Triovera - Funky, pulsating, joyful and sometimes tender, the music this New York City trio plays brings together the sounds of Brazilian Samba, Bossa Nova and Choro music with Jazz, Funk and even a bit of R&B. The 2 guitarists in this group, Jeff Raheb and Dave Acker have been performing together for over 15 years and combine their acoustic jazz expertise with percussionist Emiliano Valerio, who adds his Latin and Flamenco drumming virtuosity. Cyclo features the brilliant flute work of Peter Bacchus, who has been performing and recording with Jeff since 1979. The CD is a mix of original compositions and quirky arrangements of jazz and Brazilian standards with some surprising twists. Park Slope Courier - 1/17/2005 Brazilian Beats Meet Big Band Brass One Man, Two Bands, And a Whole Lotta Music By Michêle De Meglio With both Raheb and Dave Acker on guitar and Nano Valerio on percussion, Triovera showcases it's Brazilian jazz sound on the group's new record 'Cyclo.' The record begins with the tune 'Muvuca.' Maracas softly jingle along with a gentle acoustic guitar on the Latin-themed song: 'It's a very lively piece. It's the samba,' Raheb said. A cover of the Brazilian musician Hermeto Pascoal's version of 'Bebe' is filled with ringing chimes, quick guitars and vibrant flutes. 'That describes what we are because it's got a lot of Brazilian rhythm but it also gets 'out' to a lot of more free improvisation,' Raheb said. Trio Vera shows it's whimsical side on the playfully titled 'FeFi-Fo-Fum.' More sophisticated than it's nursery rhyme title, the mellow song centers on expert guitar picking and subtle background percussion, making the listener feel cool, calm and collected. Led by the angelic sound of a flute, 'Tudo Dito' is a slick Bossa Nova suitable for both ballroom dancing and a lazy day on a lake. Although recorded as an instrumental piece, the song is sometimes performed with lyrics, penned by Sue Maskaleris. At shows, Raheb sings the painfully beautiful words, 'On my own/By chance I caught your finger dance cried alone and went to hide inside your song/It rained through the rafters/Rising higher through a spire of God/And echoing after you had played it/Till it faded into nothing/And there was nothing said except the notes still running through my head/They spoke of all the sadness I had known/They said that you too were alone/Everything said.' 'Tudo Dito,' Raheb explained, 'translates to 'Everything Said.' It's a ballad. It's got a beautiful Bossa nova rhythm.' Jeff Raheb is an eclectic artist whose work fuses a variety of elements from jazz, Brazilian, Middle Eastern and contemporary musical styles. He has performed with numerous jazz ensembles, dance companies, theater companies and has recorded for feature films in the U.S. and Europe. Jeff also leads his own jazz groups and ensembles and has performed with many multi-cultural artists from South America, Asia, and the Middle East. He has written over 200 works for small and large ensembles and leads his own 18-piece jazz orchestra which has featured artists such as Oliver Lake, Ron McClure, Ron Horton and Dave Liebman. Jeff's music has been performed internationally and he has been a featured composer on WBAI, WKCR, WNYC and WBVD radio in New York City. Jeff was a 2002 recipient of the NYFA Fellowship and a finalist on the 2001 Julius Hemphill Jazz Orchestra Composition competition. On 4/2/2005, his piece Topaz Under Moon was premiered in Sioux Falls by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. The SDSO will premiere another work of his in the fall of 2005, with Mr. Raheb as a soloist. Jeff Raheb's other recent CD's include 'Guitar Works' for solo guitar, 'Topaz Under Moon' (Jeff Raheb Contemporary Jazz Orchestra with Dave Liebman) 'Blue Silk' and 'Serpentine' (The Jeff Raheb Octet). David Acker has had extensive experience as a musical performer and educator over the course of his thirty year career. The list of people he has performed with includes such names as Charles Earland, Jack McDuff, Bernard Purdie, Grady Tate, Glenn Moore, Marty Ehrlic, Ron McLure, Will Lee, Nat Adderly jr., Patti Austin, Roy Nathanson, Andy LaVerne, Peggy Stern, Steve LaSpina, Ted Rosenthal and many others on the stage and in the recording studio. He is well known as an improviser in a variety of genre and performs regularly in the New York area as well as on the road. David holds a masters degree in classical guitar performance from the Mannes College of Music in NYC and has had extensive studies with such teachers as Charles Banacos in Boston and Fred Hand and John Scofield in New York. He has taught at Bennington College in Vermont and Hunter College and the City University of New York as well as at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY. Currently David has three recordings as a leader; 'Angles in Time and Space' a CD of mainly original compositions for solo guitar; 'Echoes and Images' a CD of original music and diverse standards for duo and trio and' Handmade', a recording of original music for jazz trio. Nano Velerio is a diverse and gifted percussionist who combines his expertise in Latin American, Cuban, Flamenco and Indian musical styles to form a unique personal sound. He can be heard around New York performing everything from Rumbas & Sambas to Ragas & Bulerias.