In the vein of the great Brazilian jazz piano trios of the 1960s and 1970s, Trio Bruxo (“wizard trio”) takes songs from the rich library of música popular brasileira (MPB) and filters them through a reverent, yet improvisational, lens. Their repertoire includes lesser-known sambas and bossa novas by masters Tom Jobim and Chico Buarque, the crystalline pop of Djavan and Ivan Lins, the exploratory instrumental music of Hermeto Pascoal, and even the northeastern folk baião of Luiz Gonzaga. In the spirit of collaboration that marks so many classic Brazilian records, Trio Bruxo have performed with invited guests from Montreal, Toronto, New York, and São Paulo, including vocalists Isaac Neto, Jean Rohe and Rael da Rima, trumpeter Brownman, and saxophonist Flávio de Souza. In September 2010, Trio Bruxo won a Portfolio grant from l’Office Québec-Amériques pour la jeunesse to travel to São Paulo. They gave four shows in seven days, and are working towards the creation of an artist network linking the two cities.
David Ryshpan – keyboards/melodica
Nicolas Bédard – electric bass
Mark Nelson – drums/percussion