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photo: Camille Blake - Berliner Festspiele

PARCERIA JAZZFEST BERLIN

 

CHIII Festival’s creative approach in realizing a digital festival edition in spite of the pandemic and political situation in Brazil at the time, their loyalty towards the local music scene and boldness in exploring new artistic territory under the most unfavourable conditions, had made a deep impression on me. My team and I were lucky to be able to count on such reliable partners and their kind generosity in sharing their knowledge and expertise when we took on the challenge of organizing a remote São Paulo feature at Jazzfest Berlin 2021 together.

When I think back to the early days of that year, our online meetings with Manoela Wright and Juliano Gentile were amongst those few bright moments that truly inspired me and helped me through the challenge of planning a festival from the isolation of the pandemic. Not only did we learn a great deal about the stunning musical and cultural diversity of the city’s Jazz and Improvised Music scene. The four audio-visual productions resulting from this partnership also constituted a great artistic enrichment to the festival program, giving the Berlin audience the opportunity to witness creative music from Sao Paulo at its best within a shared artistic space – after all a quite unique opportunity in times of the pandemic.

I am delighted that these pieces can now be “brought home” to Sao Paulo within the current edition of CHIII Festival - and that CHIII keeps up the musical exchange between our two cities by inviting great improvisers from Berlin to play in Sao Paulo now that presenting live music across continents has become possible again.

Nadin Deventer, artistic director of Jazzfest Berlin

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The Jazzfest Berlin Installation reproduces the four works created for four screens for the 2021 JFB edition: XXXX (Quartabê), Schwarzfahren (Negro Leo), Ping Pong (São Paulo Underground) and Ogbe Oyeku Iwori Odi (Metá Metá).

07.09.22

6pm - opening of the venue

Venue: Galpão CRU - Rua Cruzeiro, 802 - Barra Funda, São Paulo

Free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Location subject to maximum capacity. It's necessary to present the vaccine passport.

JAZZFEST BERLIN

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Quartabê, XXXX, 2021

Formed back in 2014 by several members of the band led by Brazilian experimental icon Arrigo Barnabé, Quartabê has nonchalantly collided aesthetic approaches with beguiling grace and sophistication. The group – percussionist Mariá Portugal, clarinetists Joana Queiroz and Maria Beraldo, and keyboardist Chicão – have devoted their two albums to surveying and bringing new life to compositions written by, respectively, Moacir Santos and Dorival Caymmi. On the Caymmi record, the group abstracted lines and fragments of his pieces with wildly inventive arrangements, especially in the unusual blend of reeds, deftly blending improvisation, Brazilian rhythms, and translucent timbres with an arresting concision that belies the pop experiments the band members often engage in outside of this context. Quartabê’s contribution to Jazzfest Berlin has been created in a remote collaboration – a symbolic gesture of physical separation imposed by the pandemic and an acknowledgement of Mariá Portugal living in Germany for the past couple of years. The group stays unified in an ongoing musical pursuit.

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Mariá Portugal drums
Joana Queiroz clarinet, bass clarinet
Maria Beraldo clarinet, bass clarinet
Chicão keyboards
Ricardo Mosca mixing
Carlos Freitas mastering
Thais Triveni camera
Sóstenes Matusalém camera
Amabile Barel camera
Ellen Trenn camera
Bernhard Rupprecht recording engineer (Mariá Portugal)
Manoela Wright executive production
Insiranomeaqui video director

Commissioned by Berliner Festspiele / Jazzfest Berlin in cooperation with Manoela Wright & Juliano Gentile

QUARTABÊ: XXXX

 

QUARTABÊ, XXXX

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Negro Leo, Schwarzfahren, 2021

Few current musicians working in Brazil have adapted the voracious stylistic reach once practiced by the musicians of the Tropicália era like Leonardo Campelo Gonçalves, better known as Negro Leo. In his own peculiar fashion, he subscribes to the principles of autonomous Brazilian cultural production laid out by poet Oswald de Andrade in his 1928 essay “Manifesto Antropófago”, interpreting them through a post-Tropicália lens. His music leapfrogs all over the map, with an abiding commitment to experimentation whether he is unleashing torrents of noise or singing a bossa nova curdled by dissonance. He is seriously prolific, releasing ten albums over the last decade, with each one defying expectations. His work collides electronics and acoustic instrumentation, suggesting Jorge Ben for the experimental set, although the only path he follows is the one he blazes each time he takes the stage. His practice is driven by an improvisational mindset, and he frequently departs from his written material with on-the-fly disruptions, creating spontaneous sonic quilts of free association. From his home in São Paulo, he presents new work directed, photographed and mounted by his equally talented wife, the singer Ava Rocha.

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Negro Leo composition, piano, voice, programming, old vinyl player, video direction
Ava Rocha video direction, camera, editing, singer and filmmaker
Sergio Machado drums
Pedro Dantas electric bass
Bruno Schiavo synthesizers
Lucas Pires lettering
Renato Godoy mixing, mastering
Angela Novaes (QTV) executive producer
Mariana Mansur (QTV) executive producer

Commissioned by Berliner Festspiele / Jazzfest Berlin in cooperation with Manoela Wright & Juliano Gentile

NEGRO LEO, SCHWARZFAHREN

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São Paulo Underground, Ping Pong

During an extended residence near Brazilian Amazon in the early 2000s, the Chicago cornetist and composer Rob Mazurek formed this elastic alliance with two of São Paulo’s most eclectic and flexible musicians: percussionist Mauricio Takara and keyboardist Guilherme Granado. Working together for more than a decade, the trio has achieved a sublime synthesis of various traditions, whether the investigative global jazz pioneered by Don Cherry or the street rhythms of Pernambuco. The music is guided by a nifty conflation of terse melody, rich layers of electronic textures, and modern cadences including hip-hop breakbeats or sashaying samba grooves, imbued with a wide-open improvisational practice that enables all manner of sly code-shifting. The group was part of the heady mash-up of ensembles performing as part of Mazurek and French guitarist Julien Desprez’s T(r)opic at the 2019 Jazzfest Berlin’s Late Night Lab, and has recently reaffirmed its love for collaboration with “Saturno Magico”, a recording made with Tupperwear, an experimental duo from the Canary Islands. The music is guided by a spirit of generosity and spontaneity, with passages of heart-felt lyricism running smack into absurdity, capturing seemingly incongruous moods in a single, unified attack.

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Rob Mazurek piccolo trumpet, modular synthesizer, video
Guilherme Granado synthesizers, voice, keyboards, sampler, visuals
Mauricio Takara drums, percussion, voice, electronics, visuals

Commissioned by Berliner Festspiele / Jazzfest Berlin in cooperation with Manoela Wright & Juliano Gentile

SÃO PAULO UNDERGROUND,  PING PONG

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Metá Metá, Ogbe Oyeku Iwori Odi, 2021

In the years since forming in 2008, the members of this aesthetically voracious São Paulo trio have emerged as major figures in the Brazilian musical landscape. From the very beginning, singer Juçara Marçal, guitarist Kiko Dinucci, and saxophonist Thiago França revealed deep curiosity and stylistic fluency well beyond the sound of their polyglot home turf. While the group may summon the gritty, hard-hitting energy of punk rock in its attack, Metá Metá have enfolded the gripping polyrhythms of Brazil’s northeast into its driving grooves. The band’s most recent studio album “MM3” also added beguiling flavors from North African into its entrancing fury. The band members are involved in countless other projects, many of which feed into the elusive Metá Metá sound in protracted fashion, whether the rhythmically asserting phrasing of Marçal, the experimental frevo horns França delivers on his brassy new album, or the stark sambas Dinucci featured on his breakthrough 2020 album “Rastilho”.

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Juçara Marçal voice, kalimba
Thiago França saxophone, flute, fife
Kiko Dinucci guitar, eletric guitar, synthesizer, percussion, sampler, direction

Luan Cardoso photography, post production
Beatriz Dantas editing
Caê Rolfsen mixing and mastering

Commissioned by Berliner Festspiele / Jazzfest Berlin in cooperation with Manoela Wright & Juliano Gentile

METÁ METÁ, OGBE OYEKU IWORI ODI