Trio Novo Brasil - informed by the past, reaching for the future

Trio Novo Brasil

Cello, 7-string guitar, drums & percussion

Catherine Bent (London, UK), Mauro Correa (Rio de Janeiro) and Lucas Casacio (São Paulo) combine their technical and musicological powers with a great passion for the music of Brazil. The instrumentation of cello, 7-string acoustic guitar, drum set and percussion poses a fresh angle to bossa nova and MPB (Música Popular Brasileiro) and to the Afro-Brazilian traditions choro, forró, frevo and samba.

Lucas Casacio, a native of São Paulo, Brazil, has helmed orchestras in Brazil, Portugal and Uruguay as percussion soloist. He has worked alongside Hermeto Pascoal, Léa Freire, Hercules Gomes, Nailor Proveta, Arismar do Espirito Santo and other major figures in Brazilian music. 

Lucas’ deep relationship with Brazilian popular music has also manifested in the records of his band Quatro a Zero, his solo album Entre Outras Coisas; also Vai Por Mim (Luiz Tatit), Trios (Forntezz), and Concertos Cariocas by Radamés Gnattali, with percussion featured in front of the Campinas Symphony Orchestra. 

Lucas has a PhD in Music Performance from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). He is a visiting researcher at Boston University and percussion professor at the Federal University for Latin American Integration (UNILA) in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. 

Mauro Correa, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has performed and taught in Germany, Argentina, Mexico, and Brazil. In 1997 he was invited to work, perform, and record with the Instituto Pro Música de California in San Francisco. He has lived in the United States since then and has performed and recorded with members of the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera, Richmond (VA) Symphony and many other wonderful musicians.  

Mauro has a great passion for Latin American and Brazilian classical and popular music. In 2000, he founded and served as the director of the Latin American Chamber Music Society, an organization based in Oakland, CA, dedicated to performing the music of Latin America throughout the Bay Area. For the 2005 SF Silent Film Festival, he wrote music to accompany the presentation of the 1929 silent film Sangue Mineiro by Brazilian director Humberto Mauro, and then performed the work live with a group at the presentation.

Apart from music, Mauro loves long walks with his dog Samba, has a passion for native gardening, and has been a vegetarian for more than 40 years.

Catherine Bent, originally from London, UK, has lived in New York City and Brazil and currently resides in Boston. Her musical versatility is reflected in her diverse resumé, which includes recordings, performances and tours with Cirque du Soleil, Joe Jackson, Lee Konitz, Greg Osby, Merce Cunningham Dance, Enya, Kanye West, Rod Stewart, Donna Summer, and poet laureate Robert Pinsky. She has performed in 46 US states and 14 European countries.

Catherine is a pioneering cellist in Brazilian choro and widely recognized in Brazil as a master of the form. She is in demand as a teacher and clinician in Brazil and the US, and she is on the 2024 faculty of Choro Camp New England and the New Directions Cello Festival. Catherine is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, where she founded the Berklee Clube de Choro, and created the first course offerings for choro in the String Department.

Outside of music, Catherine is an avid cyclist and pickleball player.

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