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unstoppable triumph and consolidation of the ethnic music has filled our
countries with different Festivals, record labels, and publications that
spread a real content of traditional and folk music. In the same time
the vitality and effervescence proved by the techno music have passed
its enthusiasm to the other musical styles, including rock music, pop
and jazz. It seemed logic that would come a time in which the electronic
dancing will reach with the different expressions that can be embraced
in ethnic or world music. And to this interesting convergence meeting,
that is giving us many good feelings and surprises, we gave the title
of Global Dance. We prepared a special night in which participate dj´s,
plastic artists and four of the most influential bands of this new concept
of musical sonority, that will play in this unforgettable party. During
more than four hours we will feel this musical and cultural racial mix,
as an exactly x-ray of the new human period we are just starting to live.
& powerful electronic beats of Amsterdam drummer Stefan Kruger,
fused with the jazz harmonies of German keyboardist Stefan Schmid, and
topped by the extraordinary voice of Rio de Janeiro's Lilian Vieira.
Suavely melodic and fiercely rhythmic, inspired and happy, inventive
and accessible, Brazilian and electronic, ZUCO 103's debut album positions
them right at the forefront of the new Brazilian movement.
By the way, Zuco 103 have previously put out a couple of tracks under
the name Rec.a (including the beautifully deep "Outro Lado"
which is included in the BRASIL 2MIL compilation).
The threesome first worked together when they produced a number of tracks
for eclectic, electro-jazz Dutch ensemble SFeQ. Enthused by the results
of that collaboration, they decided to form ZUCO 103.
Brazilian vocalist LILIAN VIEIRA arrived in the Netherlands in 1989.
She studied singing at Rotterdam Conservatory. While in exile, her awareness
of Brazilian culture and traditions developed more intensely. At first,
she performed mainly with musicians who had also grown up with Brazilian
music. But where does the influence of tradition end and where does
a performer's interpretation begin? Lilian Vieira began to explore the
possibilities offered by other musical styles. Lilian: "I didn't
want to remain stuck in one musical tradition. In fact Zuco 103 is almost
a European product. Naturally, my background provides inspiration, but
that is mainly on a rhythmic level. At the moment my main interest is
in modern European dance music".
KRUGER drums with SfeQ and New Cool Collective and is much in demand
as a studio musician: "I realized early on that there's no such
thing as a style. It doesn't just stop with jazz, funk, bossa nova or
drum'n'bass. The music we make is a mix of everything that exists, or
at least our own interpretation of all that. We leave our own musical
background behind us as far as the sound is concerned. We're continually
discovering new sounds. And new grooves. Of course to a large extent
it's the rhythm of Lilian's vocals which determines the groove."
STEFAN SCHMID was born in Munich, Germany, and has lived in Amsterdam
for a number of years: "I started as a jazz pianist. But I left
piano virtuosity and chord progressions out when working on Zuco 103
music. I want to get as far away as possible from what I've ever done
Three different backgrounds, three influences. How have they fused all
that into such a musical synthesis ? The pieces Zuco 103 record in their
musical brainstorm sessions are reworked in the studio. It's a voyage
of discovery, in search of the perfect alignment of melody, sound and
rhythm. Listening, polishing and refining until you get the exact balance
between the three elements. Constantly devising new constructions. Stefan
S.: "We record samples, examine what they are, and then manipulate
them." Stefan K.: "We're continually cooking up new recipes
with the ingredients we grow in our own garden." Lilian: "The
texts I write for Zuco 103 are based on my own experiences. My own impressions.
I write things down, I read, I think, and then the melody comes automatically."
She shuts her eyes and sings.
Zuco 103 also happen to be a real, strong live band. But how can you
get translate the technical perfection of Zuco's recordings into a concert
environment ? Stefan S.: "There's no point trying to achieve that.
Live, Zuco should be as loose as a free-jazz number. Playing live gives
you the opportunity to respond to the audience's feedback. It lets you
manipulate. It's a totally different kind of energy. Anyway, why should
you play pieces exactly the same way as on a record? . It's far more
interesting to develop musically on stage. That's how new ideas form.
And you can rework these into staple samples, sounds or melodies."
Zuco 103 appears in concert with an extended line-up, Stefan Schmid
(keyboards, sound manipulation and samplers), Stefan Kruger (drums and
sampler) and Lilian Vieira (vocals) are augmented by Has Bangert (bass),
Claus Tofft (percussion) and Kid Sublime (turntables/scratch)
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