the band quartabê was formed in 2014 by some of the members of avant-garde composer arrigo barnabé’s ensemble. in a very unassuming manner, the band appeared for the first time when it was invited to participate in a festival that paid tribute to the brazilian composer moacir santos, having the chance to create and improvise freely on his work. quartabê, the name of the group, comes from “4th class b” and it is a reference to a school class that is eager to learn the edifying lessons of their master santos, although with a hint of disobedience.
mariá portugal (drums), joana queiroz (clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophones), maria beraldo (clarinet and bass clarinet) and chicão (piano) have already produced a record and an ep with their own reinterpretation of santos’s compositions. the band has performed concerts at major music festivals in brazil and has toured throughout europe.
their next album will be based on the work of another master of the brazilian music tradition: dorival caymmi. the record release is scheduled for the second half of 2018.