Aché Brasil Bio

“Aché Brasil re-created the party atmosphere of “carnaval” in Brazil with a mix of acrobatic capoeira
and butt-shaking sambas. The costumes were dazzlingly colourful…”

The Georgia Straight (International Jazz Festival notes), Alex Varty, Tony Montague,
Ken Eisner and Jennifer Van Evra

Aché Brasil represents the culture, the traditions, the beliefs, the music and the movement of the people of Brazil.  Equal parts dance, music, spectacle, Aché Brasil has played to enthusiastic audiences and critical acclaim from all over North America receiving a recent nomination for “Live Performers of the Year” at the West Coast Music Awards.   The musicians and dancers of Aché Brasil exhibit a rare combination of authenticity and excellence in their work, which is unmatched in North America. Experienced and professional, Aché Brasil is committed to presenting high quality performances which best exemplify Brazil’s rich cultural heritage.

AN EXPLOSION of COLOUR, ENERGY & MUSIC!

Aché Brasil specializes in the performance of popular and traditional Afro-Brazilian music, dance and rhythms.  Amazing acrobatic feats and dances all done to a combination of Brazil’s most infectious rhythms, featuring a fabulous back-up band comprised of some of Brazil’s and Canada’s finest musicians. While Aché Brasil’s music is rooted in the more traditional forms of Brazilian rhythms:  Samba, Maracatu, Coco de Roda, Capoeira; it also reflects the influences of Brazilian popular music.  These influences have created something new, Aché Brasil’s own contribution to the evolution of Brazilian music.

Originating from Pernambuco, by founder and director, Mestre Eclilson de Jesus, the group has  gone on to receive international acclaim, performing for hundreds of festivals and special events such as, The International Vancouver Jazz Festival — four consecutive years, Calgary’s Expo Latino, Mission Folk Music Festival, etc.  Seen by thousands on The Vicky Gabareau Show, CBC’s West Coast Music Award, Aché Brasil has far exceeded the expectations of many festivals, “The energy of the band never slowed for the whole hour of their performance… Aché Brasil proved to be a super band.” The Yukon News, Al Pope.

The word “Aché” stems from Yoruba, meaning, “all things positive” and it is in this spirit that British Columbia’s foremost Brazilian music and dance troupe hopes to inspire others to explore the energetic and multi-faceted culture of Brazil.

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Ache’ Brasil was fantastic!  Everyone involved said that their educational performance was the
best we’ve ever had.  The evening concert sold well, and was extremely well-received!

Marilyn Sabella, Pend Oreille Arts Council, Sandpoint, Idaho – USA Tour 2009

The performance was very well received.  The dancers staged a very impressive show and the students
(grades 6/7/8) enjoyed the performance immensely.  The background information shared with the audience
about costumes and musical instruments helped to provide excellent context for the students.
Thank you for an excellent performance!

Eric Potts, Acting Principal, Willowdale Middle School, North York, ON – Ontario Tour 2009