Filo Machado, from Riberão Preto, Brazil, is recognized globally as an artist of true passion and integrity. A singer, prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, he has a career spanning over 50 years, with 11 CDs released, multiple Brazilian awards, and a Grammy nomination in the Latin Jazz category from 2000.
He has performed in dozens of countries across 6 continents and is praised by international critics and audiences alike. Considered a Master of his art by renowned artists, Filó’s remarkable style is a school unto itself.
Throughout his illustrious career Filó has shared the stage with artists such as Michel Legrand, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Barron, Silvain Luc, Dory Caymmi, Gal Costa, João Donato, Raul de Souza, Joyce Moreno, Arismar do Espírito Santo, Leny Andrade, Os Cariocas, Tetsuo Sakurai and others.
Filó’s music is rich in harmony, infectious rhythm and exquisite expression; of Brazilian roots with innovative arrangements, textures and melodies. His music mixes Brazilian mpb, bossa nova, samba, and forró with international influences such as jazz, blues, African rhythms, and European flavours. His performances are a delight to behold, and his musical virtuosity transmits his illuminating spirit of graciousness and joy!
Filó Machado's participation has been generously sponsored in part by Contemporânea Musical Instruments, BSide Lounge and Suzanne Manvell.
Drawing on both the talents of Toronto’s Brazilian community and on the musical resources of a small army of honorary Brazilians, the Escola de Samba is widely recognized as one of the more important cultural links between Toronto and Brazil, and certainly the most fun one. The leader and musical director of the Escola de Samba de Toronto is percussionist and musical all-rounder Alan “Canadense” Hetherington, a devotee of the Samba Enredo tradition of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo for nearly fifteen years. At the receiving end of Hetherington’s knowledge is the Escola de Samba’s core, a percussion “bateria” consisting of over 35 people who have all been transformed by the power and beauty of samba.