About This Event
Doors Open:10:00 PM
Show Time:10:10 PM
Enthused with the drive to share with the world some of the most experimental, out of the beaten path, contemporary Brazilian artists, the Brazilian Explorative Music showcase gears up for its second edition, and brings to the underground Greenwich Village stage of the Le Poisson Rouge a lineup covering an even wider ground of fusion and vibrating investigation.
The Explorative concept, as put forth by curator and songwriter Pedro Moraes, draws from a centennial tradition of musical innovators, who have, both individually and as members of movements such as Choro, Bossa Nova, Tropicalia and Clube da Esquina, catalyzed innovation from canon, universal from indigenous, timeless from vanguardist. Although enjoying less publicity over the last couple of decades than other musical scenes bearing more radio-friendly beats and sociologically seductive leads, aesthetically explorative music in Brazil is thriving — and during this evening, from brazilian jazz to other forms of instrumental music, from modern songwriting to contemporary electro-acoustic music, some of this universe will reveal itself.
In between sets, music videos of other artists of this generation will be played, so that a wider variety within this scene can be experienced.
$10 Early Bird special until Jan 1st
TABLE SEATING POLICY
This is a first-come, first served partially seated event. Seating is limited and not guaranteed, please arrive early. If you are seated, you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person.
This event will be streamed live online through LPR’s Concert Window channel, beginning at 10:10pm.
Pianist Gilson Schachnik and Drummer Mauricio Zottarelli Offer A Muscular new Take on Brazilian Jazz on New Project MOZIK. “Seamlessly blending funk, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms… The quintet’s music is both warm and intelligent”, says All About Jazz. Downbeat Magazine qualifies them as “Vivacious and exciting.”
While pianist Gilson Schachnik and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli were both born in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil it wasn’t until they landed in Boston that Brazilian music seized their imagination. Reared on hard rock, European classical music, blues, funk and jazz, they independently found their way to Berklee College of Music, earning scholarships to study at the prestigious institution. After swimming in a sea of Brazilianness, moving to the United States provided a sudden, jarring perspective shift, and a reappraisal of their relationship to their musical birthright. Their captivating new album MOZIK reflects their deep engagement with Brazilian rhythms and forms, filtered through their love of the early fusion of Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock.
The project features a fascinating international cast of US-based musicians, including Brazilian guitarist Gustavo Assis-Brasil, Russian flutist Yulia Musayelyan and Argentine bassist Fernando Huergo. The quintet navigates effortlessly the intricate grooves with much precision and power, from Afoxé beats to Maracatú grooves, baião, samba, folkloric melodies, and bossa-nova and jazz inspired harmonies.
Born in Brazil (1980), 2010 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award Winner, Gabriel Santiago is a Composer/Arranger/ Acoustic and Electric Guitar Player. Called by JazzTimes Magazine “a young master at both the acoustic and electric guitars” and his compositions defined as “stunners”, Santiago is currently living in Austin, Texas, where he just completed (with high honors) a Doctoral Degree in Music Composition at the University of Texas at Austin.
Santiago has collaborated with a wide variety of artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Chris Potter, Stefon Harris, Terence Blanchard, Carmen Bradford, André Mehmari, Romero Lubambo, Odair Assad and Gilson Peranzzetta among others. He has been featured as a guest artist at Universities and colleges across America like The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. With The Gabriel Santiago Quintet, he has been touring US and Brazil in support of the self-‐ titled DVD. Along with leading his Quintet, Santiago has been writing and performing with The Gabriel Santiago Orchestra. The ensemble recently released the DVD/CD ALIVE, featuring his jazz orchestra compositions exclusively. Recent career highlights feature a 22-‐minute piece for Symphony Orchestra and commissioned works from the UT Trombone Choir and Dallas Symphony.
The Rio based pianist, sound designer and composer will present on the stage of LPR some of the explorations which have led him to be awarded the “Premio da Música Brasileira” as a musical producer, on the category “Brazilian Electronic music”. With his unusual trio formation of Piano (Ivo), nylon string guitar (Luis Leite) and Baritone Sax (Jorge Continentino), his project “Consciente vs Inconsciente” (Conscious vs. Unconscious) is a true step into an unknown realm within brazilian instrumental music.
Among the people Ivo has performed with are Yamandú Costa, Arthur Maia, Nicolas Krassik, Jorge Aragão, Fernanda Abreu, Leo Gandelman, Itaal Shurr, Gabriel o Pensador, Seu Jorge and many others.
Here’s a sample of a solo piano work by Ivo Senra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luZ2tiCf93o
Hailed by NPR.ORG as “one of the 10 artists you should have known in 2012″, idealizer and curator of the “Brazilian Explorative Music” series, the Rio de Janeiro born Moraes whose album Claroescuro was deemed “one of the top 10 world music CDs of 2010” (Boston Globe) has been touring extensively to the US, Europe and Asia since 2007. With his mastery of Brazilian, Latin and self-created rhythms, and deceptively organic melodies which place him on the forefront of an intriguing “vanguard of neo traditionalists” (Tom Pryor – NatGEO), the 33 year old singer, guitarist and composer has been establishing himself as an ambassador of this generation.
On his “Explorative” set, accompanied by bassist Patrice Blanchard (Martinique/NYC) and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli (Brasil/NYC), he will present some of the repertoire of his upcoming work, Alarido, in which he will dive even deeper on his “elaborate melodies and unexpected lyrics… bridging traditional and modern trends, ranging from northeastern roots to samba and beyond.”(MBAZ.org)
In order to listen to Claroescuro, visit reverbnation.com/pmoraes.
Violinist Elissa Cassini’s Weill Hall Debut was praised as a “dazzling, unusually rhapsodic, emotionally uninhibited performance that brought the house down”. Her expressive tone, captivating stage presence, and innovative programming concepts make her an exciting, versatile, and sought-after artist. She has performed throughout Europe and North and South America, with recent solo engagements including concerti by Beethoven, Bartók, and Schumann. Invited to concertmaster under Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival Academy, she worked personally with him on Anthèmes 1, his solo violin piece.
Presently concertmaster of the Petrobras Sinfônica in Rio de Janeiro, Elissa has been exploring a variety of new trends in Brazilian music, working with some of today’s most exciting young composers and performers in Sao Paulo and Rio. In this special showcase of Explorative Brasilian music, Elissa is thrilled to present unusual and daring pieces which call forth the unabashed spirit of Risk-Violin, on unique violin pieces, most of which were written for her by composers such as Herraiz, Alves, Holmes, Lunsqui and Kampela.