Brazilian Explorative Music

“Brazilian popular music has few rivals anywhere for structural sophistication. That hasn’t prevented at least one cabal of experimenters from setting out to add even more intricacies.  The performers — a coterie of similarly minded musicians — didn’t abandon their Brazilian birthright: the trove of regional rhythms, the sinuous chromatic harmonies, the appreciation of poetic imagery and wordplay, the long-lined melodies. Instead, they pushed harder on each parameter. In many ways, the musicians are extrapolating the heritage of tropicália, the 1960s movement that self-consciously and wittily modernized Brazilian pop.”
- Jon Pareles, NY Times
What new paths are being blazed in the realm of Brazilian music? In what ways the tradition of musical innovation that became known to the world between the 50's and 70's is still bearing fruit in new generations of Brazilian creators? 
Featuring singers/songwriters/instrumentalists Pedro Sá Moraes, Kristoff Silva, Thiago Thiago de Melo, Sergio Krakowski and the Eco electro-acoustic-jazz project (synthesist/composer Ivo Senra and drummer Lucio Vieira) the Brazilian Explorative Music showcase reaches its fifth year on January 18th at the eclectic stage of Le Poisson Rouge.   
//ECO Music Project
Creating uncanny bridges between subverted brazilian folk, jazz and electronic vanguard, this unusual Synths/Drums duo presents a whole new outlook on just how innovative contemporary brazilian music can be. Overlaying pulsations like the northeastern "Boi", or even the well trodden Bossa-nova claves, with deep textural fat synths that remind us of the more experimental moments of Radiohead, the ECO duo claims its seat on the tradition of crossover artists like Hermeto Pascoal and Egberto Gismonti. 
Amazon born Lucio Vieira started his career as a symphonic percussionist at the Amazon Philarmonica. After moving to Rio he became one of the most sought after brazilian music and jazz drummers of Brazil, having toured and recorded with artists such as Lary Coryell, Frank Gambale, Gilberto Gil, João Donato, Leny Andrade, Dominguinhos, among others.
Ivo Senra, pianist, synthesist and musical producer won the 23rd Brazilian Music Award in the Electronic Music category. He's shared the stage and recorded on CDs by artists like Seu Jorge, Ney Matogrosso, Itaal Shur, Carlos Malta, Yamandú Costa and countless others. His acknowledgement as a leading music producer in the brazilian scene led him to be featured as guest producer in Elba Ramalho's last album. 
//Kristoff Silva 
Carrying forth the musical torch of his native Minas Geraes (home to giants such as Milton Nascimento and Toninho Horta), Kristoff is a songwriter, guitarrist, singer, professor of musical theory and composer of sound tracks for theatre, TV and dance. In his career, he has performed with artists such as Caetano  Veloso, Elza Soares, Zé Miguel Wisnik, stage director Zé Celso Martinez Correa, singers Mônica Salmaso, Ná Ozzetti, Virginia Rosa, as well as the Symphonic Orchestra of Minas Gerais and group UAKTI.
His most recent release is the album “Deriva”, which weaves an amalgam of electronic craftsmanship and sophisticated instrumental arrangements. The artist is also keen on crossing boundaries between popular and classical music. In 2011, his piece "Three or more songs for voice and string quartet", commissioned by Osesp Foundation, was premiered at Sala São Paulo, the Brazil’s main concert hall.
//Thiago Thiago de Mello 
Thiago Thiago de Melo is the torchbearer of an artistic dynasty that flows from the heart of the Amazon rainforest to the shores of Rio de Janeiro. Son of the amazonian Thiago de Melo, one of the most revered brazilian poets alive, younger brother of the late Manduka, one of the greatest hidden gems of brazilian music, Thiago Thiago is also the nephew of late Gaudêncio Thiago de Melo, founder of the ONU guitar society and leader of the world music pioneer Amazon Band. And he does not veer from his inherited mission and trade. Lead vocalist to Rio based rock fusion Escambo band, that "merge expansive melodies with math-rock curiosities" (Jon Pareles - NY Times) the songwriter "combines Brazil's rich literary traditions and African-inspired rhythms, such as samba, forró and pagode, with jazz, rock and electronica". (Tim Wilkins - WBGO) 
In parallel with his musical career, Thiago has pursued a Phd in Anthropology, dedicated to the study of renovation in contemporary MPB (Brazilian Popular Music). It was during the research for his thesis that he became close to several of the artists who later became the core of Coletivo Chama. 
//Sergio Krakowiski 
Talking Drum Project
Talking Drums is a multi-media project by Sergio Krakowski that brakes new ground in the realm of solo percussion expression. After developing his own self-taught technique on the Pandeiro (brazilian tambourine) and engaging himself in a successful international career, sharing the stage with the likes of Maria Bethânia, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Tigran Hamasyan, Lenine, Chico César, David Linx, Chano Domínguez, Maria João, Mario Laginha, Yamandú Costa and countless others, Sergio plunged in the application of his knowledge acquired in a Computer Music PhD to allow percussion instruments to trigger videos, control effects and interact with the machine, creating real time dialogs between percussionist and computer.
The prject has been presented in a miriad of stages such as the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, The Stone (as guest of Cyro Baptista), Drom, (Le) Poisson Rouge (three times) and Circo Voador, in Rio de Janeiro.
In the Talking Drums project, Sergio uses technology to actually make the drum speak. Behind this idea there is a strong artistic research on what is the limit between rhythm and spoken language that takes us to ancient times where the distance between these two things was smaller or inexistent.
//Pedro Sá Moraes 
 "Guitarist and singer Pedro Sá Moraes is a great introduction to Rio de Janeiro's adventurous music scene. At turns rocking and lyrical, Moraes demonstrates his ability to mine Brazil's rich musical veins and turn traditional rhythms and forms on their heads" - Tim Wilkins (
Sá Moraes pitted rough and smooth against each other in songs from his album, “Além do Princípio do Prazer”. His melodies, sung in a warmly sustained baritone with echoes of Gilberto Gil, were the smooth aspect. But they were set in contentious arrangements: with noisily scrabbling guitar, sudden drum interruptions or choppy meter shifts that made the melodies sound even stronger for withstanding the attacks.” - Jon Pareles (New York Times)
 Recently featured on NPR's "10 artists you should have known last year", the Rio born singer/songwriter presents songs from his latest CD - "Além do Princípio do Prazer" - "Beyond the Pleasure Principle".    
After touring Brazil extensively since 2003, the artist started consolidating an international career, with tours to Europe, Asia, North and Latin America. Since 2010 he is often watched live in the US, performing in festivals such as the Chicago World Music, Brazil Summerfest (NYC), SXSW (Austin), Philadelphia Film and Music Festival and others, as well as in clubs such as Yoshi’s (San Francisco), MOMO's (Austin), Joe's Pub, Zinc Bar, Drom, Nublu, SOB’s and Le Poisson Rouge (NYC), The Blue Whale and Key Club (LA) and Performing Art Centers, such as the Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago).
His first album, Claroescuro (Lightdark), was released in 2010 by Austin Based Caravan Music, and was acclaimed by press outlets such as NatGEO Music, NPR and the Boston Globe, which featured it amongst the ten best World Music CD's of 2010.