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Luisa Maita and Boss Tres

Live at Martyrs , Chicago, IL Oct 4, 2016 
BY Maja Rios  
Luisa Maita- File photo by Dan Locke
Martyrs , dimly lit club presented , Chicago-based Brazilian band, Bossa Tres and headliner, from Brazil Luisa Maita. Bossa Tres , led by Brazilian vocalist/percussionist , Marcus Olivea his trio consisited of surdo, percussion and , caviquinho, was a real taste of authentic Brazilian samba.

Marcus, is an excellent singer/percussionist of that genre, and so were his partners, Englishman, John Beard on caviquinho/vocals and Hector Garcia from Brazil on percussion/vocals. John Beard who lives in Chicago, mastered the technique and feeling to play the Brazilian small guitar, Caviquinho, similar to the ukulele.

The trio played non-stop, up-tempo sambas all sung in Portuguese, for about one hour straight. I thoroughly enjoyed their performance as did the audience that included people who danced along to the samba beat, with swirling arms and legs!

The main act, after, Bossa Tres, was singer Luisa Maita and her trio, all from Brazil that consisted of electric guitar, electric bass and drums.

I was expecting Luisa Maita to play Brazilian bossa nova or samba but unexpectedly I heard American-style, psychedelic rock, straight out of the 60’s San Francisco, California. Loud electronic, blurred vocals mixed with electric guitar rock licks. I was transported back to 60’s L.A.; soft, Grace Slick-type vocals via Luisa. She sang loud but not with the power of a Grace Slick.  If one was a rock fan, this was for you! The vocals were sung in Portuguese and English, with no hint of anything Brazilian as far as style.

However, American rock music has been popular in Brazil for ages ,just as Brasilia samba and bossa novas have been popular in American Jazz and have become standard repertoire among jazz musicians


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