Brazilian singer Paula Santoro returns to Seattle with guitarist Ian Faquini Friday, Oct. 14, in a duo project at the Columbia City Theater featuring Faquini’s exceptional songs.
The pair will perform a brace of Faquini’s original tunes, which they recently recorded on a fine new album, “Metal Na Madeira” (Ridgeway) Friday, Oct. 14, at the Columbia City Theater.
Faquini is Brazilian, too, but from age 8 grew up in Berkeley, Calif., where he attended the renowned Berkeley High School jazz program, which has produced such luminaries as Joshua Redman and Benny Green. A protégé of the Brazilian guitar master Guinga, who played the Triple Door earlier this year, Faquini is an uncannily masterful composer.
His songs on “Metal Na Madeira (Metal on Wood)” take their inspiration from Brazil’s rhythmically diverse Northeast. The title is a pun referring to carnival in Pernambuco, where brass players (metal) and percussion players (wood) are followed in the streets by a parade of giant puppets and people with parasols, as well as to a local style of woodblock printing called “Xilogravura.”
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One of the best songs, “Dorival Pescador (Dorival Fisherman)” is a tribute to the late songwriter Dorival Caymmi, who, like a fisherman waiting for a nibble, sometimes spent 10 years writing a song.
Santoro’s rich, velvety alto and Faquini’s lilting guitar will be abetted by pianist Jovino Santos Neto and drummer Jeff Busch. Should be a great night — and FYI, there will be seating, not the usual standing room.
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $27 -$30 (206-722-3009 or columbiacitytheater.com). Ages 21+.