Matuto is scheduled to perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts.
The band will bring its "Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound"—rolling drums, accordion licks, blues vocals—to the Rose City after having played stages including Chicago World Music Festival and The Kennedy Center.
"Matuto are part of a broader, loosely defined movement of hard-to-define acoustic innovators, musicians savoring their own heritage as they commune across genre and cultural bounds," an announcement for the Madison concert says. "Hailing from different parts of the country, Clay Ross and Rob Curto first met in Brooklyn’s genre-defying music scene. After laying down tracks on each other’s albums, they headed to Recife together and became fast friends as they played music, listened to local ensembles, held workshops in favela community centers, and won over local fans."
Matuto was one of 35
groups out of over
750 applicants from around the world to showcase at the 2011
WOMEX World Music
Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, and its members were appointed “American Musical Ambassadors” for the U.S. State
Department in 2012.
of Matuto have worked with musicians including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, Cyro
Trischka, Steve Martin, Bela Fleck, Phoebe Snow, Southside
Johnny and the Asbury
Jukes, Cyndi Lauper, Cassandra Wilson, Abigail Washburn, The
Lila Downs, Yo Yo Ma, Lee Konitz, The Klezmatics, Fred Hersch,
Natalie Merchant, David Krakauer and Pete Seeger, the announcement says.
Downtown Concert Series is a series of free Friday evening,
concerts held outside on the lawn of the museum. The concert will be held inside in case of inclement weather. Picnicking is welcome. For more
information call 973-377-2982 ext. 14 or visit www.metc.org.