THURSDAY, JUNE 22 10:30 PM

The Studio Club (Esplanade Studio Theatre)

$25 plus Esplanade S/C

Tickets available at the Esplanade and Tixx Central

 

The most influential and strikingly original guitarist-composer of his generation, Kurt Rosenwinkel makes a radical leap in his musical direction on his recent release, Caipi. Ten years in the making, Caipi is easily his most personal expression to date and features Rosenwinkel playing all the instruments (drums, bass, piano, synthesizers, percussion) and showcases him prominently on vocals. Elements of rock and jazz co-exist happily with all the easily recognizable features of his personal style; above all, there is ample space for the evolving world of Brazilian music in its most recent guise and, in particular, the Brazilian love song.

Regarding his new role as a frontman singing his own thoughtful, metaphysical lyrics, Rosenwinkel says, "Writing songs with lyrics has been very much a part of my upbringing. With Caipi, the music asked for that, and so you got to step up to the plate to do what the music asks you to do. And yeah, it's definitely something different from my other albums, but for me it was just a matter of doing what the music needed."

Born in Philadelphia in 1970, Rosenwinkel attended the Berklee College of Music for two and a half years before leaving in his junior year to tour with the legendary vibraphonistcomposer - educator Gary Burton, the dean of the school at the time. Subsequently, Rosenwinkel moved to Brooklyn, where he continued to develop his skills performing with the groups Human Feel, Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, the Joe Henderson group and the Brian Blade Fellowship. He left for Europe in 2003, and has spent the past nine years in East Berlin, Germany, where he accepted a professorship at the Jazz Institute. Until recently, that is. "After twelve years I realized it was time to retire from teaching", he says.

"I needed to return fully to making music, not explaining it. Above all, I want to be free to follow my intuition and aspirations, and to enable others to do the same. Caipi is the first manifestation of these principles. It's like building a new community."

Kurt Rosenwinkel plays acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass, piano, drums, percussion, synth, Casio and voice. Joining Kurt will be Pedro Martins on voice, keyboards and percussion, Antonio Loureiro on percussion and voice, Olivia Trummer on piano, keys and voice, Frederico Heliodoro on bass and voice and Bill Campbell on drums.