Saturday, April 11, 2015 ♦ 7:00 PM
4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000
Hailing from Sao Paulo, Cecy Santana grew up in a musical family headed by her father, legendary Afro-Brazilian trumpeter Carlos Santana, who is known for his collaborations with Roberto Carlos, Gal Costa, and also played first trumpet for the Sao Paulo and Rio Symphony Orchestras. As a young musical prodigy, Cecy excelled in flute and voice, and often performed in various church concerts and ministries. Her desire for musical superiority led her to the United States, and she landed in Chicago, Illinois with a dream to succeed.
Since her arrival in The United States, Cecy Santana has worked in many musical genres such as house, dance, jam band, Brazilian Popular Music, traditional Brazilian music, and R & B. Her music has been featured in various conventions such as The Winter Music Conference in Miami, as well as in commercials and other forms of advertisements. As a performer she has guest appeared with bands such as the New Orleans powerhouse Galactic, and has opened up for mainstream recording artists such as Fantasia Barrino, Carl Thomas, Roy Ayers, and Musiq Soulchild.
The multi-instrumentalist Renato Anesi, born in 1969 in Rio de Janeiro, grew up playing choros and sambas of Noel Rosa, Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim and others. His musical roots integrate the tradition of many different styles of Brazilian instrumental music: choro, waltz, baião, frevo, maracatu, etc. He has built a unique style, featuring a music universe committed only with creativity. Founder and leader of the “Corda Coral” Trio, Anesi became one of the key names in Brazilian Contemporary Instrumental Music with their self titled album “Corda Coral”. In 1999 he recorded “Sin Querer” in Belgium with Spanish guitar player José Luiz Monton. In 2001 he received the award “Rumos e Tendências Musicais” from the Itaú Cultural Institute, and in 2004 the Award for Instrumental Music at the Syngenta National Festival. In 2007 he received another award the Guarulhos Instrumental Music Festival. His US debut was at the 2010 Chicago Guitar Festival.