Trio & Duo Brasileiro

is a contemporary Brazilian Jazz ensemble which performs both original compositions and fresh interpretations of Brazilian classics from composers including Jobim, Milton Nascimento, Sérgio Santos, Chico Buarque and Hermeto Pascoal. The Trio also presents the music of legendary acoustic guitarist composers and interpreters from Garôto to Rafael Rabello.

The trio features the same core rhythm section as Quarteto Moderno:

Richard Boukas  guitar, vocals, composer-arranger
Gustavo Amarante electric bass
Maurício Zottarelli   drums, percussion

The creative agility and openness afforded by the trio format (including Boukas's vocals in Portuguese and scatsinging) is explored to its full potential. Symbiotic rhythmic interaction makes each interpretation of a given piece fresh and unique.

• TRIO BRASILEIRO performs at clubs, festivals, academic institutions, corporate events

• DUO BRASILEIRO (Richard Boukas and Gustavo Amarante) performs similar repertoire in more intimate settings.


Boukas comments on working with his triomates:

"After working with Gustavo and Maurício in
Quarteto Moderno for nearly two years, it became very clear that it was time for us to spin off and begin performing Trio. I consider the trio to be a chamber ensemble with improvisation as its key focus. The quality of music and incredible interaction in Trio Brasileiro rivals the many years I played trio in a more straight-ahead jazz vein."

Gustavo Amarante is a tremendous player, providing both rock-solid groove support and highly creative solos. In either role, his playing is governed by a refined sense of exactly what the music needs at any given point. His meticulous approach to preparing the music brings to the Trio a level of consistency that few bassists are able to achieve.

Maurício Zottarelli is without a doubt the most exciting and creative drummer with whom I have ever had the pleasure to play. His constant level of excitement, keen interaction, and risk-taking sets the bar high for the kind of sensitivity and three-way conversation that is the professional hallmark of any great trio playing.
Their acclaimed performances at the well-known
jazz guitar venue, Bar Next Door
are featured in the AUDIO PLAYER to the right:

There are twenty-two (22) streamable tracks:
(* are tracks that feature vocals)

The first SEVEN TRIO BRASILEIRO tracks are all original compositions and FREE DOWNLOADS:

1. Gajatucada*     2. Chorizinho*    
3. Boukas Baião  4. Samba Pr'o Sérgio* 
5. Calico      6. Embarcadero       7. Por do Sol

The remaining Trio Brasileiro tracks are as follows.

To select tracks on the audio player, click the  <<  and  >> controls.

Vera Cruz*    Samba de Uma Nota Só        Aqui Oh*      

Áfrico*        A Cor do Pecado (6/4 version)    

Manhã de Carnaval           Garôta de Ipanema    

Samba Triste      A Cor do Pecado
Hermeto       Céu e Mar*       Samba de Orfeu             

De Volta ao Samba*          Carinhoso          

Samba de Uma Nota Só (take 2)


Boukas, Fuller and Zottarelli at the 9th Note.

Boukas, Fuller and Zottarelli at the 9th Note.



Live at Bar Next Door, NYC

© 2019 Richard Boukas