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TIMELINE :: Xangô Três :: G.E.P.S.P. :: Mandala :: Malika :: Hermeto Pascoal :: Egberto Gismonti :: Marlui Miranda :: Grupo Um :: Band Leader :: Duo Nazario :: Pau Brasil :: Percussônica :: John Stein :: Other stories
 
Mauro Senise, Zeca Assumpção, Felix Wagner,
Lelo Nazario and Zé Eduardo Nazario, 1980
1976 - 1984
Drums, percussion: Zé Eduardo Nazario
Piano, keyboards: Lelo Nazario
Bass: Zeca Assumpção, Rodolfo Stroeter

Sax, flutes: Roberto Sion, Mauro Senise, Teco Cardoso
Trumpet: Márcio Montarroyos
Percussion: Carlinhos Gonçalves


The Beginnings

In 1976, me, Lelo Nazario, and Zeca Assumpção formed what was then known as Hermeto Pascoal’s "Paulista rhythm section" (a piano, bass and drums trio featuring musicians from the city of São Paulo, while other performers of his band were from Rio de Janeiro). In between concerts, or during work breaks, the trio used to meet in my house at Teodoro Sampaio Street in the Pinheiros neighborhood, São Paulo. It was in the basement of that house that we started to create our own musical language, different from that one which was developed in the Hermeto’s band. This was the very embryonic beginning of Grupo Um.

At that time, we knew very well both the electroacoustic music and the most advanced percussion language, so our compositions and arrangements had their own identity. In July 1976, me, Lelo, and Luiz Roberto Oliveira gave the first ever Brazilian electronic music concert using an ARP 2600 synthesizer at the São Paulo Museum of Art. Besides the electronic synthesizer, the concert featured acoustic and electric piano, pre-recorded tape, drums and percussion – which included, among other things, several objects that were broken inside a huge basin. There was even a coffee break during the performance!

Since its beginning, we always developed this open and contemporary language in Grupo Um, focusing on the composition of original repertoire and the creative performance, combining a great variety of timbres, electroacoustic music, Brazilian and free rhythms. We wrote works for a variety of formations, including music for film (for the movie "Anchieta José do Brasil" directed by Sérgio G. Saraceni) and dance ("Transformations," composed for Japanese choreographer Takao Kusuno).

In March 1977, I invited some friends to perform a concert to celebrate my son’s birth. "A Concert for Ian" was held at the Morumbi Park in São Paulo and was actually the first performance of Grupo Um, yet without any name. The fact that my brother and I had been working on a new band project in a certain way caused us to leave Hermeto’s band, since we wanted to play our own music. So in 1977, after effectively leaving his band we began working exclusively on our own new group, and a few months later we recorded some material at the conductor Rogério Duprat’s Vice-Versa B Studio in São Paulo, for which we invited soprano sax player Roberto Sion and percussionist Carlinhos Gonçalves. The whole recording was done in a few takes completely live, with no overdubs at all, I mean with all of us playing together at the same time. The result was good enough, so we decided to contact some Brazilian record labels. Then we spent months hearing negative answers, while we kept producing new material, rehearsaling and giving some concerts.
           

a. MARCHA SOBRE A CIDADE

Also in 1977, I joined the composer Egberto Gismonti’s group Academia de Danças, and because of the travels, rehearsals, and recordings, the Grupo Um’s project was delayed. Shortly after the concert tour "Tropical Jazz Rock" in May 1979, I finally quit Academia de Danças and resumed the work with Lelo and Zeca. We then organized a new recording session that took place on September 26 and 27, 1979, again at Vice-Versa B Studio (that was all we could afford at that time), for which we invited Mauro Senise and Carlinhos Gonçalves. And again the recording was done in a few takes almost completely live – the whole A-side was recorded in only one take! What came from this recording session was "Marcha Sobre a Cidade," the first independent album of instrumental music produced in Brazil, in a first modest issue of one thousand copies.

The album release concert was held at Lira Paulistana Theater, the core of the independent movement in São Paulo during the 1980’s. "Marcha Sobre a Cidade" received excellent reviews (see some of them on this web site), having been played for large audiences in many Brazilian capitals. In 1983 the album was released in France by Syracuse Records with a new cover. To promote this new album release Grupo Um performed at Grenoble Jazz Festival and also in the French cities of Toulouse, Montpellier, and Paris, as well as in Geneva, Switzerland. In Paris, the band recorded a concert at Studio 106 of the Radio France, played at the famous jazz club New Morning, and also recorded the singer and composer Frederic Pagés’ album "Chansons Mètisses."

As releasing "Marcha Sobre a Cidade" together with my brother Lelo and my partners Zeca Assumpção, Carlinhos Gonçalves and Mauro Senise, and as seeing all its immediate repercussion, I felt as though I went through the eye of a needle, or as if we had illuminated a dark path so opening a way through which others could follow and achieve a higher goal, something full of beauty, mountains, streams, and waterfalls, a beautiful scenery. Such a place had not been explored yet, because it was beyond traditional boundaries which were heavily guarded by the "ramparts" and "defenders" of a provincial colonialism, who only opened the doors for those coming from abroad, even if they had first departed from the country only to came back labeled as "imported," so they could be "legitimated" and accepted in the artistic milieu and in the show business, especially when it came to instrumental music.

This reminded me of a time in 1978 when we were boycotted during the performance of the electroacoustic composition "Mobile / Stabile" at the 1st São Paulo Jazz Festival, in which the organizers turned off the pre-recorded tape so forcing us to stop playing and leave the stage, under the false claim that we had exceeded the established time limits (while foreign artists performed endless concerts and no one was hindered from doing so). Such a frustrating experience was a clear example of the authoritarian and corporatist attitude that has been characterizing the Brazilian recording industry and the "specialized" criticism, who organized the festival at that time and tried hard to keep the audience from listening a "product" that didn’t belong to the mainstream music, a product they didn’t understand or they didn’t like.

But, unlike they expected, such an attitude had strong repercussions including protests from major newspapers and magazines making the game turned back in our favour, and making us turn from "bad guys" into "good guys." After that the press wanted to know all about our music which was encouraging other musicians and starting to gain a growing audience after a dark period of Brazilian history, especially to instrumental music.

Because of our deep involvement and vibrant commitment to music, we were contacted by musicians highly interested in taking part in the work we were carrying out with originality and creativity, and that brought a new contribution to the evolution of instrumental music (in spite of censorship and political repression of the time), far from being just a revival or a simple imitation so common in the music environment.
           

b. REFLEXÕES SOBRE A CRISE DO DESEJO

The year of 1980 was a great one because we started to bear our own names without any control or protective mantle of anyone, whether it was a musician or a producer. People were listening and enjoying our "crazy" music, although not always understanding it, but feeling that it brought a melodic, rhythmic and harmonic richness, as the result of hard work done with joy and positive energy, and played with the ability of people who practiced a lot, in their best physical, mental, and spiritual shape and in the heat of the moment.

Such a visibility opened new opportunities for the Grupo Um’s musicians. Carlinhos Gonçalves was invited to play in Australia, where he worked successfully for many years, so expanding his professional horizons. Zeca Assumpção chose to move to Rio de Janeiro, from where he had received some work proposals. Then Zeca’s best student Rodolfo Stroeter came to replace him, a bassist who had closely followed our careers, and therefore he was the natural choice to succeed the great musician and friend who had been on our side for many years both on stage and in life. Rodolfo stayed with us until the dissolution of the band in 1984.

At the same period, Felix Wagner also joined Grupo Um. Born in Germany and living in Brazil since he was a teenager (years later, he settled down in his native country), Felix also formed together with Lelo and Rodolfo the Symmetric Ensemble (two pianos and a bass). A very talented musician and composer, Felix plays piano, clarinet and vibraphone. In early 1981 Symmetric traveled to Europe to perform a series of concerts, while I kept Grupo Um going in Brazil. During that period, besides me and Mauro Senise, the band performed with pianist Nelson Ayres and bassists Evaldo Guedes on some opportunities and Paulinho Soveral on others.

Shortly after Symmetric Ensemble returned from the European tour, we started recording our second album with new compositions by Lelo, some of which written during the travel and that got a new treatment with the addition of drums and percussion, as well as received a magnificent contribution from Mauro Senise on reeds. Yet we included "Mobile / Stabile" (that one of the Festival) also by Lelo and "Vida", a composition I wrote in 1980.

This time, we chose to record at JV Studio that belonged to the musicians Vicente Sálvia and Edgard Gianullo, in São Paulo. The studio had a good equipment and an excellent sound engineer, Sérgio Kenji Okuda (Shao-Lin), young but experienced and cared about our needs to achieving the best possible result. So we recorded all the material in two days.

"Reflexões sobre a Crise do Desejo" was considered one of the top ten best albums of 1981 by Manchete magazine, and earned rave reviews from most respected music critics, so rising the independent production to the highest place among musicians and instrumental bands in Brazil.
           

 
Zé Eduardo Nazario, Lelo Nazario and Rodolfo Stroeter, 1982
c. FLOR DE PLÁSTICO INCINERADA

The album "A Flor de Plástico Incinerada" closed a cycle of eight years of Grupo Um in a very great way, just like it started in 1976. I am happy and fulfilled in having accomplished such a musical work. Also I have good memories of the close relationship among all group members that resulted in a productive, intense, and motivating work. Together, we developed a creation process full of fun, so building a positive aura that has remained throughout the years, and is still alive to this day in my work and life.

The third LP also started a new chapter in the band’s career I call "colored phase," beginning with its cover. Unlike the preceding two albums, the cover of "A Flor de Plástico Incinerada" features two blue tones. After a concert at the Castro Alves Theater, in Salvador, I used to say that our album’s cover looked like the sea of Bahia in a sunny day!

"A Flor de Plástico Incinerada" was recorded in October 1982, representing a transition stage in our careers. Firstly, because the album was recorded and produced by Lira Instrumental, a record label created by Lira Paulistana Theater in partnership with Continental record company and the artists who had been performing regularly at the Theater, also located at Teodoro Sampaio Street, São Paulo.

That was possible because of the remarkable growth of instrumental music groups in Brazil at the time, thus opening new commercial opportunities. So Lira Instrumental offered in the same package to record my first solo album, "Poema da Gota Serena," which recording session was also held at JV Studio, and at the same period when "A Flor de Plástico Incinerada" was recorded. Also we were offered air tickets for our European tour, where the French edition of the album "Marcha sobre a Cidade" would be released.

We toured Europe in March and April 1983 and released "Marcha sobre a Cidade" in France, while "A Flor de Plástico Incinerada" and "Poema da Gota Serena" were released in Brazil at the same time. Through that year, Grupo Um performed at a series of concerts in Brazil, among them at Campos do Jordão Winter Festival, III Bahia Instrumental Music Festival, Anniversary Concert of the City of São Paulo, São Paulo Museum of Art, São Vicente Beach Concert, and Lira Paulistana Theater. It was a big jump in our careers. Grupo Um have reached the heights of achievement and recognition. Its music and work have had important repercussions in the development of a more promising musical environment in Brazil, not only influencing many new groups that were arising from then on, but also inspiring renowned artists to resume projects in the instrumental music field, which began flourishing again.

By that time, Grupo Um has undergone a few personnel changes, so its third and last album featured Teco Cardoso who came in to replace Mauro Senise, unable to come to São Paulo as needed, although we had a great personal and musical affinity. Teco filled the gap in a most skillful manner, first appearing as a guest artist on the recording, and then staying with the band until its dissolution. Felix Wagner, because of other works he was involved in, also appeared as guest on this recording.

After releasing "A Flor de Plástico Incinerada," we found ourselves in a moment of transition. We were all working in different ways, so we realized we needed to seek our own paths, just as naturally as we had previously decided to create Grupo Um. But like a river that divides into many streams, and that mixes with sea, Lelo, Teco, Rodolfo, and me met again as the Pau Brasil group some years later. But that is another story.

d. GRUPO UM ON CD

Grupo Um’s recordings originally released in audio format have been reissued on CD by Brazilian label Editio Princeps. This re-edition contains the entire vinyl album, carefully remastered from the original master tapes and enhanced by some unreleased bonus tracks. The LP original artworks are faithfully reproduced, and the booklets bring comments about the compositions and a brief story of the band, with texts by the musicians themselves, as well as many photos from the band’s archives.

The CD edition of "Marcha Sobre a Cidade" was released in 2002, with twenty minutes of extra material from the first band formation, while "Reflexões Sobre a Crise do Desejo" came out in 2005, also containing extra material. "A Flor de Plástico Incinerada" is scheduled for release in 2009. So, old fans and new listeners can explore the band’s music in depth.

As I write this story, and remember all my brothers Lelo, Zeca Assumpção, Carlinhos Gonçalves, Mauro Senise, Marlui Miranda, Márcio Montarroyos, Roberto Sion, Teco Cardoso, Felix Wagner, and Rodolfo Stroeter, and the music we played together, I want to say thank you to the musicians and all the people who have followed Grupo Um’s career and enjoyed the music at the time.

But now, the Grupo Um reissue has brought out-of-print recordings back to life and to its place in the History of Brazilian Instrumental Music.
 
 
DISCOGRAPHY
Marcha Sobre a Cidade (1979)
Zé Eduardo Nazario / Lelo Nazario / Zeca Assumpção / Carlinhos Gonçalves / Mauro Senise / Marlui Miranda
1. [B(2)/1O-O.75-K.78]-P(2)-[O(4)/8-O.75-K77] :: 2. Sangue de Negro :: 3. Marcha Sobre a Cidade :: 4. A Porta do "Sem Nexo" :: 5. 54754-P(4)-D(3)-O :: faixas bônus no CD: 6. Dala :: 7. N’daê :: 8a. Festa dos Pássaros :: 8b. C(2)/9-O.74-K.76
Reflexões Sobre a Crise do Desejo.../ (1981)
Zé Eduardo Nazario / Lelo Nazario / Rodolfo Stroeter / Felix Wagner / Mauro Senise
1. O Homem de Wolfsburg :: 2. America L :: 3. Vida a. N'Daê / b. Dadão :: 4. Mobile / Stabile :: 5. Reflexões Sobre a Crise do Desejo :: faixas bônus no CD: 6. Mata Queimada :: 7. O Homem de Wolfsburg (versão alternativa) :: 8. Reflexões Sobre a Crise do Desejo (versão alternativa)
Flor de Plástico Incinerada (1982)
Zé Eduardo Nazario / Lelo Nazario / Rodolfo Stroeter / Teco Cardoso / Felix Wagner / Regina Porto
1. A Flor de Plástico Incinerada (I) :: 2. Duo :: 3. ZEN :: 4. A Flor de Plástico Incinerada (II):: 5. Sonhos Esquecidos (... para L.C.)
Anchieta José do Brasil (Original Soundtrack for the Paulo César Saraceni movie, 1978)

1. Poema da Virgem :: 2. Despedida :: 3. As caravelas e o Poder :: 4. Chegada de Anchieta :: 5. Hymnus in Missa Anchietana :: 6. Jean de Bolés :: 7. Epopéia dos Aimorés (Grupo Um) :: 8. Namoro com o Brasil :: 9. Fundação de São Paulo :: 10. Romance :: 11. Valsa palaciana :: 12. Requiem para Anchieta

The track "Epopéia dos Aimorés" was written and performed by Grupo Um (Zé Eduardo Nazario, Lelo Nazario, and Zeca Assumpção), and appears in the album in a severely edited form (2’16"), while the integral version is played at the end of the movie during the final scene and the credits. Other compositions on this album were written by Sérgio C. Saraceni and arranged by Luiz Roberto Oliveira.

Unreleased album (1977)
Zé Eduardo Nazario / Lelo Nazario / Zeca Assumpção / Carlinhos Gonçalves / Roberto Sion
1. Mobile Stabile (Lelo Nazario) :: 2. a) Festa dos Pássaros (Zé Eduardo Nazario) b) C(2)/9-O.74-K.76 (Lelo Nazario) :: 3. Absurdo Mudo (Lelo Nazario) :: 4. M(2)/19-O.75-K.76 (Lelo Nazario) :: 5. Alga d'Água (Zeca Assumpção) :: 6. V(3)/31-O.77-K.77 (Lelo Nazario) :: 7. [S(2)/27-K.O.77][S(2)/30-K.O.76] (Lelo Nazario)

Album recorded at the Vice-Versa B Studio. Grupo Um tried to release it with some record companies at the time, but without success. When the band decided to release its debut album in an independent way in 1979, a new recording session took place again at the Vice-Versa B Studio to record new material. Many years later, though, track two from the unreleased album was included on the CD version of "Marcha Sobre a Cidade" as a bonus track.
 
 
FOTOS
1981 1983 1976 1976 1981
Lira Paulistana, 1981 São Paulo's Birthday, 1983 Concerto para Ian, 1976 Norte Magnético, 1976   Jardim Cândida, 1981
 
 
ON THE PRESS
A CONCERT THAT SAVES THE SUMMER AT LIRA PAULISTANA
Jornal da Tarde - Monday, February 25, 1980 - Wladimir Soares
There number of concerts performed in São Paulo during Summer is reduced, but their quality is superlative: Grupo Um gives a big resounding concert until Wednesday at the Lira Paulistana Theater, a more creative and professional jazz concert performed with unlimited boundaries. Daring, inventive, and deeply moving – all these apply to Grupo Um’s concert. But more than adjectives, what the band’s music calls for are substantive: a consistent mix of free jazz and progressive jazz, combined with African rhythmic elements and a more classical and intellectual music. The result is always the same: ecstasy. Together, the performers are true stars that display impeccable technique. Despite their perfection, it is impossible not to emphasize the presence of the "superb" Zé Eduardo Nazario, who shows great talent and energy on his drums and a variety of unusual percussion instruments. Zé Eduardo displays an inexhaustible intensity on drums, improvising rhythms and inventing vibrating phrases. In addition to all of this, Zé Eduardo gives a brilliant solo of vocal sounds and berimbau… With the jazz of Grupo Um, the Summer in São Paulo reaches a boiling point.
 
REVIEW - MARCHA SOBRE A CIDADE
A Tribuna de Santos – February 28, 1980 - Francisco Teixeira Rienzi
"Marcha sobre a Cidade" is an album for jazz listeners who did not freeze in time. Lelo Nazario (electronic piano), Zeca Assumpção (electronic bass, acoustic piano), Zé Eduardo Nazario (drums, percussion), Carlinhos Gonçalves (percussion,) and guest Mauro Senise (reeds) have embarked on a daring enterprise: to turn things around in a sea of impossibilities.
 
A VANGUARD GROUP
Jornal do Brasil – March 30, 1980 - José Domingos Raffaelli
The instrumental music not always have received the due attention from most record companies… there were a very few exceptions, but the truth is that the musicians have been always relegated to the background, with almost no chance of releasing their work… However, some artists have found an alternative way to meet their goals: the independent production… Among the groups that have chosen such a solution is Grupo Um, which recorded the album "Marcha sobre a Cidade" on September 26, 1979. This band from São Paulo is achieving considerable success in live performances, and is formed by Lelo Nazario (electric piano), Zeca Assumpção (bass and acoustic piano), Zé Eduardo Nazario (drums and percussion), and Carlinhos Gonçalves (percussion). The recording also features multi-instrumentalist Mauro Senise (reeds), later incorporated to the band.

Grupo Um’s music encompasses contemporary influences, including free jazz, but in a organized and disciplined way. The maturity of the musicians gives them the possibility of freely combining melodies, rhythms, and sonorities, skillfully exploring the facets of each composition. All the band members have significant participation in the context, in the collective improvisations, and in the almost intuitive suggestion of additional motifs. They are fully conscious of their purpose, and know exactly which musical direction to follow, and how to explore the thematic material… Zé Eduardo, who belongs to the modern school of drums playing, constantly encourages the music using an endless range of rhythmic movements…

"Marcha sobre a Cidade" represents a step ahead in instrumental music in our country. It is also an open door to the Brazilian musicians who aspire to disseminate their conceptions and experiences, as well as to develop all their skills. The album is one of the most serious achievements of this country, and achieved without concessions of any kind. Initiatives of such magnitude should have the support of those who are seriously interested in instrumental music, especially the avant-garde one.
 
REVIEW - MARCHA SOBRE A CIDADE
Som Três – Monthly Magazine no. 12, 1980 - Matias José Ribeiro
Grupo Um is one of a few bands in Brazil to make a more substantial instrumental music. There is a concern to experiment, challenge, and search new forms of expression. … Zé Eduardo, 27 years old but with a good experience, is a drummer of exemplary technique and dedication. He has everything to become a Brazilian stylist of the instrument.
 
GGRUPO UM, A NEW AND INDEPENDENT MUSIC
Folha de São Paulo - Monday, October 12, 1981 - João Marcos Coelho
The new generation of Brazilian musicians – especially between twenty and thirty years of age – is not interested anymore in pursuing celebrity status. Also, it does not submit to the establishment that usually marginalizes the instrumental music in Brazil. On the contrary, it builds with a lot of effort – and especially a lot of popular and classical music information – a work that will certainly put the most advanced Brazilian music of the 1980s in a position of leadership in the international context. Several groups have emerged around the Lira Paulistana Theater, in Pinheiros. One of them, however, has grown as the most fertile core of artistic creation, because it has embarked on a systematic music production, without concessions: Grupo Um – brings to a growing audience the results of its latest research. The quartet, today formed by Mauro Senise, Lelo Nazario, Rodolfo Stroeter, and Zé Eduardo Nazario, is five years old. And more: it released "Marcha sobre a Cidade," the first independent album of instrumental music produced in Brazil, in 1979. Its second album, entitled "Reflexões sobre a Crise do Desejo" … It is essential to those who are interested in knowing the future of the most advanced Brazilian instrumental music – and also to professional musicians – to go to Lira, today and tomorrow, and listen not only to the ugliness of our reality, but also to the poetic beauty that increasingly moves away from us.
 
JAZZ - GRUPO UM, VOLUME TWO
Manchete Magazine no. 1543 - Rio de Janeiro, November 14, 1981 - Roberto Muggiati
On its new album, "Reflexões sobre a Crise do Desejo" (Reflections about the Desire Crisis), Grupo Um… in addition to a lot of expertise, it has a remarkable team work which has been improved over recent years. As its title suggests, this new album is not easy to understand. More than the first album, "Reflexões" deepens music tensions and atmospheres… "Vida" (1980) by Zé Eduardo Nazario is a "trip" in which he applies everything in terms of drums and percussion, and uses the exotic sound of a flute from Thailand. One thing "Reflexões" reflects: the high level reached by our (still) little prestigious instrumental music.
 
NAZARIO, THE PERCUSSION AS EXPERIENCE
Folha de São Paulo – October 22, 1981 - João Marcos Coelho
Zé Eduardo Nazario is one of the best Brazilian drummers… Zé Eduardo worked with Hermeto and Egberto Gismonti – and undeniably he owes them a musical expansion that enables him to give very personal features to his work. Zé never seeks the exotic for the exotic, which is perhaps the problem of most Brazilian percussionists, especially those who emigrated to the United States. In 1976, that trend grew into Grupo Um, the band he set up with his brother Lelo Nazario (piano), Zeca Assumpção (bass), and Carlinhos Gonçalves (percussion). Three years later, the band released "Marcha sobre a Cidade," the first independent album of instrumental music, which was ahead of a very fertile musical movement in São Paulo, now organized around the Lira Paulistana Theater. A few weeks ago, the band released its second album, "Reflexões sobre a Crise do Desejo," in which Zé has an extraordinary participation, especially in the track "Vida."
 
GRUPO UM - A FLOR DE PLÁSTICO INCINERADA
Manchete Magazine no. 1632 - Rio de Janeiro July 30, 1983 - Roberto Muggiati
The cover is sober in two blue tones. The third album of Grupo Um, "A Flor de Plástico Incinerada", is more committed to the contemporary instrumental music, without any accent. … The merit of Grupo Um in its new phase is that it travels through the avant-garde music without falling into monotony.
 
J.L.C. FESTIVAL DE JAZZ DE GRENOBLE GRUPO UM : UNE MUSIQUE AUTRE
Le Dauphiné Liberé (França) - 26/03/1983
Quel est le plus important? La musique ou le rencontres qu’elle provoque ? Les deux san doute. Enfin, tel était le cas, hier à la Maison de la culture où " Jazz/ Musiques " avait les apparats de grande manifestation populaire... dans la tradition des " cinq jours de jazz ". Rencontre du public à la rencontre de la musique... celle de Grupo Um, notamment. Grupo Um se produsait pour la première fois em France em tant que tel. Le groupe est em fait um trio que existe depuis 1976 au Brésil. Au gré des aventures musicales, se greffant autour de Zé Eduardo Nazario ( batterie ), Rodolfo Stroeter ( basse ) et Lelo Nazario ( piano ), dés " invités ". Ce fut hier le saxophoniste Teco Cardoso ... Entre ces diverses voies, Grupo Um trouve la sienne dans "l’énergie du son ", entre l’ècrit et l’improvisation, Marqué par " Modern art Movement " qui se dèveloppa au Brésil a partir de 1922, les musiciens de São Paulo ont pris le parti d’une musique antrpophagique qui mixe plusieurs cultures et crée une musique autre, une musique nouvelle... Pour être nouvelle, la musique de Grupo Um n’em est pas moins enthousiasmant ... Dans la voie étroite, Grupo Um a choisi une musique... libre!
 
GRUPO UM
Le Point (França) - 11/06/1983
Planetaire, le jazz? La réponse est évidente, mais jamais une culture n´avaite autant apporté à l´ idiome original. Le Grupo Um est brésilien, et l´osmose est stupéfiante. Audace, invention, harmonie, rythme. La batucada et le swing. L´Afrique vit.
 
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