Brazilian Jazz Night: Russian Composers in a Brazilian Twist

Brazilian Jazz Night: Russian Composers in a Brazilian Twist

Sat 17 Feb 8pm - 11pm

THE MAIN ROOM

The Trio reincorporated composers suchs as: Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovski, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev and Borodine. 
The challenge was to bring these composers to a Brazilian landscape by modifying rhytmic points in the performance and in the way of understanding the melodies without losing sight of the authors' soul. 

 

Conception and Direction by Julien Brunard
Arrangements by Mario Bakuna

 

Mario Bakuna is a London-based Brazilian composer, singer and guitar player, with over fiftteen years of professional experience. He is a graduate of the Free University of Music in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Whilst there he studied with musicians such as: Olmir Stocker, Roberto Sion and Roberto Bomilcar (pianist who played with Frank Sinatra during his visit to Brazil).

 

Mario has worked alongside the trombonist Itacir Bocato, guitarist Renato Consorte, and other big names from the São Paulo music scene. His study focusses on the development of an instrumental music repertoire; inspired by the greats of Jazz and Bossa Nova. In addition to developing new arrangements of music by enshrined Brazilian artists as Tom Jobim, Paulo Moura, and João Donato, in recent years he has been focussing to reinterpretations of Samba Jazz - a music that emerged in Rio de Janeiro in the 50s and was pioneered by musicians like Luiz Eça, Tamba Trio, Edson Machado, among others. Their repertoire was based on Brazilian standards with more sophisticated harmonies, inspired on the post-Bossa Nova movement. Recently, he travelled to Europe to expand his research, and since moving to London, he has been performing alongside musicians such as: Jean Toussaint, Liam Noble, Roberto Manzin, Ricardo dos Santos, Edmundo Carneiro, Cacau Queiroz, Alain Jean Marie, Filó Machado, and Andrew McCormack.

 

JULIEN BRUNARD

 

Born in 1986 in Paris. He studied the classical violin with Liviu Stanese and Arlette Bonamy in CRR of Aubervilliers-La Cournerve where he had some degrees of violin ,chamber music and analysis. In the same time he learned to play the jazz violin by himself with some advice from Christophe Brunard (his father who is a jazz guitarist from the Parisian jazz guitar scene),and some jazz violinist like Florin Nicolescu and Didier Lockwood. Inspired by Stephane Grappelli,Jean-Luc Ponty,Zbigniew Seifert, Florin Nicolescu,Didier Lockwood,Michael Brecker,Clifford Brown... His interest and talent can be heard in every style possible - from jazz, gypsy jazz to rock and fusion. 

 

In 2003 to 2009 he played in a formation of gypsy jazz called “Brunard Connection” with Christophe Brunard on the guitar and William Brunard on the cello and guitar. They performed in the New Morning in Paris,la taverne de cluny and some festival. . .
From 2009 to 2016 he played a lot in some legendary places of gypsy jazz (Chope des puces,Taverne de Cluny,Clairon des chasseurs...) where he played Violin and Guitar. He recorded one album with the Brunard connection and was invited on the two albums of the Adrien Marco trio (gypsy jazz music)

 

RUBEN RAMOS MEDINA 

 

Ruben Ramos Medina was born in Colon, Panama in June 19th of 1977. His early music influences came from drummers and percussionists, until he picked up the electric bass at age 13. 

 

At 22, Ruben attended the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico to achieve a Bachelor's degree in Music, and after that he continued his studies for a Master's degree in Music Education. 

 

During these years, Ruben earned experience performing with jazz artist and groups in Panama and Puerto Rico such as Carlos Garnett, Danilo Perez, Billy Cobham, Paoli Mejias, Miguel Zenon and Luis Marin. Two albums were released by group Orbits Quintet, in which Ruben participated as a bass player and composer. 

 

In 2013, Ruben earned international recognition in the Master-Jam Festival (Odessa, Ukraine) as first place for improvisation in the bass category. Since then, Ruben has continued to enrich and nurture his voice as an improviser.

 

Line Up

Mario Bakuna - Acoustic Guitar

Julien Brunard - Violin 

Ruben Ramos Medina - Double Bass

The Trio reincorporated composers suchs as: Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovski, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev and Borodine. 
The challenge was to bring these composers to a ...

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