Monday 1st July - Tuesday 2nd July
Spok – Saxophone alto and Soprano, Carlos Cléber (Kebinha) - Saxophone alto, Gilberto Pontes, Rafael Santos – Saxophone tenor / Enok Chagas, Augusto França, Flávio Santana, Erico Veríssimo – Trumpet / Elci Ramos, Marcone Túlio, Adonis Garcia, Thomas de Lima– Trombone / Renato Bandeira – Guitar / Hélio Silva – Double bass / Adelson Silva – Drums / Augusto Silva – Drums and percussions / Dedé Simpatia – Percussions
Launched in December 2004 and funded by Funcultura/State of Pernambuco (Brazil), SpokFrevo Orquestra's first album, "Passo de Anjo" (Via Som Records), was considered by indutry critics the beginning of a new era in the history of frevo.
The 22-piece Spok Frevo Orchestra, enhance traditional frevos with blistering new arrangements and opening spaces for jazzy solos and improvisations. They've also added electric guitars and the forró-associated accordion to the nimble-fingered, frenzied rhythms of trumpets, piccolos, clarinets, trombones and saxophones - an intoxicating blend.
The Frevo is, outside Brazil, one of the least-known of its dance rhythms. It’s also, quite possibly, the most infectious. Frevo comes from the Portuguese word ferver (to boil) and is a kind of super-charged Polka and has its own umbrella-wielding dance.
The orchestra proposes to give frevo a different treatment with modern arrangements and refined harmonies. The musicians exploit the freedom of expression in improvisations with clear influences from jazz.
"Frevo is a unique rhythm, different from all others, cheerful and with a special magic: the one to transmit happiness," Spok explains.