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New Meetup: MOZIK w/ Kenia - Brasilian Jazz / Nighttown

From: Bill J.
Sent on: Saturday, June 29, 2013 1:25 PM

What better time to experience the sounds of Brasil than on a hot night in July! Especially in the cool showroom at Nighttown! Yes, we scheduled an evening at Blossom for the same night :) But when I heard this group, especially the lady on the flute - Yulia Musayelyan, and then Kenia, I just had to add them too. Since I am unable to bi-locate, I have asked Lila to host tonight. Thank you Lila! Chances are you'll probably find me here. Hope you can join us then - Bill

Announcing a new Meetup for Music Cleveland!!

What: MOZIK w/ Kenia - Brasilian Jazz / Nighttown
When: Saturday, July 13,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Nighttown Jazz Restaurant and Club
12387 Cedar Rd
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
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Brasilian Jazz!

 

MOZIK with KENIA

Saturday, July 13th

at Nighttown – 8:30 p.m.

$20 Admission BUT NOT FOR Music Cleveland! See discount info below

What better time to experience the sounds of Brasil than on a hot night in July! Especially in the cool showroom at Nighttown!  Yes, we scheduled an evening at Blossom for the same night :)  But when I heard this group, especially the  lady on the flute - Yulia Musayelyan, and then Kenia, I just had to add them too.

Since I am unable to bi-locate, I have asked Lila to host tonight.  Thank you Lila! Chances are you'll probably find me here.  Hope you can join us then - Bill

 

Five piece All Brasilian Group in three-day residency at Nighttown – Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Playing  Contemporary Jazz from Brazil!  Featuring: Yulia Musayelyan-flute, Fernando Huergo-bass, Maurcio Zottarelli-drums, Gustavo Assis-Brasil-guitar, & Gilson Schachnik-piano & keys.

 

 

 

Yulia Musayelyan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Cleveland! will be there Saturday for a very special guest vocalist Kenia, one night only!

WHO:  MOZIK with KENIA

WHAT:  Wonderful Brasilian Jazz

WHERE: Nighttown

WHEN: Saturday, July 13 @ 8:30 p.m.

ADMISSION:  $20 Just $10 for Music Cleveland! – first 12 RSVPs only.

HOST:  Lila Campoblanco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road (top of Cedar Hill, just west of Fairmount)
Cleveland Heights,[masked]
www.nighttowncleveland.com
Map to Nighttown

DINNER: Nighttown – arrive from 7 to 8 p.m. and order Prime Rib, a Dublin Lawyer or maybe a Bloom's Burger smothered in grilled mushrooms! – eat before or during show or just enjoy a drink and desert. (Dinner purchase not required).

When you RSVP your name will be added to the VIP List for prime seating right up front.  Our VIP list will be held at the door.  When you RSVP you will be asked to provide a phone number and email just in the event that we need to communicate with you quickly and the name of your guest.  All are, of course, considered confidential.  Then your name will be added to the VIP list!

Please bring CASH for your admission and pay at the entrance.

You may receive an invitation to join the Nighttown e-magazine list as well.  If you don’t see the questions (if reserving via smartphone) please reenter your RSVP with a computer or email this information to the organizer.

If you are not at Nighttown by 10 minutes before the show, your reservation may be given away to others waiting for a seat.  If we know that you’ll arrive late, we will do our best to hold a seat for you.  And, we do expect you to sit with the group at all events.

PARKING:  There will be valet parking and plenty of spots on nearby side streets.  There is a municipal parking lot just west and behind the tavern with a driveway entrance on Cedar.   It is metered parking (well enforced) so bring plenty of quarters.

Reservation policy:  Your RSVP is a firm commitment to attend an event.  Honoring this reservation is especially important when attendance and discounts are limited.  If you must cancel your reservation, please do so as early as possible.  For cancellations less than 24 hours prior to the event, please do two things: update your RSVP and notify the organizer directly via email on this site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KENIA

Mp3 Samples (Par Impar  – click here) (Crazy – click here)

The artist was born Kenia Acioly into a family of Italian origins in the city of Nova Iguaçu, a distant working class suburb of Rio de Janeiro. When Kenia she was six, Kenia’s family moved to Copacabana. Later, she lived in Niterói, Rio’s sister city across Guanabara Bay, and Leblon, one of the city’s most upscale neighborhoods. Each stop along the way provided opportunities to explore the local cultural peculiarities that go into making Rio and its neighboring environs one of the world’s most exotic locales.

An interest in music came early; she studied piano and learned to play the guitar by ear. Singing however, became her path to success in music world. Influenced by such Brasilian greats as the late Elis Regina, she also began listening to such North American artists as Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRea and George Benson. And her choice of music to interpret came not from the bossa nova of the 1960s but from the talents of the generation of composers that followed and put the Brazilian sound on the world map once again.

Arriving in the U.S. in 1980, Kenia quickly established herself as the new Brasilian singer on the scene and recorded her debut in the States with trumpeter Claudio Roditi on his album Red on Red. Several years later, she launched her solo recording career, producing four popular and critically-acclaimed albums for the MCA and Denon labels between 1987 and 1991. She also established herself as one of the most popular and successful U.S. based Brasilian musicians since the heyday of Sergio Mendes and Brasil ‘66. In 1997, Kenia launched her own label, Mooka Records, with a particularly ambitious effort; Project Ivan Lins, a tribute to the one of Brazil’s most prolific and popular contemporary songwriters, featuring Lins himself as a special guest.

KENIA Web Site (click here)

 

MOZIK

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Vivacious and exciting.”

- Downbeat Magazine

 

 

MOZIK Video (click here)

While pianist Gilson Schachnik and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli were both born in the state of Sao Paulo, Brasil, it wasn’t until they landed in Boston that Brasilian 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 Brasilianness, 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 Brasilian rhythms and forms, filtered through their love of the early fusion of Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock.

The album features a fascinating international cast of US-based musicians, including Brasilian 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.

Schachnik started playing organ when he was 11. He broke into the Sao Paulo nightclub scene in his early 20s, and also composed jingles for commercials and scores for an award-winning children’s television show. In 1990, Schachnik won a scholarship to Berklee, where he graduated with a degree in jazz composition. He has played or recorded with some of the most significant artists in jazz and Brasilian music, including Claudio Roditi, Bill Pierce, Romero Lubambo, Yoron Israel, Jerry Bergonzi, Luciana Souza, Mick Goodrick, John Lockwood, Paulo Braga, Peri Ribeiro, Antonio Sanchez, Miguel Zenon, and Cafe. Schachnik released his critically acclaimed debut CD, Raw in 1998. He has long worked at Berklee as an Associate Professor in the Ear Training department, and is also the accompanist for Wellesley College’s jazz choir, Body and Soul.

Zottarelli grew up in the town of Rio Claro in the state of Sao Paulo, immersed in music. He earned a degree in computer science in 1997, but his love of music led him to apply for and earn a scholarship to Berklee.  With his versatility and wide rhythmic palette Zottarelli has become one of the most sought after drummers on the scene since moving to New York City in 2006. He’s toured internationally with Japanese pianist Hiromi’s Sonicbloom, while performing and recording with an international array of artists, including Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Prasanna, Esperanza Spalding, Keiko Matsui, Richard Bona, Joe Locke, Geoff Keezer, Mike Pope, Claudio Roditi, Chuck Loeb, Carmen Souza, Rosa Passos, Jovino Santos Neto, Nilson Matta, Toninho Horta, Filó Machado, Cidinho Teixeira, Marc Rossi Group, Hendrik Meurkens, and Oriente Lopez.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 rhtyhms… The quintet’s music is both warm and intelligent, while retaining the sort of funky playfulness that some may interpret as an invitation to dance”. All About Jazz

“They just sound so connected. It is rare to find an album that just radiates sunshine and good vibes from the first note, but Mozik is one of those rarities and should be embraced and cherished for the upcoming winter months. Highly recommended.” Music Watch- UK

“vivacious and exciting.”Downbeat Magazine, Feb 2012

While pianist Gilson Schachnik and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli were both born in the state of Sao Paulo, 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 CD will be released October 28, 2011 on Mozik Records.

“A lot of non-Brazilian musicians who play Brazilian music are obsessed with being authentic,” says Schachnik, who wrote most of the album’s arrangements. “That’s not our goal at all. We’re not trying to recreate bossa nova. We want to play with all the information that we’ve gathered over the years. I grew up listening to Return to Forever and Headhunters.”

Recorded in Boston with the support of a faculty grant from Berklee, the album 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 the intricate grooves with such precision and power it sounds like a working ensemble, though some of the musicians had never played together before.

The album opens with Schachnik’s “Web’s Samba,” a tune that actually draws on several folkloric rhythms from the northeastern states of Bahia and Pernambuco, the heart of Afro-Brazilian culture. Zottarelli introduces the dramatic tune with a galloping afoxê beat, a rhythm drawn from Yoruba-inspired Candomblé ceremonies. The tune, like the album itself, is dedicated to the memory of bassist Webster Roach, a beloved Boston musician who died suddenly in Nov. 2010.

The album features three incisive Schachnik arrangements of Jobim standards. There’s the brisk, up-tempo version of “A Felicidade,” the immortal theme from Marcel Camus’s 1959 film “Black Orpheus” that turned bossa nova into an international phenomenon. Rather than mining the tune’s potent undercurrent of melancholy, Musayelyan’s muscular flute work turns it into a straight up celebration.

The ravishing ballad “O Amor em Paz” (Once I Loved) is a showcase for Assis-Brasil, who renders the melody with such sorrow and tenderness it’s like overhearing an intimate confession. And “Desafinado” gets a bracing postbop infusion, courtesy of Schachnik’s extended harmonies. Seamlessly switching gears, the quintet digs into Herbie Hancock’s modal masterpiece “Eye of the Hurricane” and adds a Rio de Janeiro lilt to Thelonious Monk’s loving “Pannonica.”

“Yulia came in and blew us away,” says Schachnik. “Flute plays such an important role in Brazilian music, especially in bossa nova, arrangers use it a lot. But ‘Eye of the Hurricane’ is much more in your face fusion and I heard it as a tenor thing. But she came in and played exactly what the piece needed.”

They close the album with a thrilling version of Paulo Cesar Pinheiro and Mauro Duarte’s “Canto Das Três Raças,” a song indelibly linked to samba legend Clara Nunes. Zottarelli’s percussion intro evokes the African roots of samba, while Musayelyan delivers the soaring melody with all the requisite soul. Whatever qualms Schachnik and Zottarelli once harbored about claiming Brazilian music as their own are washed away in this roots samba jazz celebration of Brazil’s miscegenated culture.

Zottarelli credits Schachnik with sparking his interest in that heritage. Growing up in the 1980s, he mostly experienced Brazilian music through pop music on the radio. But his father was childhood friends with Dom Salvador, the supremely hip Brazilian jazz pianist who recorded a series of classic trio albums in the mid-60s. When some of those sessions were finally reissued on CD a few years ago, Schachnik brought them to Zottarelli’s attention, and the drummer eagerly explored music by an artist whose name he heard so often. He recently recorded an album with Salvador, who has long been based in New York City.

“I didn’t want anything to do with Brazilian music when I was there,” Zottarelli recalls. “I was very much into heavy metal, blues, rock and a little fusion. But when I got to Berklee, people assumed I knew Jobim’s music, that I could play samba, and I couldn’t. When Gilson presented me some of those Dom Salvador records it gave me a chance to get to know the music, and that’s how it all started. I fell in love with Brazilian music at Berklee.”

Born and raised in the Sao Paulo, South America’s largest city, Schachnik started playing organ at 11, inspired by his love of Deep Purple and the band’s keyboardist John Lord. He broke into the Sao Paulo nightclub scene in his early 20s, and a few years later started accompanying pop singer Patricia Marx and touring with Rosa Maria. A busy studio musician, he also composed jingles for commercials and scores for an award-winning children’s television show.

In 1990, Schachnik won a scholarship to Berklee, where he graduated with a degree in jazz composition. Since settling in Boston, he’s played or recorded with some of the most significant artists in jazz and Brazilian music, including Claudio Roditi, Bill Pierce, Romero Lubambo, Yoron Israel, Jerry Bergonzi, Luciana Souza, Mick Goodrick, John Lockwood, Paulo Braga, Peri Ribeiro, Antonio Sanchez, Miguel Zenon, and Cafe. Schachnik released his critically acclaimed debut CD, Raw in 1998. He has long worked at Berklee as an Associate Professor in the Ear Training department, and is also the accompanist for Wellesley College’s jazz choir, Body and Soul.

The Berklee connection runs through Mozik. It was where Zottarelli met guitarist Gustavo Assis-Brasil “and we started playing immediately,” Zottarelli says. “We had the same influences. We had both played in heavy metal bands. Whenever I’m doing a project with guitars, I’m thinking about him and his guitar sound.”

Zottarelli grew up in the town of Rio Claro in the state of Sao Paulo, immersed in music. He earned a degree in computer science in 1997, but his love of music led him to apply for and earn a scholarship to a summer program at Berklee. When he came to Boston in 1999 he thought it was just for a season, but he kept earning new scholarships to study film scoring, arranging, and performance, and by 2002 Zottarelli had graduated from Berklee.

With his versatility and wide rhythmic palette Zottarelli has become one of the most sought after drummers on the scene since moving to New York City in 2006. He’s toured internationally with Japanese pianist Hiromi’s Sonicbloom, while performing and recording with an international array of artists, including Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Prasanna, Esperanza Spalding, Keiko Matsui, Richard Bona, Claudio Roditi, Chuck Loeb, Rosa Passos, Jovino Santos Neto, Nilson Matta, Toninho Horta, Filó Machado, Cidinho Teixeira, Marc Rossi Group, Hendrik Meurkens, and Oriente Lopez.

He co-leads Dig Trio and recently released his first album under his own name 7 Lives, which documents his evolving synthesis of jazz, Brazilian music and fusion. It’s a vision that he also explores with Schachnik on Mozik, a jazz album conceived by Brazilian musicians who approach the music of their homeland with fresh ears and open hearts.

“What I love about this music is that it’s our honest expression of the music we love,” Zottarelli says. “We’re not trying to recreate something or recover the past. We don’t have any kind of agenda. It just so happened that we fell in love with Brazilian music while living in Boston.”

MOZIK Web Site (click here)  www.mozikmusic.wordpress.com


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