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Ami Molinelli

Ami Molinelli is a professional percussionist and educator specializing in Brazilian and Latin percussion. She co-leads the Brazilian and Jazz ensemble, Grupo Falso Baiano with three albums to their credit: “Depois” released in 2017, “Simplicidade – Live at Yoshi’s” and “Viajando em Choro e Jazz.” Grupo Falso Baiano have been featured on NPR’s the California Report, Radio Latina and Pandora LIVE! Ami received her Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. Her performance and recording credits include theater, television (NBC). She is a freelance performing artist as well


History of Choro

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Ali Baba, Conceição, Janniquinha, Terna Saudade, Brejeiro, Tô Fraco, Lundu da Marquesa de Santos, Lamentos, Remexendo, Choro em Niteroi, Cecilia no Choro


News: Recording

Ami Molinelli, Rogério Souza, Edinho Gerber Come Together As Duo Violão + 1 On New Album, A History Of Choro, To Be Released On March 8

Ami Molinelli, Rogério Souza, Edinho Gerber Come Together As Duo Violão + 1 On New Album, A History Of Choro, To Be Released On March 8

On A History of Choro, their first recorded collaboration, guitarist Rogério Souza, guitarist Edinho Gerber, and percussionist Ami Molinelli survey the musical history and evolution of choro, revealing its rhythmic and harmonic permutations and, in the process, create an album that is coherent in timbre and vision while marvelously varied in its nuances. According to Molinelli, ...


Article: Album Review

Carlos Henrique Pereira: There And Here

Read "There And Here" reviewed by Anya Wassenberg

Multi-instrumentalist Carlos Henrique Pereira offers up an avant take on Brazilian jazz in There And Here. The tracks, all written by Pereira, were inspired by his native Brazil, and many, like “O Choro Do Bebê," directly reference traditional genres (a choro being a traditional song form). Contemporary jazz with an edge of dissonance and ...


News: Interview

Latin Jazz Conversations: (Part 2)

After indulging her passion for Brazilian music in Salvador da Bahia, percussionist Ami Molinelli reached an important crossroads in her life. Heading back to the United States, Molinelli needed to decide just how deeply her involvement in music would be a part of her life. Molinelli followed her passion at this point, deciding that music would ...


News: Interview

Latin Jazz Conversations: Ami Molinelli (Part 1)

A change of plan often breathes excitement into life and offers the possibility of digging deep into new paths of inspiration. Leaving yourself open to new ideas may present some initial discomfort, but almost always leads to new learning and self-discovery. Sometimes it's simply better to ditch the plan completely and follow your passion—you never know ...


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