Jazz at the University presents an evening of world music.
Adriano Adewale Itauna
Brazilian percussionist/composer Adriano Adewale is a versatile musician and performer, known for his unconventional and exploratory approach to music, and for his ability to create magical soundscapes from the seemingly banal.
Adriano Adewale was born in Sao Paulo – Brazil. For many years he was known as Adriano Pinto, a colonial name he received at birth. It was after his visit to Africa (Nigeria and Benin Republic) searching for his roots that he changed his name to Adriano Adewale Itauna. Respectively from the Yoruba-Nigeria and Tupi Guarani-Brazil. Adewale means royal child who come back home and Itauna means black rock.
Music has always been part of Adriano’s life. His father is an amateur percussionist, who used to play drums for carnival times, and also when there are family gatherings, members of the family always play drums. Adriano’s maternal grandfather used to play Clarinet, his uncle accordion and every weekend they would meet and play ‘Chorinho music’, a style also known as Brazilian Jazz. There are also two uncles who played a great influence on Adriano’s career, Claudio Silva who was a virtuoso ‘Pandeiro’ player and Joao Nicanor who is a singer song writer, guitarist and actor.
One of the most in demand musicians in the UK, Adriano has performed with leading word musicians such as the great singer Bobby Macferrin, pianist Joanna McGregor with whom he still works and play as duo, combining classical, jazz and contemporary classical music. Pianist Benjamin Taubkin, one of the foremost piano players and composers from Brazil. Adriano has a long relationship with Taubkin, and one studio record and a live album soon to be released.
Britten Sinfonia has performed a piece by Adriano at the City of London Festival 2011, together with Joanna McGregor. This show was broadcasted on BBC.
Other artists include: Sara-Jane Morris, Tuti Moreno, Julia Biel, Seb Rochford, Andy Shapperd, Ronu Majundar.
Tickets £10, £8, students and under 18s free entry