Vibe: Brazilian, Latin Lounge
MARCOS OLIVEIRA and DILL COSTA helped create the Brazilian sound of BOSSA TRES. At age nine, MARCOS began playing music in the streets of Rio de Janeiro with his friends. The percussionist and vocalist went on to study with percussion masters and to march with samba schools in Rio de Janeiro, as well as sing in samba contests. He performed with Choro, Samba and Pagode groups in many of the clubs, bars and restaurants around Rio. Marcos works to infuse Brazilian sound into non-Brazilian music styles.
Also reared in Rio de Janeiro, vocalist DILL is a multi-talented Brazilian performer who represents authentic Carnaval music. In Brazil, she sang with Eduardo Dusek, Oswaldo Montenegro, Marcos Lima and Joao Pinheiro. Moving to Chicago in 2003, Dill dedicated herself to performing a repertoire that ranges from classic 1940′s era samba to the cool 1960′s Bossa Nova hits of Antonio Carlos Jobim, from the modern Brazilian pop of Caetano Veloso and Djavan to her original compositions. Completing the Quintet are BRUNO ALCALDE, guitarist, composer, and music theorist, who has performed with rock, jazz, and Brazilian music groups. He wrote the soundtrack for the Brazilian independent movie Alice Diz, and his chamber music works have been performed in Brazil. In 2008 he released an album with the group of Brazilian composers, Avante.
Chicago bassist JACK ZARA is a member of many bands, works in several other genres, and has been playing Brazilian music for more than half of his career. Jack can be heard on three records by saxophonist Von Freeman, and an upcoming album by Brazilian guitarist and singer Luciano Antonio.
LUIZ EWERLING, who started playing drums at six years old in Southern Brazil and, at eight, appeared on TV, when people began calling him " The Mini Drummer.” Coming to the United States in 1984 to play for Breno Sauer's band Som Brasil, Luis was soon performing with Sugar Blue, Marshall Vente, Howard Levy, Harry Mura, Fareed Haque, Eldee Young among others. In 1994, Luiz recorded his own compositions with his band, A Cor Do Brasil.