The unplugged and deeply rooted voice of Venezuela, Betsayda Machado, and soulful Brazilian Jazz Quartet, Luciano Antonio, are performing at World Music Festival Chicago 2017! The FREE outdoor concert hosted at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park will be the fiesta of the summer! For more updates, visit worldmusicfestivalchicago.org and follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter @WMFChicago #WorldMusicFestChi #ChicagoIsOne
Show will begin at 3:00p.m.
About Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo
The powerhouse singer Betsayda Machado brings the sound of Afro-Venezuelan culture to Chicago this year, introducing a rich, polyrhythmic sound as soulful as it is irresistible. The vocalist grew up in the small Caribbean coastal town of El Clavo in the Barlovento region within a tight-knit community of descendants of African slaves who toiled on the cocoa plantations that once dominated the region. Although Machado now lives in the capital city Caracas—where she’s built a thriving solo career that’s found her working in various contexts including the worlds of jazz and salsa--she’s maintained close ties to her hometown, and she still performs with La Parranda El Clavo, a living link to the area’s musical heritage that’s been active for more than three decades. She launched her career with them back in the late 80s. The group performed in New York earlier this year, inspiring Jon Pareles of the New York Times to write, “With Ms. Machado’s forthright voice answered by her group’s close harmonies and carried by all sorts of percussion — drums large and small, scrapers, shakers, castanets — the group performed songs about saints, dancing, slavery and the hard lives of the cocoa-plantation workers who originally sang parranda. The costumes were brightly patterned; dancers had light, quick steps that barely seemed to touch the stage.” Her commanding voice effortlessly melds the throat-grabbing power of R&B while tapping into a ritualistic intensity. Apart from her voice and the responding harmonies delivered by her band, there’s nothing to propel the music except a phalanx of percussion. Machado doesn’t need anything else to connect with listeners.
About Luciano Antonio Quartet:
Singer and guitarist Luciano Antonio, who was born in the southern Brazilian state of Parana, ranks as one Chicago’s greatest authorities on the art of Brazilian popular music, a stunning performer with a deep knowledge of his homeland’s vast traditions and countless regional styles. As a child he studied western classical music in addition to various local folk forms and bossa nova, and he arrived in the US to pursue his studies at the University of Missouri—Kansas City. But before earning his bachelor’s degree he began making the long commute to Chicago, where he had been invited to join the popular Brazilian combo Chicago Samba. Once he finished school he relocated here, quickly immersing himself in various strands of the local music scene and making himself an indispensable presence. He’s collaborated with numerous jazz luminaries, including John Goldman and Matt Geraghty, but he also works to promote traditional Brazilian sounds through a classical lense as the lead singer and guitarist in the Evanston Orquestra de Samba. According to Scott Adams, long-time host of the popular radio program The Sounds of Brazil, “These days, it's all too easy to equate music with a computer file or pixilated photons in the shape of an onscreen 'buy' button. The good news is that Luciano Antonio's voice and guitar can quickly remind us of the uniquely 'human' nature of this most creative form of storytelling. And, as is always true with a good storyteller, Luciano's music creates images that remain with us in a satisfying, personal way.”