Nilson Matta's Brazilian Voyage Trio - Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Nilson Matta - Photo by Luxury Experience 2017 Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy-nominee Nilson Matta (for Trio de Paz 30) and his Brazilian Voyage Trio transported the audience at the Southampton Arts Center, located in Southampton, New York to Brazil via their inspired music. Renowned composer and musician Nilson Matta is considered to be one of the top bass players in the world, and together with the talented multi-Grammy winner Oriente López on piano and flute, and award-winning Mauricio Zottarelli on drums, they created a spectacular evening of Jazz, Brazilian-style.


Nilson Matta - photo by Luxury Experience
Nilson Matta


Although all three now reside in New York City, Nilson Matta is originally from Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mauricio Zottarelli is from the state of São Paulo, Brazil, and Oriente López is from Havana, Cuba, whom Nilson introduced as being Brazilian in his heart.  


Mauricio Zottarelli - photo by Luxury Experience
Mauricio Zottarelli

There were many musical highlights throughout the concert as Nilson Matta and the Brazilian Voyage Trio took the audience on an instrumental musical journey presenting music from the many regions of Brazil including Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, and more.  


Oriente Lopez - photo by Luxury Experience
Oriente López

The trio performed many of Nilson Matta's original compositions, as well as compositions written by some of the Brazilian greats, including two works composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927 - 1994), whose many works have become Jazz standards. Two of the Jobim highlights included the songs Manhã de Carnaval and Samba de Orfeu, which he composed for the 1959 film, Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus). Another important Brazilian composer was Noel de Medeiros Rosa (1910 - 1937), whom the trio honored by performing his Conversa de Botequim, written in 1935. In the creative hands of Nilson Matta, Mauricio Zottarelli, and Oriente López, the trio created a high-energy, engaging performance that had us, as well as the rest of the audience, dancing in our seats.


Nilson Matta and Debra C. Argen - photo by Luxury Experience
Debra C. Argen and Nilson Matta

Not only is the talented Nilson Matta an outstanding upright bass player, he is also a well-known composer, and the trio ended the evening with the Nilson Matta composition entitled Paraty, which he dedicated to the beautiful, historic colonial city located in the state of Rio de Janeiro, between the cities of São Paulo and Rio of Janeiro, and played with much love. It was the perfect end to a wonderful evening of music. As they say in Brazil, it was maravilhoso (marvelous)!  


Mauricion Zottarelli and Edward F. Nesta - photo by Luxury Experience
Edward F. Nesta and Mauricio Zottarelli

Delicious refreshments including a refreshing Róse Sangria and passed hors d'oeuvres provided compliments of Union Cantina, the Mexican restaurant located in the Village of Southampton, added to the gracious ambience of the evening.


Union Cantina, Southampton,NY - photo by Luxury Experience


Union Cantina,Southampton, NY - Photo by Luxury Experience
Union Cantina - Róse Sangria and Hors d'oeuvres 

The Southampton Arts Center is open year-round and there are always wonderful programs to appeal to adults as well as to families. The galleries are open Thursday until Sunday from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm, gallery admission is free, however there is a fee for special events.


Oriente Lopez and Debra C. Argen - photo by Luxury Experience
Oriente López and Debra C. Argen


A sampling of upcoming programs:


April 14 - May 29 - East End Collected3 curated by Paton Miller

April 21 - Screening of the film SONITA by Rokharsareh Ghaem Maghami

April 22 - Hector Martignon with Randy Brecker


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For information on Union Cantina, located at 40 Bowden Square in Southampton, New York, please call them at +1-631-377-3500, or visit the website:  


Oriente Lopez, Nilson Matta, Mauricion Zottarelli - photo by Luxury Experience
Oriente López, Nilson Matta, Mauricion Zottarelli
Brazilian Voyage Trio

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