Saturday, December 13, 2014

Glasses, No Glasses review on Modern Drummer Magazine - Brazil

Dear friends,

It's always an honor to be featured on this great drum magazine, Modern Drummer Magazine Brazil. Here's a review of my album with Amanda Ruzza, Glasses, No Glasses which was published in November 2014. Below are the portuguese and english versions. Thanks for reading and for the constant support!


English:

"I recently had the pleasure of attending a workshop from the incredible musician Mauricio Zottarelli. I saw some friends there, I met other musicians, it was total interaction. I left the class with an immense desire to study, listen and make music. Mauricio is undoubtedly one of the most amazing drummers I've seen and heard playing. He's in my top ten list. Come on, everyone has a list like this, why can't I? And as a gift, besides the class that he taught us, he kindly gave me a copy of his latest disc, an instrumental project done in collaboration with bassist Amanda Ruzza and featuring the amazing Leo Genovese. Glasses, Glasses is a fantastic work with lots of interaction and freedom. Music without borders or limits, in every way.

Mauricio presents us with some great and tricky drumming passages, sometimes accompanying, or sometimes phrasing wonderfully. But these passages never cease to be musical, showing the drummer's seriousness and commitment. His grooves and licks are full of swing, power and precision. At times, the message that prevails on this record is "more is more". Haven't we all heard about the concept of "less is more"? Well, the opposite is also true. And there's no way be minimalist in a project like this, with so much creative freedom and expression.

It begins with Soundcheck, with touches of funk and drum 'n' bass filling the music with a lot of class. Pay close attention to how he rides on the hi hat, and how he uses the higher pitched snare. Electronic and acoustic both merging in the best way. Glasses shows tons of swing, with each player being very free but also connected simultaneously. When the bass solo begins, the music takes a more relaxed turn, with lower dynamics, but the three musicians are still tearing it up, and soon after the track gets powerful again. Big Foot has a second-line groove that is very swinging, and a wonderful drum solo, with very interesting ideas and phrases. Fuego is one of the densest songs I've ever heard. It features several effect pedals and also a Cajon, over a base made mainly by Amanda's bass. Classic Golden blends maracatu, jazz, funk and rock with well-built nuances. The bass solo is from another world. Very impressive arrangement!

Fantastic work!”
Fábio Marrone - Modern Drummer Magazine Brazil

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Português:

"Recentemente tive o prazer de assistir a um workshop do incrível músico Mauricio Zottarelli. Encontrei alguns amigos, conheci outros músicos, interação total. Saí da classe com uma imensa vontade de estudar, ouvir e fazer música. O Mauricio é sem dúvida um dos bateristas mais incríveis que já vi e ouvi tocar. Está na minha lista dos dez mais. Vai, todo mundo faz essa lista, por que eu não posso? E como presente, além da aula ministrada, ele gentilmente me deu um disco de seu mais recente trabalho, um instrumental feito em parceria com a contrabaixista Amanda Ruzza e participação do incrível Leo Genovese. Glasses, No Glasses é um trabalho fantástico, com muita interação e liberdade. Música sem fronteiras, em todos os sentidos.

Mauricio nos presenteia com algumas "encrencas baterísticas", ora acompanhando, ora fraseando de forma maravilhosa. Essas encrencas, em momento algum, deixam de ser musicais, mostrando seriedade e comprometimento do baterista. Seus grooves e licks vêm cheio de "sangue nos olhos" e muito suingue. Em alguns momentos nesse disco o que manda é o "mais é mais". Não existe o "menos é mais"? Pois é, o contrário também vale. Não tem como ser minimalista em um trabalho como esse, com tanta liberdade de criação e expressão.

Começo com Soundcheck, pitadas de funk e drum 'n'bass preenchem a música com muita classe. Preste bastante atenção nas conduções feitas no chimbal e nos toques da caixa mais aguda. Eletrônico e acústico se fundem da melhor forma. Glasses mostra suingue de sobra, em que cada músico aparece livre, mas ligado ao mesmo tempo. Quando o baixo começa o solo, a música toma um rumo mais relax, digo, com a dinâmica mais baixa, mas com os músicos quebrando tudo, e em seguida temos de volta o peso. Em Big Foot há uma levada muito suingada, mencionando o groove de second line, além de um maravilhoso solo de bateria, com ideias e citações muito interessantes. Fuego é uma das músicas mais densas que já ouvi. Nela temos alguns passeios de pedais de efeito e de Cajon por cima de uma base feita, principalmente pelo baixo de Amanda. Classic Golden mistura maracatu, jazz, funk e rock com algumas nuances bem construídas. O solo de baixo é de outro mundo. Arranjo impressionante!

Trabalho fantástico!
Fábio Marrone - Modern Drummer Magazine Brazil

Sunday, November 16, 2014

MOZIK dates in November 2014!

I will be playing some very cool shows with MOZIK coming up.... I hope some of you can make it out!! 
http://www.mozikmusic.com

Nov 20 – 12:30pm
Clinic/Concert
Cambridge School of Weston, MA – website
Nov 21 – 12pm
Penn State Erie, PA – link/info
Nov 21& 22 – 8:30pm
Nighttown – Cleveland, OH
info/tickets


MOZIK is:
Gilson Schachnik - piano, keys
Yulia Musayelyan - flute
Gustavo Assis Brasil - guitars
Fernando Huergo - bass
Mauricio Zottarelli - drums, percussion



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Reviews for the CD, "Glasses, No Glasses"!

Gearing up to our "official" CD Release date, here are some really cool new reviews for my most recent CD, a collaboration with bassist Amanda Ruzza called "Glasses, No Glasses".  You can find it on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and pretty much everywhere on-line! Check it out!

Jazz Inside Magazine, September 2014 
(just open the image and zoom in to read it)



Raul da Gama - "Jazz da Gama" - August, 2014

"(...) So what on earth is Glasses, No Glasses? It is a stripping away of the façade of comfort zones; it is viewing the world without the proverbial tints; it is a celebration of the beautiful madness of music, whether it comes from Brasil, or America, or Mali, or for that matter, the real Timbuktu.
And from the perspective of Mauricio Zottarelli, whose drums thunder and roar; whose cymbals pirouette in the smash and shattering of percussion colouration and from the growling of Amanda Ruzza’s bass and the mad rush to the head of Leo Genovese’s acrobatic playing, this is a first rate set from a crew that is deceptively loose… This is a group of musicians who is taking much of its music to the next level. For this is where the energy and all the talk of seeing the musical world as it is… That is where the musicians are really at." 
Read the full review at Raul da Gama's website (which has an extensive list of writings, materials and reviews from Raul)



From UOL Portal in Brazil - Ziriguidum - by Beto Feitosa 




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Masterclass em São Paulo no dia 26 de Agosto!


Olá amigos!
Se estiverem em São Paulo, Brazil, ou conhecem alguém que está lá e gostaria de participar desse evento, por favor compartilhem a informação! ;-)

Estarei fazendo uma masterclass de bateria em São Paulo no dia 26 de Agosto as 18hs, no IP&T (Instituto de Percussão e Tecnologia).
O assunto será "conceitos de fraseado, coordenação e vocabulário na bateria".

Reservas no telefone: +55 11 5021.2777
o investimento é de $50 Reais, inclui Certificado de Participação. 


Masterclass in São Paulo on August 26th!

Hello friends!
If you happen to be in São Paulo, Brazil, or know somebody there, please share this with them! ;-)

I'll be doing a masterclass at IP&T in São Paulo on August 26th, at 6pm.
The topic is "Concepts of phrasing, coordination and vocabulary on the drumset".

Reservations on the phone: +55 11 5021.2777
tickets are $50 Reais, including a certificate of participation.



I am a drummer - percussionist - composer - artist based in New York City, NY. Please visit my website: http://www.mzdrums.com