September 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm
São Paulo Underground embodies a fascinating musical mixture of Sun Ra-esque cosmic noise and rhythms and phrasing from samba, maracatu, rock and free jazz traditions, launching Brazil’s “Tropicalia” into a new, heavily electronic millennium. The group formed in Brazil around Rob Mazurek (cornet and electronics) and Maricio Takara (drums, percussion, cavaquinho, electronics). Two other Brazilians, Guilherme Granado (keyboards, electronics, samplers) and Richard Ribeiro (drums), subsequently joined the group.
Rob Mazurek is one of the most compelling and critically acclaimed composers, cornetists, and improvisers of his time. He became well known on the genre-defying Chicago circuit in the 1990’s, developing and composing for numerous groups including Chicago Underground Orchestra/Duo/Trio/Quartet and Isotope 217. Mazurek continues to push the boundaries of sound projection with new, exciting and critically acclaimed ensembles including: Exploding Star Orchestra (featuring the late Bill Dixon and Roscoe Mitchell), Pharoah and the Underground (featuring Pharoah Sanders), Starlicker, Sound Is Quintet, Mandarin Movie, Ekundayo (featuring Naná Vasconcelos), Pulsar Quartet, Skull Sessions and Sao Paulo
In 2010, Mazurek was awarded the Commissioning Music/USA grant from Meet the Composer to
develop a multi-media work in collaboration with Marianne Kim. World premieres of the work are
planned for late 2012. In 2011, Mazurek was commissioned by the Jazz & Wine Festival in
Cormons, Italy to compose and perform his “Violent Orchid Suite.” Mazurek was commissioned by
by the Sant’Anna Aressi Jazz Festival in Sardinia, Italy to compose and perform his “Transgressions
Suite” for Exploding Star Orchestra.
Mazurek is also a solo and multi-media artist (sound, painting and video), with recent performances, exhibitions and artist residencies and is currently working on an electro-acoustic science fiction opera based on the 10 volume “Book of Sound” written by poet/writer/alchemist/film maker Helder Velasquez Smith.
São Paulo native Mauricio Takara was born in 1982 and started playing the acoustic guitar at the age of seven. Two years later, he started playing drums. Takara played with local hardcore punk bands throughout the ‘90s and started Hurtmold in 1998, releasing five records on the Submarine label. He put out his first solo album on Desmonta Discos in 2003 and has since released three more solo recordings on the same label, the latest being 2010’s Sobre Todas e Qualquer Coisa. Takara has recorded with many Brazilian artists, including Nacao Zumbi, Vanessa Da Mata, Sabotage, Naná Vasconcelos and Marcelo Camelo, as well as with renowned international artists such as Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Roscoe Mitchell, Bill Dixon and Prefuse 73.
Takara also works with other Chicago projects and musicians including, Exploding Star Orchestra, The Eternals and Josh Abrams. Takara has toured Europe (Sonar festival/Barcelona, Roskilde/ Denmark, Womex/Seville & Club Transmediale/Berlin), the U.S., India (World Socials Forum) and Brazil (Nublu Jazz Festival, SESC Pinheiros, and opening for Lo Borges & Milton Nascimento at Coquetel Molotov Festival) and is considered one of the leading voices in the new post-Tropicalia wave of Brazilian music.
Guilherme Granado has played and recorded with Takara in Hurtmold (4 albums) and a split disc with The Eternals (on Submarine Records). He also works with the Assembleia Ritmica de Pinheiros. Granado also performs, produces, and records under the name Bodes & Elefantes (3 albums on Submarine Records & Catune). He has toured South America and Europe with Prefuse 73 and Marcelo Camelo, and has collaborated with artists including Pharoah Sanders, Naná Vasconcelos, Bill Dixon, Roscoe Mitchell, High Priest (Antipop Consortium), Mamelo Sound System, Exploding Star Orchestra, Paulo Santos (Uakti), Mike Ladd, and many others. Granado has appeared on recordings released by Universal, YB Music, Submarine. Granado is in the vanguard of Brazil’s Electronic Spiritualism Sound Makers. He is devoted to promoting music, beats and ideas in Brazil.
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