Racha Fora, led by flautist Hiroaki Honshuku, was formed in 2010 originally as a quartet by two Japanese and two Brazilians in Boston, MA. Honshuku holds a Master’s Degree from New England Conservatory, which is where he began assisting legendary band leader, composer, and theorist George Russell. Honshuku is known as one of the few composers who practice Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Concept.
In Hiro’s own words: “My goal is to create a new jazz sound using native Brazilian rhythms. This is not Brazilian Jazz but rather jazz with native Brazilian grooves,” he says. Racha Fora issued its debut album in 2012, which featured Honshuku’s compositions, and embarked on a tour of Japan, which became an annual affair. This fall, Racha Fora released their second album on the JazzTokyo label, “RachaS’Miles: Racha Fora’s Tribute to Miles”. The sophomore release, which features NEA Jazz Master David Liebman as a special guest, has been marked by a successful tour of Japan and various accolades.
Filling out the Racha Fora ensemble is violinist Rika Ikeda, guitarist Andre Vasconcelos, bassist Rafael Russi and Sergio Krakowski on pandeiro.
Racha Fora is thrilled to make their debut at the newly opened Club Bonafide, which opened this year under the co-ownership of world-renowned bassist Richard Bona and restaurateur Laurent Dantonio.Club Bonafide functions as an intimate listening room and bar sourced primarily from local businesses.