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About the Artist

Brazilian-born Jovino Santos Neto worked as a pianist, flutist and producer with the legendary Hermeto Pascoal for 15 years. After moving to Seattle in 1993, he released several recordings as a composer, bandleader and also in collaboration with many important musicians. A worldwide performer, lecturer, and Professor at Cornish College of the Arts, he has received many commissions and awards for his work. Jovino’s music blends contemporary harmonies with traditional Brazilian grooves. Jovino received three nominations for a Latin Grammy (2004, 2006 and 2009). His latest CD is Current with his Quinteto, out on Adventure Music.

As part of his Fellowship’s Meet the Artist requirements, Jovino spent a day with children from Tieton, Cowiche, and Yakima in Yakima County. Hosted by Sylvia Imbrock from Mighty Tieton, Jovino began with a visit to Ready by Five, a preschool for children under age five, where he led a music workshop and composed a song along with the kids using their words as lyrics. Next, in Cowiche, he met with four different classes at Marcus Whitman Elementary from kindergarten to third grade, and worked with the young participants of the YAMA String Orchestra at Garfield Elementary. In each event, Jovino created new music on the spot with the students and talked about the music creation process, focusing on rhythm, melody, and harmony, and on engaging the children by encouraging them to play music together. He concluded the day with a solo keyboard performance at Gilbert Cellars in Yakima, which was covered by the The Yakima Herald and very well-attended. Read more about Jovino’s Meet the Artist event.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.