Featuring the dynamic energy of Canberra’s own 9 piece Capital Samba band performing the infectious beats of Brazil, in addition to the entrancing soul-stirring melodies of a solo flamenco guitarist Alejandro Florez, direct from Melbourne.

The evening of live music will also focus on the musical/lyrical texts that the artists perform, giving the audience a greater understanding of how these musical traditions are expressed and reworked. 

Don't miss this opportunity to journey through the vibrant musical landscapes of two rich cultures. Secure your tickets now for an unforgettable night of music and magic!

Presented in partnership with the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia(AILASA) as part of the 16th Biennial AILASA Conference “Transnational Textures” at the Australian National University. 

CAPITAL SAMBA (Bossa Nova / Samba)

Formed in the vibrant heart of Canberra in the summer of 2023, Capital Samba is a dynamic ensemble that brings the pulsating rhythms and smooth melodies of Brazil to Australia's capital. Comprising a talented lineup of musicians with deep roots in Brazilian music and culture, Capital Samba is a celebration of Samba and Bossa Nova, interwoven with the rhythms of Afro-Brazilian heritage.

At the helm of Capital Samba is Fabricio Tocco, a gifted guitarist and singer-songwriter whose passion for Brazilian music is the driving force behind the band. He is joined by Airton Weber on bass, adding depth and groove to the rhythm section. The ensemble is further enriched by the enchanting voices of Angela Weber, Paola Vasconcelos, and Marina Cavalcanti, whose harmonies capture the essence of Brazilian soul. Vinnie Brasil doubles on cavaco and percussion, infusing each performance with authenticity and energy. The percussion section, a cornerstone of the band's sound, features Mitchell Wall, Starry Hardjadinata, and Allan Dantas, whose syncopated beats bring the infectious spirit of Carnival to life.

The band draws significant inspiration from icons such as Paulinho da Viola, Beth Carvalho, Zeca Pagodinho, Clara Nunes, Tom Jobim, and João Gilberto, translating these influences into vibrant, contemporary performances, featuring Fabricio Tocco’s own songs, that resonate with both traditionalists and new listeners alike. Capital Samba is more than just a band; it's a gathering of friends who met through various Brazilian community events in Canberra, including dance festivals, batucada groups, and jam sessions. This shared background has fostered a unique camaraderie and musical synergy that is evident in their performances, an immersive experience not to be missed.

ALEJANDRO FLOREZ (Flamenco / Latin Guitar)

Alejandro was born in Melbourne of Latin American & Mediterranean heritage. His original Spanish guitar compositions are heavily influenced by his extensive experience and knowledge of traditional Flamenco as well as Latin Jazz. As a songwriter and flamenco guitarist, he is often invited to collaborate with Australian and international artists across many genres such as Jazz, Classical and also Latin American folk music.

After extensive travels playing and touring through Asia, Europe, Latin America and Australia, in 2010 after launching his project “Solquemia Spanish Guitar”, he has also released two independent albums of his original compositions; "Solquemia" & "Limonera" has since sold thousands of copies to audiences in Australia, Europe, Asia and the Americas. Alejandro performs regularly with his band “Solquemia” and also shares his passion for flamenco guitar through teaching private guitar lessons in Melbourne and as musical director of SENES Flamenco.


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