On August 6th, the Brazilian drummer and composer Mauricio Zottarelli performs with his group at the prestigious Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. The band will be presenting his original music as well as some of his inventive arrangements.
Zottarelli has been actively performing and contributing with some of the most preeminent artists in the Jazz, Latin/Brazilian and Fusion circles. Aside from his recent collaborations and performances with Brazilian legend Dom Salvador, touring worldwide with jazz pianist Hiromi, jazz/Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias, guitarist Chuck Loeb and performing/recording with a myriad of artists and groups, he is also working on getting his own music heard. His latest release, the CD entitled 7 Lives," has been receiving great praise from the press and the jazz community both in the USA and abroad.
On Saturday August 6th, the band returns the world most famous jazz club, the Blue Note in NYC, after a successful show last November.
The Blue Note NYC is where I saw many of my idols perform over the years, and to be able to perform there once more with my own group is very exciting," says Mauricio. We are all looking forward to the show."
The MZ quintet and the music on 7 Lives" This project explores even more Mauricio's versatility and musicality, and also showcases him from a different perspective: as a composer and bandleader. I always wanted to have my own group, and to write my own songs," he says. In one way or another this has been in the works since I started to get serious about music. It has been an amazing experience to be able to create this music and to have these extraordinary musicians perform it. But, most of all, it is fantastic to witness the evolution of both the material and the group every time we play together. I couldn't be happier with where we are going musically."
The goal of the project is to blend Brazilian-jazz, fusion, and Jazz into one unique sound. On his original compositions, Mauricio works on combining different harmonic ideas, polyrhythmic patterns and grooves, and interesting melodies into something original and modern.
The 7 Lives" CD features many admired and respected names in the Jazz and Latin/Brazilian music scenes:
Gustavo Assis-Brasil (guitar), Itaiguara Brandao (eletric bass), Milene Corso (vocals), Brandi Disterheft (acoustic bass), Dom Salvador (piano), Oriente Lopez (piano, flutes), Esperanza Spalding (acoustic bass), Cidinho Teixeira (piano) and Rodrigo Ursaia (saxophone). On this special show, Mauricio will have on stage many of the artists from the CD (who also participate on his regular performing group) and special guests.
131 W. 3rd St
New York, NY 10012
Saturday, August 6th, 2011, 12:30am (into Sunday morning)
The band: Mauricio Zottarelli (drums), Oriente Lopez (piano, flute), Itaiguara Brandao (bass), Rodrigo Ursaia (sax, flute) and Gustavo Assis-Brasil (guitar), plus special guests.
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