Sandy Cressman and Homenagem Brasileira
Monday, Jul 21, 2008 7:30 PM PDT
Stanford University Campbell Recital Hall, Palo Alto, CA
"A singer's singer who has graced the work of artists like Ray Obiedo, Pete Escovedo, and Receca Mauleon, Sandy has carved a name for herself...'Homenagem Brasileira' is a cool shower of interpretive works that showcases the warmly superb and crystalline voice of this emerging diva." - Latin Beat Magazine
Vocalist Sandy Cressman exudes a deep passion for Brazilian music. With her quintet Homenagem Brasiliera, she explores the richness and diversity of that country's musical tradition. While many jazz performers endlessly recycle the same few Brazilian tunes, Homenagem Brasiliera has a large and actively growing repertoire, from popular classics to seldom-heard gems by composers like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Hermeto Pascoal, and Baden Powell. Cressman was born in New York, but felt a special kinship to the music of Brazil after hearing Ivan Lins while at U.C. Berkeley. She immersed herself in the music, learning to speak Portuguese fluently, and began to collaborate with Brazilian pianist Marcos Silva, from which relationship Homenagem Brasiliera emerged. These master musicians honor the classic sounds of Brazilian music in all its many varieties, while adding their own creative spark. They have performed extensively for more than nine years and have recorded two CDs.