Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
The Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park continued its musical travels around the world one concert at a time by journeying with Matuto to Northeastern Brazil and other parts of the Americas. Led by guitarist Clay Ross, this band brought its eclectic sound to a small but appreciative crowd that braved a very heavy – but quickly passing – downpour to see the band last Sunday evening.
The unusual combination of guitar, bass, accordion, trap drums and percussion served up a set of truly uncategorizable music. One could hear the sounds of roots music of all kinds – ranging from Northeast Brazilian forro to bluegrass – in the band’s spicy musical gumbo.
All the musicians in the band were showcased. The tambourine work of Ze Mauricio displayed a surprisingly wide range of dynamic and tonal values ranging from a low bass drum to cymbal-like shimmies.
But Mauricio was not to be outdone by Tim Keiper on drums and a variety of miscellaneous tambourines and leg percussion, accordionist Rob Curto and the upright bass playing of Skip Ward.
The opening act was the Hudson Valley’s own Bernstein Bard Band, who played an eclectic set of Brazilian and bluegrass music on mandolin, guitar, bass and percussion.
The Music Haven Concert Series continues at 7pm on Sunday (July 22) with the bold blues of the Philadelphia-based Deb Callahan Band. Nippertown favorites Alison Jacobs & Matt Mirabile open the show. Admission is free.