Musicians from Home: MACUMBA

NOMA presents a series of virtual concerts featuring a range of music’s best and brightest performing from their homes. Assembled by internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist and composer Mahmoud Chouki, enjoy these relaxed and informal music experiences with acclaimed musicians from New Orleans and beyond.⁣⁣⁣



New Orleans based German clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer Susanne Ortner is equally conversant in jazz, classical music, and various ethnic musics. The German Newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine states that she is “a musician par excellence, capable of moving you deeply.” Her desire to find the similar in the different has lead to the exploration of a myriad of musical traditions, as well as to collaborations and international concert tours with numerous outstanding musicians – mostly in the intimate duo or trio format – such as the Susanne Ortner Trio with Nahum Zdybel (guitar), and James Singleton (bass), with Belgium Gypsy icon Tcha Limberger, accordionist/pianist Alan Bern, First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Noah Bendix-Balgley, multi-instrumentalist Vince Giordano, pianist Tom Roberts, with Dr. Sick and Obliquestra, and many others. She is the subject of the book “Living the Dream” – Für die Musik nach Amerika” (Wissner Verlag Augsburg, 2011), written by German Television journalist Helge Fuhst.

Known not only for her rich and expressive sound but also for the depth with which she devotes herself to any given genre, Susanne has already made a name for herself internationally for her expertise in Brazilian choro – the grandfather of Bossa Nova – though her online work within the facebook group “Choro Challenge,” which she created, as well as through her performances with highly regarded musicians within this style.

Her latest collaboration is with seven string guitarist Salvador Avila and percussionist Filipe Leite. Originally from Argentina, and world travelled, Salvador is the most sought after guitarist for Brazilian choro in Orleans, and can be found in many different ensembles around town, playing choro, bossa nova, and jazz in its many forms. Filipe, from Brazil, and since a few years also a proud resident of New Orleans, provides the percussive element for Macumba, setting the groove, and sensitively adding color on pandeiro and drums.

Together they comprise the trio MACUMBA which bewitches with exhilarating Brazilian chorinho, baiao and samba-jazz. You can hear them at Madame Vic’s on 1500 Elysian Fields, every other Friday, as well as other clubs and performances spots around town.

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NOMA is committed to uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures through the arts — now more than ever. Your gift will make a direct and immediate impact as NOMA welcomes our community back to the museum and sculpture garden, plans new exhibitions, and develops virtual and at-home arts education resources for school partners.




Education and outreach initiatives at NOMA are supported in part by the Zemurray Foundation; the Lois and Lloyd Hawkins Jr. Foundation; The Helis Foundation; The Gayle and Tom Benson Foundation; The City of New Orleans; IBERIABANK; The Wagner Foundation; Janice Parmelee and Bill Hammack; the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative, funded by the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation; Sara and David Kelso; Patrick F. Taylor Foundation;  Dr. Scott S. Cowen; The RosaMary Foundation; The Azby Fund; the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency; The Collins C. Diboll Private Foundation; Burkenroad Foundation; Marian Dreux Van Horn Education Endowment; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation;  Ruby K. Worner Trust through the PNC Charitable Trusts Grant Review Committee; The Harry T. Howard III Foundation; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.; Harvey and Marie Orth; The Bruce J. Heim Foundation; and Mrs. Bennett A. Molter, Jr. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.