Guará e Juba provides an intimate, impressionistic and natural atmosphere perfect for relaxing, mingling and enjoying fine wine and fare. Comprised of classical guitar, voice and alto sax (percussion is an option as well) we weave together intricate sets of Brazilian Jazz, Bossa Nova and Samba for your special event.
Price Range: $300 and up
What to Expect
We are punctual, clean, well-dressed, respectful, volume-conscious, deferential, aware professionals who pride ourselves on customer service first and foremost.
Musically, we offer these options:
1. Brazilian Guitar and Sax Duo - relaxing and intimate Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz and Samba - great for small cocktail parties!
2. Build a bigger band - we can add bass, percussion, sax/flute, to get the sound and vibe you're looking for.
3. Zamico - a unique Bay Area Brazilian Funk band/dance experience - see www.zamicoband.com.
What we do at a party: (from an email to a soon-to-be-satisfied client):
We have had many years of experience playing for everything from cocktails to dinners to after dinner and ceremonies. Every moment in the evening has its particular feeling and set of constraints presented to us as musical mood-setters. For instance, during dinner we never want to get in the way of a diner's experience of the food or quieter conversation, so we play slower, quieter music which can sit in the background and enhance the experience of eating, rather than overwhelm the diner's sensory experience.
We also pay very careful attention to the facial expressions of your guests, constantly monitoring for signs of either appreciation for the music, or of annoyance, and we adjust what we do accordingly. I should mention here that if you have any guests with hearing aids, you will want to seat them as far from the music as possible, as it will be difficult for them to enjoy themselves, or to participate in conversation with even a low volume of background music or noise.
After dinner we watch the crowd and wait for a certain level of digestion to have been achieved, and for the energy of your guests' bodies to move away from their bellies. We then know that it is time for us to begin playing our more uptempo numbers, especially Samba and Forró, setting a mood of easy confidence, and we enjoy watching as guests begin speaking more animatedly, and body language changes to excitement as conversation flows more and more easily. If dancing is in order, we have a uptempo songs reserved just for that.
Of course, if ever a musical selection isn't quite right for a party, the host/ess need only make eye contact and let us know with a brief hand or facial gesture how to adjust what we're doing. We will always defer to the tastes of our client, and your satisfaction is our top priority, so we make it quick, easy, and hassle-free for you to change the mood if one of our musical selections doesn't resonate with your vision for the moment.
Andrew McKleroy (Guara) is a Bay Area born artist and multi-linguist who plays nylon string Guitar, Pandeiro (Brazilian Tambourine) and sings. Andrew’s voice has a natural and intimate sound which he says he is able to best express in what he considers the most romantic of the romantic languages, Portuguese. A world traveler who fell in love with the people and music of Brazil while studying Portuguese and the guitar, Andrew now calls Brazil his second home and lives with his Brazilian wife in the East Bay, who collaborates with him on original compositions. He first learned Portuguese by translating the lyrics of Tom Jobim, Vinicius Morais, Ze Ketti, and Milton Nascimento so it’s fitting Guara e Juba’s repertoire is heavy on the jazz drenched, impressionistic, romantic Bossa Novas of the 60’s and the samba-canção, with its mournful chords and beautiful, earthy lyrics.
Jérémy Marais (Juba), born and raised in the French Alps, started studying saxophone as a young kid and very soon developed a strong interest for improvised music. He has been living and studying traditional music in various parts of the world: West Africa, Spain, India, Turkey and Israel. As a multi-instrumentalist, Jérémy, in addition to playing alto and baritone sax, performs with clarinet, frame drum, kalimba, shruti box and various percussion instruments. Jérémy performed with international bands touring abroad for many years and he still tours regularly all over the USA with the popular Israeli group Nava Tehila.
Additional Booking Notes
We will require one normal-size armless chair per musician, with protection from the elements (shade umbrellas or heat lamps when appropriate)
Ideally you should provide AC power to our location for our PA system, but we can also bring battery-powered amplifiers on request.
We prefer to be fed if the event is to take place during a meal, but don't require this. In any case we'd like to know in advance. Like any service people, we perform best when we are provided with an appropriate level of hospitality.