An Afternoon of Brazilian Jazz

This season’s UBS Atrium Series opens on Thursday, November 14

Ludovic Beier
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Ludovic Beier

The UBS Atrium Series begins its 2019-20 series of free midday music with a Brazilian Jazz concert directed by renowned instrumentalist and composer, Ludovic Beier. The concert will take place on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 12:30 p.m. in the Atrium at 1000 Harbor Boulevard in the Lincoln Harbor section of Weehawken.

Mr. Beier is well-known around the world for his mastery of the accordion and accordina. He grew up in France in a musical family, where his interests turned to Gypsy Jazz. His talents were noticed in that close-knit musical community and he started to collaborate with many leaders of the genre including Angelo Debarre and Stochelo Rosenberg.

Ludovic developed a strong musical bond with Dorado Schmitt and his family which led to concerts in North America. Since 2003, he and Dorado and various members of the Schmitt family have annually toured the US as the Django Festival All-Stars and perform twice a year at their New York home, the Birdland Jazz Club.

Ludovic is also a master of Brazilian and Latin Jazz and has had the opportunity to work with many Jazz icons, including James Carter, Paquito D’Rivera, and Frank Wess. He has performed twice at Carnegie Hall, once with his Django All-Star family and once as a special guest in a tribute to Toots Thielemans, alongside Herbie Hancock, Eliane Elias, Ivan Lins, and others.

He has also played many top festivals and venues around the world.  For this concert, he will be joined by guitarist Paul Meyers and percussionist David Silliman in a program featuring beloved Brazilian Jazz classics and original Brazilian tunes composed by Mr. Beier.

Paul Meyers is very active in New York’s vibrant Brazilian and Latin Jazz scenes, working with such greats as Eliane Elias, Jovino Santos Neto and Emilio Santiago. Paul was also a long-time member of Terra Brasil, which featured pianist/composer Cidinho Teixeira and vocalist Vera Mara, both veterans of Gilberto Gil’s band. Paul has played on many recordings and was featured on Deodato’s soundtrack for the film “Bossa Nova.”

Aside from his specialty in Brazilian music, Paul has performed and recorded with an ever-growing list of Jazz luminaries including Kenny Barron, Gene Bertoncini, Ron Carter, Wynton Marsalis, David Sanchez, and many more.

Paul teaches Jazz guitar and improvisation, and coaches Jazz and Brazilian ensembles at William Paterson University and New Jersey City University.

David Silliman is one of the most versatile and experienced percussionists playing today. Whether accompanying song stylists such as Mariah Carey, Cassandra Wilson, and Blossom Dearie, or playing with Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda, David’s exciting rhythmic energies add color and mood to any musical performance. He’s also comfortable playing in the pit orchestra of a Broadway show or with the New Jersey Symphony. His performances have taken him to concerts and festivals in Italy, Vienna, Berlin, the Netherlands, Monterey, Uruguay, and Lithuania.

David was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was exposed to a wide variety of music. His initial interest was in classical music where he studied snare drum, xylophone and timpani. Later on he expanded his horizons to include Jazz, Latin Jazz, Brazilian, and Funk music. Highlights of David’s career include concert tours with Al DiMeola, Cassandra Wilson, and Leslie Uggams. He also had the honor of performing with Aretha Franklin in New York on the VH1 Divas concert.

All performances for the UBS Atrium Series begin at 12:30 p.m.  The concert is free and open to the public and the Atrium at 1000 Harbor Boulevard is wheelchair accessible.  Parking is available in the adjacent outdoor lot and public transportation options include NJ Transit Bus #158 as well as the Hudson Bergen Light Rail to Lincoln Harbor.  For directions and more info, please check the HRPAC website – www.hrpac.org – or call the concert hotline at 201-716-4540.