Jazz is all about melding together the cultural backgrounds, experiences, and souls of the individual musicians. The musicians of the Brazilian Violin Collective will join South African jazz violinist Elinor Speirs and Cuatro Puntos Ensemble for an evening of original works that fuse Brazilian, African, and American jazz traditions. Program: Original works by Elinor Speirs that incorporate Brazilian, African, and American jazz traditions. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this event will be streamed in high quality from the chapel at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. Students, faculty, and staff of the University of Saint Joseph are welcome to reserve a ticket to attend in person. Others may reserve a free, virtual ticket. We look forward to interacting with you throughout the concert, so feel free to join the conversation via comments. MUSICIANS Elinor Speirs, violin and composer Brazilian Violin Collective Caio Afiune, guitar; Fernando Firmino, bass; Raphael Lehnen, drums/percussion Cuatro Puntos Ensemble Annie Trépanier, violin; Kevin Bishop, viola; Allan Ballinger, cello Brasaffa! is part of our 2020-2021 season "Musicians on the Frontlines," a series of free virtual concerts, talks and community events that explore the ways music creates positive change, and how it is adapting to a new world. 54% of the arts workforce in the United States has been lost since March 2020, making collaboration among organizations vital. Musicians on the Frontlines is presented as a partnership between Cuatro Puntos and the Autorino Center for the Arts at the University of Saint Joseph. Thank you for continuing to support the arts by attending our events!