Ham Jam House -Concert

Mente Clara

Mente Clara will play a fine acoustic concert on Sunday, June 9th, at 2:00 PM.

Mente Clara will bring their brand of Brazilian jazz to the Ham Jam House on Sunday, June 9 at 3:00 PM (Doors at 2:00). This will be the groups first performance at Daren's home. The band came together for a few sessions in late 2011 and has been performing in Austin since 2012. This concert will feature a mix of compositions by Hermeto Pascoal, as well as original compositions that owe a great deal to his genius.

"O Bruxo," Hermeto Pascoal, is a legendary Brazilian musician and composer known for his mastery of many instruments and exciting live performances. He has worked with some of the biggest names in Brazilian music since hitting the scene in 1960's and was a founding member of seminal group Quarteto Novo, which also included drummer Airto Moreira. Airto later introduced Hermeto to Miles Davis and the two giants collaborated on Miles' 1971 album, Live-Evil. Hermeto turned down an invitation to join Miles' band permanently and instead returned to Brazil to start his own group. Since then he has churned out many recordings and even more compositions, sometimes using unconventional instruments like teapots, children's toys, and live animals. His legacy in Brazil and abroad is astounding. As Hermeto says, "Tudo som!" (All is sound.)

About the musicians...

Bassist Daniel Durham is one of the top call players in Austin. He performs and records regularly with musicians like Pete Rodriguez, Elias Haslinger, and Ephraim Owens. As a student at New England Conservatory he studied with John Lockwood, Bob Moses, and many others. He became enamored with Hermeto's music after a masterclass with Jovino Santos Neto, and has been studying the music ever since.

Drummer Aaron Parks was born in Houston and has been a part of the Austin music scene since moving here to attend the University of Texas, where he studied with Brannen Temple and other members of the UT faculty. Aaron has recorded with Groovin' High, Segunda Luna, Ben Balmer, and Houston Marchman, Oberon's Parabola, and others. In May 2009, Aaron graduated from UT with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and currently teaches high school math. He currently drums for Houston Marchman, Richard Jessee Project, Ben Balmer, and Mente Clara.

Saxophonist and pianist Owen Summers moved to Austin from his native New York in 2007 and has worked as a saxophonist and pianist throughout the Central Texas area. Classically trained as a pianist as a student, he later discovered jazz. Before moving to Austin, he studied saxophone with Tim Price, in addition to receiving on the bandstand training from seasoned musicians in New York, most notably guitarist Steve Blum. Blum also introduced Owen to the music of Hermeto, which ultimately resulted in the birth of Mente Clara.

Percussionist Bruno Vinezof is a native of Olinda, a historic city in northeastern Brasil, and home to musical styles like maracatu and frevo. Before coming to the United States, he performed throughout Brazil and on several European tours with groups like Quarteto Olinda, Maciel Salu, and Renata Rosa. Bruno's playing is featured on records with Quarteto Olinda, Pandeiro do Mestre, and Azabumba. Since coming to Austin in 2012, he has helped lead Maracatu Austin, a percussion group dedicated to sharing and exploring the musical styles of Pernambuco in Austin. Bruno also performs locally with Seu Jacinto, Morena Soul, and many others.

-- Mente Clara's Website: http://www.menteclaramusic.com

Doors open at 2:00 and the concert is 3:00 to 5:00.
$15 suggested admission donation

BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!