The trio marks the re-encounter and collaboration of the three friends, musicians and composers.
The bass player Rogerio Botter Maio living in São Paulo, Brazil meets in this Spring tour in Europe the Italian pianist Piergiorgio Pirro and the Dutch drummer Olaf Keus both expert on Brazilian music to celebrate in this concert their great musical connexion.
They will perform a mixed repertoire of Rogério’s five released cds as well as arrangements written by Botter Maio for two Brazilian standards (from Tom Jobim, Baden Powell).
Rogerio Botter Maio
Acoustic and electric bass player, composer, arranger and producer
He studied in Austria (1987-89) at the Hochschule für Musik in Graz in both jazz and classical programs.
In ‘89, while living in Rome, Italy, he played the role of a musician in the movie “God Father III”.
He was awarded a scholarship for the Berklee College of Music in Boston in ‘91.
While living in New York City from ’92 to ‘97 he worked with Paquito d’Rivera, Lionel Hampton, Cláudio Roditi, Leny Andrade among others.
He has recorded with Gerry Mulligan & Jane Duboc, Dom Salvador, Hendrik Meurkens, Naná Vasconcelos, Manfredo Fest among others.
With his BraSilian World 4tet Rogerio has performed at the Indonesia Open Jazz Festival besides playing in several other European countries.
As a composer, arranger and producer he has released five independent cds.
He has held numerous workshops on Brazilian music in several countries including USA, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Holland, Indonesia and Portugal, Argentina.
In São Paulo, where he resides, Rogério leads several different projects, is currently producing his sixth CD and is a demanded sideman in other projects such as with the Venezuelan pianist Otmaro Ruiz.
Twice a year Rogerio is performing his concerts and presenting his workshops in Europe.
Piergiorgio is an Italian jazz pianist established in Brussels since October 2014. His passion for classical music and jazz was born in the context of a musical family, where he began to imitate the sounds heard in the house on the piano.
He first studied piano and composition at the U. Giordano Conservatory in Foggia (Italy). After obtaining a professional jazz pianist diploma from the G. Bonamici school of music in Pisa, he then participated in several jazz seminars and workshops. In 2008, he won a scholarship for the famous “Siena Jazz”. He took courses with: Kenny Werner, Phil Markowitz, Stefano Battaglia, Paolo Birro, John Taylor, Franco D’Andrea, Danilo Rea, Mark Turner, Stefano Zenni, Achille Succi, Piero Leveratto, Omer Avital, Ettore Fioravanti, Antonio Sanchez , Kevin Hays, Aaron Goldberg.
His teaching activity took place mainly in the G. Bonamici school of music in Pisa (Italy). He gave courses in Piano Jazz, Modern Piano, Ensemble and Improvisation from 2008 to 2014. He was the founder, within this school, of a Creative Improvisation Orchestra (“Laboratorio Orchestra Creativa”).
His discography includes: Monome (2012, Konnex Records), and Early (2015, Improvvisatore Involontario) with the quartet More Sundays, which refers to original jazz and the language of contemporary improvisation.
Olaf Keus was born in 1962 in Amsterdam. His parents, both artists, stimulated him in playing music at an early age. Aged six he started playing bongos and congas. In 1972 Olaf got his first real drum kit on his birthday. During the next ten years he followed drum lessons with Ton Rooijers who continued to be his teacher at the Amsterdam Conservatory.
During high school he started playing school dates with his own band Mango. Immediately after high school he started playing as a professional with other groups in clubs like the Citadel and venues throughout the Netherlands.
“Rogério Botter Maio proves that Brazilian instrumental music can stay away from the media, but determinedly follows its path matching the creativity of the best music around the globe”. Carlos Calado, journalist and musical reviewer.
Roger Botter Maio is a Brazilian bassist active on the music scene since the 1980s. Music jukebox has conducted studies between Brazil, Europe and America and its interests span from chamber music to jazz caught in Brazilian music. All influences that interweave and are well heard in the last work in his name, Prazer da espera. This is an intense CD written and arranged by Botter Maio himself except a trace, Mantiqueira, pianist Nelson Ayres: a melancholic ballad with two voices, piano and double bass.
Botter Maio is a great instrumentalist and is cool and pleasing in writing too: his songs follow with grace and delicacy and show great creativity. Songs on which we do not stop because everyone has in common a characteristic: that of transmitting emotions and serenity.
In this project Botter Maio is supported by an infinite array of great musicians who know how to get involved with the spirit of the project, providing further expressive elegance to the songs.
Characters such as Toninho Horta, Jovino Santos Neto, Jane Duboc, and Hermeto Pascoal have been “uncomfortable” to write good words of compliments on cover notes. And it is in the words of one of these, the great musician Hermeto Pascoal that we conclude this review: “O cd està muito bonito e repleto de boas composições e bons músicos! Gaspare Bonafede, Jazzitalia | per Jazzitalia
“His compositions show great personality with influences from jazz, bossa and “Clube da Esquina”. Refined and well constructed songs, transmit the colors and the emotion of being Brazilian. I congratulate this high level work, in a moment when this generation is more worried about showing instrumental virtuosity and producing music tied to the phonographic market around the world. Rogério simply overcomes that, proving that it is still possible to create good quality music with fresh criativity”. Toninho Horta, guitarist and composer.