Saturday, February 21, 2015, 4:00
El Museo Del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street)
The lively, joyous sound of Matuto entwines Brazilian folk music with the flatpicking guitars and fiery fiddling of American bluegrass. The line-up of Matuto, whose name means “country boy” in Brazilian slang, features a pandeiro (Brazilian tambourine) master, a New York–based singer-guitarist, a percussionist known for his work with Herbie Hancock, plus an array of talented folk, world, and jazz musicians. Known for its loose, devil-may-care stage presence and high-octane virtuosity, Matuto is a standard-bearer for New York City’s diverse musical culture. The group just released a new album called African Suite, which features music inspired by its State Department–sponsored tour of the continent.