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THE RIO THING
MARCIO FARACO BRINGS THE MUSIC OF BRAZIL TO THE CALUMET

WHO: Marcio Faraco

WHEN: 9 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: The Calumet, 54 W. Chippewa St.

ADMISSION: $10-$15

INFO: 855-2220

Marcio Faraco, who made a splash recently at the Montreal Jazz Festival, could be called a world artist. Born at the southern tip of Brazil, he now lives in Paris and, his publicist says, "he speaks a whole lot of languages."

Chiefly, however, Faraco speaks the international language of music. A guitarist, singer and composer, Faraco plays a style that has been called a modern bossa nova. Crooning gentle, introspective lyrics, he accompanies himself with robust, virtuosic guitar. His debut album on the Blue Thumb label, "Ciranda," showcases this unique sound.

Faraco plays down his individuality. He is proud, he says, to be carrying on rich Brazilian musical traditions. His father was a guitarist in the traditional Brazilian style, and Faraco names among his other influences such artists as Milton Nascimento, Joao Gilberto, Caetano Veloso and, above all, Chico Buarque.

"While I bring a new element to the music, my songs are a continuation of that music," he once explained, "I don't really set out to do it, but it just comes naturally when I pick up the guitar."

Thursday, when Faraco visits the Calumet for an all-ages show, he'll be accompanied by the Trio From Rio, including a Latin percussionist, bassist and drummer. His appearance is a great follow-up to the recent Buffalo Guitar Festival, as well as a rare chance to hear Brazilian music straight from the source. "The Brazilian language has a swing to it. It has a music to it," Faraco has said.

In Buffalo, we're getting ready to listen up.

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