"São Paulo Underground are one mind blowing group and the trio’s stature has risen yet another level with the release of their latest full length... This album is huge and one that I think will grab the ears of many different types of people. Tropicalia never sounded this modern and alive post 70s." – Sound Colour Vibration
São Paulo Undergroundis 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 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).