Swingão is a brand new, international Brazilian jazz project. With musicians born around the globe, they play music fostered by a mutual love of samba, chorro, and bossa nova.

Anchoring the U.S. band members is the legendary Brazilian drummer Portinho, alongside harmonica sensation Hendrik Meurkens. The Canada team features bassist Paco Luviano, vocalist Hannah Burgé, and pianist Gord Sheard. The band recently made its Toronto debut at the 2023 TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

Burgé and Meurkens joined us to tell us more about their international collaboration.