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Brasilian Vibes Trio


“Beautiful instrumental and vocal arrangements based on a landscape of rock-solid percussion grooves. Recognized as one of the world’s top mallet players, Lipner delivers virtuosic craftsmanship on both vibes and marimbas.”

“The music is great, well performed and the bonus is a rare and surprising view of the vibraphone and marimba in Brazilian Music!”

“There’s a freshness and vivacity to all the music here. One can easily hear the dedication and the light-hearted fun they’re having in communicating the joy of Brazilian music.” Jazz Society of Oregon


Nanny Assis and Arthur Lipner joined forces as the band Brasilian Vibes in 2009. Their combination of traditional Brazilian percussion/vocals with vibraphone and marimba allows the ensemble to explore many different kinds of Samba, Bossa Nova and other Brazilian music in an exciting, refreshing way. The trio’s virtuosity and interplay brings presenters – from small clubs to large festivals – a show guaranteed to be listenable on the deepest of levels while interactive and danceable.

The cd “Brasilian Vibes” (2010) was recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, NYC and CT. Guest appearances include trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, award-winning Sao Paulo vocalist Vanessa Falabella, cellist David Darling, and Brazilian guitar greats Vinicius Cantuaria and Nelson Faria. This recording was nominated “Best CD of 2010” by the Brazilian Press Awards.

The band Brasilian Vibes has performed together in return engagements at New York City’s Blue Note and, the legendary club, Sounds of Brazil many times, Florida’s Pompano Jazz Festival, Levitt Pavilion (CT), Steppingstone Concert Series (NY), and numerous other venues. 2017 appearances include Slyfest ’12 (Buffalo, NY), Percussive Arts International Convention (Indianapolis) and more. Bandmembers 2017 tours include concerts in Brazil and Europe.

Brasilian Vibes repertoire is a mix of classic Samba and Bossa Nova along with contemporary and folkloric styles. Brazilian rhythms and styles are vast, and Brasilian Vibes always includes percussion  and harmonies along with improvisations which will captivate and intrigue their audiences. Non-stop groove is central to all of their music. At various times in their show, the band will have the audience singing and clapping. Depending on the engagement , they can  invite people onstage to play along, and even dance with the band. This message of inclusivity is an important aspect of music in Brazilian culture – and a core component of Brasilian Vibes’ feel-good shows.

Band members

Nanny Assis – guitar/vocals/percussion

There are no other Brazilian artists on the scene today who sing and play guitar/percussion with the depth and virtuosity of Nanny Assis. He is a rare breed of performer, combining these talents with a driving charisma as he entertains audiences around the globe. In 2011 and 2017, Nanny Assis was the recipient of the prestigious Brazilian International Press Award “Best Male Vocalist of the Year.” Originally from Bahia (Brazil), Nanny moved to NYC in 1999. An active session player and guest artist, he has performed with many Brazilian and jazz artists including Cyro Baptista, Eumir Deodato, Vinicius Cantuaria, John Patitucci, and Romero Lubamba.

Nanny Assis’s his debut solo album ”Double Rainbow” (2009) was “highly recommended” Nanny recently performed at London’s Ronnie Scotts and frequents NYC clubs including Birdland and B.B.King. For over 10 years, he was the sole voice on Sundays at NYC’s legendary club Sounds of Brazil (SOB’s). Other highlights include a world tour with Brazilian guitarist Vinicius Cantuaria, and workshop at Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series. In 2015 he formed “The Requinte Trio” with Janis Siegel (Manhattan Transfer) and NYC pianist John DiMartino. Requinte performed music from their cd “Honey & Air” at London’s Barbican Theater in 2016, and appears regularly in NYC. 2017 dates include Utah’s Moab Music Festival.

“He was such an inspiration to both musicians and audiences!” Gabriel Alegria, Lima Jazz Festival (Peru)

“Lipner belongs to that rare category of master player with Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson…” The Chronicle Herald (Nova Scotia)

Arthur Lipner – vibes & marimba

Arthur Lipner is one of today’s leading vibes and marimba players. He has appeared in 25 countries, including 40 Europe tours and two dozen to Latin America. Lipner has been in a mind-boggling variety of locations and musical settings such as improvising in the mountains of Norway on an ice xylophone session, session work  with Russian Tuvan Throat Singers, filming in Ghana at a small rural village, the Royal Palace in Marrakesh, Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, and much more. Arthur has appeared on over 50 albums, including his 2015 double cd best-of collection “Two Hands, One Heart” (2015), and done many sessions for tv and radio. Lipner has presented over 300 workshops on six continents, including Juilliard, Yale University and Sydney Conservatorium. Arthur has just finished recording eight solo albums for the new NYC label Solo Sounds.

The documentary TALKING STICKS (2016) chronicles Arthur’s inner and outer journeys as a mallet percussionist. Filmed in Ghana (small village), Mexico, Iceland (stone marimba), Brazil, Norway (ice xylophone) and USA, it explores the rich history of the vibraphone and marimba.

Leonardo Lucini – electric bass

Leonardo Lucini is a bassist, producer, composer and educator. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Lucini has performed/recorded with many artists including Nestor Torres, Arturo O’Farrill, Alex Acuna, Chuchito Valdez, Leo Gandelman, Giovanni Hidalgo and Horacio (El Negro) Hernandez.  In Brazil, he has collaborated with singer-composer Marcos Vale, saxophonist Paulo Moura, and many others. He also performs his own compositions with his Brazilian jazz group Origem. Based in the Wash DC area, Mr. Lucini holds a Masters in Music from the University of Maryland.