Project Description

    Terra Brasilis
    Baião. Toada. Frevo. Samba. These are only some of the distinctive rhythms that make up the rich musical landscape of Brazil, or Vera Cruz as it was once called. This melting pot is also the underlying foundation of the tunes selected by the Quarteto Terra Brasilis, which aim to recapture the enduring talents of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Egberto Gismonti, Hermeto Pascoal and Milton Nascimento, to name a few.
    It is a story of Brazilian Popular Music – a style that like no other turns diversity into unity –and one where jazz-influenced harmony and improvisation make the key connection. It is the casual meeting of three Brazilians and a European, all passionate about a story that is itself a history and about a musical style that is constantly being reinvented.

    Dan Costa, piano
    Born in London (UK) of Portuguese and Italian descent, Dan Costa studied piano at the Académie de Musique Rainier III in Monaco. He took part in the Académie Internationale d’Été de Nice and in the GSMD Summer School in 2006, as well as in the Aurora Festival in Sweden this year. In 2010, he was awarded a diploma in popular music at Sir Paul McCartney´s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. While enrolled in the ESMAE Jazz degree course, Dan was awarded a merit grant to study Brazilian music at the State University of Campinas (São Paulo). He has performed solo in venues such as the Paul McCartney Auditorium, Casa da Música and the Sporting Salle des Étoiles, has co-directed and played in musicals in the UK, and has taken part in projects in Finland, Germany and the USA.

    Daniel Ribeiro Campos, double bass
    Commonly referred to as “Pezim”, Daniel was born in Uberaba and studied Bassa the Escola Superior de Música da Faculdade Cantareira. He took classes with Alberto Luccas e Zé Alexandre. He took part in the Litchfield Jazz Camp in 2009, where he met Dave Liebman, Lionel Loueke and Trio da Paz and took classes with Nilson Matta and Claudio Roditti. He has performed with Djalma Lima, Bob Wyatt, Soundscape Big Band Jazz, Wilson Teixeira, Vinícius Dorin, Daniel D’Alcantra, Toninho Ferragutti, Teco Cardoso, Jarbas Barbosa, David Spencer, Marcio Bahia, Dina Blade, amongst others. Currently, he is performing in a variety of styles in bars, theatres and showrooms, especially in the state of São Paulo.

    Fernando Segi Sagawa, saxophone
    Fernando studied popular saxophone from 2004 to 2006 at the Allegro Conservatory (São Carlos/SP-Brazil) and graduated in Popular Music at the State University of Campinas in 2011. He is currently doing his Masters in Performance at the same university. Since 2007 Fernando has worked as a saxophonist, composer and arranger in groups such as Cumeira, Coletivo Orquestral Mário Campos, Lineker and Lê Coelho and the Urubus Malandros. Sagawa has played with important Brazilian musicians like Nelson Ayres, Arrigo Barnabé and Benjamin Taubkin. He has also performed in international festivals: “Jazz a la calle” (Uruguay) and “Mostra de Musica el Birri” (Argentina).

    Lucas Casacio, drums
    Lucas Casacio studied Drums and Percussion at the State University of Campinas. He has taken part in important music festivals in Brazil and abroad, such as the “Festival Clube do Choro de Paris” in 2012, the “Marrakech International Music Festival” in 2009, “Festival Brasil Instrumental de Tatuí” in 2008 and 2010, and the “Festival Internacional de Música de Brasília” in 2003. He also played in the musicals “Mamma Mia” and “Meu Amigo Charlies Brown” in 2010-2011. He has been involved in a research project related to drum performance as part of the group “Percussão Brasileira: Histórico, Estudo Interpretativo e seu Repertório” (UNICAMP). He is also a member of the groups “Amanajé” and “Quatro a Zero”, and has played internationally as part of the “Grupo de Percussão da UNICAMP”.

    Unicamp – Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
    Unicamp was officially founded on October 5, 1966, when the cornerstone was laid. Even compared with other Brazilian universities, the oldest of which was established 70 years ago, Unicamp can be considered a young institution and one that has already developed a strong tradition in education, research and services to society.
    The project to create Unicamp was a response to the growing demand for qualified personnel in a region of the country – the State of São Paulo – that by the 1960s accounted for 40% of Brazil’s industrial capacity and 25% of its economically active population.
    Unicamp broke with the Brazilian tradition of creating a university by simply accumulating courses and units. Instead, it was created based on an idea that included all of its present structure. This explains why, even before it was established, Unicamp had already attracted more than 200 foreign academics in a wide range of areas and about 180 academics from the best Brazilian universities.
    Unicamp has three campuses – in Campinas, Piracicaba and Limeira – which are home to 22 teaching and research centers. It also has a vast hospital complex (two large hospitals in Campinas, and one in each of the neighboring towns of Sumaré and Hortolândia); 23 interdisciplinary centers; two technical high schools; and a series of support units within a universe of about 50 thousand people in which thousands of research projects are carried out.