Since his trio’s last U.S. performances five years ago, pianist, composer, and improviser André Mehmari has given acclaimed solo performances throughout the country, taking audiences on journeys drawn from three continents of music – Europe, North and South America – and from his own catalog of compositions as well as those of masters from Monteverdi to Gershwin and Jobim. As scintillating as these performances have been, there is something special about the sound of the piano trio that propels master pianists to another level. The trios of Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau – to whom Mehmari is often likened – provide evidence of the power of piano trio alchemy.
For his January 2019 U.S. tour, Mehmari brings forth his piano trio with a new recording, Na esquina do Clube com o Sol na Cabeça / Sun Baked at Clube da Esquina, devoted to the Brazilian artists who became known by the name of the 1972 album Clube da Esquina. He sees their work, led by Milton Nascimento, as the “utmost representation of humanism” in Brazilian music. Drawing from diverse musical currents – pop, folk music, bossa nova, jazz, and avant-garde classical – their open minds blended ideas organically, creating hymns honoring friendship and dialogue.
A longtime admirer of this “metaphysical club,” Mehmari’s trio explores, extends and refines its work into new and compelling interpretations. Alongside Mehmari’s piano are his drummer of over twenty years, Sérgio Reze, and the superlative talent of bassist Neymar Dias. The result is fluent, soulful, good-humored music that will touch the hearts and souls of people from every part of the globe.
Recorded at the state of the art facilities of Estúdio Monteverdi in the heart of the Mata Atlântica near São Paulo, this music is a tribute to Brazilian dreamers of all generations – past, present, and future.
About Andre Mehmari
Andre Mehmari is considered one of the most talented young musicians of his native Brazil. His activities as pianist, composer, arranger and instrumentalist are highly regarded both in popular and classical music. As his compositions and arrangements have been performed by important Brazilian orchestras (OSESP) and chamber ensembles (São Paulo String Quartet), his career in […]