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Mauricio Zottarelli brings back his unique sound to the Zinc Bar

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Drummer/composer Mauricio Zottarelli is performing with his quintet in NYC, celebrating Zinc Bar's annual “Brazilian Jazz Month"

On August 26th, Mauricio Zottarelli returns to the Zinc Bar in New York City with his quintet, 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 with jazz pianist Hiromi's group SonicBloom and jazz/brazilian pianist Eliane Elias, he is also working on getting his own music heard. His new release, the CD entitled “7 Lives," has been receiving great praise from the press and the jazz community both in the USA and abroad.

Fresh from a successful tour in Brazil, where Mauricio played shows featuring his music, taught workshops and also played a sold-out show in São Paulo with Brazilian music legend Dom Salvador, the musician is looking forward to this upcoming appearance. “The Zinc bar is a place that is very close to my heart," says Zottarelli. “Since I play there a lot with many different groups, it is always great to be able to bring my group and play my own music. The Zinc was also one of the first venues I played when I came to New York."

On Thursday, August 26th, 2010, Mauricio's quintet will once more perform live the music from “7 Lives," and will also debut some new arrangements. The show will take place at Zinc Bar—NYC, starting at 9:30pm.

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," says Mauricio. “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 fantastic musicians perform it. I couldn't be happier with the results."

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 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).

The show on August 26th—details: Where: Zinc Bar NYC㭎 W 3rd street—Greenwich Village—NYC 10012 tel. 212-477-ZINC (9462) /Zinc Bar website When: Thursday, August 26th, 2010—sets at 9:30pm, 11:pm, 12:30am How much: $10 for the whole night The band: MZ (drums), Oriente Lopez (piano, flute), Itaiguara Brandão (bass), Rodrigo Ursaia (sax, flute) and Gustavo Assis Brasil (guitar)

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