BRAZIL & TMA: André
Mehmari Trio to perform at Toledo Museum of Art January 20
The André Mehmari Trio
will perform at the Toledo Museum of Art’s GlasSalon at
3 p.m. on January 20, 2019. The Brazilian pianist and
composer will be joined by Neymar Dias on double bass and
Sérgio Reze on drums.
Mehmari brings forth his piano trio with a new recording, Na
esquina do Clube com o Sol na Cabeça / Sunbakeheaded at Clube da
Esquina, devoted to the Brazilian recording artists who
became known by, Clube da Esquina; the group released an album
of the same name in 1972. He sees their work, led by Milton
Nascimento, as the “utmost representation of humanism” in
longtime admirer of this “metaphysical club,” Mehmari’s trio
explores, extends, and refines its work into new and compelling
interpretations, drawing from diverse musical currents— pop,
folk music, bossa nova, jazz, and avant-garde classical.
Alongside Mehmari’s piano are his drummer of over twenty years,
Sérgio Reze, and the superlative talent of bassist Neymar Dias.
The result is fluent, soulful, good-humored music that will
touch the hearts and souls of people from every part of the
Born in 1977, Mehmari began studying music with his mother at
age five. By age ten he had already taught himself improvisation
and wrote his first compositions. He entered São Paulo State
University in 1995 and won its competition for original
Brazilian popular music. Two years later, the same honor was
awarded to him in classical music. In 1998, he won the first
national Prêmio VISA de MPB competition, the most important
award for popular music in Brazil; and, in 2007, won the Carlos
Gomes award in classical music.
This is Mehmari’s third performance at the Toledo Museum of Art.
Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers, and $7.50 for
students and military personnel. Visit toledomuseum.org to
purchase tickets. Great Performances is supported in part by
the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.