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Artist Profiles: Fourth World

Fourth World

Fourth World, formed in 1990, featured the legendary Brazilian jazz percussionist Airto Moreira, the six-octave voice of Flora Purim, guitarist Jose Neto, keyboardist/flutist Jovino Santos Neto and Gary Brown on bass and back-up vocals.

Airto worked with Miles Davis during the Bitches Brew era. His leadership in the fusion genre (Weather Report, Return to Forever) placed Airto in the forefront of percussionists worldwide. Airto’s effect was so powerful that in 1972 Downbeat Magazine added a “percussion” category to its readers’ and critics’ polls, and Airto has been voted ‘best’ in that category almost ever since. Winner of the 1996 Drum Magazine Award for best percussion and Jazz Central Station’s 1996 Best Percussionist Award, Airto keeps on winning fans worldwide. His formidable expertise in Brazilian cultures and percussion instruments make Airto’s performances both educational and electrifying.

Flora Purim’s contributions to the jazz world have been equally as important as Airto’s, and their partnership and marriage have created a bond that is recognizable in their music. They have been making music together since their collaboration with Return To Forever in the early 197s. Flora’s extraordinary six-octave voice has set a musical role model for many singers, but few have been able to reach the simple beauty, ethereal quality and sensuality that Flora brings to her music.

Guitarist Jose Neto worked double-duty with Fourth World on his Paradis guitar, which enabled him to be the band’s guitarist and co-bassist at the same time. Jose played chords, octaves and runs that almost defy belief, resulting in a unique barrage of bass runs, cascades of semi-acoustic tones and spine-chilling lead lines. The powerful guitarist from Sao Paulo is one of the most exciting prospects to have emerged in recent years.

Keyboardist/flutist Jovino Santos Neto moved freely from Brazilian rhythms to jazz to dense orchestral textures. His goal is to use his art to abolish the barriers that still exist between the so-called “styles” of music. He blended all of his influences into an exciting amalgam.

Bassist/vocalist Gary Brown began his music career at the early age of 11, already performing in Bay Area clubs with his two brothers and father, a jazz trumpeter. Gary went on to form his own bands and develop his talent as a bassist. Powerful and emotive, he has recorded, performed and toured with an impressive list of performers and worked on numerous film soundtracks.

Fourth World toured consistently in the U.S., Europe, South America, Russia and the Far East, gaining a reputation as one of the most exciting contemporary bands in the 1990s.

Discography:

Fourth World Recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s (1992)
Fourth World (1994)
Fourth World live (1995)
Encounters of the Fourth World (1995)
Last Journey (1999)

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Sabrina Malheiros To Release Album in Summer of 2017

Sabrina Malheiros

Brazilian vocalist Sabrina Malheiros has announced the release of a new album. The recording will come out this summer and will feature her father Alex Malheiros, together with his Azymuth bandmate Kiko Continentino, Brazilian saxophone virtuoso Leo Gandleman, and British producer Daniel Maunick (Dokta Venom).

Her earlier recordings include Dreaming, Equilibria, Vibrasons and New Morning.

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Artist Profiles: Branco Stoysin

Branco Stoysin

Born in a university town, Novi Sad, in the former Yugoslavia (and now part of Serbia), and entirely self-taught, Branco began playing guitar at the age of 15 and very soon found a love of jazz and Brazilian music, influenced by Joe Pass, Charlie Parker and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Soon, Branco was being featured at a number of jazz venues and festivals in his home country and appeared at the largest festival “The Days of Jazz in Novi Sad”.

At 18 he prolifically started composing sensual music of great beauty with Sunny dispositions and gathered 1s of tunes till present. He is largely inspired by the Sun, and influenced by Jazz, Traditional Folk music of Yugoslavia, Brazilian, World and classical music. The interest in these compositions led to recordings for radio and TV Novi Sad. Following this Branco formed his “Sad Nova Trio” whose success led to numerous concerts and broadcasts on TV.

As an avid reader of the Sherlock Holmes series, he began to hanker after a different life and wider musical opportunities. In the early nineties he set off to England with little more than his guitar and has since become a fixture on the London and UK music scene, actively composing and performing solo, in various duos and with his NEW trio featuring the elegant Leslee Booth on 6 string contra bass and imaginative Buster Birch on percussion.

The trio has performed at many top venues such as Arts Centres – the National Theatre foyer, the Royal Festival Hall foyer, the Barbican Arts Centre foyer, the Royal Albert Hall-Ignite, Norwich, Colchester, Cardiff, Windsor; Festivals – London Jazz and Jazz on the Streets, City Of London Festival, International Guitar Festival of GB Wirral, Bath International Guitar Festival, Ards International Guitar Festival of Co Down N. Ireland, and an endless list of clubs such as: Pizza Express Jazz Club in London, The Stables Theatre Milton Keynes, Cambridge Modern Jazz Club, The Landmark Hotel London.

Branco has also appeared with his trio on Sky TV “Arts World”, BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune” program and is regularly featured and a favorite on Sarah Ward’s show on Jazz FM and new station The Jazz.

Branco is a qualified teacher at Goldsmiths College, London, where he teaches guitar in his unique, passionate and enthusiastic way, passing that enthusiasm and love for the instrument onto his students from the very start enabling them to relay play the guitar. During seven years of teaching at the college, in course questionnaires he was always rated 5 out of 5, as a mark of excellence and the students satisfaction.

Discography:

Something between the Sea and the Sky (Sun Recordings BS-SR 24597, 1998)

Amber (Sun Recordings BS-SR 24597-2, 2000)

Heart Is the Bridge (Sun Recordings BS-SR 24597-3, 2003)

Lily Of The Valley (Sun Recordings BSY-SR 24597-4, 2006)

Quiet Stream Breaks The Rocks (Sun Recordings BST-SR 24597-5,  2007)

Inexhaustible (Sun Recordings BST-SR 24597-6,  2009.)

Alone (Sun Recordings BS-SR 24597-7, 2013)

Videos

Branco Stoysin Trio Live At Pizza Express Jazz Club, London. DVD (Sun Recordings BST-SR 24597-D1,  2011)

www.brancostoysin.co.uk

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Forró in the Dark Discusses New Album Sandcastle

Forró in the Dark – Photo by Vladimir Radojicic

 

New York city-based band Forró in the Dark has a new album titled, Sandcastle (Nacional Records), its first release in 8 years. The band was formed in 2002 features Brazilian musicians based in the United States. Forró in the Dark members include Mauro Refosco on zabumba, percussion; Guilherme Monteiro on guitar; and Jorge Continentino on pífanos, flutes, and saxophones.

 

Forró in the Dark – Sandcastle

 

Forró in the Dark’s music is characterized by the forró rhythm of Brazil that is combined with rock, jazz, country and other genres. Earlier recordings include Bonfires of Sao Joao (2006), Light A Candle (2009) and Plays Zorn (Tzadik, 2015).

We talked to guitarist Guilherme Monteiro about Sandcastle.

This is your first album in 8 years, how has the band evolved musically during this time?

Well, we’ve done a lot of touring after the release of “Light a Candle”, so we had the opportunity of developing that music in big stages around the world, which is pretty different from the process we had before of testing out our new material at Nublu, which is a small club we used to play in New York. Also, we grew a lot individually, playing in different musical situations as side man or with our own projects, so when we get together to play with Forró In The Dark these days it has less of a testosterone driven energy and a much more musical vibe. We play with more dynamics and nuances than we used to.

Are there lineup changes?

Yes, Davi, who was a percussionist in the band, left the band a few years ago, so that was important for us to forge the sound of the new record. Me, Mauro and Jorge have a more similar sense of aesthetics and way of approaching the music.

 

Forró in the Dark – Photo by Vladimir Radojicic

 

What languages are you using in your new album Sandcastle?

Portuguese and English.

Eight years is a long time in-between albums. What have you been up to during this time?

We toured quite a lot in Europe and the States. Played some important festivals, like Bonnaroo, did extensive tours with Gogol Bordello. At some point we all had individual projects going for each individual member. Mauro was out playing with David Byrne, Atoms for Peace and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers; Jorge with Bebel Gilberto; and I’ve been touring with Gal Costa, who is a 72 year old singer, a sort of a living legend in Brazil.

Forró is still not a well-known genre outside Brazil. Are you making any inroads in the American market?

We think of ourselves of a band that honors the Forró genre but we don’t feel obliged to make inroads for it. We are primarily a band that makes music for people to dance, feel and think. Forró is a means to achieve that but we don’t consider ourselves “ambassadors” of the genre.

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Healing Latin Jazz

Mari Nobre – “Live and Alive”

Mari Nobre – “Live and Alive” (Chrome Records, 2017)

Italian-American vocalist Mari Nobre (maiden name Mariangela Spiezia) recorded this album live at the Jan Popper Theatre at UCLA (California). Although some of her past albums have focused on rhythms from across Latin America and pop, on “Live and Alive” she performs new Latin Jazz arrangements of American jazz standards as well as Brazilian classics by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Her band features a multi-ethnic roster that provides a jazz flavor and colorful Brazilian influences.

Mari Nobre recorded this album just three weeks after her surgery, recovering from cancer. Mari Nobre has indicated that music had a strong effect in healing her so she’s donating part of the sales from the album to the children’s cancer research.

The lineup on “Live and Alive” includes Mari Nobre on vocals; Leo Nobre on bass; Justo Almario on saxophone and flute; Angelo Metz on acoustic and electric guitar; Sandro Feliciano on drums; and Daniel Szabo on piano.

“Live and Alive” is a passionate album by the talented multilingual vocalist Mari Nobre.

Buy the digital version of Live and Alive or the CD at CD Baby.

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José Mauro’s Out of the Ordinary Album

José Mauro – Obnoxious (Far Out Recordings, 2016)

Obnoxious is a cult album that was originally released in 1970 by Brazilian label Quartin. It’s a recording full of musical surprises and lavish unexpected arrangements by composer, guitarist and vocalist José Mauro.

The opening track, “Obnoxious”, sets the tone for the entire album. You’ll find orchestral arrangements, loungy brass, great Brazilian percussion, psychedelia and more. The arrangements sound like a fabulous Brazilian soundtrack to a secret agent movie.

But there is also a melancholic undercurrent and Catholic references in the lyrics that sets it apart from the “happier” forms of Brazilian music that were popular at the time.

The lineup includes José Mauro on vocals and guitar; Maurilio on trumpet; Paulo Mora on alto sax; Altamiro Carrilho on flute; Rildo Hora on gaita; Salvador on keyboards; Geraldo Vespar on guitar; Sebastiao Marinho on bass; Juquinha and Marnao on percussion; Wilson Das Neves on drums; and Roberto Quartin’s string ensemble.

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Eliane Elias Celebrates Her Roots

Eliane Elias – Dance of Time (Concord Jazz, 2017)

USA-based Brazilian pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias has become of the most familiar names in the world of Brazilian-rooted jazz. Her new album Dance of Time takes Eliane back to her Brazilian roots in a brilliant manner.

Dance of Time was recorded in Brazil and the result is a truly exquisite recording. There is not a weak track on this album. Eliane Elias effortlessly balances her talent as a pianist and singer-songwriter, delivering some of her finest material, injecting spirited samba.

Dance of Time features first class talent from Brazil and the United States, including pianist Amilton Godoy, singer- songwriter and guitarist João Bosco, guitarist and vocalist Toquinho, trumpeter Randy Brecker, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri and the unmistakable remarkable vocals of Mark Kibble (Take 6).

The performances on Dance of Time are remarkable and the recording quality is superb.

Dance of Time is so far one of the best Brazilian-rooted albums of the year.

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Dona Onete’s Sensual Songs from the Amazon

Dona Onete – Banzeiro (Mais Um Discos, 2017)

An album by charismatic Brazilian Amazonian singer Dona Onete. Her songs are about seduction, plants that make your body ‘agitate’ and stories related to the Amazon. The septuagenarian artist is enjoying new popularity in her country and abroad thanks to international releases like Banzeiro.

On Banzeiro, Dona Onete delivers infectious Brazilian rhythms like bangue and a style she developed called carimbó chamegado where she combined two genres called lundum and carimbó. She mixed them with the rhythm of the songs from the slaves. Dona Onete describes carimbó chamegado as slower and sexier than carimbó.

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Ive Mendes, First of the World Music Stars Set to Perform in Krakow at the 22nd Summer Jazz Festival at Piwnica pod Baranami

Brazilian vocalist Ive Mendes will perform at ICE Kraków with her band and string quartet on June 25, 2017. Mendes combines elements of smooth jazz and Brazilian bossa nova, resulting in an example of really great music. The critics praise Ive’s voice, whose color and warmth lend expression and romanticism to her music. We expect that during the Summer Festival we will hear all the songs from her new album, Bossa Romantica, which actually appeared first in Poland.

Bossa Romantica was recorded by Kevin Armstrong, known for his collaborations with, among others, David Bowie and Iggy Pop. One of the singles from this album, the song ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’, was mixed by Miles Walker, the legendary winner of several Grammys, in his studio in Atlanta.

The world music accent in the work of Ive Mendes has its source in the singer’s origins. Ive was born in Ceres, Brazil, in a farming family with mixed roots: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Brazilian. She also mentions her Indian heritage.

The music of Ive Mendes is perfect for a warm evening with a glass of wine or a great late dinner—the point being that it complements the sensual pleasures of life. The sensuality, depth, and moodiness of her voice will lead our thoughts along the paths of Spanish vineyards. We’ll hear the sounds of samba, jazz, soul, and chillout, guaranteed to awaken sensual passion and bring out life’s most delicious flavors.

Ive has the ability to move freely between bossa nova and modern influences, smooth jazz and pop, and her originality ensures that she is appreciated by listeners in the Asian and European markets, where she is known as the “Brazilian queen of smooth jazz.” Ive Mendes is one of very few Brazilian singers representing this cosmopolitan and open attitude to music. Her worldwide success is sustained by renowned, highly esteemed, intimate live performances, during which we are guaranteed to discover her charm, charisma, and hypnotic voice.

Ticket sales locations: eventim.pl, ticketpro.pl, biletywkrakowie, Punkt InfoKraków, ul. Św. Jana 2, and the organizers’ office at ul. Karmelicka 52/1, Kraków.

More information at: www.cracjazz.com

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The Enduring Sound of Renato Braz

Renato Braz – Saudade (Living Music, 2015)

Saudade is a collection of beautiful, poetic songs composed by some of Brazil’s greatest songwriters and performed by the remarkable voice of Renato Braz. The album combines Brazilian melodies and rhythms with Paul Winter’s global jazz sound as well as world music elements from Russia and other cultures.

Renato Braz has been an essential member of the Paul Winter Consort family in recent years. Even though he has made recordings in Brazil, Saudade is first release in the United States.

The lineup is quite impressive. His band includes the Paul Winter Consort, the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble, Dori Caymmi, and Ivan Lins.

Saudade is beautifully packaged, featuring an extensive booklet with photos, lyrics and descriptions of the songs.

 

 

 

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