Maracujá takes you on a journey around Latin America through music. From fiery Cuban son and Brazilian samba-funk to soothing bossa nova and wistful boleros, Maracujá plays music for dancing, music for listening, music to make you smile.
Maracujá can perform in intimate settings as a duo or trio or grow to a full band to play fiery Afro Cuban and Brazilian rhythms to make a crowd swing and dance.
Caitlin Belem- Voice, Saxophone, Guitar, Berimbau
Caitlin Belem grew up in a house full of music in Northern Wyoming. She fell in love with the fiddle at a young age and and continued to learn, playing saxophone, guitar and singing through private lessons, school groups and with her parents. Since, she has explored many genres from Brazilian bossa nova and samba, to Cuban son, to American jazz, blues, and swing. After high school, she moved to Brazil and studied Brazilian culture, music, and Capoeira Angola. She returned multiple times to Brazil and also had the good fortune to visit Cuba for prolonged periods. She went to study music and culture through the Portland based organization, CubaAyuda, and through a grant from Oberlin College. Aside from performing with Maracujá, Caitlin sings and plays with the band At Five and various other local and traveling musicians. Caitlin also works organizing music festivals and other events with the Centrum Foundation, Union Cultural Center (FICA), and Northwest Folklife. Please visit Caitlin’s own page for more info: caitlinbelem.com
Terrence Rosnagle – Guitar
Terrence was born in Pasadena, California and raised in the Los Angeles area – but as an adult he became a musical gypsy who has traveled to the ends of the earth to learn, play, and perform different World Musics.
Terrence was initially self taught and inspired by Delta Blues and Rock and Roll guitarist such as Robert Johnson, Son House, and Jimi Hendrix. Later, his interests switched to the sound of the Spanish guitar and World Music. He went on to study Flamenco guitar with private teachers in Spain such as Jose Ignacio Franco and El Carbonero in Jerez de la Frontera and through the Conservatory de Licieu in Barcelona, Spain. He has studied Classical and South American guitar with the Chilean maestro Eulogio Davalos in Barcelona and Brazilian guitar styles with Steve Erquiaga at the Jazz School in Berkeley, California. Terrence has lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina studying Folkloric guitar styles and in Istanbul, Turkey where he studied ud and Turkish Classical Music. A diverse player, he has performed solo and in duos, trios, and groups playing musical styles ranging from Cuban Son to Brazilian Samba and Bossa Nova – Spanish Classical and Flamenco to Argentinian Zambas and Milongas – Delta Blues to Rock and Roll. Terrence has performed professionally in the United States, Spain, and Turkey. For more information about Terrence visit his Web page at TerrenceRosnagle.com
Sam Esecson – Percussion
Sam Esecson (ESS-eck-sun) grew up in Southern California and began studying drum set when he was eight years old. He made his move to the Pacific Northwest after high school to attend the University of Puget Sound and be near Seattle’s vibrant music scene. At first exposure, Sam became enamored with Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music and, after graduating, traveled to Brazil twice to study percussion and soak in the culture.
Sam has performed with dozens of bands, touring extensively throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, and most Western European countries. Some of these bands include The Paperboys, Polyrhythmics, Cordaviva, Locarno, Vicci Martinez, Si Limon, Eli Rosenblatt, The Gin Joints, Michel Navedo and Brazil Novo, Eduardo Mendonça, EntreMundos Band, and Maracujá. Sam also teaches private drum and percussion lessons in Seattle and on the Eastside. www.samesecson.com