Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer and educator, is one of the most distinguished Brazilian musicians working today. Based in Seattle, he has been throughout his career closely affiliated with the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal. He was an integral part of Pascoal's legendary group from 1977 to 1992, where he fine-tuned his artistry, performing around the world and co-producing several legendary records. Since moving to the U.S., Jovino has developed a solid reputation as a creative and inspired musician, working as a soloist, as a leader of his ensemble or as a guest composer with many different orchestras and chamber groups around the world.
Jovino’s personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, telepathic improvisation, lyrical melodies and great ensemble playing, always inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music. His compositions include samba, choro, baião, xote, forró, marcha and many more styles, rooted in centuries-old musical tradition while pointing to new and adventurous harmonic languages.
The musicians joining Jovino for these performances in Oregon are among the best in the West Coast: Havey Wainapel (clarinet, sax), Mark Ivester (drums), and Chuk Deardorf (bass).