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Brazilian music group Origem has been performing in the Washington Metropolitan area for over 15 years. The group's mission is to bring awareness of Brazilian culture through music.
Origem has performed in many local and national music festivals and venues such as The Kennedy Center, The Sculpture Gardens at the National Galley of Art, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Blues Alley Jazz Club, The Carter Baron Amphitheater, The Rosslyn Jazz Festival, Lake Anne Jazz Festival, Taste of DC Festival, Montgomery College World Arts Festival among others.
Awarded and internationally recognized musicians have performed with Origem such as: Frederico Pena, Gregoire Marett, Benito Gonzales, Alex Brown, Alex Han, Vince Evans, Leo Gandelman, Raul Mascarenhas, Dan Reynolds, Peter Fraize, among others.
The group performs a variety of Brazilian music styles from the Southeast and Northeast regions of Brazil such as Samba, Bossa Nova , Forro, Afoxe and Maracatu, mixed with jazz, funk, rock, and other styles to create a unique blend like no other.
Origem was awarded a grant by DC. Arts Commission in 1998 to record its first album IJEXA. Alejandro and Leonardo Lucini have been nominated for Best Latin Musicician by The Washington Area Music Association.
Currently, Origem is producing their second album, to be released in February 2012.