A TIME OF FAREWELLS…

The first six months of this year have been a time of farewells:

At the beginning of April Juan Carlos Cáceres lost the fight against his cancer, and in May Renato Borghetti’s duo partner Artur Bonilla died in a car accident in Brazil, just after the return from his first successful tour in Europe.

The international accordion collective Samurai have stopped working together, and we have ended our collaboration with Martin Lubenov und Maja Osojnik.

JUAN CARLOS CACERES 1936-2015

The old lion has left us.
On the morning of past Easter Sunday April 5, the Argentinian-French pianist, singer, composer, painter and ethnomusicologist Juan Carlos Cáceres died in his home in Paris. „Tango Negro“ was the main topic of his music and research work. Born 1936 in Buenos Aires, Cáceres has dedicated his oeuvre to the black soul of Tango that tends to be forgotten and repressed in Argentina. Since 1968 he has been living in Paris, adding a touch of French elegance to the genre. His rhythmical piano style and throaty voice fascinated young and old audiences alike. Intolarant towards all orthodoxies, especially those of Tango, Caceres has created his own musical universe where Jazz and Tango mingle. Always dissident and rebellious, he was first a jazz ambassador in the land of Tango and then a Tango missionary in Europe.
Adios Maestro, R.I.P.

Gaia Cuatro (Japan/Argentina)

A puzzling encounter between Argentina and Japan on the frontier of Jazz

The fiery and intense character of Argentine music, mixed with the refinement of Japanese musical tradition provide the raw materials for this exceptional quartet, created from the meeting of two major symbols of Japanese jazz and two inventive Argentine musicians from the European scene.

The mind-blowing virtuosity of the violinist Aska Kaneko – a true star in her native Japan – is well served by Gerardo Di Giusto’s sophisticated and colorful compositions. Creating rhythms, in all their subtle distinctions, which respond to this ensemble in perfect harmony, weaving in the surprising conversation between bass player Carlos Buschini and percussionist Yahiro Tomohiro.

These four musicians are taking the art of improvisation to a whole new level, away from predictable formulas. As a matter of fact, they are shaping a new style of music. Nevertheless, its natural elegance makes it still sound surprinsingly familiar to us.


Line up

Gerardo di Giusto – piano
Aska Kaneko – violin
Carlos “el tero” Buschini – bass, double bass
Tomohiro Yahiro – drums


Discography

2015 Kaze feat. Paolo Fresu, Solis String Quartet (Abeat Records)
2010 Haruka feat. Paulo Fresu (Abeat Records)
2008 Udin (Abeat Records)
2007 Gaia Cuatro (Cristal Records)


Press

„Jazz improvisation between Japanese and Argentine musicians may sound a bit strange to some of us, but the visitors of Teatro Verme definitely learned the opposite. The concert of Gaia Cuatro was a positive surprise in building a wonderful bridge between two cultures that have nothing in common”.
IFG Online, Milan 2007

„The Argentine-Japanese ensemble with their totally new hybrid sound certainly was the most original contribution in this season of Charleville Action Jazz“.
L’Ardennais 2007

“This fascinating mix is based on the quality of the compositions but also on the musicians intense complicity and lust of playing which from the first moment captured the audience.”
L’Ardennais 2007

Dancas Ocultas (Portugal)

Four magical accordions from the edge of Europe

Danças Ocultas are four accordionsts from Agueda near Porto who are among the most innovative and most exciting representatives of contemporary Portuguese music. For some years now they have been rising on the international world music scene – with an apparently very simple concept: quiet, lyrical, more or less traditional, with only four diatonic accordions.

The quartet’s name has nothing to do with esoteric spheres but means that Dancas Ocultas play music for dances that still have to be invented. Famous Fado plays a minor role, the band’s inspiration comes rather from traditional village music, Tango Nuevo and the chamber music e.g. of the Russian Terem Quartet. They neither indulge in virtuosity competitions, nor do they play pure folk music. “Impressionist Folk” is maybe the best label for this timeless art music: minimalist, profound sound paintings full of unexpected turns and noble melancholy. Very special music – impossible to escape its magnetism.

One of the first supporters of Danças Ocultas was Gabriel Gomes, the accordionist of Portugal’s most famous world music band Madredeus. He motivated them to explore their own sound worlds. Their collaboration with choreographer Paul Ribeiro and the Gulbenkian Ballet, regular appearances at international festivals and a highly acclaimed showcase at Womex 2010 have brought them international recognition far beyond the Portuguese borders.


Line up

Artur Fernandes – diatonic accordion
Francisco Miguel – diatonic accordion
Filipe Cal – diatonic accordion
Filipe Ricardo – diatonic accordion


Current Projects

Danças Ocultas (accordion quatuor)
DENTRO DESSE MAR Danças Ocultas feat. Jaques Morelenbaum
ARCO Danças Ocultas feat. Dom la Nena
AMPLITUDE Danças Ocultas with orchestra (possible collaboration with local orchestras)


Discography

2018 dentro desse mar (Sony/Galileo Music)
2016 Amplitude (Uguru/Sony/Galielo Music)
2014 Arco (EP Uguru)
2011 Alento (iplay / Galileo MC)
2009 Tarab (Numerica)
2004 Pulsar (Magic Music)
2002 Travessa da Espera (L’Empreinte Digitale)
1998 Ar (EMI VC)
1996 Dancas Ocultas (EMI VC)


Press

“Danças Ocultas have managed to leave the circuit of mere accordion lovers and to perform on big stages, which is best proved by Amplitude.”
JazzThing, DE, Amplitude, 2016

„Amplitude is a powerful album that opens your heart.”
Sound&Image, DE, Amplitude, 2016

“It was less of a concert but much more a musical lecture, a collective
breathing that you’re being part of and that you’re carried away with, in an
emotional, meditative dimension”.
Il Giornale di Vicenza, IT, 2011

You walk into the darkened main concert hall and suddenly, all that falls away, there are four men on stage, and they are creating a space where you can relax, breath and luxuriate in beautiful sounds.””
Michal Shapiro on The Huffington Post, USA, 2010

„Inventive and creative instrumental music by one of Europe’s best art music ensembles. Highly recommended!“
CD Roots 2007

“Danças Ocultas are very special – the interaction of these four accordionists is amazing. Their music is so full of tension that you did not realise how the time goes by. The music is excellently arranged and acts between very slow bits, where only one accordion is playing – creating an atmosphere of very loud silence – up to quite fast and very lively pieces. It is not easy to describe their music – you simply have to see them live to get an idea of what they are doing (or at least you should listen to their CD…) My personal highlight of the festival.”
Folkworld 2001

Las Hermanas Caronni (Argentina)

A shade of Ravel and Debussy blends with the sounds of the Pampas

Las Hermanas Caronni – two Argentinian twin sisters, Laura and Gianna Caronni, respectively a cellist and a clarinettist, and both singers, deliver on their albums some of the most delicate and intelligent music of the recent years. As a duet, their sound is full of intimacy, yet rich at the same time – due to the stunningly inventive, almost minimalist arrangements. The music sounds exactly like the sum of the artists’ backgrounds: two classically trained musicians enamoured with their country’s folk music. Shades of European Impressionism, of Ravel and Debussy, influences of the South American classical composers like Villa-Lobos, and the unavoidable ghost of tango, all blend perfectly with the melancholy and determination of the folk tunes of the Pampas. Clever, discretely sensual, and endlessly elegant, this is music for those who still cherish values like refinement and class.

Laura and Gianna Caronni were born into a family of Swiss, Italian, Russian and Spanish origins, where the music of Opera and Tango intertwined. They studied classical music and performed in the main concert venues in Argentina as members of the Academic Orchestra of Theatre Colón in Buenos Aires and various other classical and contemporary musical ensembles. In 1998 they moved to France where they first became known through their collaboration with Juan Carlos Cáceres, and where in 2011 their first duo album Baguala de la Siesta was enthusiastically celebrated by press & audience as THE discovery of the season, followed by Vuela in 2013. The sisters’ third and latest album NAVEGAMUNDOS was released in 2015 reached nr.3 of the World Music Charts Europe in April 2016.

In March 2019 the sisters released their fourth album Santa Plástica: Based on classical motives by Ravel, Mozart, Bach oder Piazzolla they have created eleven pieces whose lyrics approach in a poetical way the burning issues of our times, such as pollution or gentrification. In addition to vocals, cello and clarinet they also use flutes such as the Basque Xistu or Southamerican Pincuyo, renowned jazz trumpeteer Erik Truffaz and British-Italian songwriter Piers Faccini featuring as special guests.


Line up

Gianna Caronni – clarinet, vocals
Laura Caronni – cello, vocals


Discography

2019 Santa Plástica (Les Grands Fleuves / L’ Autre Distribution)
2015 Navega Mundos (Les Grands Fleuves / L’ Autre Distribution)
2014 Baguala de la Siesta, Remix (Les Grands Fleuves / L’ Autre Distribution)
2013 Vuela! (Les Grands Fleuves / L’ Autre Distribution)
2011 Baguala de la Siesta (Snail Records/Coast to Coast)


Press

„…a wonderfully unexpected, spare joy…superb on every level.“
fRoots (UK) on Navegamundos

“Two voices, a cello, a clarinet – that’s all they need for their chamber musical reveries.”
Kulturwelt, Bayern 2, DE

This delightful album, being warm and melancholic at the same time, depictures the two faces of exile: the deep pain and the possibility to reinvent everything”.
Libération, FR

“THE discovery of the season. Right after the programme we received an avalanche of emails and enthusiastic comments that carried this self-produced, almost anonymous CD on to another life.”
France Inter, FR

“Their eclectic lyricism, evocative vocal harmonies and inventive stretching and recombination of cello and clarinet technique reveal a sublime poetic mastery that defies categorisation. … There is more unassuming passion, beauty and wisdom in these 13 tangos, canciones, chacareras, milongas and a closing baguala than many artists cab claim in a lifetime.”
Folk Roots, UK

Renato Borghetti (Brazil)

Squeezebox Gaúcho with Passion and Flair

Ecstasy, humour and first rate virtuosity: Accordion wizard Renato Borghetti is the superstar among the nu folk musicians from Rio Grande do Sul in Southern Brazil. The charismatic gaucho has revised, adapted and modernized many of the native sounds of his home country. His shows are unforgettable live events, offering a sparkling and elegant mix of traditional forms such as Milonga, Chacacera and Chamamé with elements of Jazz, Tango and chamber music, adapting each of those forms to his unique style of accordion playing.

“Borghettinho”, as his fans like to call him, has been recording cds since the beginning of the 80ies. He has shared the stage with big names such as Dominguinhos, Sivuca, Stephane Grapelli, Ron Carter and Hermeto Pascoal and is the first Brazilian musician to achieve a golden record with purely instrumental music. His direct and playful style slightly reminds of the feeling of Zydeco and Cajun in Luisiana which combines European and African elements in a similar way. And in spite of all experiments Renato Borghetti remains 100% Gaúcho – with long hair, hat and wide riding breeches.

And he is one of the very few musicians from Southern Brazil who are regularly performing in Europe. “Andanças. Live in Brussels”, Renato’s first and long expected live album, was released in 2011 and represents something like a resume of 10 years touring in Europe – a time of investiganting the musician’s own roots, discovering new ways of musical expression and makiong a lot of new friends. Borghetti is also actively securing the future of his instrument back home in Southern Brazil: at the end of 2010 the first diatonic accordion branded “Borghetti” left the recently founded “Fabrica de Gaiteiros” near Renato’s ranch – a project initiated not only to produce instruments but also to organize accordion courses for underpriviledged children and young people. It was precisely here, at the “Factory of Accordionists”, that he recorded his latest album Gaita na Fábrica – Sounds from the Squezebox Factory, which was presented on an extensive European release tour in autumn 2016.

BorghettiYamandu, a documentary by Estação Eletrica on Renato’s duo project with Brazilian guitar virtuoso Yamandu Costa, was released on DVD and CD in 2017 and nominated for a Grammy Latino in 2018. The European live première of this stunning duo happened at Wiener Konzerthaus in October 2019.


Line up quartet

Renato Borghetti – diatonic button accordion
Daniel Sá – guitar
Vitor Peixoto – piano
Pedro Figueiredo – saxophone, flute


Current Projects

Duo Renato Borghetti (acc) & Yamandu Costa (guit)
Renato Borghetti Quarteto (acc – sax/flute – guit – piano)
Renato Borghetti Quarteto Meets Gabriele Mirabassi (cl)


Discography (selected)

2016 Gaita na Fábrica. Sounds from the Squeezebox Factory. (Saphrane Records)
2011 Andanças. Live in Brussels. (Saphrane Records)
2009 Fandango! (Felmay fy 8147)
2005 Gauchos (Quinton Records Q-0501-2)
2002 Paixao no Peito (Som Livre/RBS Discos)
1999 Ao Ritmo de Tio Bilia
1998 Gauderiando (Atracao)
1996 Gaúcho (RGE)
1995 As 20 Melhores de Renato Borghetti (RGE)
1994 Accordionist (Prestige Records)


DVDs

2017 Borghetti Yamandu (Estação Eletrica)
2016 Gaita na Fábrica (Estação Eletrica)
2012 Renato Borghetti Quarteto Europa (Estaçao Eletrica)
2008 Fandango! (Estaçao Eletrica)
2005 Renato Borghetti Quarteto Ao Vivo No Tatro Sao Pedro


Awards

2018 Borghetti Yamandu (Estação Eletrica), CD&DVD, nominated for a Grammy Latino
2011 Andanças, best CD of the year of the Dutch newspaper Het Parool, selected among the best CDs of the year 2011 on All About Jazz Italia
2009 Womex Showcase in Copenhagen
2008 Fandango!, CD&DVD, Premio Açorianos as best CD&DVD of the year, nominated for a Grammy Latino
2005 Gauchos, CD, nominated for Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik
2005 Gaitaponto.com, CD, nominated for a Grammy Latino


Press

“An inimitable Brazilian feeling comes through – a certain languor and naturalness in the rhythms and relationships… Borghetti’s folk has an expansive register and emotional range and is a perfect introduction to a sound as removed from the world music radar as its heartland is off the tourist map.”
Songlines (UK) on Andanças

“The sound quality is wonderfully transparent, you can almost physically feel the presence of the audience, and the guys are playing mind-blowing solos. Prozac? Light therapy? No need for all of this: With their music, Borghetti and his musicians do really chase winter depression away through the front door.”
Het Parool (NL) on Andanças

“Who has not seen on stage this accordionist and wonderful communicator with the attitude of a flamenco dancer, does not know what are joy and improvisation!”
Musibrasil (IT)

“Mozart would have enjoyed it a lot!”
Wiener Zeitung, Vienna (AT)

“With Borghetti the Gaúcho tradition of Vanerão, Rancheira and Milonga turns into elegance and finesse. With his long hair and hat he appears like a popstar – but above all he is a brilliant virtuoso on his button accordion, impulsive and dynamic. And in certain moments his body seems to be inhabited by Piazzolla’s spirit.”
Musicas sem Fronteiras – Cronicas da Terra (PT)

“Borghetti does to Gaúcho music what Piazzolla did to Tango.”
Jazzthetik on “Gauchos” (DE)