Vento Trio

Vento Trio CDs – Listen and purchase

Hudson Views


Expresso 2222 by Gilberto Gil

River Groove by Janet Grice

Brazilian Dances and Inventions


Cesar Guerra Peixe

In my annual trips to Brazil I’ve continually been awed by the amazing musicians there. I taught at the Festival de Música de Londrina in Paraná, led workshops at universities, jammed in Rodas de Choro in Rio, played at the Triboz Jazz Club, heard amazing music in the streets, samba schools, concert halls and nightclubs, and pursued my lifelong project of learning all I can about Brazilian music. On my first trip in the 1980’s I collected trios by Cesar Guerra Peixe and choro arrangements, and in recent years gathered new material such as the pop song “Expresso 2222” by Gilberto Gil, and the atonal trio “Estudo Aberto” by Henrique de Curitiba. Brazilians’ generosity and willingness to share their music never ceases to amaze me. As my understanding of choro deepened by playing with friends such as Luiz Otávio Braga, Clifford Korman and Isaias Ferreira, I began arranging choros with interesting bassoon parts that imitate the 7 string guitar.

Vento Trio includes bassoonist Janet Grice, clarinetist Sarah Bednarcik and flutist Kevin Willois. They met at Rutgers in 2003 as graduate students, and since then have explored 20th century and contemporary works by composers of the Americas that cross the boundaries of jazz and classical traditions. Their programs span musical genres from Bozza to Piazzolla, with improvisation and samba grooves, even going back to Bach and Mozart for the classics. Since recording “Brazilian Dances and Inventions” in 2006 they played throughout the New York metropolitan region, at the Chamber Music America Conference, the Keeler Tavern Museum, and International Double Reed Society Conferences, in Brazil and France.

Their latest CD features Janet’s jazzy composition “Hudson Views,” representing places near her home by the Hudson River, and her transcription of “Nightclub 1960” by Astor Piazzolla. It includes premieres and rare works by American and Brazilian composers, along with a few choros and tangos jazzed up by the percussion work of Ze Mauricio and Rogerio Boccato.

Recently they premiered Kevin’s adaptation of Roda de Amigos by Guerra Peixe for piano, bassoon, flute, clarinet, and oboe, which was originally scored for woodwinds and orchestra. Listen here:

Vento Trio

Vento Trio

Vento Trio