Lieberman discovered his own Brazilian accent early on, when he became a member of the Brazilian big band Amazon in New York, which eventually led to a gig with legendary Brazilian musical couple Airto Moreira and Flora Purim. The guitarist from that band, Sérgio Dias, a founding member of the equally legendary Os Mutantes, convinced Lieberman to move to Brazil. Where, "like Sérgio said: I became first-call almost immediately." From 1985-1989, he played with everyone: Chico Buarque, Djavan, Milton Nascimento, Simone, João Bosco, Hermeto Pascoal, and scores of others.

Having married a Brazilian, he eventually moved home — playing, teaching for a few years at UMass Amherst, and now part of Boston's vibrant Brazilian music scene. The source of his accent is still a mystery, but he clearly never lost it.

Paul LiebermanRyles, 212 Hampshire St, Cambridge | August 24 @ 9 pm | $10 | 617.876.9330

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