En Casa: Alejandro Brittes Baroque Ensemble

Brittes, an accordionist, composer, and researcher, performs "Vientos del Este," which he wrote with Odair Teixeira.

From the beautiful Farol Santander, in the historic downtown of Porto Alegre, the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Alejandro Brittes—an Argentine accordionist, composer, and researcher of the music of his country's northeastern region—performs "Vientos del Este," written by Odair Teixeira and himself. He is joined by his Baroque Ensemble, which includes also André Ely, Carlos de Césaro, Érico Marques, Diego Schuck de Biasibetti, Fernando Cordella, Giovani dos Santos, Márcio Cecconello, and Ricardo Arenhaldt. This is the first of three pieces they performed for Americas Society that explore the connections between chamamé (the traditional music of the region) and European baroque music.

Brittes was awarded the Best Musician award at the prestigious Festival de Cosquín in 1996 and won several other awards in Argentina and Brazil, where he currently lives. 

He will be on his first U.S. tour this fall with his latest project, called (L)ESTE, a play on the word "East" in Spanish and Portuguese. 


The MetLife Foundation Music of the Americas concert series is made possible by the generous support of Presenting Sponsor MetLife Foundation, with additional support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Fan Fox and Leslie Samuels Foundation. 

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