FESTIVAL OPENING CONCERT IN COAL HARBOUR PARK, 7pm-8:30pm, Wednesday, August 7
First Concert of the Wednesday Evening Jazz Series (4 concerts all together)
There are few performers in the world today as versatile and fascinating as guitarist/singer/percussionist Celso Machado. Brazilian-born and Vancouver-based, Machado delights his audiences with his subtle mixture of musical inspiration, irresistible rhythm, and virtuosity. He is a highly respected multi-instrumentalist and composer, and Marcus Vinicius, one of Brazil’s leading critics, has hailed him as “the most important Brazilian guitarist of the new generation.” Whether he’s leading the audience in a call-and-response percussion number or performing a spry bossa nova rendition of the Xavier Cugat favourite Brazil, Machado’s performances are unerringly thrilling, beautiful, and awe-inspiring.