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Ernest Barteldes


Born in Muskegon, Michigan, Ernest Barteldes started out playing in rock bands in Fortaleza, Brazil. Though his first instrument was the clarinet, he gravitated to guitar and percussion but eventually settled on the electric bass. Over the years he played various genres, and after relocating to New York he started performing with a Beatles tribute band. After that project came to an end, he experimented with a blues duo (playing guitar) and then retreated from the music scene for several years except for a weekly gig at The Church of Our Lady of Pompeii, where he still performs every Sunday. While away from the stages, Ernest went behind the scenes and built a career as a music critic covering jazz, Latin, Brazilian and dance for various publications, including AAJ He always had a passion for Brazilian music, and after a friend suggested forming a bossa band, he threw himself into this new project as bassist, vocalist and songwriter.


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Baby do Brasil at City Winery New York

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Baby do Brasil City Winery New York, NYSeptember 23, 2023 Backed by a six-piece band (guitars, drums, percussion and keyboards), Baby do Brasil (formerly known as Baby Consuelo) took to the stage showcasing a collection of hits from her five-decade career, including her time as a member of the legendary band ...


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Marisa Monte at SummerStage in Central Park

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Marisa MonteSummerStage in Central ParkNew York, NYJuly 2, 2023 Preceded by a set by DJ Lara, Marisa Monte took the stage backed by an eight-piece band that included legendary bassist Dadi with “Portas," the title track and lead single of her 2022 album of the same name. She followed with a ...


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Ney Matogrosso at Town Hall

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Ney MatogrossoTown HallNew York, NY April 22, 2023 On a rare Stateside appearance, Brazilian singer Ney Matogrosso took to the stage of New York's Town Hall for only the second time in his 50-year career for a stripped-down set of what he described in Portuguese as “an evening of Brazilian ...


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Roberto Carlos at Radio City Music Hall

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Roberto Carlos Radio City Music Hall New York, NY May 8, 2022 Backed by a 17-piece band that included eight horns under the musical direction of maestro Eduardo Lages, Brazilian singer Roberto Carlos took to the stage at Radio City Music Hall opening with “Emoções," a song that has been his ...


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Lila Downs at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn

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Lila Downs BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Brooklyn, NY June 29, 2017 Backed initially by an eight-piece band directed by saxophonist (and husband) Paul Cohen, singer, songwriter and activist Lila Downs began her set with an up-tempo rendition of “Mezcalito," a tune that talks about mezcal, Mexico's ...


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Gisela João and Acoustic Trio at Schimmel Center

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Gisela João and Acoustic Trio Schimmel Center at Pace University New York, NY February 25, 2017 The evening, which was part of the Fado Festival in New York (a multi-venue event dedicated to disseminate fado--Portugal's most traditional genre--in the United States) began with a set of traditional instrumental ...


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Mariza at Town Hall

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Mariza Town Halk New York, NY October 15, 2016 As part of her first major U.S. tour in nearly five years (she took a break to start a family), Mariza kicked off her set at Town Hall in a more traditional manner, backed by Portuguese and Spanish guitars and acoustic bass, ...

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Bibi Ferreira at Symphony Space

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Bibi Ferreira Symphony Space New York, NY September 23, 2016 On the second of her two-night residence at The Upper West Side's Symphony Space, Bibi Ferreira took to the stage with her “Four Times Bibi" show, which brings together four of her previous shows in which she paid ...


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Rodrigo Amarante at Latin Alternative Music Conference

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Rodrigo Amarante Latin Alternative Music Conference at Central Park Summerstage New York, NY July 7, 2016 On his Summerstage debut, Brazilian singer-songwriter Rodrigo Amarante, backed by his own acoustic guitar and a band, kicked off his performance with an original low-tempo ballad sung in his native Portuguese. He ...


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