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LOGAN, UT – Utah State University hosts the jazz ensemble “Evening in Brazil” Friday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the USU Performance Hall at the Logan campus.

Professor of engineering at USU Christopher Neale and several others perform together as the jazz group “Evening in Brazil” and specialize in the music of Brazil’s bossa nova movement. Bossa nova is a style of jazz music which draws together diverse, syncopated rhythms and offers an alternative to the traditional samba rhythm.

Works performed in the concert include a number of classic works by Antônio Carlos Jobim and other contemporary Brazilian composers. Brazilian-style dancers from The Baianas de Logan will be a part of the program, dancing in the traditional apparel of Bahia.

The evening’s music explores different regional rhythms of Brazil. One of the themes of the performance is the regional rhythms from the Brazilian state Bahia, music that guest percussionist Marcus Santos specializes in.

Santos is a native of Salvador, the capital of Bahia. He has studied the Afro-Brazilian music and heritage of Bahia and works as the artistic director of drumming groups in six states in the United States. Santos has performed internationally, and the Brazilian Immigrant Center honored him with the “Outstanding Arts Performer” award in 2008.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $8 for USU students with valid ID. Tickets can be purchased at the CCA Box Office located in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, online at the Caine College of the Arts website ( or by calling 435-797-8022.

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