Hear Tanaóra on the new Viva Brazil! disc! Releases Sept. 9 2008

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*release in Jan.'09

contemporary music of the Americas

Led by singer-songwriter Cecilia Engelhart, pianist Bob Karty, and percussionist Michael Spiro, and featuring Bay Area stalwarts Ron Stallings on saxes, David Belove on bass, and Paul Van Wageningen on drums, Tanaóra plays a compelling blend of Brazilian, Latin, and American jazz.  Sung in three languages (English, Portugese, and Spanish), their repertoire includes inspired originals by Engelhart, little-known gems from Latin America, and unique, rhythmically-sophisticated arrangements of standards from the Brazilian and American songbooks.

'a delectable sextet featuring some of the region's most gifted players... [Tanaóra] offers a melodically rich sound unlike any other band around.'

Andrew Gilbert, 'Critic's Pick', The East Bay Monthly, December 2006

 Cecilia Engelhart  - Voice - has recorded and performed with artists as diverse as  Gerardo Batiz, Andy Bey, Ruben Blades, Theo Bleckmann, Mino Cinelu, Jay Clayton, Willie Colon, Santi Debriano, Paquito D’Rivera, Bruce Dunlap, Rinde Eckert, Kip Hanrahan, Tania Libertad, Carman Moore, Oscar Castro Neves, Danilo Perez, and Tamba Trio.  She joined the Meredith Monk Ensemble as soloist and ensemble singer during a retrospective of Monk’s work at Lincoln Center for The Performing Arts in 2001 and at Mills College in 2003.  She is also a regular featured soloist with the San Francisco early music group "Coro Hispano."  Cecilia is also a composer, arranger and lyricist.

Bob Karty  - Piano - has worked with top bands on the Bay Area salsa/Afro-Cuban scene.  He is an original member of Orquesta La Moderna Tradición, with whom he has recorded three critically-acclaimed CDs, the most recent of which he also engineered and mixed.  He also performs regularly with the salsa bands Candela and Conjunto Karabalí.  His recording with Avance (led by Santana percussionist Karl Perazzo) was nominated for a California Music Award.  He has appeared with the Pete Escovedo Orchestra, Ray Obiedo, and many others.  He is on the faculty of The Jazzschool in Berkeley, CA and teaches at his studio in Oakland.

Michael Spiro  - Percussion - is an internationally recognized percussionist, recording artist, and educator, known specifically for his work in the Latin music field.  Spiro's recording and performing credits include such diverse artists as David Byrne, Dori Caymmi, Changuito, Richard Egues, Frank Emilio Flynn, Ella Fitzgerald, David Garibaldi, Gilberto Gil, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ray Holman, Toninho Horta, Bobby Hutcherson, Dr. John, Mark Levine, Machete Ensemble, Bobby McFerrin,Andy Narell, Ray Obiedo, Chico O'Farrill, Eddie Palmieri, Lazaro Ros, David Rudder, Carlos Santana, Grace Slick, Omar Sosa, Clark Terry, McCoy Tyner and Charlie Watts.  In 2004 he received a Grammy nomination, and a California Music Awards nomination for his work as both producer and artist on Mark Levine's Latin-Jazz release, "Isla".

Ron Stallings - Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, flute - has performed and/or recorded with many great artists in many different styles, including The Machete Ensemble, Cachao, The Dells, The Temptations, Joe Williams, Louis Bellson, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight, Dr. John, Otis Rush, Big Joe Turner, Jimmy McCracklin, Ruth Brown, and Lavay Smith.  In addition to working with Tanaóra, Ron tours with Huey Lewis and the News, and is the co-leader of the Latin Jazz ensemble “Que Calor”.

David Belove - Bass - is a Kansas City native who relocated to San Francisco in 1973 and soon became the Bay Area’s most  prominent Latin and Brazilian bassist.  He has recorded, performed or toured with Pete and Sheila Escovedo, Tito Puente, John Santos and the the Machete Ensemble, Rebeca Mauleón, Rolando Morales, Homenagem Brasiliera, Wayne Wallace, The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and many more.  David has also worked with jazz artists including Joe Henderson, Blue Mitchell, Eddie Harris, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Coryell, Louis Bellson, Mark Murphy and Pat Metheny.  David teaches at the JazzSchool in Berkeley, Ca., at Jazz Camp West, the Jazz In the Middle program for SF Jazz, and in 2004 he became an adjunct faculty member at Mills College. In addition, he teaches at his studio in Oakland where he also works on photography and graphics projects.

Paul van Wageningen - Drums, Latin percussion - was born in Amsterdam, where he attended the Amsterdam Conservatory.  He moved to New York in 1976 to be closer to the American Jazz scene. Since his relocation to the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 70s, he has gained recognition as one of the premier drummers in the area of multicultural drumming, receiving three Grammy nominations. Paul has performed both in the United States and abroad with many of the top global-beat jazz groups such as Pete Escovedo. Andy Narell, Gonzalo Rubalcaba's trio, Paquito D'Rivera and the Caribbean Jazz Project, Jovino Santos Neto, Claudia Villela and Ricardo Peixoto, Nestor Torres and Dori Caymmi.







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