Fri March 6, 2020

Emiliano Sampaio Mega Mereneu Project (BRA/A)

Jakob Helling, Gerhard Ornig, Emmanuel Feiner, Žan Cesar: trumpets
Luis Bonilla, Karel Eriksson, Alexander Ladreiter, Johannes Oppel: trombones
Jonatan Herrgesell, Nicolo Loro, Jaka Arh, Oleksandr Ryndenko: reeds
Thomas Fröschel: reeds
Michael Lagger: piano
Michael Ringer: bass
Luis Oliveira: drums
Emiliano Sampaio: guitar, compositions

Emiliano Sampaio Mega Mereneu Project

The big band Mega Mereneu Project put some of the best musicians living in Styria together and present the new album “Music for Small and Large Ensembles”, released in February 2019.

The band is the expanded version of the nonet Mereneu Project, created by Emiliano Sampaio, Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist living in Austria since 2012.

Emiliano works as instrumentalist, composer and conductor and has already worked with the Metropole Orkest (Holland), the HR Big Band (Frankfurt), the HRT Big Band (Zagreb), the Big Band and the Singers (Copenhagen), the Fette Huppe (Hannover) and the Brazilian big bands Mere Big Band, Jerimum Big Band and Speaking Jazz (Sao Paulo).

This new big band album benefits from the participation of writers, singers, poetry slammers as well as fantastic musicians.
Besides instrumental works, the big band also interprets songs written for the texts of the Danish writer Ursula Andkjær Olsen. Two other pieces named “Islamwissenschaften” and “Ist es Möglich” were both written in partnership with the German poetry slammers David Friedrich and Thomas Spitzer. Their texts are intelligent and sarcastic.

Seine Bigband ist sensationell, es gibt keine Schwachstelle. (Concerto Magazin, 2019)

Irgendwie wird man den Eindruck nicht los, hier bewerbe sich wer für die Erste Liga der Top-Arrangeure. (Fono Forum, 2019)

Emiliano has created an exceptional collection of original compositions. Emiliano clearly has the mastery of craft and respect for these traditions to be able to absorb these elements to create something that is his own. (Dr. David Lisik, Professor at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 2018)

Mr. Sampaios´s originality is undoubtably putting a huge smile on the faces of Gil Evans, Moacir Santos and Rachmaninoff. Simply put: musical poetry in motion. (Luis Bonilla, Professor at the Manhattan School of Music NY, 2016)

Emiliano Sampaio is an amazingly talented young Brazilian guitarist, trombonist, composer and arranger (…) His music is complex and beautiful. He is a “tourist” with a ticket to great things. I look forward to enjoying the ride. (Frank Alkyer, Downbeat Magazine, 2015)