Lisboa Intima in New York

Lisboa Intima in New York

Arte Institute supports “Lisboa Intima” in NYC, on May 12.

Lisboa Intima
May 12 | 7 PM

Once Upon a Tart
135 Sullivan Street (between Houston and Prince)

Open for dinner at 6:00 PM
Music at 7:30 PM
Reservations recommended: 212 387 8869

Susan Palma-Nidel Flute
Pedro Jóia Guitar
Ruca Rebordão Percussion and Berimbau
Leo Traversa Bass
Philip Hamilton Vocals

In his 1990 New York Times Review entitled A Flutist Who Spans Many Idioms, Donal Henahan wrote: “Susan Palma has long been held in awe as a virtuoso flutist and a good musical citizen by followers of a wide variety of performing groups, including Speculum Musicae, Orpheus, the American Composers Orchestra, the Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Bach Chamber Soloists. Her [solo recital] program at Merkin Concert Hall on Tuesday evening may or may not have been planned to reflect that catholicity of associations, but it left the listener in little doubt as to her range of capabilities.”
Susan has recorded over 70 CDs for DGG and Nonesuch with Orpheus including her own album of Mozart Flute Concerto in G and the Flute and Harp Concerto with harpist Nancy Allen. Gramophone Magazine called it the “the best recording of these works to date”. She was also featured on the Copland recording of Appalachian Spring, which was nominated for a Grammy as well as the 2001 Grammy winning Shadow Dances.
Susan has continued to perform this music but since 1999, she began to move away from, but not forget, her classical background. Fortuitous meetings began with new musicians who helped her find a new way. On a trip to Buenos Aires in 1997 with Orpheus she met Pablo Zeigler who had been Astor Piazzolla’s pianist from 1979-1989. Because of Pablo’s interest in writing for chamber orchestra and chamber groups they began working together, playing his music, Tango Jazz, as well as his arrangements of Piazzolla’s music.
Pablo soon wrote Susan Suite Canyengue, a suite for flute and string quartet, which was recorded on her first solo CDs, Elegante, New Flute Music of South America (2012). Also included on Elegante were: Ivan Lins singing two of his own tunes accompanied by Susan’s friend and colleague Branford Marsalis, Hector del Curto, the great Bandoneon player, guitarist Leo Amuedo and the talented Café on percussion; and a new version of Villa Lobos’ “Jet Whistle/Assobio do Jato” brilliantly reimagined by Robert Sadin (also the producer of the Album), with Chico Pinheiro, Eddie Arron and Cyro Baptista.
Because of these meetings and her highly successful debut solo recording Susan began searching for a new World Music project. This search eventually led to her exploration of the rich musical tradition of Portugal. With the encouragement of Ivan Lins, Susan sought out the finest musicians in Lisboa and found that there was great interest in working with a renowned, Classical New York flutist who had a passion for their music.  Lisboa Intima is the latest result of Susan’s ongoing World Music Journey, released in Portugal November 11, 2016 and to be released in New York in early May 2017.

PEDRO JÓIA is an internationally renowned guitar virtuoso whose versatility includes a rare expertise in Flamenco guitar.  He has recorded six albums in his own name and is a featured soloist on numerous other recordings.  Pedro resided in Brazil for several years and worked there with Ney Matogrosso, Yamandú Costa, Gilberto Gil and many others.  In 2008 he was awarded the Carlos Paredes Prize for the album À Espera de Armandinho which interprets the art of the great maestro.   Pedro’s artistry on Carlos Paredes’ Verdes Anos and the lullaby Jose Embala O Menino are highlights of Lisboa Íntima.  Since 2013, Pedro has toured the world with the great Fado and Pop singer, Mariza, for whom he is the musical director.

RUCA REBORDÃO is an internationally acclaimed percussionist from Angola, a master of the Berimbau, who possesses a broad understanding of the music and rhythms from everywhere in the world.  He has worked with many musical luminaries including Sadao Watanabe, Alejandro Sanz, Rão Kyao, Madredeus, Paulo de Carvalho, António Chainho, Mariza, Melody Gardot, Ivan Lins, Fafá de Belém, and is a fixture on the Lisboa music scene. Ruca is also a principal of an exciting new company “Ampla Portugal”, managing and supporting local musicians throughout the Lusofone world.  On Lisboa Íntima Ruca is featured on Ler Devagar, O Que Estriga Tenho Na Roca and Jose Embala O Menino.

(Executive Director) conceived and developed Lisboa Íntima with Susan and Robert.  In 2004, he wrote: WORLD MUSIC: THE BASICS, (Routledge), which remains an important reference work in the field.  It is a comprehensive survey of Folk, Traditional, Roots and Popular music from virtually every country in the World, containing brief historical, political and musical commentaries and anecdotes for every country and extensive recording recommendations for 1000s of artists. His love and knowledge of Portuguese musical genres is central to Lisboa Íntima, and informed the repertoire.
Richard owned and operated Citron 47, a World Music Bistro in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen, from 1995-2000, featuring renowned World musicians Richard Bona (Cameroon); Bakhiti Kumalo & Tony Cedras (South Africa); Pablo Ziegler, Cecilia Tenconi & Hector del Curto (Argentina); Romero Lubamba, Café, Teco Cardoso, (Brasil); Hector Martignon (Colombia); Johnny Almendra, Valerie Naranjo, Philip Hamilton, Leo Traversa, Aaron Heick and Frank Colon, and Jazz luminaries Frank Wess, Jimmy Owens, Jeff Haynes and Howard Alden.
Richard has published numerous writings about Wine including his widely acclaimed “knowledge cards” for Pomegranate.    He is soon to publish his Guide for Selecting Fine Wine, a biased, sarcastic, anti-industry primer designed to expose the hype and pretense in the wine trade, debunking and demystifying the subject.
When not involved in new music projects or writing about wine, Richard reluctantly works as a practicing attorney with offices in New York City.