San - São Trio (San Francisco - São Paulo)

Combining the worlds of Brazilian music and jazz, in a chamber music setting, these three instrumentalists have produced a body of work that blends the swinging exuberance, virtuosity, and charm of Brazil’s varied rhythms, along with the country's characteristic tender lyricism. Mix all this with the spontaneous discoveries of Jazz improvisation and you have a unique trio. The repertoire of original compositions and arrangements by Freire and Godoy covers the entire range of traditional and modern Brazilian genres.

Their 2019 CD is "Novos Caminhos"(New Paths).

Pianist Amilton Godoy, resident of São Paulo, is a major figure in the development of Brazilian instrumental music. A classically-trained virtuoso, at an early age he shifted his focus to Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) and American Jazz.

In 1964, at the age of 23, he formed the influential Zimbo Trio, one of the first groups to combine these two compatible genres. The group went on to make 51 recordings and tour in 40 countries, and has also partnered with countless luminaries, from legendary singer Elis Regina to jazz giant Sonny Stitt.

Now in his seventies, Godoy still performs with the enthusiastic energy and joy of youth, combined with decades of hard-earned wisdom and experience. In addition to his active artistic career, in 1973 Godoy founded the first school to focus on these styles, the Centro Livre de Aprendizagem Musical (CLAM), which has nurtured generations of Brazilian musicians, including Léa Freire.

Flutist (and pianist) Léa Freire began to study at CLAM at age 16, coming after 10 years of classical piano. Although not then a student of Amilton Godoy, she always saw him at the Zimbo Trio's open rehearsals held at the school.

Many years later, she invited Godoy to record a solo CD of her innovative compositions, an invitation he readily accepted. When it came time to release the CD, Amilton suggested they do so as a duo, and the new formation was an instant success.

Freire has performed her original music throughout North and South America, as well as Europe, in various formats: duo with Amilton, the new San-São Trio with Amilton and Harvey, her quintet, and full orchestra.

In 1997 she created the Maritaca recording label, which has released more than 50 CDs by some of Brazil’s major instrumentalists. In Brazil’s still machista society, Freire has broken many barriers and inspired countless Brazilian women to follow their artistic visions.

Californian saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel has toured internationally with Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, Joe Lovano, Ray Charles, and Jovino Santos Neto, and has presented his own work in 23 countries.

Since 2000, Harvey has spent 1-2 months per year in Brazil, researching, meeting and collaborating with great musicians. These encounters have led to recordings and performances with major figures such as Guinga, Paulo Bellinati, Nelson Ayres, Marco César, Filó Machado, and Spok.

On Harvey’s very first day in Brazil, he met Léa Freire, and a deep friendship developed over the years. Many informal musical encounters followed. In 2017, Godoy and Freire invited Wainapel to join forces, leading to the trio touring in Brazil and also the west coast of the USA, as well as recording their new CD.

Harvey has appeared at Chez Hanny with Clarinet Thing, Lorca Hart, the Harvey Wainapel/Phil Grenadier Group, and the Harvey Wainapel Quintet.