After lengthy travels in Brazil, Paul Chenard fell in love with a form of Brasilian music called Choro. Half the songs on the album are rearranged Choros*, with the remaining tunes coming from the MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Repertoire to be rearranged by members of the band.
Brasil Project is a blend of Choro, Jazz, Samba and Funk, the music a real cross-pollination of styles. With a bottom line of deep groove, and a top line of beautiful melody and rich harmonic layering, the collection of tunes is delivered in the true spirit of fusion and musical evolution. It’s funky as well as cool, and punctuated regularly with bursts of intensity and beauty.
On Brasil Project, a truly contemporary sound has been applied to traditional choro melodies. Mixed in Rio by Latin Grammy award nominated Alex Moreira from the popular Brasilian electronica group Bossacucanova, the result is fresh and colorful and features compelling instrumental performances from the talented stable of musicians.
As a live act, a kick-ass 6-10 piece band has been assembled in Sydney to deliver the album to a listening (as well as dancing) audience. Most of these musicians participated on the recording project.
For those who may not be familiar with Choro here is a brief explanation…
*Traditionally called chorinho (little lament) and Instrumental in its origins, Choro music is by nature intricate, complex and features incredibly beautiful and refined melodies… choro music was originally played by a trio of flute, guitar and cavaquinho. By the 1930s choro became mainstream all over Brazil with artists such as Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim and Severeno Araujo ever pushing the boundaries of virtuosity. You will find these 3 composers featured on this album. Choro has often been called Brazilian Be Bop because of the speed and intricacy of the melodies, complex rapid chord changes and by its improvisational nature.
“Matanza blew the roof off. They played with an irrepressible energy that didn't let up all night. The all-star line up, a who's who of Sydney's Latin Jazz fraternity, set a blistering pace as they steamrolled through a sizzling repertoire of the hottest Afro Brazilian tunes punctuated by sophisticated jazzy breaks, chugging Brazilian samba and downright sexy funk." (Diaspora World Beat)