Helio Alves TrioFree
Helio Alves Trio
Presented by Terraza 7 Outdoor Concert Series.
Friday, October 30th, 2020 at 7:00 pm.
Donation suggested: $10.
Helio Alves / Piano.
Mauricio Zottarelli / Drums.
Edward Perez / Bass.
His performances were technically astonishing, showing great rhythmic, harmonic and improvisational strengths, which few, if any, could match. His melodic free form inventiveness and sense of time stood out like a free spirit seeking to liberate itself from all traditional constraints.” –Bruce Gilman, brazzil.com
A mix of straight-ahead and Brazilian sensibilities reflects Alves’ personal tastes and his musical complexity. “I love jazz, and I love Brazilian music, and I always try to open things up a bit by mixing the two together,” he says. “It’s good to be able to go back and forth, trading one off the other. It keeps things interesting.”
A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, pianist Helio Alves combines the rhythmic complexity of modern brazilian music with the edgy energy of contemporary jazz. A resident of NYC, Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Slide Hampton, Paquito D’Rivera, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim.
Helio was nominated for a Grammy with the album “Forests”, by the “Brazilian Trio”, a group that he co leads with bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka da Fonseca. He has released four albums under his own name: “Trios” (1998), “Portrait in Black & White” (2004), “It’s Clear” (2009) and most recently, “Musica”
featuring Antonio Sanchez, Reuben Rogers, Claudio Roditi and Romero Lubambo.
Together with musical partner Maucha Adnet, Helio has released the piano-voice album “Milagre” on Zoho Music (2013).
“Alves has sublety, musicality and a extraordinary facility for improvisation…” “…exceptional melodic improviser…”
-Roberti L. Doerschuk, DownBeat Magazine
“Alves plays with a gravity and stylistic flair that’s truly impressive”
-Phillip Van Vleck, Billboard Magazine