Brothers Calatayud & Little Brazil
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The Brothers Calatayud & Little Brazil currently carry the torch of a rich family musical heritage with roots in Goiania, Brazil. Born to a percussionist mother and a guitar-playing father, the three Calatayud brothers — Marcos (“Marquinho do Samba” on cavaquinho, vocals), Marcio (guitar, vocals), and Alex (percussion, vocals) — settled together in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1994 and have been a powerful, entertaining, soulful force on the vibrant local Brazilian music scene ever since. Playing at Carnaval, festivals, Brazilian community events, theaters, clubs, and house parties, the Brothers Calatayud help keep alive a number of Brazil’s most treasured musical traditions, including samba, pagode, bossa nova, chorinho, samba-reggae, frevo, olodum, timbalada, and Música Popular Brasileira (“MPB,”).

The Brother Calatayud & Little Brazil also include the talented guitarist Eduardo Amado, from the island of Cape Verde, Peruvian percussionist Jose Rivera, and the virtuoso American electric bass player Kirwan Brown. Their performances continue to be strongly received everywhere they play. The band’s musical prowess has been especially acknowledged at the annual San Francisco Carnaval festival. Performing for seven straight years to hundreds of thousands of spectators with Grand Champion Carnaval Performance Group Foga na Roupa, the Brothers Calatayud have been voted Best Music at the San Francisco Carnaval for the past three consecutive years. In February 2008 at the San Francisco Carnaval Ball, held at the San Francisco Gift Center, the Brothers Calatayud performed and recieved an award in recognition of their longstanding contribution to the history of the San Francisco Carnaval. Their current shows combine their special expression of pagode music with original songs, bossa nova, funk, and songs by such important Brazlian artists as Djavan and Joao Bosco. Their strong connection with the beautiful samba dancers and percussionists of Carnaval group Foga na Roupa has been known to create an extra level of excitement at shows.