Água no Feijão

Marcus Garrett (cavaquinho)
Marilynn Mair (bandolim)
Michel Nascimento (pandeiro e percussão)
Pablo Fernandes Curty (guitarra semi-acústica)
Raphael Moraes (violão 7 cordas)
Romulo Aguiar (sax soprano e tenor)

Recordings: Agua no Feijao- Roda no Rio

Formed in 2007
Currently available for performances and recordings in Brazil
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Água no Feijão is a group of friends and musicians based in Rio de Janeiro, who have come from many different musical backgrounds to play choro music together. The group formed in March 2007 at Escola Portátil, the all-Saturday choro school at UniRio, and continue to rehearse, perform, and record together. The current 6 members released their debut CD, Roda no Rio (2008) to good reviews both in Brazil and the US. It has been called “delightful,” “an excellent recording,” “the perfect party CD,” and “played with a great swing!”. You can hear tracks from the CD on Água’s MySpace: myspace.com/aguanofeijao

Choro music began in Rio over a century ago, and the traditional roda da choro– choro jam session– continues today as part of the city’s vibrant music scene. Through the years choro has continued to change and grow, absorbing new influences while remaining true to its roots. The musicians of Água no Feijão bring other styles to the mix as well– samba, salsa, jazz, classical — infusing their CD with an unmistakable sense of fun. The group’s name comes from an old Brazilian expression of hospitality: if unexpected guests arrive, just add more water to the beans. So welcome to our “Roda in Rio”!

O choro foi criado no Rio de Janeiro há mais de um século, e as tradicionais rodas de choro continuam fazendo parte da efervescente cena musical da cidade. Através dos anos o Choro vem mudando, crescendo, absorvendo novas influências, enquanto permanece ligado às suas origens. Os músicos do Água no Feijão acrescentam seu próprio toque à mistura — samba, salsa, jazz, música clássica — inspirando este CD com uma graça inconfundível. Então bem-vindos à nossa “Roda no Rio”!

  • “Smudging the lines between folk and classical is an intrepid endeavor… Mair’s a superb mandolin player who has brought the instrument to unexpected places…”

    – Jim Macnie, The Providence Phoenix (USA)

    “Mair displays an exceptionally gifted approach to this music, using her formidable mandolin technique with grace and sensitivity… It’s the next best thing to a trip to Rio.”

    – David McCarty, Mandolin Magazine (USA)

    “A sparkling concert… absolutely brilliant!”

    – Guitar Magazine (England)

    “Marilynn Mair performs Brazilian mandolin music… she plays the mandolin as an instrument for all occasions.”
    – Vaughn Watson, The Providence Journal (USA)

    “Marilynn Mair lives up to her reputation as an excellent mandolinist, with clear tone, a beautiful tremolo, and creative expressiveness.”

    – Zupfmusik Magazin (Germany)

    “Marilynn Mair has always had the keen ability to balance classical mandolin traditions and repertoire, while constantly breaking new musical ground…a superb and versatile mandolinist and composer.”

    – – Butch Baldassari, Mandolin Magazine (USA)

    “Stepping back to the 18th-century masterworks gave her the opportunity to highlight her technique with a fresh light… her playing is thoughtful, vibrant and a delight to listen to.”

    — Terence Pender, Mandolin Quarterly (USA)

    “Mair is unstoppable… capable of evoking any landscape, past or present, you’d care to conjure.”

    – Mike Caito, Providence Phoenix (USA)

    “A brilliant concert from beginning to end…The performance was extraordinary.”
    – La Rioja (Spain)

    “Marilynn Mair é uma bandolinista americana de formação erudita”

    — Paulo Eduardo Neves, Agenda do Samba Choro (Brasil)

    “She’s a fabulous player with a wonderfully clear and lyrical sound.”

    – The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

    Bring a talented ensemble of gifted musicians together playing some of the great concertos and chamber music pieces of the 1700s, present the extraordinary classical mandolinist Marilynn Mair front and center, and you have a rare combination of the right musicians performing the right music at the right time.

    – David McCarty, Mandolin Magazine (USA)

    “The final repeat of the melody transmitted a strong feeling of peace and tenderness that escaped no one in the audience. It is this sensitivity and subtleness that characterized the overall performance.”

    – Brian Hodel, Guitar Review (USA)

    “Marilynn Mair acquits herself very well indeed, a most accomplished player, able to deal with the many intricacies the repertoire demands of her.”

    – Chris Kilvington, Classical Guitar (England)

    “Mair travels by mandolin to Brazil and brilliance… her commitment to the music shines through.”

    – Rick Massimo, The Providence Journal

    Marilynn Mair on mandolin…touches the deepest and most engaging reaches of the ancient and passionate ‘Latin soul’.

    – Carlos Agudelo, Billboard Magazine

    “A lovely concert! We estimate your spell-bound and enthusiastic audience at close to 1800 people…”

    – Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors (USA)