Blessed Land (Terra Abençoada) is track 1 of CD Art of Loving
HUGO BRAULE presents his first CD Art of Loving for tracks download. The CD contains 11 themes and arrangements of his own. The tunes go
from the Modern Samba to Jazz Funk, merging into
Jazz, Fusion and the Bossa Nova.
The password of this work is the research on
afro-brazilian rhythms in the Jazz idiom, using
contemporary aesthetic parameters. The jazz,
added to the heritage of Bossa Nova, or Modern
Samba, are the focus of attention in Braule's regard.
JORNAL EDIÇÃO 97 - 2005 PÁGINA 8
D A S G R A V A D O R A S
por José Domingos Raffaelli
Hugo Braule – Arte de Amar
O pianista, compositor e arranjador Hugo Braule é uma ave rara entre os instrumentistas brasileiros. Sua concepção abrangente confere às suas composições e aos seus arranjos um caráter essencial dentro das suas interpretações em vez de meramente servirem de simples trampolins para os solos. Ele exterioriza essa concepção nos solos transformando suas improvisações em extensões de desenvolvimentos temáticos.
“Arte de Amar” (HB/Independente), produzido pelo próprio Braule, foi gravado de 1993 a 2002, reunindo três formações distintas com Roberto Stepheson (saxes tenor/soprano), Augusto Mattoso (baixo), Cesar Machado e Marcos Vasconcellos (bateria), Marcos Trança (percussão) , Vittor Santos trombone em “2 X0”) e Thata Menezes (vocal).
Os arranjos de “Terra Abençoada”, “Just That”, “ O Monge Fala” e “2 X 0” realçam a massa sonora coletiva, sendo difícil acreditar que ouvimos apenas dois instrumentos de sopro na linha de frente. Também há momentos de trio, destacando o lírico-bouncing “Nanci”, “Samba Blue” (solos articulados do pianista e de Mattoso), “Você Não Precisava Dizer” (novamente Braule e o baixista em destaque). “ O Tom Me Disse” (melodia simples de bela harmonia), a música-título (cantada por Thata Menezes) e “Let It Go” (em piano solo).
Três números com o conjunto possuem atrativos suficientes para reter a atenção do ouvinte. O arranjo de “O Monge Fala” alterna uníssonos com passagens de piano em solo e “2 X 0” oferece uma soberba interpretação de Vittor Santos destilando sua habitual fluência, flexibilidade e inventividade. “Sebastian”, com tintas latinas de salsa acentuadas pela percussão de Marcos Trança, é agraciado por solos de Braule e Stepheson (sax-soprano).
HUGO BRAULE, was born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in the South Zone on a neighborhood called Leblon, nearby the beach, where he began his piano studies at the age of six. Bound by the cultural excitement of the 60thies he first learned about "Bossa-Nova" and the Jazzman of his youth, mainly the pianist THELONIOUS MONK, a remarkable influence in his musical development. During childhood and adolescence he took piano lessons with teachers MARIA CALAZANS and WILMA GRAÇA.
Incentivated by guitar lessons with singer WANDA SÁ he participated in 67, at the age 17 of the "Student Festival of Rede Globo Television Network" where he classified two songs arranged by maestros LYRIO PANICALLI and WALTEL BLANCO. In 68 he won a third place at the "Festival of Christian Youth", sponsored by Sào Judas Tadeu Chuch, performed at Sala Cecília Meirelles.
By this time he began to play piano at night clubs in town. He played in the "CHALK GROUP" in 75, along with flutist MAGNUS PIRES, which adopted the concepts "fusion" and "progessive" just introduced by MILES DAVIS in the albuns "Filmore" and "Bitches Brew".
He played in teather plays and musicals.. In 75 he studied with pianist JACQUES KLEIN and his assistant GLÓRIA MARIA FONSECA COSTA in a free course held by Conservatório Brasileiro de Música. At the UFRJ School of Music he has been under pianist MIRIAM RAMOS. He worked as accompanist at FUNARJ Ballet School. He performed as concert pianist in Classical Recitals at several Concert Halls in town and other states.
In 81 he won a prize at the V CONCURSO NACIONAL DE PIANO DO IMUCSal-BAHIA. He undergraduate (B.A.)in Piano at UFRJ in 82. In 83 he won a scholarship held by CAPES (Brazilian Government) for Graduation in the U.S.A. at EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, in CHARLESTON, where he received his MASTER OF ARTS (M.A.) in 85. There he studied with PETER HERSTERMANN, composer in residence. He has been also under pianist KENNETH DRAKE, at University of Illinois in CHAMPAIGN. Yet in the period 85/86 he studied with OZAN MARSH at the University of Arizona in TUCSON.
Back to Brasil in 86 he decided to stay in the country and put into practice his projects, begining in 87 to compose and arrange the tunes that became part of the CD "Arte de Amar" of 1998. Yet in 87 he performed a show with part of the CD's repertoire at the Paço Imperial (The former Imperial Palace).
In 1990 he performed at Casa de Cultura Laura Alvim along with PAULO RUSSO, bass, THEOMAR FERREIRA, drums and JUAREZ ARAÚJO,tenor sax, showing more compositions from theCD.
In 93 he composed and recorded the sound track of the play "O FIEL CAMAREIRO" by RONALD HARWOOD, directed by PAULO AFONSO DE LIMA.
In 96/97 he initiated the production house "TRACK MASTER PRODUÇÕES & COMERCIAL LTDA.", introducing advanced concepts of "acoustic suspension" in the studio project and construction, adapting materials originally projected to the automotive industry.
In 1998 he is dedicated to the publishing, editing and introducing to the marketing of his first solo work, the CD "Arte de Amar" ("Art of Lovin") and has published his Home page in the Internet.
in 2000 he creates the Musical Play “ARY BARROSO CONTEMPORÂNEO – A GAITA DO ARY”.
In Decenber 2001 he creates the instrumental show "ARTE DE AMAR".
From the 2002 on he has been performing at the Vinícius Piano Bar, along with singer MAURÍCIO DETONI and percussionist MARCOS TRANÇA.
By November 2002 he presents his project " ARY BARROSO - HERANÇA DO POVO" to SECRETARIA DE ESTADO DE CULTURA, under the benefits of CULTURE INCENTIVE LAW.
In 2002/2003 he played piano at the “IRMANDADE DE SANTA CRUZ DOS MILITARES” festivicties.
During July, 2003, HUGO BRAULE played alone at the BARRA-SQUARE Shopping Center´s “Happy-Hour”. The repertoire were Standards, Bossa-Nova and inédits from the CD “Arte de Amar”.
In 2003 he performed at "VINÍCIUS SHOW BAR” succesfully by the second consecutive year. By November of the same year he recorded "live" the CD “PARA SEMPRE BOSSA-NOVA”.
By Setember 2004 he presented at "SALA BADEN POWELL" his Musical Play “Ary Barroso Contemporâneo – A Gaita do Ary”.
By December 2004 he has been hired by the inheritors in order to identufy and restore the ARY BARROSO´S INEDIT MUSICAL HEAP, fixing, getting out from acetate and writng for piano the composer´s works.
By 2005 he presented the show “Bossa Nova Forever” at Teatro Ipanema, in Rio. In the same year he released his CD “Art of Loving” at Sushi Bar Lagoa, in Rio, along with Luca Maciel – acoustic bass and Paulo Kamanga – drums.
By 2006 he performed piano solo shows at Espírito das Artes, Cobal Humaitá and at Piano Bar Bis. On May 2006 he performed piano solo at "BIS". By March 2007 he launched his HB RECORDING STUDIO, downtown, in Rio de Janeiro. In 2008 Hugo Braule is preparing to start recording piano performances for the internet and a new Piano Solo album project among others. Moreover he just inaugurated by August 25, 2008, HB_ITVLive (Interactive Ineternet TV Live) http://www.livestream.com/hb_itvlivepresenting "CHALK BOX" his first TV Show, now on the AIR, along with more 32 videos. In 2011 he launched his Publishing, Production and Editing House and became an independent entrepreneur. In 2012 he is preparing to launch his Coffee and Jazz Club "The Jazz & The Samba", downtown Rio.
Cesar Machado was born in Barra do Piraí, RJ. He studied symphonic Percussion at Villa-Lobos Music School and played with important world jazz musicians such as vibraphonist and mouth horn player Hendrix Menkeus, the vibraphonist David Freedmann, saxophonist Paquito de Rivera, guitarrist Vitor Biglione, alto saxophonist Idriss Boudrioua, pianist Aécio Flávio, among others. He worked with brazilian singers Nana Cayimmi, Maria Bethania, Leny Andrade, Emílio Santiago e Baby do Brasil, among others.Performed at the Free Jazz Festival in 1990.
Marcos Vasconcellos is from Rio de Janeiro. He studied drums under José Thomas (Coroa) and studied Music Theory at Villa-Lobos School of Music. He worked with singer Nabby Clifford.
Augusto Mattoso is from Rio de Janeiro. He studied upright bass under Paulo Russo and Antonio Arzolla and undergraduated in full licenciateship in Music at UNIRIO. At the present he is taking a B.A. in upright bass at the same University. He played with trumpetist Paulinho Trumpete, the drummer Robertinho Silva, saxophonist Raul Mascarenhas, guitarrist Nelson Faria, drummer Claudio Caribé, pianist Dario Galante and saxophonist Ion Muniz. He worked in Rio Jazz Orchestra and with singers Marisa Gata Mansa and Pery Ribeiro. He has been to Europ with the group Brasil Barroco.
Roberto Stepheson is from Fortaleza, Ceará. He studied at the Ceará Music Conservatory and at the Ceará State University. He is taking a B.A. in full licenciateship in Music at UNIRIO. He studied harmony with José Lima, group and coral practice with H. J. Koelreuter, contemporary music with Lindenberg Cardoso, conducting with Repegá Fermanian and Hernany Aguiar. He studied saxophone with Idriss Boudrioua. He played with bass player Adriano Giffoni, trumpetist Newton Rodrigues, drummer Paschoal Meirelles and trombonist Vittor Santos. He worked and recorded with singers João do Valle, Morais Moreira, Claudio Nucci, Ruy (ex-Menudo), Billy Paul, Emílio Santiago and Simone. He teaches saxophone at the Brazilian Conservatory of Music. He played at the Juarez Araújo and Maestro Cipó Orchestras.
Marcos Trança is from Rio de janeiro. Selftaught, he has been in apprenticeship in Europe with cuban percussionist Rogelio Garcia and african percussionists Paco Ye and Frères Coutibaly. He studied "rumba flamenca" and several andine rhythms In Brasil. he studied under Marcelo Salazar and played in Escolas de Samba. He performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival Off and at the Leysin Festival. He performed in Switzerland and in France. He works with singer Daniel Gonzaga.
Vittor Santos is from Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro. He studied Tuba and music theory under conductor Alberto de Araújo Lopes. He initiated his professional career at the age 14. He played in balls and proms and in 1985, at the age 19 he started working for several singers at shows and recordings. In this same year he set up the "Orquestra de Vittor Santos", performing all over the country and recorded the albuns "Aquarelas Brasileiras" and "Um toque Tropical". He also took part at the movie "Banana Split" and the TV series "Anos Rebeldes". He was the trombonist and band leader of the "Orquestra In Concert" and, harmony and arranging professor of the homonymous school which held that orchestra. In 1994 he released "Trombone" his first CD solo by the label "Leblon Records" and in 1997 the CD "Sem Compromisso" by the same label. He performed as arranger or trombonist with Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Caetano Veloso, Leny Andrade, Gal Costa, Moraes Moreira, Miltinho, Elsa Soares, Ivan Lins, Tim Maia, Leila Pinheiro, Fátima Guedes, Antonio Adolfo, Ed Motta, Almir Chediack and many others.. He performed at the latest recordings of the Maestro Antônio Carlos Jobim, one of his favorite musicians.
Tahta Menezes is from Belo Horizonte, Minas Geraes and comes from from a family of musicians. Her father is the pianist and maestro Aécio Flávio and her mother the singer Nilza Menezes. She grew up within the recording studios and since she was at the age of five, long before she was able to read she already sang jingles. With her pleasing, sweet and charming timber of voice is praised by names like: Chico Buarque de Holanda, Billy Blanco, Miele, Jane Duboc, Zélia Duncan, Peri Ribeiro, Sara Benchimol, Mauro Ferreira, Braulio Netto among others. She worked Luiz Carlos Miele, Tito Madi, pianist Aécio Flávio, drummer Cesar Machado, bassist Claudio Rosa, to name a few. Her career also includes participations in Jingles for Coca-Cola, Rádio Globo, Rádio 98FM, Rádio Tupi, political campaigns and TV shows such as Miele & Cia, Clodovil, Edna Savaget, Studio Jazz, among others.. At the present she is presenting the Show "Swingueira Brasileira" besides Aécio Fávio, Cesar Machado and Claudio Rosa at the "Little Club" the former birthplace of bossa-nova back in the years 60. She just released her first CD solo.