing and teaching experience. In classrooms, studios, and concert halls, he has developed a variety of innovative approaches to jazz education, enabling him to work with students of any proficiency. Tracy has taught and performed throughout the United States, Argentina, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Republic of Georgia, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, and Wales.
He has frequently coordinated and hosted groups and exchanges sponsored by prestigious organization such as the Open World Cultural Program (Russia to USA, 2004 thru 2009), FIPSE-CAPES (Brazil to USA, 2010 thru 2017 and CEC ArtsLink (Ukraine and Republic of Georgia). Tracy has also been instrumental in establishing faculty and student exchanges and workshops with institutions in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, Poland, Republic of Georgia and Russia.
Professor Tracy is Director of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program at the University of Louisville School of Music in Louisville, Kentucky, where his responsibilities include teaching saxophone, advising graduate and undergraduate students, and directing the annual Jazz Fest (formerly Jazz Week), which he founded in 1994. In addition to his duties at the University, he is a longtime faculty member of the widely renowned Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, where he has served for over thirty-seven years. Each summer he teaches combo, jazz theory, and saxophone master classes with the world’s leading jazz educators and as camp administrator is responsible for organizing and coordinating educational programs and activities.
Although education has been the main focus of his career, Tracy has also made forays into the worlds of recording, publishing, and arranging. He has eight CDs to his credit. Released in 2019, Fotografia is Michael’s more recent recording and features arrangements of Brazilian favorites performed with his group Hora Certa – Winton Reynolds, Hamilton Pinheiro, Terry O’Mahoney and Kiko Sebrian. Hora Certa (Right Time) was released in 2016 and is a collection of new compositions performed with Eudes Carvalho, Flavio Silva, Hamilton Pinheiro and Pedro Almeida and recorded in Brazil. Surfboard, released on Summit Records (2012), also showcases an all Brazilian rhythm section (Renato Vasconcellos, Leonardo Cioglia and Vanderlei Pereira) performing infrequently heard Brazilian selections by Jobim, Pascoal and others in addition to new originals written specially for the CD by contemporary Brazilian composers. Released in 2010, Wingspan, features Italian pianist Davide Logiri and showcases originals and arrangements of jazz standards. Conversations (2008), is a collection of duets with pianist Harry Pickens. Gusting, from 2004, offers a variety of contemporary compositions and was preceded in 2003 by Tracings, which includes originals and Brazilian standards and arrangements. Facets, released in 1999, features the saxophone in a variety of previously unrecorded classical and jazz works from composers with ties to the state of Kentucky.
Tracy’s publishing accomplishments include authoring the book Jazz Piano Voicings for the Non- pianist and co-authoring Pocket Changes: 421 Standard Chord Progressions and Pocket Changes II.
Winton Reynolds – piano
Winton began studying piano as a young boy while living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Much of his youth was spent traveling through Latin America and the various musical styles of these countries are at the core of his musical personality. Reynolds combines this experience with his classical and jazz training to create music with a worldly vision.
He has toured throughout the US and Canada as accompanist for Rounder Records recording artist Carrie Newcomer and recently returned from two weeks of performing and teaching jazz in China with Michael Tracy, Director of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Studies Program at the University of Louisville School of Music.
Winton performs regularly around Louisville, KY, playing Afro-Cuban jazz with the band Hermanos, Brazilian jazz with the band Hora Certa, led by Mike Tracy, and Salsa dance music with the band Milenio. He can also be heard performing more traditional jazz in a variety of settings throughout the Louisville area.
Winton Reynolds earned graduate degrees in Jazz Studies and Composition from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, IN.
Terry O’Mahoney – drums
Terry O’Mahoney has performed on drumset with numerous jazz artists (Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Phil Woods, Larry Grenadier, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, Lew Soloff, and others), regularly performs with the Louisville Orchestra, plays percussion/drumset for touring Broadway musicals (Motown, Little Mermaid, Sound of Music) and appears with many other regional artists. He studied privately with jazz drumming legend Jeff Hamilton (Los Angeles, CA) and has three books in print – Motivic Drumset Soloing, Jazz Drumming Transitions, and 100 Essential Drumset Lessons – for the Hal Leonard Corporation. Terry is also Adjunct Professor of Music at Bellarmine University and plays Vic Firth drumsticks and Crescent Cymbals exclusively.
Giovanni Sena – bass
Giovanni Sena began his musical journey by listening to my father’s records and following his older brother’s development as a guitarist. He often watched rehearsals of a band in his old neighborhood, which made him dream of being a professional musician. This led him to become a student at the Universidade Federal do Ceará’s (UFC) undergraduate program and became part of the local Fortaleza music scene.
In 2006, Giovanni decided to move to Brasília, Brazil’s capital. There he graduated of the music program at the Universidade de Brasília (UnB) and finished his professional course in electric bass at the Escola de Música de Brasília (EMB), where he began teaching bass in 2010.
Giovanni joined the Age of Artemis band and recorded their first album, Overcoming Limits(which was released overseas), and toured throughout Brazil. He both played and produced a third album by Age of Artemus, was released overseas by King Records (a Japanese label). He also performed in the 30th edition of “Rock in Rio,” an international music festival. Giovanni is currently preparing his first bass instructional video and is a graduate student and teaching assistant in the Jazz Performance program at the University of Louisville.
Kiko Sebrian – percussion
Kiko Sebrian is a Brazilian drummer and percussionist currently based in the United States, where he completed a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance at the University of Louisville. In Brazil, he studied at the Tatuí Conservatory (SP/Brazil), Bachelor of Popular Music at Unicamp (SP/Brazil) and was also an exchange student for the project FIPSE/CAPES at the University of Cincinnati in 2012.
Since 2005, he has been working professionally in various settings and styles, specializing in popular music, Jazz and Brazilian Instrumental Music. He has already worked with artists such noted Brazilian artist such as Vinicius Dorin and Vania Bastos. From 2010 to 2015, he was a member of the group Lê Coelho e os Urubus Malandros, during which time they recorded the album Um Samba a Mais. Released in Argentina, it featured Zeca Baleiro and Vania Bastos, and was followed up by many shows in Brazil. Kiko also participated in the solo disc recording of Lê Coelho Tuvalu (2014).
Kiko participated in the Orquestra de Choro Campineira, an ensemble that approaches the traditional Brazilian genre of choro in a contemporary way. In 2015, the first album of the group of Brazilian Instrumental Music Espinho de Limoeiro was released, group in which Kiko works since 2006.