Music in our Sanctuary

Trio Americano

Eugene Friesen, Yaniel Matos, Café da Silva

Tuesday, June 20, 7:30PM

Unitarian Universalist Church of Woodstock

7 Church St, Woodstock, VT 05091

Tickets: $15 at the door

Join three stellar artists of the Americas, singer/songwriter Yaniel Matos of Cuba, percussionist Café Edson da Silva from Brazil, and cellist Eugene Friesen of the USA, for an evening celebrating the summer solstice.

The evening will include original and traditional songs, instrumentals, and stories of solstice traditions in North, Central, and South America.


Eugene Friesen is well known to Vermont audiences for his innovative music on the cello. A four-time Grammy Award-winner, Eugene has performed all over the world with the Paul Winter Consort and Trio Globo. On the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and an artist in residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, Eugene brings a lifetime of love for nature, children, and Latin music to his playing and improvisations.




Yaniel Matos began his musical studies in Cuba at the Conservatorio Estevan Sala. After moving to Havana to study composition, he graduated from Instituto Superior de Artes. In Cuba, Yaniel performed interAt the age of 8, cellist/pianist/vocalist nationally with Chucho Valdes, Issac Delgado, and Orlando Valles Maraca among others.  In 2000 he moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil to join the faculty of the Department of Popular Music at Escola Superior de Música da Faculdade Cantareira. In 2008 Yaniel created “Cuba Jazz Plus,” a quintet of Cuban jazz musicians, and released his first solo album, “En Movimiento.” In 2014 he recorded his album “La Mirada” where he explores his intimacy with both Cuba and Brazil. ”La Mirada’’ was named by Music Resource Group (MRG) as a Nominee for The 14th Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), in the “Jazz with Vocals” category.

Edson da Silva, known as Café, was born in Villa Maria in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He became interested in percussion at the age of 8 when he heard Afro-Brazilian music at the spiritual gatherings he attended with his parents. He trained classically for the Municipal Orchestra of São Paulo, but began to follow his passion, playing jazz and popular music at clubs. He then studied theatre technique at the Villa Lobos School in Rio de Janeiro and performed for the Ministry of Education and Culture of Brazil in the National Arts Program, “Seis e Meia.” In 1980, he began touring with notable jazz artists.

He has recorded with an exhaustive list of top artists in jazz, rock, pop and Brazilian music, including Chuck Mangione, Steve Winwood, Jon Lucien, Dave Liebman, Eliane Elias, Rob Mounsey‘s Flying Monkey Orchestra, Edu Lobo, Gilberto Gil with Ernie Watts, Paquito d’Rivera, David Byrne, Steve Khan, Baden Powell, Tom Harrell, Richard Stoltzman, Joyce Moreno, Judy Niemack, Danny Gottlieb, Herbie Mann, Ana Caram, Bireli Lagrene, James Taylor, Djavan with Stevie Wonder, Sérgio Mendes, Randy Brecker, Nilson Matta, Roni Ben-Hur, and Rachel Portman.

Next in the 2017 UU Sundays at 2 Chamber Music Series:

September 10th:  Amaranth String Quartet
October 1st:  Camerata New England Piano Trio
November 12th:  Adaskin String Trio