Miguel Kertsman founded his ensemble, Amazonica Universal Orchestra, in New York in 1989, following “persistent advice” from his old friend, Brazilian Jazz luminary Hermeto Pascoal.
The band played sold out shows at venues such as the Knitting Factory, NYC, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, NY clubs such as The 55 Bar, Manila, etc. as well as shows in Brazil, and Austria. Miguel has composed an extensive repertoire for the band, which has recently regrouped and will resume touring in 2016/17.
The current lineup:
Tom Gullion: flute, saxophones
Ernie Adams: drums
Gina Schwarz: bass
Miguel Kertsman: composer, keyboards