RIO GARAGE: Not your parents’ bossa nova
Grounded in the soft subtle chords of the beach, the clubs, and the favelas of Rio de Janeiro; driven by the pulsing rhythms of late Miles; founded on the desire for fun and good grooves, the band RIO GARAGE was born.
Mary Flannery: Vocals/Keyboard After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in piano, Mary traveled around the world, studying classical Indian music in Varanasi and flamenco guitar in Seville, Spain. Finally she returned to her roots - the music her parents played on the stereo and in the car when she was growing up. The music of Brazil.
Roberto Berimbau: Bass Roberto’s musical training began in the samba schools of his hometown, Sao Paulo, Brazil. He toured with his father’s folkloric performing troupe, Batucajes. In New York in the 80’s, he further honed his skills, playing at SOB’s with Ciro Batista, Nana Vasconcelos, and the power samba band Pei de Boi.
John Shepherd: Drums John started playing drums and percussion when he was 9 years old. For many years he toured with Ruthie and the Wranglers. He has performed with bands of almost every imaginable genre – zydeco, swing, free jazz, country, rock, surf, and now Brazilian.