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Chorando Sete Cores

by Benji Kaplan

Chorando Sete Cores: (Cries of the 7 Colored Tanager) is an album comprised of 13 original pieces for wind ensemble and nylon string guitar. A quirky take on Cinematic Chamber jazz meets Villa Lobos. Heart felt lyricism at every twist and turn.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Bryant Park
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2. At the Vanguard
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3. Berceuse
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4. Little Train to Lapa
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5. Familiar Strangers
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6. The Wind
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7. A Joyful Stroll
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8. Chorando Sete Cores
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9. Happy Sadness
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10. A Trickster's Bolero
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11. Coisa Carioca
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12. Samba for Django
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13. Leaves in the Wind
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Benji Kaplan is one of the most exciting new vibrating forces on the contemporary Brazilian/Jazz and Chamber Music scene, today. His music video, "A Gente se Manifesta" was featured in the March 2017 edition of Billboard Brazil as well as having been officially selected for the TMC London film Festival and Girona Film Festival in Spain . Benji has been heralded by the most recognized composer post-Jobim from Brazil, Guinga, as "the greatest composer of Brazilian music, coming from the United States, that I have heard...He is a genius."

Benji's 2016 Album, Uai So, featuring himself on guitar and vocals, has been highly acclaimed for its lyrical compositions, lush harmonies, and unorthodox arrangements for winds, strings and brass.)
With his now (4th) and latest album to date, “Chorando Sete Cores” (Crying 7 Colors) Benji embarks on 13 new compositional adventures, all instrumental. Tugged by the strings of his guitar, woodwinds and brass travel with him through Brazil's vast musical landscape, which include choros, lullabies, sambas, maracatus and other rhythms and styles. In addition to Benji on guitar, the ensemble comprises of Remy Leboeuf on Clarinets, Anne Drummond on Flutes and David Byrd Marrow on the French Horn. A testament to the ensemble's skilled and heartfelt musicianship and Benji's deft arrangements, the impression is that of an effortless flow - a deceptively simple embrace of Benji's intricate harmonies and often playful, sonic juxtapositions that have come to characterize his unique compositional style.

“Sophisticated yet sensuous”
- Jazz Weekly

“…what the whimsical Dr. Seuss might’ve composed, had he been a musician
and ridiculously talented at it…the degree of intelligence sunk into the
deepest corners of every beat and measure of this treasure tells us that no
matter what his pursuit might otherwise have been, the result would’ve been
simultaneously unearthly while uniquely terran” - Mark S. Tucker/ Veritas

Benji Kaplan, whose performance infectiously realizes both great virtuosity
and credible emotion and lyricism to the generously proportioned melody…
this is actually a bigger deal than could ever be imagined or expressed in a
five-hundred-or-so (word) review”
- World Music Report

“Benji Kaplan's "Uai Sô" is so unexpected that it cannot be pigeonholed. The
music flows beautifully and oscillates between Brazilian song and new
classical so rapidly as to truly meld together as one unprecedented
newness...Honestly this one is so well fabricated and substantial as to get
me reeling with surprise and delight...This fellow is something else!
Something else!” - Gapplegate Music Review



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