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Jovino Santos Neto

Jovino Santos Neto

Traversing almost 7,000 miles can be demanding for any traveler. “Affinity,” however, is how keyboardist and composer Jovino Santos Neto describes the reason for his move from Rio to Seattle. Thence, after a decade and a half with Hermeto Pascoal, he has been teaching at Cornish College of the Arts, nurturing a career as a leader as well as disseminating Pascoal’s oeuvre through printed and musical works.

On his new CD, Canto do Rio (Liquid City), Santos Neto communicates “what it feels like to live in a city full of contrasts,” he says. “Our most popular spots have already been sung by some of Brazil’s greatest composers, so I wanted to present a different side painting a colorful portrait. Inspiration came from other influences, such as the outlying areas of the city, immigrants, as well as the concept of Rio as a river-which is what rio stands for in Portuguese-or a stream of musical ideas picking up influences as it flows.”

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