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Água Viva

Among several tendencies nowadays present on the actual panorama of the instrumental brazilian music it is possible to identify the strong jazz influence and not only prior to the beginning of the bossa nova era. What is not very often said is that this later musical stream, which for sure opened the way to the reciprocal influence of brazilian music in jazz as well as to recognition of several other styles of brazilian instrumental music, was also influenced by the common denominator of urban music in Brazil, mainly in Rio de Janeiro, called the choro music.

Being a kind of brazilian equivalent to the dixieland, also originaly based on acoustical formations with the harmonic contents and form ranging from romantic to the turn of the century periods of european music, it developed however another strong polyphonic character nearly antiquated to that time, were it not supported and deeply changed by the strong rhythmic african component common to the jazz.

The repertoire of this new trio (which can be enlarged up to a quintet) tries to retrace some aspects of this mainstream presenting side by side some earlier pieces along with more contemporarian ones influenced by that touchstone of brazilian instrumental music.

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João Gomes - Sopransaxophon  
João Gomes (soprano and alto saxophone, wind-synthesizer and flute) After attending the
children's classes department at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro at the age of six,
he went on to piano lessons, learned the flute and then studied harmony, music and history of art later at the same university. He learned saxophone and composition at the Villa-Lobos Music School and started his career in small chamber groups of classical as well as instrumental Brazilian (Choro) music.
In the eighties he moved to France and then to Germany for further studies in composition. He is based on this country as instrumentalist, arranger and composer within several styles ranging from Latin American to jazz and classical music and lives in the area of Frankfurt, where he also teaches.

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Cid de Freitas - Percussion   

Cid de Freitas (drums and percussion) was born in Rio de Janeiro and he studied music at the University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He played with Edu Lobo, Sivuca, Paulo Moura, João Donato, Rio Jazz Orchestra and the Ipanema Sextet. Tours in Brazil and USA with Martinho da Vila. In 1972/73 he toured Europe with Claude Nougaro and George Moustaki. In 1973/74 he studied at the renowned École de Batterie Kenny Clarke/ Agostini in Paris. He has been living in Germany since 1989, where he plays in various Brazilian and jazz Bands and teaches Drums and Percussion.

Fernando Mattoso  

Fernando Mattoso (7-strings guitar), born in Southampton, moved to Rio de Janeiro as he was 1 year old. There, he has always had contact with Choro, Samba and Bossa-Nova. At the age of 10, he got a guitar as a birthday gift. A couple of years later, he started to learn the classical guitar with Antonio Gomes. In 2008 his interrest for Choro started to increase and he searched Toni 7 Cordas to learn the tradition of the brazilian 7-strings guitar. In Rio he played with lots of samba-singers, like Nelson Sargento. Fernando studied music theorie, ear training as well as harmony with Adamo Prince as preparation for a Bachelor in Music in Germany. In this country he has also played with the clarinetists Diogo Lozza and Wolfgang Meyer.

Água-Viva in the press:

"The trio around João Gomes brings up the sound of his native country Brazil , though surely not in its original folkloric form, actually in a more artistically elaborated one. The overall frame is set by the bebop, the source of modern Jazz, hereby successfully blended with the brazilian music tradition, the samba roots above all. What the musicians play out of their parts is definitely composed jazz music and however the room for spontaneous unfolding of improvisation is very well delimited, this does not happen at the expenses of the musical vitality.

The trio keeps up strictly to the harmonic moulds of the pieces. The three middle-aged musicians communicate finely and are in the best way connected one to each other.

The electric guitar in the hands of Pedro Tagliani is rather a soft instrument. In his cool way of playing it swings enormously, being also the melodies impregnated from the rhythmical aspect. Moreover at the harmonic plan the guitar reaches a high degree of unobtrusive presence.

The drummer Cid de Freitas sets the rhythmic touch-stone with a lot of so wide reaching as well calculated intensity.

João Gomes is an unconditional melodist. Out of the sovereignty backed up by fabulous technical skills the classical trained musician develops in the best sense an economic way of playing his alto, soprano saxophones and the flute. Malleability and fluency are merged into the strictness of the form. Also in high energetic pointed moments is his articulation bright and precise; a fanaticism for speed is not prior to him. He is fully able to combine the lightness of brazilian music with an intellectual approach.

The trio around João Gomes brings up the sound of his native country Brazil , though surely not in its original folkloric form..."

(Frankfurter Rundschau)

 

Mixed Colours

Eva Kumant (Germany, voice and piano) and João Gomes (Brazil, saxes and flute): The perfect Duo for a successful musical evening!

Take „two of a kind“, at the same artistry level but coming out of two -in all senses-different parts of the world and you have it: Eva Kumant and João Gomes' alchemy of musical colours when playing together the best known Latin, Jazz and Pop standards from all times with their unique style over an extended repertoire, fitting from background, dinner music through easy listening and up to a small private concert. Both are experienced artists in the music business and a guaranty for the good mood as well as the musical level of your exhibition, party, event opening or fair, adding to them a special flair!

Mixed Colours

 
Eva Kumant  
Eva Kumant (Piano, Voice) studied Musicology and Music Pedagogic at the J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt. The versatility of her talent and artistry was shown very soon not only in the instrumental realm in various styles and as soloist but as well as Entertainer and One Woman Show, collecting experiences in all those fields of musical activity through the years in Big Band, Combo and Trio formations. Eva Kumant counts along her artistic career several successful engagements and references and can already look back at major achievements like the First Price at the Mainz International Talent Contest in 1989 as Instrumental Soloist and in 1999 the German Price from the specialised press in the Jazz category.

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João Gomes - Sopransaxophon  
João Gomes (soprano and alto saxophone, wind-synthesizer and flute) After attending the
children's classes department at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro at the age of six,
he went on to piano lessons, learned the flute and then studied harmony, music and history of art later at the same university. He learned saxophone and composition at the Villa-Lobos Music School and started his career in small chamber groups of classical as well as instrumental Brazilian (Choro) music.
In the eighties he moved to France and then to Germany for further studies in composition. He is based on this country as instrumentalist, arranger and composer within several styles ranging from Latin American to jazz and classical music and lives in the area of Frankfurt, where he also teaches.

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Eva's Press Comments:

„The keyboard player Eva Kumant has proven in her show „Music is my Life“ to be able to entertain her audience with a huge spectrum of music styles. She did not only master her instrument but also, with the support of her rhythmic section, she could unfold the whole expressiveness of her deep, strong, as well as skilled voice and triumph over an ever growing amount of people with her good humour, gathering it to her ever more towards the successful end of the evening.“

Frankfurter Neue Presse

„The highlight of the whole presentation was Eva Kumant. First of all she looked very attractive, but above all she showed uncommon musical and performing talents. One must remind still her teaching activity as being one more of her gifts."

Wetterauer Anzeiger

„The highest point of the late show was the versatile singing and instrumental performances of Eva Kumant.“

Bürstädter Zeitung

„Yet, the highlight was still to come: the ravishing, high talented Blonde was able in a matter of minutes to transform the hall into a witch kettle...“

Wochenkurier Wiesloch

 

Trem Mineiro

Latin Groove Trio

The project "Trem Mineiro", a collaboration between drummer Remo "Kiko" di Rocco with saxophone and flute player João Gomes and guitarist Sebastian Schönfels brings up in live performances the magic flair of the best Brazilian music. The vibrating rhythms, sophisticated harmonies, touching and exciting melodies plus the complete freedom of improvisation provided by a repertoire also including own compositions ranges over a wide spectrum of styles like Samba, Bossa-Nova, Xaxado, Baião, Choro and merges into a fusion nowadays known as Brazilian-Jazz. With this line-up, appropriated for small and middle-sized locations, "Trem Mineiro" contains all the ingredients and qualities so expected in Brazilian performances with the full intensity of bigger formations: "Trem Mineiro" offers the opportunity of getting closer to Brazil.

João GomesJoão Gomes (soprano and alto saxophone, wind-synthesizer and flute) After attending the
children's classes department at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro at the age of six,
he went on to piano lessons, learned the flute and then studied harmony, music and history of art later at the same university. He learned saxophone and composition at the Villa-Lobos Music School and started his career in small chamber groups of classical as well as instrumental Brazilian (Choro) music.
In the eighties he moved to France and then to Germany for further studies in composition. He is based on this country as instrumentalist, arranger and composer within several styles ranging from Latin American to jazz and classical music and lives in the area of Frankfurt, where he also teaches.

Marcos GutierrezRemo "Kiko" di Rocco (drums, percussion and vocals)

born in Brazil at the city of Santos / São Paulo, has over 40 years long experience as musician featuring in most varied contexts as sideman from musicians like Hermeto Paschoal, César Camargo Mariano and renowed singers as Agnaldo Rayol, Caubi Peixoto, Wilson Simonal, Elza Soares, Miltinho and Jair Rodrigues. Paralell to that he has developed as well a sucessful career as coordinator and artistic director and producer of shows, eventually founding his own agency "Rocco-Productions and Events". Since 2008 as drummer and manager from the group "Alô Brasil" in Europe and North Africa, he pursuits the aim of fulfilling with his skills the criteria for Brazilian music at the highest level in Brazil and abroad.

Alex PapaSebastian Schönfels (electric and acoustic guitars)

born in Chemnitz, started at the age of 15 playing the guitar. He lived in Berlin and Los Angeles, where he studied with Frank Gambale,  Jeff Richmann, Dave Pozzi and Michael Shapiro at the LA Music Academy. Around that same time he got acquainted and had his first experiences with brazilian music, which lead him eventually to travel to Brazil and to more researches and practice on this wide spectrum of latin music. He has been living in Frankfurt for the last years, where he performs in several Latin and Jazz groups, besides leading his own projects and teaching.

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Images

The Duo 'Images' offers a program full of colorful variants of Latin-American folklore and jazz. The authentic roots of afro-American and afro-Brazilian are being interpreted by the duo (sometimes extended to a quartet) utilizing a jazz harmonic approach. With every concert the duos musicians Joey Becker (BRD, Basses) and João Gomes (Brazil / Alto- and Soprano Saxophones and Flute) develop something new as well as re-arrange and blend already known material. This is the reason why the duo 'Images' comes along so fresh and lively, continuously reinventing themselves and captivating the audiences along the way.

 

Duo Images 

 
Joey Becker (basses)  
Joey Becker, born 1976, is a music teacher and electric bass player who lives and works in Wiesbaden, Germany. As a bass player he has been active in a great diversity of projects, ranging from big bands and choral accompaniments to rock bands and chamber music ensembles. Nowadays his musical focus lies with small ensembles in which he is ableto pursue his love for the varieties of modern jazz. He mostly uses 6-string electric basses, fretted as well as fret-less, but can also often be heard playing a 5-string acoustic bass guitar.

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João Gomes - Sopransaxophon  
João Gomes (soprano and alto saxophone, wind-synthesizer and flute) After attending the
children's classes department at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro at the age of six,
he went on to piano lessons, learned the flute and then studied harmony, music and history of art later at the same university. He learned saxophone and composition at the Villa-Lobos Music School and started his career in small chamber groups of classical as well as instrumental Brazilian (Choro) music.
In the eighties he moved to France and then to Germany for further studies in composition. He is based on this country as instrumentalist, arranger and composer within several styles ranging from Latin American to jazz and classical music and lives in the area of Frankfurt, where he also teaches.

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