The Samba Quartet are a four piece act paying homage to the great names of Afro Brazilian Jazz, Samba and Bossa Nova.
Fronted by Brazilian born Pilo, the group compromises of seasoned musicians from Mozambique, Brazil, and the UK.
Influences are drawn from Joāo Gilberto’s harmonic complexities, Airto Moreira’s experimental rhythms and Jorge Ben laid back approach!
The Samba Quartet are part of respectable music charity Live Music Now and have experience with the production of bespoke Brazilian music.
About The Samba Quartet
Multi-instrumentalist, producer and bandleader. Leeds College of Music graduate, up until now Pilo has been working with Nina Miranda (Smoke City, Zeep), Nubiyan Twist (Feat. on BBC 1Xtra & BBC radio 6) & The Samba Quartet.
Born in Brazil and now based in the UK, Pilo has 16 years of experience performing and touring around the UK and Europe in festivals and venues such as: Meltdown Festival (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Jazz Café (Camden), Band on the Wall (Manchester), supporting artists like Quantic, Robert Glasper and Hot 8 Brass Band.
Alec graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2013 with a BA in Jazz Studies and he is now performing with a wide array of different artists.
He is the bass player for Nubiyan Twist who have spent much of 2015 touring the UK, as well as having a festival filled summer including a date at Fusion Festival in Germany, and David Byrne’s Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre.
In May 2015 Alec toured China with the Carpenters (Carpenters tribute show) which included 5 dates in some of the country major cities and most prestigious venues including Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre and Beijing Exhibition Theatre.
Internationally renowned drummer, percussionist, teacher and arranger, Elias main inspiration stems from his original African roots mixed with European and Latin music.
Born in Mozambique, Elias has been invited to accompany a diversity of artists and/or bands for worldwide tours all over the globe, such as: Waldemar Bastos, Carmen Souza, Paulino Vieira, Sons da Lusofonia, Filipe Mukenga, Navegante, Miguel Rebelo, and Claudio de Brito.
As a session recording drummer, Elias participated in a diversity of albums such as:”Pretaluz/ Blacklight” and “Renaissance” by Waldemar Bastos, “Canta meu Semba” by Paulo Flores, Kimi Djabate, Maria Alice, Simentera, “Mandjolo” by Costa Neto, Helvio, Angelo Boss.
A self-taught drummer, Elias ability to pass on energetic, dynamic and vibrant messages through his playing, has led him to start a successful teaching career in 2007.
Later in 2009 he decided to join the University of Salford to take a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Music, being awarded with First Class Honors in 2013.
Producer, pianist and musical director. Aron is a versatile musician trained at LCM in Jazz (1st class) but with passions for Soul and Brazillian music.
Aron has been working extensively with Thabo & Real Dealplaying in top venues supporting artists such as Anthony Hamilton and JP Cooper as well as featuring in the BBC 1 Live lounge.
He is experienced in the studio as a musician and producer working for artists and labels in the UK & USA. As an educator he has been leading workshops over 4 years for Live Music Now, Nymaz and Pied Piper.
The Samba Quartet Line-up
Pilo can perform acoustically through a compact PA system provided by himself with all the necessary cables and microphones. Compact and quick to set up when and wherever you want on the day, Pilo can perform whilst you welcome your party guests or even as part of your ceremony.
Duo – Vocals/Percussion + Keys
This duo is a popular choice and perfect for background music & dinner Jazz style.
Trio – Vocals/Percussion + Keys + Bass
Adding bass from a trio will give the ensemble a fuller, richer sound. Another popular choice especially for clients with larger venues.
Quartet – Vocals/Guitar – Keys – Bass – Drum Kit
The full Samba Quartet line-up. They can cater to clients looking for the Jazzier side of Brazilian music by presenting all the Bossa Nova classics or start the party with upbeat Samba classics.
Djavan – Fato Consumado
Chico Buarque – Samba de Orly
Joāo Gilberto – Só Danço Samba
Marcos Valle – Valeu
Moacyr Santos – Naná
Toquinho – Tarde Em Itapoā
Marcos Valle – Água de Coco
Joāo Gilberto – Doralice
Joāo Donato – A Rā
Wilson Simonal – Nem Vem Que Nāo Tem
Tania Maria – Tá Tudo Certo
Clube do Balanćo – Krioula
Tim Maia – No Caminho do Bem
Jorge Ben Jor – Roberto Corta Essa
Elis Regina – Bala com Bala
Azymuth – Tamborim Cuica Ganza Berimbau
Airto Moreira – Mixing
Milton Banana Trio – Cidade Vazia
Marcos Valle – Os Grillos
Nicola Conte – Groovy Samba
Elis Regina – Meio de Campo
Tim Maia – Guiné Bissau, Moçambique e Angola
Sêrgio Mendes – Magalenha
Seu Jorge – Carolina
Jorge Ben Jor – Umbabaraumba
Seu Jorge – Samba Rock
Zequinha de Abreu – Tico Tico no Fubá
Gilberto Gil – Chiclete com Banana
Tamba 4 – Palladium
Erasmo Carlos – Mane Joāo
De Savoya – Ma na na
Tom Jobim – Água de Beber
Joāo Gilberto – Desafinado