Floriano Ignacio Jr.
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Novas Raízes ("New Roots") is the name of the latest album produced by the pianist Floriano Inacio Junior. The "Raízes" (Roots) represent the link where the past, present and future are intertwined. Now these links are "Novas" (new) - given that fruitful partnerships from this journey up to this point were added.
The value of life, love and respect for nature gave Floriano a perfect liaison of happiness, inspiring him to produce this album, the fourth of his career. This album features powerful, catchy and heavily improvised melodies produced by a wide variety and combination of instruments, coupled with his passion for "Brazilian jazz" and "Samba Jazz," an indelible characteristic of his style. Moved by this energy, the composer, arranger and instrumentalist bestows buoyant Brazilianness upon the twelve compositions comprising this jazz-driven musical exhibition, which he perceives as a fusion of his relentless studies, academic refinement and personal night-time experiences, giving rise to an increasingly stronger intimacy with his innate calling for music.
Therefore, Jazz for him is the bond amongst knowledge, life experience and rapport. Imbued with boundless energy, the recordings to Floriano represent a long journey across the "Oceans" and through the "Winds of the Sahara" until reaching his final destination. A clear demonstration of reverence towards his new home with "Samba pra Helvetia" (Samba for Switzerland), metaphorizing some titles of his compositions.
Recorded at Hard Sudios Winterthur, October 5-7, 2020