A Pequena Loja da Rua 57 – Benjamim Taubkin
Taubkin is a wonderful jazz pianist and composer. Lopa Kothari, BBC RADIO 3
Their sound is built around Taubkinâs gorgeous, delicate, Keith Jarrett-tinged piano. Sophisticated, satisfying, serious stuff. SONGLINES
Brazilian piano star making waves with his sensual mix of flush traditional arrangements, cutting edge technique and contemporary harmony makes his UK debut. Catch him here before he starts selling out bigger venues. TIME OUT London
This is an album that is destined to become one of those delivered on a rarefied plane. Without doubt it will be remembered as one of the finest in 2010, or any other year. LATIN JAZZ NETWORK
Performing a repertoire that includes original works as well as compositions by Jobim, Coltrane, and Pixinguinha, Taubkin allows the extraordinary talent that earned him such praise as
âdelightfully minimalistâ (from the All Music Guide) to truly shine on this series debut. Taubkin spent three nights alone in the Fazioli Piano Salon in New York, performing on three different pianos to record the CD, in what the pianist refers to as âalmost a magical experience.â
Although this CD is only his second solo recording, Benjamim Taubkin has more than 130 albums to his credit as a producer and musician. In addition to his jazz project, Trio +1, his recent projects have included the Latin American collective AmÃ©rica ContemporÃ¢nea and the Orquestra Popular de CÃ¢mara. In 1997, Taubkin founded NÃºcleo ContemporÃ¢neo, an independent label and production company, dedicated to the popular instrumental music of Brazil
Acknowledged as being among the finest handmade pianos in existence, each Fazioli instrument is individually handcrafted, combining high quality materials with the finest workmanship and technology. Fazioli pianos have long been esteemed by jazz and classical pianists, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alfred Brendel and Herbie Hancock.
A melodia e a Semente
1- Em Torno de Influencias (Around the Influences)
2- A Melodia e a Semente (The Melody and the Seed)
3- Em Torno de Vibracoes de Jacob (Around Vibrations)
4- Morro Nao Tem Vez (Somewhere in the Hills), O
5- Proezas de Solon (Solon’s Exploits)
6- Coracao e o Rio (The Heart and the River), O
7- Pro Frank (To Frank)
8- Giant Steps
9- Meu Outuno em Ny (My Autumn in New York)
10- Em Torno de Estacio De Amado Maita (Around Estacio from Amado Maita)
Brazilian music has been the playing field for this instrumentalist, arranger, composer, and producer.
Benjamim Taubkin started his studied at the age of 18 and soon begin to dedicate himself fully to this career, working in important plays such as Ãpera do Malandro and 39 of FlÃ¡vio Rangel; and at contemporary dance studios like Ruth Rachou, Klaus Viana and Clarisse Abujamra. Inspire by the desire of playing jazz and bossa nova, he performed in music venues in SÃ£o Paulo.
In 1997, he released his first album A Terra e o EspaÃ§o Aberto, which has just original themes. Beside Toninho Carrasqueira, Lui Coimbra, Teco Cardoso, CaÃto Marcondes and Marcos Suzano, the CD was nominated by two important awards in Brazil: Sharp and Movimento.
As a musician he has participated in several formations, ranging from solo work to symphonic orchestras â presented in Brazil and abroad. He has performed with prestigious artists such as Marcos Suzano, Banda Savana, Rafael Rabello, Zizi Possi, Moacir Santos, Paulo Moura, MÃ´nica Salmaso, Hermeto Paschoal.
His current projects as musician and director include: the Latin american collective AmÃ©rica ContemporÃ¢nea, the Orquestra Popular de CÃ¢mara, the choro ensemble Moderna TradiÃ§Ã£o, his work with the traditional music group AbaÃ§ai and his jazz project Trio + 1.
Some of the most recent projects heâs participated in as musician and arranger include: Jobim SinfÃ´nico, Samwad â Rua do Encontro, which promoted dialogue between Brazil and India; and MilÃ¡grimas, which celebrated the encounter with South Africa.
In his solo career he recorded his second CD in New York at Fazioli Salon, one of the most prestigious piano house nowadays. The album will be released in the US by Adventure Music and then in Brasil by NÃºcleo ContemporÃ¢neo. With this work, Benjamim has been performing in important venues and festivals, such as The Vortex Jazz Club, in London, and at Ruta del Cister, in Spain. And he did in 2009 an artistic residence in Austria, invited as composer and instrumentalist in Krems.
Since, 1997, Benjamim is the director of NÃºcleo ContemporÃ¢neo, an independent label and producer company, dedicated to the popular instrumental music from Brazil.
He has been traveling in South and Center America aiming to know more about those countries’ music production, seeking to promote dialogue and exchange networking.
As musician or producer Benjamim is in more than 130 albums and directed around 500 concerts.
He is the curator for Mercado Cultural da Bahia, a platform focused on Brazilian and Latin American music; and for ELA – Encontro Latino-Americano, a forum to discusse the new paths for the latin music. Benjamim is on board of the European Forum for Worldwide Music Festivals (2008 – 2010), and he participates frequently of conferences and meetings around the world.
Among the most important festivals and venues where he performed, are: Joeâs Pub, Disney Hall, e Fazioli Salon (USA), Teatro Amadeo RoldÃ¡n (Cuba); Orquestra do Rio Infinito (Costa Rica and Nicaragua); Festival Internacional de Jazz de Punta del Este, Oficina de MÃºsica Brasileira na Universidade de MontevidÃ©o (Uruguay); Festival Rudolstadt, Massala Festival e RÃ¡dio WDR (Germany), Festival Glatt und Verkehrt (Austria), Auditori Barcelona and the festivals Etnosur, Kesse, La Garrida and Ruta del Cister (Spain); The Vortex Jazz Club (UK); Sfinks (Belgium);
Ãpera de Paris (France); Festival Timitar (Morocco); Festival III Delphic Games (Korea); and Oficina de MÃºsica de Curtiba, do Festival Instrumental da Bahia, SabarÃ¡ Instrumental, Festa da MÃºsica e MÃºsica na Pampulha, Festival de Jazz de Guaramiranga, Projeto PrelÃºdios da Primavera, Olinda Jazz Festival e MIMO â Mostra Internacional de MÃºsica em Olinda, AuditÃ³rio Ibirapuera, TUSP, Galeria Olido, SESCs, Centro Cultural SÃ£o Paulo, Casa de Francisca, Memorial da AmÃ©rica Latina, Sampa Jazz, Virada Cultural da cidade e do estado, Festival deÂ Choro no Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (Brazil).
Produzido por Jim Luce e Richard Zirinsky
Produtores Executivos Richard Zirinsky e Benjamim Taubkin
Gravado 1-bit/ 5.6 MHz por Benjamim Taubkin e Jim Luce no Fazioli Piano Salon at Klavierhaus, 211 West 58th Street, New York, em novembro de 2007
Gravado em um Korg mr-1000, Sennheiser mkh-800 microphones E Grace Lunatec microphone preamp
Mixado por Jim Luce no Piano Culture Studios, Easton, Pennsylvania, utilizando Sonic Solutions Soundblade software
Masterizado por Alberto Ranelucci em Fevereiro de 2010 em SÃ£o Paulo, Brasil
Design grÃ¡fico: Teresa Maita
Desenho da capa: Denis Duarte
Foto: Benjamim Taubkin