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Rob Mazurek: São Paulo Underground @ BOP STOP

September 21 from 8:00pm - 10:30pm

Rob Mazurek: São Paulo Underground @ BOP STOP

São Paulo Underground is a power trio that links Chicago’s volatile creative music scene with São Paulo, Brazil’s leading experimental musicians. It features Chicago composer Rob Mazurek on cornet and electronics and two native Paulistanos, Mauricio Takara on percussion, cavaquinho and electronics, and Guilherme Granado on keyboards, synths, sampler and vocals. Founded in 2005, during Mazurek’s eight-year Brazilian sojourn, São Paulo Underground celebrates its ten year anniversary in 2015 with rare US performances by these three dauntless sonic explorers.

São Paulo Underground's music embodies a fascinating mixture of Sun Ra-esque cosmic noise with rhythms and phrasing from samba, maracatu, rock and free jazz traditions. It's electronica-laced Tropicália characterized by glistening sonic textures, unabashedly beautiful melodies, an expansive improvisational palette and fiercely gleeful interplay.

The ensemble will perform new compositions and material from widely acclaimed Cuneiform releases, Beija Flors Velho E Sujo (2013) and Tres Cabeças Loucuras (2011).

In 2006, Rob Mazurek (Exploding Star Orchestra, Black Cube SP, Pulsar Quartet, Rob Mazurek Octet) and Mauricio Takara (M.Takara 3, Hurtmold) released the group’s debut album, Sauna: Um, Dois, Três, to much international acclaim, and began performing live as a duo. In 2008, with new members, Guilherme Granado (Bodes e Elefantes, Hurtmold) and Richard Ribeiro, the ensemble released their second album The Principle of Intrusive Relationships, which was rated among the Top 50 Records of 2008 by The Wire. The third record, Três CabeÇas Loucuras, also features the quartet and was released by Cuneiform in 2011. Três CabeÇas Loucuras was listed among the top 10 records of 2011 in Time Out Chicago.

You can listen to a sample of Beija Flors Velho E Sujo at:

You can learn more about São Paulo Underground at the followinglink:


"Post digital, post industrial psychedelia." - The Wire

"Tropicalia never sounded this modern and alive." - Sound Color Vibration

"A visionary jazz-rock trio." - The New York Times

"Limitless in its possibilities." - Rolling Stone

“The Post-Don Cherry melodic splendor of Chicago cornetist Rob Mazurek has never been clearer, and it finds a simpatico home amid the polyrhythmic chaos forged by his Brazilian cohorts. This high-energy romp takes the sting out of the term fusion in the best possible way.”- DownBeat

“A modern approach to Brazil's Tropicália, that takes into account advances in sound manipulation and engineering. It is street music from the Brazilian subterranean avant-garde.” - All About Jazz

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