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Ginga News - November 5, 2008

Amigos y Amigas,
Dann here...We have decided to have a release of not one but two
CDs in the next few months. We figured the new stuff is so much different than what we were doing a couple of years ago, that we decided to make them two different projects. So we will simultaneously release an EP of Samba/Bossa Nova and a full CD of new edgy Brazilian inspired originals...and maybe a couple of covers. Vince, Kenya, our new friend Leon and I have been really busy writing and recording all this music over the last couple of months and haven't been gigging a whole lot. We will start playing some of the new stuff at our next gig on November 22nd at the Doubletree. Maybe we'll see you there.

The last gig we did was so much fun! On October 22nd Trio Ginga played the after party for Nashville's Celebration of Cultures
festival. The party was held in the Parthenon and we played right underneath the beautiful statue of Athena. Thanks to the Metro Parks Department and Mimi Shimmin for having us. Also thanks to the Scarritt Bennett Center for being co-host. We love you all.

Till next time....Keep the Ginga!

Big Month Coming up! - September 2, 2008

We are delighted to announce that we have six gigs coming up in September (Check our calendar for details). This is turning into an incredible month for us. We are also incredibly busy writing more new material for our upcoming CD which will be released soon. So far in the recording process we recorded five of our favorite standard Brazilian tunes. That was the easy part. Now its time to step up to the plate and deliver some original material that will stand up to the tunes we covered. We have several written and more in the works. It is proving to be a real challenge. Vince and I are professional accompanists and not really songwriters. So we are learning the art of songwriting by doing it. We hope to have a new product ready in the next couple of months. Its long overdue, I know.

Thanks for stopping by and we sincerely hope to see you at some of our upcoming September shows.

Summer Fun - August 6, 2008

A lot is happening on the Trio Ginga front this summer. We just came off our busiest month ever...really cool gigs at, Danny Salazar's World Music Sessions at 12th and Porter, the Doubletree Hotel downtown Nashville, and some great creative duo gigs at the 12 South Taproom. We are busy putting together some new material to debut in the fall and have quite a few side projects happening.

Jeremy (our co-producer and Kenya's husband) and I (Dann) are producing a Brazilian rhythm loop library for all you producers out there. We have about half of it recorded. I have been really busy teaching African drumming at a YMCA boot camp for youthful offenders and doing tons of freelance work, the latest being a concert of Tango music with a chamber group featuring Anna Maria Mendietta on Classical harp. The band was Conni Elisor on violin, Anthony LaMarquina on cello and yours truly on percussion. Vince has been busy playing lots of salsa on bass with Afinke Orchestra and Trabuko, which I also play in. Kenya has been recording a solo album. Its going to be awesome.

Anyway that's it for now. See you soon! Keep the Ginga

New Myspace Page - June 18, 2008

Trio Ginga now has a presence on Myspace. The actual address is We need some more friends so get on in there and sign up. It'll be a great way to keep up with what's happening with us on a day-to-day basis. Till next time...Keep the Ginga!

Been Awhile! - June 13, 2008

Well we've been kinda busy. June has been a great month so far for the trio. We just had a great little gig at the Doubletree Hotel downtown. We played in Swank's lounge and it was loads of fun...a great playing environment with nice, ambient acoustics and a wonderful, friendly staff. We are looking forward to our upcoming gigs at the 12 South Taproom on the 25th and the Centennial Park International Festival on the 28th. We hope to see you at one of these events.

Please feel free to sign our guestbook and get on our email list. Let us know what's happening with you.

Trio Ginga's Upcoming Gigs - April 18, 2008

Looks like we'll be back again at the 12 South Taproom on April 24th in a duo, instrumental format with Dann and Vince. It was awesome seeing our friends from Samba Nove who came to hang out after rehearsal. We want to thank Pablo and Jonathan from for being there and for bringing some new friends out. Also thanks to Dave Pomeroy, Guthrie Trapp, Doug Belote, Johnny Rabb and Ted Tretiak for coming out and showing some love. Looking out from the stage and seeing yall... some of the heaviest muthas in Nashville was kinda scary but those great taproom beers took the edge off.

New Myspace Page - April 15, 2008

Well, we finally did it...overcame our fear of social networking and signed up for a myspace account. We feel so much better now. We'll feel even better if you will go to and sign up to be one of our friends.

Dann and Vince Duo Ginga Performance - April 9, 2008

Dann and Vince will be performing an impromptu gig at the 12 South Taproom this Thursday, April 10th at 9:00 PM. Kenya is out of town so we will be doing an all instrumental duo show with tons of improvisation and live looping. If you are in Nashville for the evening come on down. The club is located on 12 Ave South next door to Mafiosa's Pizzeria in the lovely 12 South neighborhood.

Carnaval in Nashville!! - January 29, 2008

Heads up Nashville! On Sunday February 10th Kenya, Dann and Vince will be performing at the Brazilian Carnaval Celebration. The event will be held at the Rutledge on 4th Ave. South (near Symphony Hall). Also featured on the bill will be Dann's Brazilian drumming group Music City Samba, our dear friends Samba Nove and some special guests to be announced. The bands are rehearsing like mad and the music will be hot. $7 gets you in the door. 21 & up. Doors open at at 8:00.

Great fun in Knoxville! - January 8, 2008

Friends, we have to tell you that Knoxville's World Grotto is simply one of the best performance venues in the Southeast. Susie and her staff are absolutely the best in the business. They are total professionals. The promoter Edwar Avila is an amazing business man and a great asset to the Latin community in Knoxville. Trio Ginga wishes to thank all the club patrons that came out on the first Saturday in January to shake off those Holiday cobwebs. We also want to thank the World Grotto staff (namely Kim, Drew and Brad the soundman) for making us feel at home. But most of all we want to thank Susie for the wonderful experience we had at World Grotto Knoxville. Let's do it again soon. Check them out at

Trio Ginga at the World Grotto Knoxville! - December 30, 2007

Happy New Year everyone! Dann, Vince and Kenya are looking forward to kicking off the New Year with a bang in Knoxville. Our first gig of the year is at the famous World Grotto on January 5th. The first Saturday of every month they host an International Dance Party featuring some of the best live world music in the region. January's installment features Trio Ginga. Check the event out at

Feliz Natal from Trio Ginga! - December 23, 2007

Dann, Vince, Leandro & Kenya wish all of you out there the best Christmas and Holiday season ever. Trio Ginga is so excited about the coming year and all the new stuff we have in the works that we can barely contain ourselves. We can’t wait to share it with you in 2008 and beyond. If you are a fan of the more unsung, folkloric Brazilian styles…Maracatu, Forro, Samba-Reggae, Afro-Sambas and the like, you are going to want to be at our next shows. We will be announcing them soon. Till then…Keep the Ginga!

Dann plays on Dan Hagan's World Music Song of the Week - December 14, 2007

Last spring Dann played a session for our guitar player friend Dan Hagan. It just came to our attention that the song was dubbed World Music Song of the Week on Congratulations to Dan Hagan on a fine piece of music.

Leandro Freixo Joins Trio Ginga on Keyboards - December 9, 2007

A band must evolve. Trio Ginga’s music must grow and change. So, it is with great pleasure that we announce the addition of Leandro Feixo to Trio Ginga. We are really looking forward to this new collaboration with Leandro, who is a native of Rio de Janeiro, plays keyboards, sings and plays percussion. Leandro’s keyboards bring the sound of the trio to new heights. He brings a wealth of new material to the band as well as a kind, wonderful spirit. He is a brilliant musician, a good friend, and a great asset to Trio Ginga. We are blessed to work with him.

Dann & Vince in Knoxville - October 15, 2007

Thanks for stopping by!

Vince and Dann just got back from Knoxville, where they conducted the Samba Ensemble Percussion Workshop and Duo Ginga concert for the Show What You Know Festival produced by Knoxville’s own Carpetbag Theatre. If you don’t know about Carpetbag Theatre and the work they are doing please check them out at They are a national treasure!

We had a wonderful crowd of people participate in the Samba Ensemble, an event designed to engage participants in music and percussion that is a blend of cultural influences…African, European, and Native South American. There is no better genre to demonstrate this than the music and percussion of Brazil. We played lots of Samba Batucada, Samba Reggae, Maracatu and more. The music and drumming continued long after Vince and Dann left to go set up and sound check for the Duo Ginga concert downstairs at the World Grotto. The Duo introduced a new piece featuring rainforest sounds, Dann's bird whistles and two kalimbas or thumb pianos. This new piece will become a feature in our show. Trio Ginga wants to send out a big Tennessee thank you to the Carpetbag Theatre’s Ms. Linda Parris-Bailey, Mr. Marquez Rhyne, Mr. Emanuel Bailey and Ms. Tufara Waller-Mohammed for their courage, steadfastness and vision in the performing arts and for being such great hosts. More at
Trio Ginga also wants to thank Ms. Susie Dew of the World Grotto for hosting the event at her beautiful venue. This is one of the finest performance venues anywhere in this region. If you are ever in Knoxville you’ve got to drop in and check this place out. Have a bite to eat in their restaurant and enjoy the artwork in the gallery. You’ll love it. They are located in Historic Market Square in downtown Knoxville. More at
Kenya, Dann and Vince look forward to performing some Brazilian dance music at an upcoming International Dance Party at the World Grotto in January.

Till the next installment…Keep the Ginga!

Trio Ginga at Celebration of Cultures '07 Nashville - October 9, 2007

It was yet another great weekend of Brazilian music in Nashville! Kenya, Dann and Vince wish to thank all Trio Ginga's friends who came out to our show at the Celebration of Cultures Festival in Centennial Park. We had been eagerly anticipating this show and had a great time playing for you. It was a great opportunity to share the stage with some of Nashville's best world music artists like Deep Grooves Steel Drum Band and Danny Salazar y Trova Urbana. Quite a few new friends signed up to get our emails. That is really encouraging and let's us know we are on the right track with our music and show.

Trio Ginga and Danny Salazar y Trova Urbana shows - September 15, 2007

What a week! Trio Ginga wants to thank all the cool people that came out to our Nashville shows this week at Beats Without Borders at the Rutledge and Cafe Coco. We had a blast. We especially want to thank Danny Salazar for giving us this opportunity to showcase Trio Ginga to a wider audience.

Also, we are grateful to our audience because it is extremely difficult to develop a band sound without playing in front of an audience. You can rehearse and rehearse (which we did all week and last week) but until you get in front of a crowd and present the music, it is impossible to tell if you are on the right track with a band concept. What Trio Ginga does is quite out of the norm. We perform with just voice, guitar and bass or keys or any sonic "padding". We are kind of the "White Stripes of Brazilian music". It is incredibly challenging to make things sound full. What we have discovered is, when you have no bassist, you can't make the band more powerful by playing the guitar harder or stacking more percussion. We do it with dynamics and stripping stuff down even further. We are grateful to our new fans for showing us that what we are doing is working. This is the motivation we need to keep it going in the face of all the crazy music business stuff we experience. Thanks to all of you for being there and for helping us become a better band and better individuals.

Upcoming Gigs - August 14, 2007

We just got confirmation on a couple of gigs coming up soon. Trio Ginga will be performing with Danny Salazar y los Kuatro and Seed and Soil at the Rutledge in Nashville (4th Ave. South) on Thursday night, September 13th at a concert benefiting the Tennessee Immigrant Rights Coalition. This should be a great night of groove music. The Rutledge is Nashville’s finest venue for live original music. It is beautifully appointed non-smoking room with a great sound system.

The following night, Friday, September 14th at 8:00 we will again share the stage with Danny Salazar, this time at Café Coco for an evening show of intimate groove and passion. This room only seats about 60 people, so get there early for a good seat. If you haven’t been to Café Coco, it has a really artsy vibe, great food, coffee, beer and a friendly staff.

Mark your calendar for the Nashville’s Celebration of Cultures on October 6th and 7th at Centennial Park. Trio Ginga will be playing on Saturday Oct. 6th from 4:00 to 4:45. This is one of the best International festivals in the country and is being produced by the good folks at Metro Parks and the Scarritt Bennett Center.

New Original Songs - August 8, 2007

We have been really busy over the last few weeks putting together new Brazilian inspired originals. It seems that most local and regional groups that play Brazilian music have traditionally been cover bands, interpreting Brazilian standards, Sambas, Bossa Novas and stuff. That’s cool. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, but we believe that you can only take that format so far before reaching a “ceiling” that is very difficult to break through. At some point there has got to be some original music going on to establish a true band identity. So, our mission for the next string of rehearsals is to get these new original songs stage ready. Hey, we’re in Nashville for cryin’ out loud…songwriting capitol of the world…with a huge pool of songwriting inspiration and talent. We might as well jump in and start swimming.

So far so good, we’ve put together some serious grooves and skeletal arrangements on four new songs. We have a brand new Samba Reggae, a Funk Samba, an Axe/Afrobeat arrangement and an Afro-Brazilian 6/8 all of which we hope to debut at the Rutledge on September 13th and Café Coco on September 14th. Stay Tuned!

Trio Ginga's CD - July 23, 2007

Kenya and the guys have been chipping away at a CD product during the last year and its almost done. We are looking at a completion date of late August. It should be finished and ready to sell by mid September. We have some really unique treatments of some classics like E Luxo so, Rio, Piano na Mangueira, A Felicidade and a funky version of O Pato.

Dann gets a new shipment of drums - July 21, 2007

Ginga will be sporting some new percussion gear on our next gig. Dann just got a boat load of new Brazilian drums...timbau, surdos, triple agogos and a bunch of new effect instruments...seed pods and stuff. We can't wait to put 'em to work.
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