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São Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisíveis

Read "Cantos Invisíveis" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the spring of 2015 Rob Mazurek's São Paulo Underground expanded their touring formation and added “Black Cube SP" to their name for a tour that briefly made stops in the U.S. The enlarged group featured the addition of Thomas Rohrer on rabeca, a Brazilian viola. Rohrer, a Swiss native transplanted in Brazil was part of Mazurek's sextet on Return the Tides: Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost (Cuneiform Records, 2014) but had not yet been fully introduced to U.S. market ...

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Sao Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisíveis

Read "Cantos Invisíveis" reviewed by Troy Collins

Democratically led by Chicago-based sound explorer Rob Mazurek, São Paulo Underground has been defying genre conventions and musical boundaries for almost a decade. Originally formed with percussionist Mauricio Takara and keyboardist Guilherme Granado during Mazurek's sojourn in Brazil (2000-2005), the ensemble's membership has undergone a subtle change on its fifth album with the addition of Swiss-born multi-instrumentalist Thomas Rohrer, a frequent collaborator of Mazurek's.Translated from Portuguese as “invisible songs," Mazurek says of Cantos Invisíveis, “the way we make ...

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Sao Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisíveis

Read "Cantos Invisíveis" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Cantos Invisíveis translates from Portuguese as “invisible corners/songs" or “disappearing corners/songs:" a fitting title for trans-national music that often seems to come from everywhere at once. The international trio's electro-acoustic sound blends music from North and South America, Africa and Asia, including stylistic references from traditional folk, modern jazz, rock and electronica. It's a dense, communal sound, full of joy and exploration. Band member Rob Mazurek says “The vocal quality of this particular music shouts and hollers for love and ...

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Sao Paulo Underground: Beija Flors Velho E Sujo

Read "Beija Flors Velho E Sujo" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Once again this trio sounds like a larger unit and its capricious implementations remain a constant. The band's makeup contains an assortment of keys, percussion, electronics effects and other tools of the trade. Yet Chicago progressive jazz trumpeter Rob Mazurek is the primary soloist, sporting a big brassy tone and imposing presence. The musicians unify the outside spectrum of jazz with conventional flavors. And they incorporate a comprehensive bag of tricks into these dynamically moving parts. Their boundless imaginative powers ...

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Sao Paulo Underground: Beija Flors Velho E Sujo

Read "Beija Flors Velho E Sujo" reviewed by Troy Collins

Integrating spirited avant-garde jazz improvisation and lo-fi electronica with the revolutionary innovations of Brazil's Tropicalia movement, Beija Flors Velho E Sujo is São Paulo Underground's fourth recording and the first to exclusively feature the variable ensemble's core trio. The group was originally co-founded by Chicago-based cornetist Rob Mazurek and Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Mauricio Takara, whose debut, Sauna: Um, Dois, Tres (Aesthetics, 2006) was made as a duo with contributions from invited guests. Keyboardist Guilherme Granado and part-time drummer Richard Ribeiro were ...

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São Paulo Underground: Três Cabenças Loucuras

Read "Três Cabenças Loucuras" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

As the great tradition of Brazilian music swept down in all its glory from the sertão, into the river basins, and gradually to the urban areas of Rio and São Paulo, several mavericks remained in the vanguard, continuing to cross-pollinate the music as it gathered in strength and momentum. Among the first of these was Hermeto Pascoal. The generation of Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil followed. Although Pascoal withdrew to remain close to the music of the Northeast ...

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Sao Paulo Underground: Tres Cabecas Loucuras

Read "Tres Cabecas Loucuras" reviewed by Troy Collins

Três Cabeças Loucuras (Portuguese for “three crazy heads") is the third release from São Paulo Underground to explore the furthest fringes of Brazil's revolutionary Tropicalia movement. Updating the renowned genre's patented psychedelia with free improvisation, laptop-driven electronica and musique concrete, the album unveils a spectrum of kaleidoscopic sound that pushes the bounds of each style to its limits, creating a new, unclassifiable amalgam in the process.The group was originally co-founded by Chicago-based cornetist Rob Mazurek (Chicago Underground, Exploding ...


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