Brazilian Dances and Inventions is a meeting of popular and erudite musical forms, portraying the deeply melodic, rhythmically complex nature of Brazilian music through the voices of bassoon, clarinet and flute. Dances such as the polka, baião, forro, samba and waltz contrast with inventions that incorporate imitative counterpoint in a range of tonalities.
Janet Grice, bassoon, has a Doctorate from Rutgers University and degrees from the New England Conservatory and New York University. A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in Brazil and grants from the National Endowment, Meet the Composer and Arts International, she performed internationally, recorded for Music Minus One and numerous jazz and classical artists, and produced three CDs of original and Brazilian jazz. She freelances in New York, performs regularly in Brazil, is a bassoon instructor, and teaches for the New York Dept. of Education.
Kevin Willois, flute, played on the R&B circuit in New York, then earned a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Rutgers University. He plays with the Sonora Winds, Actor’s Net regional theater in Pennsylvania, and Chelsea Opera, and teaches flute and music theory at the Westminster Conservatory, Rutgers University, and the Peddie School.
Sarah Bednarcik, clarinet, has a Bachelors degree from Northwestern University and a Masters from Rutgers University, and freelances in New Jersey ensembles. She is a public school music teacher and maintains a private clarinet studio.
Vento Trio began performing together while graduate students at Rutgers University. The group performs "Music of the Americas" programs in the New York City metropolitan area, and performed in Brazil and France.