The new album: Canta, Violino!
In April 2018, Ropeadope Records released my fifth studio album, Canta, Violino! a project years in the making. I moved to Rio de Janeiro in September 2014 and that month had my butt kicked in my first lesson of choro music with mandolin virtuoso Luís Barcelos. In those 60 minutes he inspired me to practice for hours a day months on end and before I knew it, I was composing choro.
Encouraged by many new musician-friends, soon I was writing Brazilian tunes of all sorts: sambas in odd time signatures, choro-jazz and other musical experiments. The music of Canta Violino! is a collection of all of this music from my earliest days of Brazilian composition in 2014 through the end of 2016. The music is as much inspired by Brazilian legends Pixinguinha and Jacob do Bandolim as it is modern groups like Snarky Puppy and Robert Glasper.
I'm ecstatic to share this music with the world and submit it to the 61st Grammy Awards! If you'd like to learn more, please check out Ropeadope's website here. To listen, simply click on "Projects" above.