VIDEO--De Volta à Festa--Live at the Zinc Bar
Saxophone: Jorge Continentino, Voice: Susan Pereira, Piano: Klaus Mueller, Guitar: Paul Meyers, Bass: Gustavo Amarante, Drums: Vanderlei Pereira, Emcee: Jean-Claude Rakotoniaina (from the documentary film Alem da Luz (Beyond the Light), by Ivy Goulart/Avanturi Productions).
Vanderlei leads the dynamic Brazilian jazz sextet Blindfold Test, which boasts an unusual frontline of woodwinds and wordless vocal, backed by a burning rhythm section. The wide-ranging repertoire covers the full spectrum of Brazilian musical styles from north to south, and includes Vanderlei's original compositions as well as the works of some of Brasil's greatest contemporary composers. The musicians of Blindfold Test wear blindfolds during the performance of some of the band's most challenging material, in order to "level the playing field" for bandleader Vanderlei Pereira, who is legally blind.
"The musicians in the ensemble, free of any kind of distractions coming from the visual world, will have the chance to immerse themselves in the music the way I do. I believe that this engenders deeper levels of consciousness and interaction within the band, and provides the audience with a fresh and exciting 'view' of the creative process." (Vanderlei Pereira)