Benji & Rita at The Back Room

 

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF RITA FIGUEIREDO
  • Photo courtesy of Rita Figueiredo

Benji Kaplan and Rita Figueiredo are two well-respected Brazilian jazz musicians, though their approach is quite different. Kaplan, a New York native, is an intimate songwriter who gently strums the guitar, sings poetic lyrics, and harmonizes gorgeously. Rita Figueiredo, who hails from São Paulo, Brazil, has similar traditional Brazilian music-meets-jazz influences, but with a much more theatrical approach. Her talent as a composer with her fierce singing style gives her music unbridled passion. Rita's intensity of spirit might seem to be an odd mix with Benji's understated complexity but it's quite a logical fit. You really can't do better than these two when it comes to current players of this genre. And this Sunday, you can catch the duo sharing the stage and creating an astoundingly gorgeous musical landscape.

UPDATE: The show has been re-scheduled to Tuesday Sept. 5, 7:30 pm.

Sunday, Aug. 27, 2pm, $15, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, BackRoomMusic.com


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