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São Paulo Underground Live at Wexner Center this Sunday

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by Mark Subel on September 20, 2012

Rob Mazurek, cornet kingpin in the Chicago post-rock/modern jazz scene, has played with everyone from his own Exploding Star Orchestra to Tortoise, Jim O’Rourke, and Pharoah Sanders. Now he has joined forces with like-minded talents he met in Brazil to form São Paulo Underground. They create a fascinating, limitless sound, stirring up freewheeling Sun Ra–inspired excursions with psychedelic electronica and swaths of samba and other Brazilian sonic strains. 

All About Jazz calls the results “a modern approach to Brazil’s tropicalia, that takes into account advances in sound manipulation and engineering“ and comments, “It is street music from the Brazilian subterranean avant-garde and it is wonderful.” The group will perform live at the Wexner center performance space this Sunday, September 23rd at 7 P.M.

“Rob Mazurek returns to Brazil and floats his cool blue cornet over a spellbinding collage of saturated textures, syncopated rhythms and electronics.”— Time Out Chicago (who voted São Paulo Underground one of the Top 10 jazz albums of the year in 2011)

Via Brasil Across the Wex

From Fall 2012 through Winter 2014 the Wexner Center will be exploring the arts and culture of Brazil across all programming areas. The title we have chosen for this initiative, Via Brasil, draws on a meaning of the word “via,” by means of, that is shared in English and Portuguese. These programs celebrate creative expression that has some to us “by means of” Brazil.

More information and Ticket information: http://www.wexarts.org/pa/index.php?eventid=6451

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