Kristen Mather de Andrade’s Santa Morena

Her New Album Is Titled As Bright As The Skies Are Blue

Kristen Mather de Andrade’s revival of Choro master Jacob do Bandolim’s ‘Santa Morena’ is a magical tribute.

We introduced you to clarinetist Kristen Mather de Andrade in last year’s Best of Brazilian Music Showcase. Her debut album, Clarão won new fans and critical acclaim not only for her musicianship but also for the rich tapestry of choros and sambas it held. 

If you’re not familiar with this artist and her music, take note. New York-based Kristen Mather de Andrade is the Principal Clarinetist with one of America’s most respected Concert Bands. Classically trained, it’s the path she’s followed since she was handed her first clarinet at age 10.

Mather de Andrade is also a Brazilian American with true affection for Brazil’s Choro and Samba song forms. 2021’s debut album Clarão showcases this facet of her musicality.

Personal Passion

“Like many woodwind players, Pixinguinha’s music draws me into it,” she told us recently. “I think his compositional style is very much influenced by his saxophone and flute playing, so to me, it always feels very comfortable and fun to play his Choros. “Carinhoso” is one of the first songs I learned in Portuguese and I still love to sing it after many years of performing it!”

Kristen Mather de Andrade’s new album, As Bright As The Skies Are Blue, is a thematic concept that explores a variety of styles and musical shadings. Included is her refreshing take on Choro master Jacob do Bandolim’s ‘Santa Morena’

Read more about Brazilian American Kristen Mather de Andrade here.

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Kristen Mather de Andrade’s Santa Morena

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