Brazilian guitarist, percussionist, and composer, Celso Machado, brings his irresistible rhythm to the Upstairs Lounge on Nov.17

Celso Machado plays the Upstairs Lounge Friday Nov. 17

“It’s not World Music that I like, but music of the world.”

Celso Machado brings his Brazilian roots and worldly influences to the Upstairs Lounge on Friday night.

He grew up in Brazil with a musician father and four brothers who loved to play. When he was young he would march in the streets with his friends banging pots and pans like a marching band – inspired by the Carnival of Brazil. While their heritage musical roots were in Samba music, they loved to play a wide range including Jazz and Classical. Much of the music was original compositions.

“Whatever is in front of me becomes a musical instrument,” says Machado. “That’s what we did in my family. We played with no conventional musical instruments. We had a table, we had chairs. Each one of the family members would choose one sound. Each person would have to choose a different component of the rhythm. So if you hear someone playing a bass drum, you come up with a different part, to complete the percussion ensemble. So one might have a table, one has a frying pan, one has water glasses, and one has a box of matches. None of them are traditional instruments but you can make all the different sounds. If you want to play music you don’t have to go to the store and buy an instrument. There was no buying at the time. Nobody had money to buy anything.”

Celso Machado now focuses on traditional music, classical guitar, renaissance, baroque. He creates a blend of music antiqua and Brazilian beats. He also gets inspiration from Morocco, Egypt, West Africa.

“It’s not World Music that I like, but music of the world,” says Machado

Celso often tours Europe, playing in Italy, Germany, and Spain. He was in Japan earlier this year. While he enjoys touring he also loves his quiet life in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast. It allows him to get away from it all but also keeps him close to transportation hubs for his shows.

He is sure to delight the audience as he feels a responsibility to not just play music but to also entertain the crowd and make sure they are having a good time.

Celso Machado performs Nov.17 at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6 for dinner) in Oak Bay Recreation’s Upstairs Lounge, 1975 Bee St. Tickets are $20 in advance at Ivy’s Bookshop and Oak Bay Recreation or online at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/celso-machado-tickets-35154161042. Tickets are $25 at the door. Get a taste of the band at www.celsomachado.com.

Just Posted

Delayed grant decisions could send new Crystal Pool costs soaring

Delays could cost the City of Victoria up to $500,000/month more in construction costs

Campfire ban coming into effect across West Coast

The Coastal Fire Centre says bans will begin on Wednesday

UPDATE: Woman hit by car in parking lot 93 years old

Driver of sedan backs into older adult walking through lot

Stolen West Shore vehicle found in ocean off Oak Bay

SUV was submerged 90 feet from shore at Cattle Point

Delivery truck downs power lines in Sidney

A tractor trailer delivering eggs clipped a low-hanging wire on Second St.… Continue reading

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Hub for mental health and addictions treatment opens at B.C. hospital

St. Paul’s Hospital HUB is an acute medical unit that includes 10 patient beds

Saanich Police investigate store robbery

Store video captures image of suspect

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Calgary family’s vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

Three people died and four others were injured in the crash

Union construction cost competitive, B.C. Building Trades say

Non-union firms can bid on infrastructure, but employees have to join international unions

Trudeau to shuffle cabinet ahead of Liberals’ team for 2019

Trudeau could lighten the work loads of cabinet ministers who currently oversee more than one portfolio

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of July 17

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Car calls 911 on possible impaired B.C. driver

A luxury car automatically calls Princeton police to scene of crash involving alcohol

Most Read