Ham Jam House -Concert

Rio Novo - Sammy Epstein
02/16/2013, 03/25/2012

Rio Novo will present a fine acoustic concert on Saturday, February 16th, at 7:00 PM.

Rio Novo, the Brazilian quintet, will be presenting an afternoon house concert in the Far West Neighborhood at the Ham Jam House.

Rio Novo was born in 2009 out of a meeting between Sammy Epstein, Javier Jara, and Carlos Ufret at one of Daren Appelt's famous Ham Jam sessions. Javier and Carlos had been playing as a duo ("Zafra") specializing in music of many Latin-American countries. The three met on the balcony of Daren's house and played a few Brazilian tunes together. The music sounded so good to the trio that they decided to form a group specializing in Brazilian music. Acoustic bass and drums were added to fill out the group's sound, and Rio Novo was launched.

Rio Novo performs Bossa Novas, sambas, choros, and other Brazilian song forms by Brazilian composers including Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chico Buarque, Djavan, Pixinguinha, and others. Each piece performed by the group is arranged by Carlos Ufret. Many of the arrangements based on classic recordings of well known Brazilian performers.

Bossa Nova, popularized in the 60s, has a warm, sensual, pulsating feel. Samba is typically upbeat and quintessentially "Brazilian Carnaval." The music performed by Rio Novo is for listening AND for dancing.

The players...

Javier Jara vocals (in Portuguese) and guitar
Javier sings and plays nylon-stringed guitar. A native of Ecuador, Javier lived in Brazil for a period of time, where he learned to speak Portuguese. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in music education at University of Texas, teaching privately, and performing in several musical ensembles.

Carlos Ufret nylon stringed guitar
Carlos plays nylon-stringed guitar and is the group's Musical Director, providing all musical arrangements. A graduate of the prestigious Indiana University conservatory, Carlos teaches privately and performs in several musical groups.

Sammy Epstein saxophones and clarinet
Sammy plays alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet, and "shaker," and manages business for Rio Novo. Sammy moved to Austin from Portland, Oregon about five years ago. He currently plays in several musical groups including Mirage Jazz Ensemble, and has a "day job" in the field of intellectual property.

Dave Sierra drums
David is a much sought after drummer in Austin, often touring with national acts. A graduate of University of Texas in jazz performance, Dave plays a wide variety of musical styles and in many different bands.

Josh Flowers bass
Josh plays acoustic bass with Rio Novo and other musical groups in Austin, and often tours nationally. He is a graduate of University of New Mexico, and completed his Masters of Music at University of Texas.

Rio Novo Links...

Doors open at 7:00 PM and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$10 suggested admission donation

BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!