The BR-Trio had its first official presentation at the 7th FESTIVAL OF JAZZ A LA CALLE (2013). The band revealed a new Brazilian musical expression, fusing elements of traditional techniques and styles inspired by their own cultural roots. Before Mercedes (Uruguay) the musicians recorded a track in the CD/DVD CAMPINAS IN CONCERT.
It was their first composition: BAIÃO SEM FOLE. The music is a remake of the classic regional with the band creativity – well represented by them. They are from different states in northeast of Brazil. It was not long ago they met each other in São Paulo. The three of them decided to integrate their knowledge and started the BR- Trio. All the musicians have years of experience before joining the trio. During their career, they performed side by side with the top names of Brazilian music. People who had an important role in their musical development nowadays are working together with the members of BR-Trio, in different projects.
The talented child MICHAEL “PIPOQUINHA" was the revelation of the I Festival Cover Baixo de Fortaleza (First Cover Bass Festival – Fortaleza, Ceará) in 2008. With only thirteen years old he performed in national television network. He’s played in Festival de Guaramiranga (Guaramiranga Festival -Ceará) and Festival Rio das Ostras (Oyster River Festival - Ceará). “PIPOQUINHA” recorded his first CD in studio with the bassist Arthur Maia (in Rio de Janeiro). Whom he shared the stage a few times. With only sixteen years old Michael has in his portfolio important names of the Brazilian instrumental music: as Nelio Costa, Celso Pixinga, Micah Santana and Mozart Melo. He also played with Gilberto Gil, Martinália (in the CD produced by Djavan), Faíska and Thiago Espirito Santo.
The drummer ITALO VINICIUS Twice had the opportunity to be a columnist for the magazine Modern Drummer Brazil, where he published regional rhythms and in May 2014 had the opportunity to give an interview to the Journal that is a world reference, talking a little of their history and their works. Participated in the Fair of Music, Expomusic 2014 on Stand Novitá with the BR-Trio. In 2011 he moved to São Paulo, where he studied at the Conservatory of Tatuí later studied with Cuca Teixeira, attended workshops with Steve Gadd, Dom Famularo, Quintino Cinalli, Aquiles Priester, Edu Ribeiro, Dammien Schmit, Virgil Donat, Jo Jo Mayer and Chris Coleman.
The guitarist ISAAC NEGRENE performed with Ed Motta, Elza Soares, Chico Cézar, Cláudio Zoli; and the international voices Guida de Palma (Portugual) and Heidi Vogel (Inglaterra). He came back from a European Tour playing with Banda Black Rio – that’s he’s still a member.
Each one of BR-Trio had the opportunity to perform with great names of Brazilian music. That demonstrates the diversity of genre, manner, charm and seduction of “jazz improvisation.” They are three musicians filled of inspiring tendencies and techniques, showing the power of Brazilian diversity and regional identification.
Audience in Mercedes – Uruguay The BR-Trio will perform at the International Jazz Day of UNESCO in Mercedes. They will return to Uruguay this April. Meanwhile, they will be playing in São Paulo. The group offers presentations with a promise of special moments and musical quality.
Their attitude and versatility shows “Luiz Gonzaga’s baião” mixed with "modern jazz"; reflecting the ability to unite sets of visions through improvisational music, a unique moment to the audience. An article published by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Uruguay says what we should expect from BR-Trio: "consolidated compositions, jazz, rock, Brazilian rhythms and improvisation. All this perfectly executed by the guitar, nicely accompanied by the drums and to delight of all, the six-string bass: PIPOQUINHA”. BR-Trio Bass: MICHAEL “PIPOQUINHA” Drums: ELTHON DIAS Guitar: ISAAC NEGRENE