KUVO’s performance series “On Stage” features virtuoso 7-string guitarist Yamandu Costa as recorded at Vail Square at the Vail Jazz Festival.

A native Brazilian, Costa made his Vail Jazz debut in July of 2019, drawing inspiration from the music of southern Brazil, choro, samba, bossa nova, and much more. He began his guitar studies with his father Algacir Costa, band leader of “Os Fronteiriços” when he was 7 years old. Until the age of 15, Yamandu´s only music school was folk music from the south of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. When he was 17, he played for the first time in São Paulo at “Circuito Cultural Banco do Brasil” (BB Cultural Tour), and from then on he was recognized as one of the most gifted guitar players of Brazil. The music documentary by Finnish filmmaker Mika Kaurismaki, called “Brasileirinho” on “choro music” also featured Costa, which gave him additional international attention.

Hear the intricate, melodic, and magical playing of the Yamandu Costa Trio from Vail Jazz at Vail Square on KUVO’s archive show “On Stage” on Saturday, December 18 at 10 pm and Monday, December 20 at 7 pm, with host Susan Gatschet. Only on KUVO JAZZ!

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