Alberto Rosenblit Quartet
The Brazilian composer, pianist, arranger and maestro, Alberto Rosenblit presents in Teatro Munganga a repertoire very focused on Bossa Nova, although it also presents other Brazilian rhythms such as Choro and Valsa Brasileira. And to carry out his project has great musicians to accompany him. They are: Rafael Pereira Lima (alto sax), Nelson Latif (guitar and cavaquinho), Johannes Fend (bass) and Richard Struck (drums).
About Alberto Rosenblit
He started studying piano at age 6. His professional career started in 1970 at 16 years of age by playing in various bands and chamber groups. Rosenblit was already a musician when he got his degree in electrical engineering from one of the most prestigious universities in Brazil, PUC-Rio. Nevertheless, the artist continued amidst music sheets and music writing.
In 1980, his first album was released, a duo with guitarist and arranger Mario Adnet. This album, which had the artists’ names as the title, also featured Toninho Horta, Danilo Caymmi, Boca Livre and Leo Gandelman and was regarded as one of the best albums of the year by Rio de Janeiro’s radio stations. It contained many songs written by Rosenblit such as “Adriana”, “Até o fim”, “Não leva a mal” and “Pica-pau”. Rosenblit and Adnet co-wrote “Enviesado” and “Penedo”. Márcio Resende e Luiz Fernando also participated in the writing of this last song.
In the 80’s some of his compositions were recorded by Céu da Boca (“Luciana”, 1981), Juca Filho (“Lubisomi”, 1982) and Joyce (“Suor”, co-written by both, 1984). The artist kept participating in works with important names of Brazilian Popular Music such as Nara Leão, Joanna, Simone, Fábio Jr, Francis Hime, Sá e Guarabyra and Zé Renato, among others.
In 1985 the artist started working for TV Globo, first as a spot writer and later in charge of original compositions for soap operas and mini-series such as “Laços de Família”, “Mulheres Apaixonadas”, “A Favorita”, “Presença de Anita”, “JK”, “Mad Maria”, “Cabocla” among others. The artist also composed the opening song for the “Programa do Jô”, on air since 2000.
His first solo album, “Trilhas Brasileiras”, was released in 2001 by the Velas label. It featured Paulo Jobim (guitar), Victor Biglione (guitar), Odette Ernest Dias (flute), Vittor Santos (artistic production, conduction and trombone), Jaques Morelenbaum (cello), Marcio Mallard (cello), Andréa Ernest Dias (flute), Jorge Helder (bass), David Ganc (flute), André Tandeta (drums) and Marcio Bahia (drums and percussion), among others. In 2005 the Biscoito Fino label reedited the album.
In 2005 his original score for the Mad Maria mini-series was released in CD by the Som Livre label.
In 2008 the score composed for the soap opera “A Favorita” was released by the Som Livre label.
The following year the album “De Bem Com a Vida” (Dabliú label) was released alongside a DVD that documented the recordings with Ivan Lins, Maurício Maestro, David Tygel, Claudio Nucci, Vicente Nucci, Mônica Vasconcelos, Ney Matogrosso, Joyce, Zé Renato, Zélia Duncan, Celso Fonseca, Leila Pinheiro, Arranco de Varsóvia and Lenine.
In 2013 the artist released through the Som Livre label the album “Mata Atlântica”, crowning the trilogy. The record, conceived between the beauty of the Botanical Garden and the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, is inspired by the nature of a marvelous city, seen through its music. Joined by an orchestra, the album features a great number of talented musicians and friends celebrating Rosenblit’s work.
Although Rosenblit’s career has developed mainly within studios, he has always recorded his soundtracks, wherever he can, he also performs in theaters and jazz clubs, presenting his compositions. Recently, in November of 2017 he performed in New York as part of the Third International Choro Festival, produced by the Brazilian Music Foundation, accompanied by an orchestra.
Rafael Pereira Lima
Rafael Pereira Lima is een saxofonist, componist en docent. Hij komt uit Porto Alegre, de meest zuidelijke stad in Brazilië. Op 10 jarige leeftijd begon Rafael met mondharmonica spelen in de Baptistenkerk en twee jaar later begon hij met saxofoon spelen. Op 16 jarige leeftijd begon de Braziliaan met het spelen op de altsax in de Meridian gemeenschap Jazz Big Band en in de Far Away Places Jazz Combo in de Verenigde Staten. Rafael Pereira Lima heeft een bachelor diploma in de klassieke saxofoon en een master diploma in Jazz, deze prestaties maken hem een ultiem flexibel en geliefd muzikant. Zijn stijl is een combinatie van jazz en Braziliaanse muziek.
Na veel toeren in Brazilië is Rafael inmiddels overgevlogen naar Nederland en mogen wij nu ook van zijn talenten genieten. Rafael speelt al meer dan 10 jaar samen met diverse DJ’s. In New York speelde hij in bekende clubs als Zuma en Bagatelle en in Nederland heeft hij onder meer opgetreden in lounge gelegenheden & clubs als Ma’dam, 5 & 33, North Sea Jazz, The Harbour Club en W Amsterdam. (http://www.rafaelsax.com/)
My first instrument was the Cello, which I started to play at the age of 6. After I got into playing walking bass lines on the Cello, I decided to switch to electric Bass. My father generously arranged one to lay under the christmas tree one day, when I was about 12. And after a few years I also took up the double Bass which would become my passion. Soon I played in various groups as well as in a youth orchestra. During my year in civil service, I also studied in the preparatory course of the local Conservatory classical bass with Francisco Obieta. I attended workshops by Peter Madsen, a pianist from new York, had lessons with Herwig Hammerl and some with Peter Herbert.
After Civil service I moved to the Netherlands to study at the Prince Claus Conservatory with Paul Berner, Jan Voogt and Joris Teepe. Here I also attended the weekly workshops and masterclasses by musicians out of the New York Jazz scene, such as Matt Wilson, David Berkman, Todd Coolman, Alex Sipiagin and many more. I took part in many projects here and performed a series of solo concerts. And from the 3rd year on I entered the classical bachelor as well, studying with Sorin Orcinschi and having masterclasses with Catalin Rotaru, Dorin Marc (who convinced me to switch to german bow) and Wolfgang Güttler. Recently I won the second Price of the „Il Sole In Cantina Music Award 2016“ with “Johannes Fend – Solo” as the only solist in the competition, the first price of the „Leiden Jazz Award 2017“ with “Marco Apicella Trio” and the price for the best solist at Erasmus Jazz Price 2017. (https://www.johannesfend.com)
Cavaquinho and acoustic guitar player Nelson Latif formed his musical identity in the legendary jazz scene of 1980’s São Paulo. With roots in choro and jazz, Latif merges Brazilian styles and a classical guitar technique with diverse musical influences. In his melodic phrasing one hears bebop and Brazilian syncopations.
Latif started his studies at age fourteen. During the 90’s he moved to Amsterdam and started performing on the cavaquinho, an instrument that has since become his trademark.
Nelson Latif returned to Brazil in 2001, where he formed Trio Baru. Since then, Latif has performed as a soloist as well as in collaboration with various artists. As cultural promoter, Nelson Latif has been coordinating educational projects for universities and cultural institutions around the world.
I was born in Osnabrück, Germany in 1987. My parents are both music teachers so I grew up listening to a lot of classical music, especially J.S. Bach. The drums attracted me already at a very young age though. I remember having a Mickey Mouse Kit with blue plastic sticks and a toy marching drum with which I would walk around the house. At the age of seven I had my first drum lesson and soon after my first real snare drum.
My first jazz influences were Louis Armstrong, Dave Weckl, Pat Matheny, John Scofield, Bill Stewart and the radio.
At the age of 11, I began playing the trumpet and later the bass guitar, and joined the local fusion band “New Jazzcity.” I also played the drums in musical productions such as “Cabaret” and “Little Shop of Horrors” for the “Musical AG Lohne.” When I was 15 I also started playing the piano and developed a passion for singing in choirs and A-Capella groups. In 2003 I won second prize in a local competition, “Jugend Musiziert,” for classical percussion. In 2006 I won first prize in the same competition nation-wide. This was also the year of my high school graduation. For one year I was enrolled for music education and philosophy in Oldenburg, Germany before deciding to move to Amsterdam, the Netherlands to study jazz drums at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2007. I received my bachelor degree in 2011. A year later I started my Master at Codarts in Rotterdam, where I graduated in 2014. Today, I enjoy playing and teaching music. Besides Jazz and Funk I have developed a true passion for Brazilian music. (https://www.richiestruck.com)