Latin, Brazil, Bosa Nova, Jazz, NYC, Korea
The Chameleon is an exciting international ensemble whose three members bring unique musical perspectives from their homes in Brazil, South Korea, and the United States in interpreting jazz and Brazilian standards.
Abelita Mateus (piano/vocals), Daseul Kim(bass), and Phil Gillette (drums/percussion) are dedicated to integrating their eclectic musical tastes and their love of interactive music into an energetic performance, and strive to engage audiences around the world by sharing their joy and passion for music.
Abelita Mateus - Pianist and singer from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Abelita Mateus is passionate about Brazilian Music. She studied classical piano in her teens, and gradually got more involved with Jazz. Since her childhood, she enjoyed listening to Brazilian Music. In Brazil she performed with names such as Vinicius Dorin, Raul de Souza and Hermeto Pascoal. Living in New York for the last three years, Abelita has been researching Jazz and applying the “new sounds” into her own music, as a performer and composer. Abelita started her own project “Mixed Feelings”, and has performed jazz and Brazilian music in several venues in New York and Europe. She is the pianist for the Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience, directed by John Lee. Ms. Mateus has played with great musicians, such as Peter Slavov, Alex Kautz, Matt Marantz, Behn Gillece, Claudio Roditi, Itaiguara Brandão, Portinho, Oleg Osenkov, John Lee, Sharel Cassity, Tommy Campbell, Roger Squitero, Phillip Gillette, and Kim Daseul, among others.
Daseul Kim - Daseul is a strong jazz bass player from South Korea. He started studying jazz at Jazz Art School & Studies in South Korea, Paekche Institute of the Arts, in South Korea. In 2010, he entered William Paterson University and studied with legendary jazz musicians such as Mulgrew Miller, Marcus McLaurine, Rufus Reid, James Weidman, Steve Laspina, Harold Mabern, Horace Arnold and Christian McBride. He was also lucky to have the chance to share the stage with great musicians such as Nancy Morano, George Gee Jazz Orchestra, Lauren Sevian, James Weidman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Vincent Herring and Eric Alexander. He released his first recording 'Relationship' with his trio with Vincent Herring and Marcus McLaurine in 2013. He also participated in the 2013 Central Park Jazz & Color Festival as the leader of the Daseul Kim Quartet. Daseul has also played overseas. He participated as an instructor in the 2014 Jazz Camp in Colombia, and he has toured South Korea with greats Eric Alexander and the Vincent Herring Quintet.
Phillip Gillette - Phillip is a versatile drummer and percussionist, with experience playing a wide variety of instruments and styles of music. He received a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, where he studied both classical percussion and jazz drums. As the drummer of UNF’s acclaimed Jazz Ensemble 1, Phillip had the opportunity to perform with such greats as Jimmy and Tootie Heath, Steve Davis, Cyrus Chestnut, Maria Schneider and Donny McCaslin, Danilo Perez, John Fedchock, Antonio Hart, Michael Mossman, Mulgrew Miller, Carmen Bradford, and others. He is now completing his Masters in Jazz Performance at William Paterson University. Besides drumset and classical percussion, Phillip also loves playing Brazilian, Latin, and African percussion. Phillip is also appearing as a percussionist on Jimmy Heath’s upcoming album.