Yulia Musayelyan (flute) * Gustavo Assis Brasil (guitars) * Gilson Schachnik (keyboards) * Fernando Huergo (bass) * Mauricio Zottarelli (drums, percussion)
Special guests on "Canto das Três Raças": Christine Vaindirlis, Yukari Roja and Milene Corso
MOZIK is a collaboration between pianist Gilson Schachnik and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli. The group offers a muscular new take on Brazilian jazz through their original compositions and unique arrangements of classic songs, showcasing many different styles and grooves. Their captivating album MOZIK reflects their deep engagement with Brazilian rhythms and forms, filtered through their love of the early fusion of Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock.
The group includes a fascinating international cast of musicians, including Brazilian guitarist Gustavo Assis-Brasil, Russian flutist Yulia Musayelyan and Argentine bassist Fernando Huergo. The quintet navigates effortlessly the intricate grooves with much precision and power, from Afoxé beats to Maracatú grooves, baião, samba, folkloric melodies, and bossa-nova and jazz inspired harmonies.
Mozik was selected by the prestigious blog “Jazz Station” by Arnaldo deSouteiro, as the #1 best new talent of 2011, and included on their “15 best CDs of 2011”. Mozik was also selected as a “Top Pick” of 2012 by Jazz Inside Magazine. The project has been praised by many important publications such as Downbeat Magazine, All About Jazz, Jazz Inside, Jazz Drummer World and Modern Drummer Magazine Brazil, among many others.
Some press quotes for "MOZIK":
"Seamlessly blending funk, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms… The quintet's music is both warm and intelligent."
All About Jazz
“Vivacious and exciting.”
“They just sound so connected. It is rare to find an album that just radiates sunshine and good vibes from the first note, but Mozik is one of those rarities. Highly recommended.”
Music Watch - UK
“A true success.”
1| WEB'S SAMBA
2| A FELICIDADE
3| O AMOR EM PAZ
4| EYE OF THE HURRICANE
8| CANTO DAS TRÊS RAÇAS
Produced by Gilson Schachnik and Mauricio Zottarelli
Recorded at Berklee College of Music, Studio A, on December 21st & 22nd, 2010.
Recording Engineer: Alejandro Rodriguez
Recording Assistant: Taurees Habib
Additional recording: Wellspring Sound, Acton MA
Ubuntu Studios, Brooklyn, NY by Christine Vaindirlis
Mixed/Mastered at Bass Hit Studios NYC by David Darlington
Graphic Design Gabriel Kogan & Renata Bacheschi
This recording was made possible by a Faculty Recording Grant awarded by Berklee College of Music.