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Mauro Refosco

Performing Airto Moreira's Free

December 1, 2023

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the legendary Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco, performing Airto Moreira’s classic album Free at Solar Myth on Friday, December 1.

Originally from Santa Catarina, Brazil, Mauro Refosco is a renowned percussionist and noisemaker who has performed and recorded with artists such as David Byrne, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dirty Projectors and Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace.  After beginning his touring career in 1994 as Byrne’s percussionist, he returned to NYC and joined cult creative ensemble The Lounge Lizards, playing experimental punk jazz and more with bandleader John Lurie. In between stints with Byrne and several other in-demand projects he formed his band, Forro in the Dark, which has recorded four full-length albums and performed at major domestic and international festivals. He will pay homage to one of his most influential forebears, iconic Return To Forever percussionist Airto Moreira, with a performance of the classic 1972 fusion album Free, which featured an all-star line-up including Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Hubert Laws, George Benson, Ron Carter, Staley Clarke and Flora Purim.

Friday, December 1


  • Performance

Program Info

$30 General Admission
21 & Over


Mauro Refosco x Airto Moreira’s Free 

  • Mauro Refosco – percussion
  • Helio Alves – Fender Rhodes
  • Guilherme Monteiro – guitar
  • Gili Lopes – bass
  • Domenica – flute, saxophone
  • Dennis Boolyoins – drums







Solar Myth
Philadelphia, PA

Presented by

This program is co-presented by Pique-nique Recordings, as part of their Take Two series.