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Thursday, March 17 • 8:30pm - 9:30pm

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Didi Gutman is best known as keyboardist, composer and arranger for the Grammy Award-nominated Brazilian Girls, the New York City-based trio that Variety recently called “the only dance band that matters.” The Argentine native’s current success represents the culmination of more than fifteen years of impressive work in the studio and on the road with bold-faced names in jazz, Latin, rock and world music. Gutman, born in Buenos Aires in 1968, has been immersed in music since his teens, studying classical, jazz piano, and music theory while pursuing his interests in popular music and learning to play the synthesizers that would figure prominently in his subsequent work. While still in high school, the 16 year-old Gutman began to play professionally, appearing on television and contributing to recording sessions with Luis Alberto Spinetta and David Lebon, significant figures in the development of Argentine rock. Gutman came to the United States in 1992 after winning a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Following his studies, he located to Los Angeles and then New York. Gutman subsequently toured with jazz composer-vibraphonist Roy Ayers and played, recorded and composed for New York City-based bossa nova sensation Bebel Gilberto. Gutman won a Latin Grammy for the song "Vacio" from his 2002 collaboration with Academy Award-winning composer Gustavo Santaollala (Brokeback Mountain) on the acclaimed Bajo Fondo Tango Club record, which explored South American music via electronic and traditional instrumentation. Gutman has also worked with such artists as Me’Shell N’degeocello, Lauryn Hill, Grace Jones and John Legend, and he has composed music for the films The Last Party and Love the Hard Way. Brazilian Girls grew out of late-night jams at an East Village club called Nublu. Singer Sabina Sciubba, percussionist Aaron Johnston, bassist Jesse Murphy and Gutman distilled a cool, sensual sound that the Los Angeles Times says “synthesizes the metropolis' glamorous clamor.” Billboard notes that “Brazilian Girls have crafted a set as internationally diverse as the Big Apple itself” on their latest album, the Grammy-nominated New York City. Discussing the band’s beginnings with the Chicago Sun-Times, Gutman reveals, "We had no expectations. We experimented and mixed it up however we wanted. The music has a lot to do with New York and all the cultural differences that influence us. We're definitely a byproduct of what's great about the city." Out of the melting pot of which Gutman is very much a part, Brazilian Girls have created an urban brand of music that they like to refer to as “melting pop” – playful, alluring, and real. The multifaceted Gutman is currently occupied with different music projects: djing, remixing, scoring for film. He is also writing and experimenting with new music for two new bands, La Realit, a collaboration with Hector Castillo, and Re:redux, a live electronica outfit featuring Jesse Murphy and Aaron Johnston of Brazilian Girls.

Thursday March 17, 2011 8:30pm - 9:30pm CDT

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