Here are some photos from our two nights playing at one of our favorite spots, Nighttown in Cleveland, OH, this past November. Many thanks to Mara Rubin for the awesome photos!
After a small hiatus, MOZIK will be playing a couple of shows in November 2014.
We just recently performed at the super cool Arsenal Center for the Arts (Watertown, MA) back in September of this year, and we had a great time.
Check out these next few dates, and if we are playing close to where you are, come by!
Nov 20 – 12:30pm
Cambridge School of Weston, MA – website
Nov 21 – 12pm
Penn State Erie, PA – link/info
Nov 21&22 – 8:30pm
Nighttown – Cleveland, OH
MOZIK was on the road in mid-july for a series of live dates and special performances, and it was a lot of fun!
The band had the amazing José Pienasola on bass on these dates (filling in for Fernando) and in 2 performances we also had the great vocalist Kênia with us. We had a blast! The shows were in NYC, Washington DC, Boston, and 3 special performances in Cleveland, OH – the group presented a clinic for the participants of 2 camps in the city: the Tri-C and the Latin Jazz camps.
On the evening of July 11th the group had a special show for the camp attendees, and we were blessed by the presence of a true latin jazz master, Mr. Bobby Sanabria, who sat in with the group on a couple of songs. Great times!!!
JULY Dates! And…. Special Guests!!
We are very excited to play for you on our dates coming up in July:
6 – Metropolitan Room – NYC
7 – Twins Jazz – Washington DC
9 – Beehive – Boston MA
11 – Nighttown – Cleveland OH (free show for the Jazz Camps)
12 – Clinic at Tri C Camp – Cleveland OH
12 – Nighttown, Cleveland OH
13 – Nighttown, Cleveland OH
We are also very happy to have the amazing bassist and great friend of ours for a long time, José Pienasola, playing bass on these dates with us, covering for Fernando. Here is a little about our dear “Pié”:
Born January 13,1951, in Sao Roque, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Mr. Pienasola began formal classical studies in 1964 at Carlos Gomes conservatory in Sao Paulo. In 1965 Pienasola recorded and toured Japan and Europe with “Acaru”, one of the greatest Brazilian Jazz group on the international jazz scene. In 1968, he joined Dick Farney quartet an extremely popular group in the bossa nova era in which he toured all over world.
Since the 60’s Jose Pienasola has been performing with some incredible musicians such as: Jeff Stout, Garrison Fewell, Andy Bauer, Tony Lada, Mike Turk, Helio Alves, Portinho, Duduka da Fonceca, Paulo Braga, Dario Esquenazi, Cidinho Teixeira, Vini Pienasola, Johnny Alf, Peri Ribeiro, Lucio Alves, Francis Hime, Rosa Maria, Jamelao, Leandro Braga, Olivia Bayton, Marco Pereira, Jair Rodrigues, Victor Bighone.
In 1987 he was awarded the Clef Trophy by the Brazilian Musician Union which was given for bossa nova best performers. Mr. Pienasola is also the recipient of the ASPCN trophy (Association of Sao Paulo?s Night Clubs). Awarded full professional scholarship at Berklee College of Music in1992 when Mr. Pienasola moved to Boston. He also received an outstanding performance Award at the Cambridge jazz Festival. In 1993 he toured of Japan with Marco Bosco and performed at Blue Note at Tokyo In 1994 he went on the road again with an International tour with Brazil Zum Zum Zum Brazilian dance company, 1998 Jair Rodrigues, tour of Brazil, In 1999 recorded in Brazil with; Chico Buarque, Emilio Santiago, Johnny Alf, Leandro Braga, Ze Geraldo, Denise Reis, Beth Carvalho, Ney Matogrosso, Leny Andrade, Elba Ramalho, Zelia Duncan, Djavan, Gal Costa, Azymuth, Maria Betania, Cristina de Holanda, Zeca Pagodinho, Marcos Valle etc. Recordings in USA with Leandro Braga, Bob Minzter, Teka and Paris Garden Planet Project, Fernando Holst, Nika, Portinho, Alfredo Cardin, Joao Marcos, Mike Turk, Leny Andrade, Conexao Brazil, Now Mr. Pienasola can be found performing at: Sculler’s jazz Club, Hilton Hotel, Gallery jazz festival, 150 Night Club, John Hancock, Park Plaza, Plataforma Restaurant, Coffey shop, Zinc Bar, amongst others etc.
On July 7th and 13th we’ll be performing alongside the fantastic singer Kenia. Here is a little bit about her:
Kenia Acioly was born into a family of Italian origins in the city of Nova Iguaçu, a distant working class suburb of Rio de Janeiro.
Kenia’s family moved to Copacabana a few years after, and in later years she also lived in Niterói and Leblon. Each stop along the way provided opportunities to explore the local cultural peculiarities that go into making Rio and its neighboring environs one of the world’s most exotic locales.
An interest in music came early; she studied piano and learned to play the guitar by ear. Singing however, became her path to success in music world. Influenced by such Brazilian greats as the late Elis Regina, she also began listening to such North American artists as Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRea and George Benson. And her choice of music to interpret came not from the bossa nova of the 1960s but from the talents of the generation of composers that followed and put the Brazilian sound on the world map once again.
Arriving in the U.S. in 1980, Kenia quickly established herself as the new Brazilian singer on the scene and recorded her debut in the States with trumpeter Claudio Roditi on his album Red on Red. Several years later, she launched her solo recording career, producing four popular and critically-acclaimed albums for the MCA and Denon labels between 1987 and 1991. She also established herself as one of the most popular and successful U.S. based Brazilian musicians since the heyday of Sergio Mendes and Brazil ‘66. In 1997, Kenia launched her own label, Mooka Records, with a particularly ambitious effort; Project Ivan Lins, a tribute to the one of Brazil’s most prolific and popular contemporary songwriters, featuring Lins himself as a special guest.
MOZIK will be going out on a small tour in July!
Check out our GIGS page for all the details, links for tickets, and etc!
We’ll be passing through NYC, Boston, Washington DC and Cleveland.
If you can, we recommend you make early reservations and/or buy tickets in advance, to make sure you have a spot to see us. The links are listed on our GIGS page. We look forward to meeting up with some of you!
Just a quick note to let you know that we are working on some bookings for July 2013, so stay tuned…. we’ll announce the dates and details very soon.
In the meantime, we have a couple of shows already confirmed:
July 6th @ Metropolitan Room, in NYC
July 7th @ Twins Jazz, Washington DC
more to come…. check back soon!
MOZIK will participate on this great event that promotes some of the very best true creative forces in the new and modern Brazilian Music scene. Don’t miss it!!!
At: Le Poisson Rouge NYC
January 14th at 10pm
With: MOZIK, Gabriel Santiago, Pedro Moraes, Sergio Krakowski, Ivo Senra trio, Elissa Cassini
More info and tickets- click here.
Enthused with the drive to share with the world some of the most experimental, out of the beaten path, contemporary Brazilian artists, the Brazilian Explorative Music showcase gears up for its second edition, and brings to the underground Greenwich Village stage of the Le Poisson Rouge a lineup covering an even wider ground of fusion and vibrating investigation.
The Explorative concept, as put forth by curator and songwriter Pedro Moraes, draws from a centennial tradition of musical innovators, who have, both individually and as members of movements such as Choro, Bossa Nova, Tropicalia and Clube da Esquina, catalyzed innovation from canon, universal from indigenous, timeless from vanguardist. Although enjoying less publicity over the last couple of decades than other musical scenes bearing more radio-friendly beats and sociologically seductive leads, aesthetically explorative music in Brazil is thriving — and during this evening, from brazilian jazz to other forms of instrumental music, from modern songwriting to contemporary electro-acoustic music, some of this universe will reveal itself.
In between sets, music videos of other artists of this generation will be played, so that a wider variety within this scene can be experienced.
Mozik was performing and teaching classes at Boise State University in Boise, ID this past December, as part of their jazz series in partnership with the Boise Jazz Society. We had a blast playing a sold out concert to a very appreciative and enthusiastic crowd at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy. Many thanks to all the folks at the BJS for bringing us to Boise. We are looking forward to seeing you soon again!