Ebene Quartet: Brazil
Hermeto Pasquale: Bebê (3:44)
Marcos Valle: So Nice (4:24) with Stacey Kent, vocals
The New York Times has described the Ébènes as “a string quartet that can easily morph into a jazz band.” They continue to surprise with a new album inspired by the rhythms of Brazil. But the quartet doesn’t stop at Jobim, the father of bossa nova; they found echoes of bossa and samba where you would least expect them — resulting in their own arrangements of songs by Michael Jackson and Sting, among others. “We are always fascinated by the links between apparently unconnected pieces of music as we explore different aesthetic worlds,” cellist Raphaël Merlin explains.