São Paulo

Oi galera! Hi everyone! I’m in São Paulo for a couple of weeks, staying on the border of the Pinheiros and Vila Madelena neighborhoods. In one direction you have gated mansions and in the other it’s vibrantly bohemian, bursting with street art and homespun enterprises, and an absurd array of restaurants of all cuisines. Like Rio, it’s hilly, but the energy and atmosphere is very different, perhaps because there is no beach! and also because as a commercial center there is a greater international influence.
I played a nice choro gig at the invitation of the wonderful Trio Capitu, at JazzB. Besides that, I came with no agenda except to get to know some of the city and its culture.
Every concert I went to was high quality—too many to mention—but two outstanding ones were Alexandre Ribeiro and Swami Jr playing choro and originals at the SESC Ipiranga, and Yaniel Mato’s Mani Padme trio jazz originals and improvising in a profoundly connected way at the gorgeous Casa de Francisco. Those were both in the same night and involved a complicated choreography of Metrô, Uber, and getting lost on foot in a rather dangerous part of the Centro, where some months ago a lot of unlucky people and crack addicts were evicted from their living quarters and have taken to the streets. My friend (and accomplished clarinetist) Bia Stutz and I have had plenty of experience together getting lost in foreign cities (Munich, for instance) and with the help of a few friendly bar owners closing up shop, tudo deu certo. Then I discovered my new favorite cachaça (ironically with a German name, which indicates it’s from the south of Brazil): Weber Haus organic, aged (envelhecida) in barrels of amburana wood. It was the perfect chave de ouro on a lovely evening of music and friendship.
Other wonderful things that have happened:
A concert and vegetarian risotto both prepared by 7-string guitarist and composer Anderson Chizzolini, who lives in the interior of São Paulo and was invited by a community of artists including multi-instrumentalist Bruno Menegatti, who recently opened a theater called Zona Franca, in the Bixiga neighborhood (though the real estate agents call it Bela Vista). After the concert and before second helpings of risotto, some friends and I had a little roda de choro e forró, jamming in the theater space while toddlers and adults mingled and sipped wine.
Visiting the studio of luthiers Fabio Vanini and Adam Bahrami, and seeing their work on instruments—respectively—in the European and folkloric traditions.
Having a dance lesson from my lovely host Anna Turriani, who taught me how to be the “cavalheiro” in forró. Just the basics—and I sometimes get my feet mixed up—but this gives life more options! Also having the chance to be led by her once on the gafieira dance floor, which opened up another world of dance that I am eager to discover.
Practicing cello under the fruit trees in the garden (on the days that it was above 15C) with the company of a darling 8-month old German shepherd named Clementina.
Finding the subterranean shoemaker “Fascinante” (who intelligently places vitrines of his creations up on the street, bait for the likes of me). I bought two pairs of amazing shoes for the stage, which you’ll just have to wait to see for yourself in my next shows with Elis……

Concert review in Bavarian newspaper

Intimate pearls of Song

IMPROVISATION Pieces in a new fashion, unusual instruments, changes in programme – the Jazzweekend is good for variety.
by Juan Martin Koch, MZ

Catherine Bent of the duo Elis & Catherine from Munich, consisting of the distinctive combination of guitar and cello, and mostly dedicated to Brazilian music. Photos: altrofoto.de

REGENSBURG. The art of heralded surprise: this is how you could perhaps paraphrase one of the features that make good jazz. […]

[reviews of several weekend events]

[…] So in sauntering into the courtyard of “Amore, Vino & Amici” one came across Elis Roseira and Catherine Bent. The two musicians devote to Brazilian music their distinctive combination of guitar and cello, guitarist Elis Roseira also undertaking the vocal part. The pearls of a song of Chico Buarque (“A Mais Bonita”), for example, are distilled into their essence; they palpably benefit from the intimacy of the duo.

Catherine Bent is an exceptionally skillful cellist, who plays not so much in the foreground yet paints a fine cello-line contour to the whole. Elis Roseira proves that one does not need a gigantic voice in order to bring this repertory to life. Jobim’s ¾-meter Bossa “Chovendo na Roseira” is almost inscribed to her name, but even a Dylan classic such as “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” (the version by Madeleine Peyroux seems to be the forerunner here) works wonderfully in this setting.

[other reviews of other events]


This is a translation of the newspaper article that appeared on 07/11/16 in the “Mittelbayerische Zeitung”, p. 38.
German online version: http://www.mittelbayerische.de/kultur-nachrichten/unvermittelte-ueberraschungen-21853-art1402794.html



We have recorded a number of wonderful songs and are planning on releasing them soon. The album is titled “Um Gosto de Sol”, which roughly translates to “a taste of sun” and is also a line in one of the songs’ lyrics.

Right now we’re mixing the album and working on the website, more artwork is in the making and the planning of a tour has begun…

Stay tuned!

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Welcome to the new website of elisandcatherine!

Here you will find the latest news, tour dates and samples of elisandcatherine. Below there are two samples of our upcoming album “Um Gosto de Sol”.

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