LAAC September Brown Bag Features Jazz Performance By Dr. Marcos Cavalcante

LAAC News:

The Los Alamos Arts Council announces the opening of the new season of its Brown Bag Performance Series at noon, Sept. 3 at Fuller Lodge.

The first concert of the series features a jazz performance by Dr. Marcos Cavalcante. The LAAC’s Brown Bag concerts showcase local preforming artists and are free and open to the public. Performances are generally the first Wednesday of the month at noon in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge. 

Cavalcante is a Brazilian from Bahia who lives in Los Alamos. He has lived in New Mexico since 2007. A guitar player, composer and arranger, he developed his musicianship in Jazz, Brazilian Jazz and Popular Music (Música Popular Brasileira), Classical Guitar, World Music and several kinds of Folk Music.

Cavalcante has played many concerts and taught workshops in Brazil, Japan and the USA. In the USA, he has a been a performer in concerts and presented workshops both in artistic and academic venues such as Indiana University, University of Louisville, Interlochen Center for the Arts (Traverse City, Michigan), Duke University and Oklahoma University.

He has had a very prolific career as a player, composer and arranger. Marcos has played with renowned musicians such as Dominic Spera, Pat Harbison, John Rangel, Steve Allee, Phil DeGreg, Rique Pantoja, Kanoa Kaluhiwa, Jack Wilkins, Farrell Vernon, Mike Tracy, Tom Walsh, Tom Clark, Luis Guerra, Jeremy Allen, Mike Valerio, Tyrone Wheeler, Frank Smith, Diego Arencon, Steve Davis, Rogerio Boccato, Tom Taylor, Steve Barns, Kenny Phelps and many others.

He has recorded with many artists, since the early 1980’s, as an arranger, composer and multi-instrumentalist. His most recent recordings were done with Michael Feinstein, John Rangel, Farrell Vernon and Barbara Bentree.

Cavalcante is currently an associate professor at Northern New Mexico College. He received a doctoral degree in classical guitar from Indiana University, in 1999. Before that a masters degree in jazz studies (1993), also from Indiana University. In Brazil, he received his bachelor’s degree in music/composition from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil, 1987).

In the USA, he taught as an assistant instructor at Jacobs Music School, Indiana University, from 1990 to 1999, and later as a full time professor at Northern New Mexico College, from 2007 to the present time. In Brazil, he was a professor in both classical and jazz music programs at Universidade Estadual de Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil), from 2000 to 2006.

Cavalcante teaches classical, Brazilian and jazz guitar, jazz improvisation, and jazz theory. He has a studio at his home in Los Alamos.