Bayou Strings consists of singer/ song-writer and guitar player Renato Leite and drummer Karel van Lookeren. Renato has deep experience with Brazilian root songs of different styles and colors. Karel plays in a variety of jazz settings in the Houston area and brings these influences to the duo.
Bayou Strings is a merger of their styles, and its repertoire consists of Brazilian Bossa’s and Samba’s, songs out of the Great American Songbook, and tasteful songs of other genres. Renato, a songwriter, has his own songs performances along with Karel’s interpretations, mixing ingredients as an interesting cooking recipe.
Bayou Strings refers to the Southern Coastline with its mixed influences and the bayou as an always changing force of nature symbolizing the variety that the duo can bring. An appropriate summary would be Bossa, Jazz and Beyond. Bayou Strings welcomes you to taste this experience in a very distinct act.