For the first in Los Angeles, the duo Pedro Martins and Michael Pipoquinha will be performing at Blue Whale in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 13 at 9 pm. The evening will include the musicians performing classic choros, as well as their original own songs paying tribute to their roots. Pipoquinha will play traditional rhythms from northeast Brazil, where he was born, while Pedro will offer a modern jazz take inspired by his childhood heroes from the state of Minas Gerais.

Laureate of The 2015 Socar Guitar Competition at the 49th Montreux Jazz Festival, Pedro Martins is a “multidimensional” [The Observer] Brazilianmulti-instrumentalist/guitarist and vocalist. Meanwhile bass player Pipoquinha draws from his foundation of his first instrument, the guitar, to introduce a unique and gorgeous, Brazilian sound combining harmony with the bass line.

Invited by producer Ivan Capucho to perform for the first time as a duo at the 2016 Choro & Jazz Festival in Jericoacara, northeast of Brazil, Pedro Martins and Michael Pipoquinha are musicians who perform with magnetism and mastery. Both young men draw on the full spectrum of Brazilian rhythms, giving grace to their musical traditions with a delivery that draws their own musical heroes to lean in (and often even sit in!).

Today Pedro Martins is known for his collaborations with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Yaron Herman, David Binney, Jacob Collier, and Genevieve Artadi (Knower), as well as jazz greats Hamilton de Holanda, Gabriel Grossi, and Léo Gandelman. In February of this year, Martins released his second albumVOX, thirteen jazz-inflected Brazilian rock songs that were result of a two-year-long recording and production process between Martins and legendary jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel (Heartcore Records).

Pipoquinha has shared the stage with many leading acts around the world including Toninho Horta, Cainã Cavalcante, Nelio Costa, Felipe Silveira, Arthur Maia, Sergio Groove, Jeferson Gonçalves, and Big Time Orchestra. In 2017 he started his own tribute to the master Dominguinhos with Mestrinho and Alex Buch called Trio Seu Domingos. In 2018, he garnered more notoriety through his musical contributions to a tribute to Jaco with the Latvian Radio Big Band at the festival Riga Jazz Stage.

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