In this blog article, I’ll discuss Jazz’s past, present and future with legendary Brazilian jazz-funk trio Azymuth.
I sat down with Alex (Mahlheiros), Ivan (Conti), and Kiko (Continentino) before their performance at Jazz:Re:Found 2022. It was a wonderful talk with exciting facts and anecdotes from their long experience in music.
As you know, the crazy samba giants are responsible for carving out a new sound, fusing jazz-funk with Samba to create their unique genre, “samba doido“.
Indeed, among the many sounds, they’ve explored in their artistic career, Jazz has always been an active part of their work.
“Jazz is always present in our life. Jazz, rock and samba is our roots.”Ivan Conti
Since the passing of keyboard maestro Jose Roberto Beltrami in 2012, Ivan and Alex put all of their efforts and passion into keeping the spirit of Azymuth alive, giving it a new life with special guest keyboardist Kiko Continentino.
“Jazz is a sensation of freedom. The possibility to express yourself, mind and heart on that precise moment.”Kiko Continentino
Seeing them playing live at Jazz:Re:Found 2022 in the beautiful hills of Monferrato was a beautiful musical journey. In particular, I enjoyed listening to “Villa Mariana“, a song from the latest release Fênix.
I believe the perfect way to describe their open-minded vision of creating music.
“We were playing something new, fresh, and a guy recorded the track. He was like: “This song has potential.”Kiko Continentino
Now, I can tell you an Azymuth live show is pure bliss, a journey through different cultures and solid roots planted firmly in a strong land.
In today’s interview, Azymuth talks about the past, present and future of Jazz, its musical roots and the contribution of festivals like Jazz:Re: Found to Jazz music. You will also hear some great stories from Kiko about “Villa Mariana”.
Enjoy the chat! I know I did 😊
In addition, read this blog article: Jazz:Re:Found Festival with Denis Longhi
EPISODE #33 PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE OF JAZZ with AZYMUTH
03:02 JAZZ MUSIC: COMPARISON TO MUSIC IN PREVIOUS ERAS
04:05 JAZZ IS DEAD: IS IT TRUE?
10:49 THE EVOLUTION OF AZYMUTH’S SOUND
15:01 THE STORY BEHIND “VILLA MARIANA”
20:17 THE FUTURE OF CONTEMPORARY JAZZ FESTIVALS
21:50 JAZZ:RE:FOUND AND RELATIONSHIP TO ITALY
EPISODE LINKS #33 PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF JAZZ with AZYMUTH
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