Sextet Bossa Flor & Guests

Bossa nova & Samba

Bossa Flor was originally the name given by Philippe Quevauviller in 2009 to a book project on bossa nova that he had entitled "Fleur de bossa". His initial project, BosSalvador, created in 2007, was recast as Bossa Flor Sextet in 2012 with a new group composed of Fernando de Almeida Barros (guitar, vocals, musical direction), Wellington Barros (piano, vocals), Jacques Martinez (saxophone, flute), Marat Araujo (bass) and Toni Reina (drums). As Jacques and Toni were called to other personal projects, the group welcomed Claudio Rocha (saxophone, flute) in 2016 and Marcos Della Rocha (drums) in 2018. The repertoire revolves around bossa nova classics, mainly songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim, in Portuguese versions and French adaptations, and songs from the French repertoire adapted into Brazilian rhythms (bossa and samba).

Around Saravah

French songs & Bossas

The reference to Saravah comes from two symbolic sources... the first one goes back to the very origin of the name: Samba saravah, itself nourished by the close links between the poetry of Vinicius de Moraes and that of Pierre Barouh. It is this complicity around the art of gathering highlighted by the song (made famous by the film Un homme et une femme) that has inspired and made the work of many "passers" between Brazilian poetry and music and French song flourish. The second reference is linked to the creation of the Saravah Label and the impressive network of encounters it generated thanks to Pierre Barouh's vision of it. What he himself called "underground rivers", these encounters, which are very rarely coincidences, have grown stronger over time and multiplied. A kind of Saravah family has thus developed over the course of encounters with Pierre in Brussels, and all these underground rivers that he continues to stimulate since his crescent moon. These friends thus meet up at regular intervals in Brussels via Bossa Flor. 

Pataphysique Café Orchestra

French songs in jazzy mode

Originally, the meeting took place around the 60th anniversary of Boris Vian's death (2019). For those who like to see the world in a different way, in the straight line of pataphysics, his writings sublimate the imagination and combine with blue notes inherited from bebop and blues. The Pataphysique Café Orchestra was born from the desire of a group of friends to revive the repertoire of this great author. This marriage between jazz and French chanson encouraged the quintet to wander in other repertoires, that of Serge Reggiani in particular, and from there those of other greats such as Michel Legrand and Claude Nougaro.

Brassens dans tous ses états

Songs by Georges Brassens in various musical styles

Georges Brassens preferred the sun of Sète to that of Rio, and although his music had often influences from jazz, he has never been tempted by the syncopations of Brazilian rhythms. However, some authors have looked into the seemingly unlikely links between bossa nova, samba and his songs, and we discover adaptations at festivals that show that - yes it's possible! His melodies and lyrics can also be tamed by different types of jazz, from cool jazz to gypsy rhythms, country music, flamenco, rumba... showing the musical eclecticism of this immense author whose magic of words has married the splendid melodies. The meeting of Joel Favreau in 2017 was the ferment of musical encounters around his repertoire in different musical styles, which gave birth to the album project "Brassens dans tous ses états" and to an association of artists from various horizons and open to sharing.

Cordes enchantées

Vocals and strings (guitars and cello)

As an illustration of this art of meeting which is the hallmark of the Bossa Flor dynamics, a meeting of talented (seven strings) guitar players who knew each other only virtually was imagined and organized in 2019. These musicians living in Brussels, Paris, Lille and London, met on stage in a semi-acoustic atmosphere to sublimate their talents in instrumental exchanges nourished by multiple Brazilian influences such as choro, samba and bossa nova. The communicative magic of these exchanges was prolonged in accompaniments of mainly French songs which sublimated the melodies and texts. From this harmony of notes and words was born the project "Cordes enchantées", a meeting of seven-string guitars, cavaquinho and cello, accompanied by light percussion, to revisit an anthology of songs.