In her Berkeley debut, pianist Rebecca Hass presents a solo show of original compositions and arrangements in Brazilian styles (from samba and choro to baião and maracatu) from her new album Florescer (Bloom).
Rebecca’s multi-decade love affair with Brazilian music led her to join Minneapolis percussion group Batucada do Norte over a decade ago, and it’s clear that her many years as a percussionist inform her compositions on piano. Inspired by influences as diverse as Hermeto Pascoal, Ernesto Nazareth, and Debussy, the songs on this album range from nostalgic to upbeat, but with plenty of infectious rhythm.
Even without the addition of percussion, the rhythms of the traditional percussion instruments of Brazil are infused throughout these creative arrangements and original compositions. With great variety from Maracatu do Manatim, an un-traditional maracatu about a grooving manatee, to Borboleta Azul, an effervescent pandeiro-driven tune that switches between baião and samba styles, these compositions give a slightly new take on classic Brazilian styles.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door general admission; $10 for students with ID and low-income individuals. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!