Autumn Music Event 2023 “Brazilian Night – Passionate Samba, Enchanting Bossa Nova”
【Date & Time】
Wednesday, October 25
6:00 PM～8:30 PM (ET)
The Nippon Club Tower
（145 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019）
Nippon Club members $160 / Guest/Non-members $200
（incl. dinner & drinks, tax and service fee）
【Maximum allowed up to 60 guests】
Please note that the registration will be closed as soon as it reaches capacity.
Registration deadline: Wednesday, October 18
6:00 pm Open and Check-in begins (Venue: 2F Rose room)
6:30－7:30 pm Dinner (Buffet-style)
7:30－7:35 pm Opening remark
7:35－8:30 pm Live music performance by Nanny Assis
8:30 pm Closing, end of the event
“Anybody who sees Nanny performing immediately feels that music for him is more than just a career. It’s how he translates rhythms and notes into pure essence – often snatching audiences away – and other times energizing them enough so they can stand up and dance, like Bob Marley once said, “and sweat until you can’t sweat no more.” His ability to make any kind of music sound smooth makes Nanny a notable and gifted artist. And that’s what he is, a gifted artist.”
Nanny Assis was born August 25, 1969, in Salvador, Bahia, in northeastern Brazil. When he was 7, his musical gifts began manifesting themselves before an audience—or rather, before a congregation. “My father was a pastor, so I grew up playing sacred music. My first instrument was drums, played in the church, and I sang in the youth choir.” He learned guitar by osmosis, simply because the instrument was ubiquitous in Brazilian culture. With those skills in hand, and much to his parents’ (initial) displeasure, Assis began making money playing secular music with his friends. He did rock in clubs, samba at carnival, and even delved into jazz after discovering American players at a record store in Salvador.
In 1993, when the Austin, Texas-based band Rolling Thunder held auditions for samba percussionists. Assis passed the audition and came with them to Texas as a member of the band, touring the U.S. and Europe with them. This was the proverbial foot in the door; he kept seeking out opportunities to work in the States, finally moving to New York in 1999 and quickly becoming a noted player of samba and Brazilian jazz, both as a leader and a sideman.
While Assis considers himself a samba musician, not a jazz musician, it’s the jazz players who are most curious about Brazil’s traditions and are thus his most frequent collaborators. His 2006 debut album, Double Rainbow, included contributions from John Patitucci, Eumir Deodato, Michael Leonhardt, and Erik Friedlander, among others. His subsequent projects partnered him with Arthur Lipner (2010’s Brazilian Vibes) and Janis Siegel and John di Martino (on 2014’s RequinteTrio). He’s also produced several recordings across multiple genres. Rovanio is his second leadership album, but he’s not interested in hogging the spotlight there, either—hence the stellar cast of musicians that appear with him. “The whole point of music is to share,” he says. “I love to collaborate, and my stage is an open door.”
Samuela is a professional Samba dancer (Brazilian samba nope) based in New York, her unique and contagious energy will bring your party alive! From her exquisite costumes to her passion and smile while dancing she will fill the room with fun and make everybody dance!
Samuela started dancing at the age of 17 studying HipHop and Brazilian Samba.
She studied and train dance over the past 15 years in Italy, France and the USA, and worked as a Samba dancer over the past 10 years. She currently performs all over New York and the tri-state area for weekly shows, weddings, birthday parties. Samuela also works with other dancers, musicians and drummers to make your event personalized and special.