Os Clavelitos is an "American Samba" band based in New York City, who creates original music combining traditional Brazilian rhythms
(samba, baiao, bossa nova, and frevo) with English lyrics. With band members from Brazil, Japan, and the U.S., the six piece ensemble
celebrates Brazil's rich musical heritage, while incorporating their eclectic performing backgrounds in "Latin", indie, jazz, pop, and
folkloric styles. The band's three composers/lyricists, Anthony Lanni (Detroit, MI - band leader, guitarist, and producer), Dan Kendall
(Detroit, MI - multi-instrumentalist and co-producer), and Chieko Honda (Osaka, Japan - lead vocalist), craft distinctive pieces showcasing
Os Clavelitos' ("Little Carnations" in English) dynamic percussion, harmonic nuance, and Chieko's sensual, open-hearted vocals; sharing
tales of romance, melancholy, and conceptual whimsy. The propulsive and finely textured percussion comes courtesy of Uka Gameiro
(Recife, Brazil) and Arei Sekiguchi (Tokyo, Japan). Uka is a published scholar of Brazilian rhythms (Modern Drummer, Percussive Notes,
Drumhead) with a unique folkloric approach to the drum kit, adapted from rhythms of his home village. Arei is an accomplished specialist
in Afro-Brazilian/carnival style hand percussion, having studied with Jorge Alabe and performed accompaniment to Quenia Ribiero's
Afro-Brazilian Dance Class at Alvin Ailey. Saxophone and flute virtuoso Livio Almeida (Brasilia, Brazil) has performed with The O'Farrill
Brother's band, Monika Oliveira, and many other top notch ensembles; his melodic invention and dramatic focus are integral to the band's
sound. Os Clavelitos is essentially about coming together to share culture and influences; conjuring an enchanting vista of sounds, as
welcoming as a leisurely Sunday feast, abundant with food, friends, dancing, and samba for all.
Os Clavelitos' debut album "Arriving" sets English lyrics over traditional Brazilian rhythms; weaving in diverse, often folkloric,
stylistic strands. The NYC-based six piece ensemble, with members from Brazil, Japan, and the U.S., perform original compositions
referencing a variety of Brazilian grooves: samba, baiao, frevo, bossa nova, occasionally extending outward into traditions like bolero
and cha-cha. Over a forceful rhythmic core of drum and hand percussion, guitar and bass express an ever-shifting harmonic frame for lithe
melodies, sensually delivered by vocalist Chieko Honda. Each piece has a clarity of storytelling, achieved through thoughtful lyrics and
creative, focused arrangements; variously employing accordion, cavaquinho, flute, saxophone, and layered vocals to articulate a precise
emotional arc for the listener. Sharing their stories of travel, memory, community, and loss (and Tom Cruise, really!), Os Clavelitos make
a welcoming, big-hearted sound, inviting you to their samba parade, where we are all 'Arriving' joyfully home in our shared humanity.
Band Member Bios
Chieko Honda is a singer from Osaka, Japan. Chieko has studied voice and dance at Ballet Arts in New York City for 4 years, and has performed
as a vocalist at St. Albans Jazz festival, Stereo Terra music festival, The Bitter End, Newyorican Poets Cafe...to name a few. Chieko also
composes her own music which is mainly influenced by Brazilian rhythms, harmonies, and melodies.
Anthony Lanni is a New York City based guitarist, mandolinist, and composer who specializes in Brazilian and Italian music. As band leader
of Os Clavelitos, Anthony has written the music and lyrics for several of the band's tunes, and has also done his own solo guitar arrangements
of Brazilian standards. Anthony also works as a side-man for well-known NYC singer-song writers, such as Shelly Bhushan and Jeneen Terrana,
and has performed on stages including Joe's Pub, The Living Room, Rockwood 1 & 2, and the 4-day Stereo Terra Music festival.
Dan Kendall is an nyc-area bassist, guitarist, and composer in a variety of styles including Brazilian, Americana,
Experimental/whatever/baroque dixieland-garage pop. He has performed with Gimagua at the Hispanic Day Parade and on Telemundo; and at
venues including the Mercury Lounge, the Living Room, and Summerstage with dozens of acclaimed artists including Jeneen Terrana, Silbin Sandovar, and Little Embers.
Uka Gameiro is originally from Recife (Brazil) and has worked as a musician for more than 15 years. He has played at big festivals, clubs,
and theaters in Brazil, Canada and USA. Uka has a series of articles published in Modern Drummer Magazine in 2013.
Arei Sekiguchi is a Tokyo-native drummer/percussionist whose first exposure to international performance came through tours of the U.S.
and Europe with Up With People at the age of 18. Arei received a BFA from the New School University and also studied privately with some of the most sought after
drummers in the world: Michael Carvin, Jorge Alabe and Antonio Sanchez. He has performed at various festivals and venues all over the
United States including River to the River Festival (NYC), New York Anime Festival, Whitney Museum, and the National Gallery of Art and
Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Livio Almeida is a young saxophone/flue/clarinet player and composer/arranger from Brazil, who got his Bachelors in Classical Saxophone in
Brasilia, Brazil. Livio also received a second degree in Jazz Performance at the City College of New York, where he was a recipient of the
Kaye Scholarship and several other accademic awards. Livio is a member of the phenomenal O'Farril Brothers band and has performed at venues
such as Dizzy's Coca-Cola Club, Birdland, and The Jazz Gallery.