Rubens Salles | Munderno

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by Rubens Salles

World music fusion from Brazil, that mixes african and middle eastern influences.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tambor Hungaro
5:19 $0.99
2. Garota de Ipanema
6:21 $0.99
3. Reuniu
5:37 $0.99
4. Cacuriando
6:24 $0.99
5. Assum Preto
6:13 $0.99
6. Humpty Dumpty
6:35 $0.99
7. Vazio
4:32 $0.99
8. Undia
5:44 $0.99
9. Sepia
12:30 $0.99
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Album Notes

Mix of sounds connect Brazil, Africa and Asia

The album MUNDERNO is an unique encounter of many instruments. It mixes some of the most exciting grooves of Brazil’s northeast such as Baião, Maracatu, Bumba-Meu-Boi, Tambor de Mina, Tambor de Crioula and Samba. Its compositions and arrangements are open doors to an extense ways of improvisations, including a big variety of instruments: strings, bass, woods, acordeon.

MUNDERNO is an exciting experience of sensations translated to sounds never expressed before. It spins round just like the world, from the heart of the tropical forests to the most uncertain paths of the deserts.

MUNDERNO takes you to a trip of endless images and it allows you to come and go to the infinite possibilities of life!

Pianist Rubens Salles is the author of four compositions of the album. The musician also changes distant sounds to strong and dense harmonies.

And more: Rubens adopts classical Stravinsky and Bártok and some typical brazilian songs.



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Christian Artmann

Cutting-Edge Music - Highly Recommended
This is truly music that hasn't been heard before!

Rubens Salles' musical vision is deeply rooted in the ethnic grooves of Northeastern Brazil. But it has also been to the conservatory, so-to-say, incorporating elements of contemporary jazz, free improvisation and modern classical composition. No wonder therefore that his music pays respect to Hermeto Pascoal, Bela Bartok and Igor Stravinsky all in one record.

Munderno really stands out from today's mainstream jazz piano recordings. While his phrasing on Chick Corea's Humpty Dumpty (turned samba) and the pretty ballad Sepia suggests a deep study of the jazz piano tradition, his style is highly original. Some of the compositions and arrangements are amazingly detailed almost in a classical way (e.g., Tambor Hungaro) but throughout runs a deep passion for communicating honest artistry in uncompromising, vivid colors that are strongly suggestive of his origin in tropical Bahia.

The interplay of the musicians is excellent and the layers of percussion (e.g., on the hard-grooving, modernistic rewrite of The Girl from Ipanema) emphasize the general percussiveness of this music. An absolute highlight is the beautiful tune Cacuriando which combines an ethnic melody with harmonic elements from Stravinsky, clever use of electronics and heartfelt solos. Also check out Rubens' extensive solo on Sepia, a wonderful example of musical storytelling and evidence of great imagination with each chorus shaded in different and increasingly luxurious colors.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (especially if you like Hermeto Pascoal)