Legendary Brazilian jazz-funk trio Azymuth return to Hideaway for two nights as part of their European tour supporting the recent release of ‘Demos (1973-75)’, a collection of previously lost and never before issued recordings, made available for the first time by London based label Far Out Recordings.
An Azymuth live show is a journey through the full spectrum of their brilliantly coloured expressionist funk, with all the cosmic energy and masterful musicianship you’d expect from the world's greatest three-man orchestra.
“Samba jazz legends” MOJO
"Innovators in dance/world music" Billboard
“Wonderfully timeless dance-floor material” Jazzthing
“Arguably the most successful band out of Brazil” Songlines
Formed in 1968, the original Azymuth line-up comprised Jose Roberto Bertrami on keyboards and synth, Alex Malheiros on bass and Ivan ‘Mamao’ Conti on drums and percussion. Together, they are responsible for carving out an entirely new sound within Brazilian music, fusing jazz-funk with samba, creating their own unique genre, referred to as ‘samba doido’, which translates as ‘crazy samba’.
The mastermind of the trio Jose Roberto Bertrami, a musical genius whose boundary-pushing synthesizer work has drawn comparison to the likes of jazz great Herbie Hancock’s similarly pioneering 70s output, though the combination of Bertrami’s unique compositions and the band’s Brazilian swing make their sound completely their own. Jose Roberto Bertrami sadly passed away in 2012, leaving a gulf in Brazilian music that cannot be replaced and a legacy that is inescapable. As a result, as well as being a showcase for a new Azymuth album, the 2016 tour will also serve as a tribute to the life and work of Jose Roberto Bertrami and his immeasurable influence.
2016 will see the release of a brand new Azymuth album, penned by Mamao and Malheiros alongside Kiko Continentino, a highly skilled pianist, composer and arranger who, having worked with Brazilian legends such as Milton Nascimento and Gilberto Gil, is a musician certainly worthy of taking to both the studio and stage alongside Azymuth’s esteemed original members.
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