|The Performing Arts Department of Southern Oregon University presents acclaimed Brazilian composer, percussionist and guitarist Celso Machado in concert. Tickets are $15 general admission, free to full-time students with identification. The Music Recital Hall is located at 450 S. Mountain Ave., between Henry and Ashland Streets. |
For forty years Celso Machado has been performing on concert stages throughout Brazil, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, and the United States. He has shared the stage with some of the world’s great guitarists, including Sergio and Odair Assad, Badi Assad, Romero Lubambo, Yamandu Costa, Cristina Azuma, Peter Finger, and Solorazaf.
Brazilian music has arisen out of various blends of Classical European, African, Portuguese and Indigenous influences, and there is little division in Brazilian music between classical, jazz and folk. Celso's music, while rooted in Brazilian rhythmic and melodic styles, also reflects his fascination with other world music traditions. He finds similarities between the music of southern Italy and northeast Brazil, the Egyptian Maqsoum and the Brazilian Baião rhythm, the Moroccan Gnawa rhythm and Afoxé and Samba, and incorporates these influences into his own sound; his own unique contribution to the ongoing evolution of Brazilian music.
Tom D’Antoni, contributing editor for Oregon Music News, had this to say about a 2010 performance in Portland: “If there ever was one person who could be described as being music, it is the Brazilian Machado. He played guitar, ngoni, drums, flutes, and other assorted little instruments…he created a rainforest in the theater, complete with bird calls, and a rainstorm…he isn’t a one-man-band, he’s a one-man symphony.”