Celso Machado at Southern Oregon University

Celso MachadoPhoto courtesy of SOU

Composer, guitarist and percussionist Celso Machado will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Machado's music is a mix of European, African, Portuguese and Brazilian styles of jazz, classical and folk. Rooted in Brazilian rhythms, it also reflects his fascination with other world-music traditions. He finds similarities in the music of southern Italy and northeast Brazil; Egyptian maqsoum and Portuguese baiao; Moroccan rhythms and the Brazilian instrument afoxe and samba dancing. He blends all of these influences into his own sound, creating a unique contribution to the evolution of Brazilian music.

"If there ever was one person who could be described as being music, it is the Brazilian Machado," wrote Tom D'Antoni, contributing editor for Oregon Music News, about Machado's 2010 performance in Portland. "He played guitar, ngoni, drums, flutes and other assorted little instruments. "… He created a rainforest in the theater, complete with bird calls and a rainstorm. "… He isn't a one-man band, he's a one-man symphony."

Drawing on his study of classical guitar, Machado composes for solo and ensemble. He has performed in music halls around the world for 40 years.

Tickets cost $15 general admission, are free for students, and may be purchased at the SOU Performing Arts box office on South Mountain Avenue, online at www.sou.edu/performingarts or by calling 541-552-6348.

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