Vianna Bergeron Brazilian Jazz
Music from Brazil & Beyond
ABOUT THE BAND
Vianna Bergeron Brazilian Jazz is led by pianist Cassio Vianna and saxophonist Tom Bergeron — and features vocalist Rosi Bergeron. The band is rounded out by bassist Clipper Anderson and drummer Mark Ivester.
The group focuses on music by Brazilian artists and original compositions by Vianna. All members of the band are steeped in traditional and contemporary Brazilian rhythms and practices. Cassio, Tom, & Rosi have been playing Brazilian music together since 2009. In 2019, they formed Vianna Bergeron Brazilian Jazz.
Cassio Vianna - piano
Cassio Vianna is a composer, pianist, arranger, and educator whose work reflects the broad range of musical and cultural influences he has received during his years of training. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Vianna started his music studies in classical music, while developing his skills as a composer and interpreter of popular music and Brazilian jazz. Between 1993 and 1995, Vianna studied under Hungarian teacher Ian Guest, who had a great impact on his decision to pursue a career as a composer.
After this period, Vianna engaged in several recording and performing projects in the Rio de Janeiro music scene, which included a successful career with the Brazilian jazz trio Dialeto Brasileiro. Cassio holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Brazilian Popular Music from Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, a Master of Music degree in Contemporary Music from Western Oregon University, and a Doctor of Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado, where he studied with David Caffey.
Cassio Vianna lives with his family in the Pacific Northwest, where he is the Director of Jazz Studies, Assistant Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.
Tom Bergeron - saxophones
Tom Bergeron has performed throughout the United States, and in France, Poland, Germany, Costa Rica, and Brazil. He has appeared with Ella Fitzgerald, Hal Blaine, Anthony Braxton, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole, Robert Cray, Mason Williams, Oliver Lake, Glen Moore, Bernadette Peters, The Fifth Dimension, The Temptations, Sunny Turner, Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians, Marin Alsop's String Fever, and many others.
Tom began his musical journey in New Hampshire in the 1960s, studying piano and music theory with Roland Belisle, who learned stride piano from Fats Waller. Since 2000, he has been deeply involved in studying, playing, and teaching Brazilian music, returning regularly to Brazil to research and perform.
Tom holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone. He recently retired from Western Oregon University, where for 28 years he taught woodwinds, music theory, music business, and Brazilian music.
Rosi Bergeron - voice
Singer Rosi Bergeron brings to the band the sensuous sound of Brazilian Portuguese and her distinctive expression of Brasilidade. She was immersed from an early age in the musical culture of her native Rio de Janeiro, participating in Rio’s legendary samba schools, studying voice, and developing a deep repertoire of samba, bossa nova, and Brazilian Popular Music.
She absorbed a love of music from her father, a saxophonist who played at “bloco” celebrations during Carnaval. Her influences include Elis Regina, Tom Jobim, Gal Costa, Paulinho da Viola, Gilbero Gil, Chico Buarque, Marisa Monte, and Maria Rita.
Clipper Anderson - bass
Bassist Clipper Anderson is a musician who defies labels. Equally comfortable with straight-ahead, traditional, free jazz or bebop, he plays with genuine reverence for the music and an unassuming mastery that speaks for itself. He is a virtuosic improviser, known for creating intelligent lines, which are often executed with stunning speed and precision. He is the quintessential support player who steadily holds the pocket and creates a solid foundation for whomever he shares the bandstand with. He is also a well-respected vocalist. Earshot Jazz has aptly described Clipper as “ a player for the connoisseur to savor,” and rightly so.
Although Clipper’s accomplishments are many and his career extraordinary, perhaps what most defines this Montana born bass player is the gracious spirit that he brings to the music. In the words of Mark Ivester: “After 30 years of playing together, Clipper still amazes and inspires me. He’s the most dedicated musician I know.”
Mark Ivester - drums
Mark Ivester is a versatile drummer and percussionist with extensive experience playing a variety of musical genres from rock to jazz to orchestral music. Ivester has performed with numerous jazz artists of international stature including Larry Coryell, Freddie Hubbard, Diane Schuur, Mose Allison, Charlie Byrd and Eartha Kitt. He currently performs and records with the Jovino Santos Neto Quartet, Greta Matassa and Susan Pasca. Ivester has also performed with the Honolulu, Spokane and Walla Walla symphony orchestras.
Ivester is a founding member of the professional percussion ensemble Happy Hammers, a group that performs a broad cross-section of percussion music of various ethnic origins including the steel drums from Trinidad, African drumming of the Ewe and Yoruba tribes, Afro-Cuban drumming, Brazilian sambas, and jazz for mallet keyboard instruments. Ivester earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastern Washington University, and he did undergraduate and graduate work in ethnomusicology at the University of Hawaii that included field study in gamelan music on the island of Java.