Cambridge, MA- Felipe Salles presents The Ugandan Suite Album

Release Celebration on Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 PM at The

Regattabar, located at 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge. Tickets are $20

and $15 for students and can be reserved online by visiting or by calling 617 661 5000.

Felipe Salles, born in Sao Paolo, Brazil, is an innovative saxophonist,

composer and arranger who has recorded and played with Randy

Brecker, Jerry Bergonzi, George Russell and Dave Liebman among

others. Salles is 2009-2010 winner of the French American Jazz

Exchange Grant from FACE and a 2005-2006 winner of the Chamber

Music America New Works: Creation and Presentation Grant

Program. He has also been awarded First Place in the Concurso

SGAE de Jazz “TETE MONTOLIO”, in 2001. He has also been

awarded the Boston Jazz Society Scholarship award in 1997. Salles

is now based in New York City and teaches at the University of

Massachusetts- Amherst.

In 2010 Salles was awarded a fellowship from the Whiting Foundation

for the financing of a research trip to the East African country of

Uganda. This 2011 trip was a life changing experience for the jazz

artist. “Although the specific influence of Ugandan music in jazz is

undocumented, the rhythmic similarities point to a great philosophical

affinity and great potential for dialogue between the two musical

cultures. Africa has always been part of the jazz evolution and

development,” says Salles. The unique opportunity to travel to

Uganda allowed Salles to bring back primary source knowledge about

African music and a clearer understanding of how such musical

concepts have been taught through generations by African

musicians. Inspired by this music and tradition, Felipe composed The

Ugandan Suite, which is now available on Tapestry Records.

The suite is inspired by Ugandan traditional music and the legend of

the five most powerful animals of the jungle: the lion, the elephant,

the Cape buffalo, the leopard and the rhinoceros. Each one of the five

movements will combine a specific Ugandan tribal rhythm and an

animal characteristic or personality.

Salles will be joined by saxophonist Tucker Antell, pianist Maxim

Lubarksy, bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa and drummer Bertram

Lehmann. Also accompanying Salles is Brazilian percussionist

Rogerio Boccato.

Felipe Salles is excited to present The Ugandan Suite Album Release

Celebration at the Regattabar on May 21 at 7:30 PM. The evening

promises to be full of unique and stimulating original music. The

Regattabar functions as a full service restaurant and bar.

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