Sergio Krakowski is a one of a kind musician, hailing originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and currently settled in New York City. Sergio plays the pandeiro, a traditional brazilian drum/ tambourine, and plays it like no other. His deep, open and imaginative sense of tradition has led him to unique explorations with the pandeiro, and collaborations with such legendary and wide-ranging artists as Maria Bethania, Edmar Castaneda, Cyro Baptista, Anat Cohen, Dave Binney and many more.
Krakowski's current trio was formed in the fall of 2013. The trio consists of the amazing Vitor Goncalves, also from Rio but based in NYC, on piano and Todd Neufeld on guitar, himself a fundamental part of the NYC improv and experimental scene. Through two years of concertizing and group research, the trio followed Krakowski's vision of rhythmic metamorphosis, and suite-like approach to original and folk song material. The resulting record "Pássaros : The Foundation of the Island" is a work of remarkable creativity and artistic maturity. Making the unique pandeiro-guitar-piano configuration sound completely seamless and natural, the trio takes the listener on an uninterrupted 42 minute suite that ranges from Krakowski's original "Carrosel de Pássaros" and samba based "Choro de Baile" to polyrhythmic arrangements of the America folk song "Wayfairing Stranger." Goncalves holds down double duty of bass figures, harmonic support and virtousic solos, Neufeld brings fiery melodic presentations and edgy solos, while Krakowski's grooves, rhythmic counterpoint and intensity drive the whole motion. Recorded in one uninterrupted live set, the beautifully recorded album is a deep artistic document, by one of today's rhythmic and conceptual leaders, with a band of ambitious musical creators.
released June 2, 2016
released May 4, 2016
Sergio Krakowski, pandeiro
Todd Neufeld, electric guitar
Vitor Goncalves, piano
Recorded May 5th 2015 at Cooper Sounds
Engineered by Vinicius Castro
Assistant engineering by Will Neal
Mixed by Ryan Streber
Mastered by Luis Bacque
Produced by Sergio Krakowski
Co-produced by Todd Neufeld and Rema Hasumi
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