A high-energy Brazilian/World Beat collective celebrating life through dancing, drumming, & singing. Sambaguru features carioca singer Katia Moraes and is rooted in traditional samba, frevo, baiao, and choro MDO-2009-2 sambaguru.com

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SambaGuru is an ensemble of 6 musicians from Brazil, Sri Lanka, and the
United States that has been playing a wide-ranging blend of original music
since 1997. Their rich and extensive repertoire arises from the huge
diversity in approaches and techniques that distinguish the personal and
regional backgrounds of each band member. It is a vibrant band that has
its own stylistic inner tensions among these players from widely separated
areas of the globe. The result is a musical experience of remarkable depth
and quality.

Sambaguru has performed at :
The Hollywood Bowl, The Playboy Jazz Festival, The House of Blues,
Getty Center, Playboy Jazz SummerFest, Verizon Music Festival, The John
Anson Ford Theatre, Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival, The Sweet
Pea Festval in Bozeman, Montana, The Santa Monica Festival, The French
Quarter Festival in New Orleans, The Sierra Folklife Festival, Riverside
Jazz Festival, African Market Place, Grass Valley World Music Festival,
IAJE- Jazz Educators Convention, San Jose Jazz Festival, Napa Valley
Opera House, among other events and venues.

In 1998 Kátia Moraes & Bill Brendle had their composition “Não Vá” chosen
as a finalist in the World Music category of the John Lennon’s Songwriting
Contest. Sambaguru is featured on the musical score for the film “Woman On Top”,
a Fox Searchlight Film released in September 2000.

In 2001and 2002 the group was nominated in the best World Music
category for the New Times Newspaper Music Awards.SambaGuru was selected to be on The California Arts Council Touring
Roster 2002-2003, and released their new double CD “LIVE” on Kufala
Records in 2003.







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