LUNA COHEN GROUP

   Music from Brazil has a long tradition in Catalonia, a land where the main artists of the genre have had great success -like Caetano Veloso, who dedicated a piece to Barcelona- and where successful projects have emerged in the style of “bossanova”, “samba”, “Brazilian jazz” and other musical flavors from that vast country. Bands with or without Brazilian native musicians, sometimes unorthodox and other times bound to the strictest tradition, soaked with the mixed nature of a society opened to the Latin American culture. The Brazilian Luna Cohen, who has been connected, for years, to the most dynamic and alternative circles of Catalan jazz, is one of the latest exponents of a particular form of understanding -and interpreting- a musical tradition that is “learned”. (After all, this tradition is not rooted in the cultural background of this side of the world). That is the process the musicians of several generations that accompany her went through, and it is also a path she herself had to walk, because she re-encountered the musical culture from her country in Barcelona, where she arrived just over a decade ago, and in Terrassa, where she currently lives. In Estrada do sol (Temps Record, 2012), the CD she presents in this performance, Cohen has taken the title of a song composed by the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim to entitle her debut album, created with the complicity of the excellent accompanying band. Besides, it is also a recording with almost all the songs written by her.

   If there is anything that defines the culture of Brazil, it is their vital artistic expressions. Unlike other darker genres, Brazilian music is a series of eminently cheerful music, colorful, rhythmic and sensorial with an occasional breath of melancholic sadness, but always from the celebration of life. That is, in fact, found in the work of Luna Cohen, an artist who appeals to the desires, hopes, worries, stories, scenery, passages of her lively, bright and generous personality that has already captivated the critics of Brazil. Luna sings with a velvety, sensitive voice wrapped up by the expertise of her fellow travellers, young jazz talents, geniuses in the black music scene in Barcelona and renowned artists and sidemen, composers and arrangers of some pieces on the disc. Together they form an outstanding group of music.

   During the ninety-minute concert, traditional Brazilian rhythms merge with other forms of contemporary popular music, the idiosyncrasy of the exotic spreads all over and one imagines the sun has come out where before there was only darkness, and the tropics go through Cadaqués*  Martí Farré


*(Cadaqués is a beautiful and typical small town in the Catalonian coast. Artists such as Dalí, Duchamps and Picasso lived there and were inspired by the village, its inhabitants and amazing surroundings. It is also the title of a song in this show.)


Members:

 

Luna Cohen voice

 

Joel Moreno Codinachs  guitar

 

Jordi Santanach sax and flute

 

Pere Loewe double bass

 

Acari Bertran percussion

 

Jefferson Otto drums

Luna Cohen (voice) Belo Horizonte (Brasil), 1976

 

He moved his native Brazil to Barcelona to finish studying Arts. However, she changed to follow her musical interests and enrolled at the school which was near her home, el Taller de Músics, where she was pupil of Joan Chamorro and especially the vocalist Errol Woiski. 

Her first steps as a professional musician, were singing with the pianist Martin Ventura, and the saxophonist Guim Garcia. In her prolific career, she also worked with Jorge Rossy, Marc Ayza, Boquera Abel, Henry Oliver, Jose Alberto Medina and in the of pop-rock style, with David Brown -member of the group Brazzaville- and also with the arranger and producer Charles Slim. She has also collaborated with electronic music producers Leo Cavallo and Dani Trujillo. 

In 2012 he published the CD Estrada do Sol (Times Record), which began a highly successful as singer. The album was presented among other iconic spaces like Jamboree and Nova Jazz Cava in Terrassa and enjoyed considerable media attention. Achieving Award in 2013 for Best New Enderrock 2013 Jazz Proposal. 

In 2012, Luna Cohen also sang on duet with the legendary Jayme Marques. 

In year 2014 has released the album Flor do Cerrado, work is considered by critics as her maturity work. 

In parallel, is collaborating on a musical project with the World Health Organization to raise awareness and visibility of people affected by Chagas disease.

 

Joel Moreno Codinachs (guitar) Barcelona, 1973

 

   He is one of the most renowned jazz guitarists in Barcelona. Pupil of Mario Rossy and Albert Cubero, he completed his studies in The Hague, where he was a student of Eef Albers, Peter Nieuwerf and Heijn van de Geijn, and in New York, where he studied at New York University with a scholarship from La Caixa and had the opportunity to share experiences with Peter Bernstein, John Scofield and

Jean Michel Pilc. In the Big Apple in 2009 he recorded his debut solo album, Emergexit (Errabal, 2010), along with American musicians in the legendary studios Systems Two. The recording was well received by both the critics and the public, and a track from it was selected to be included in the CD Jazz from Catalonia 2010, published by the Department of Culture of the Government of Catalonia. In addition to his solo career, Moreno Codinachs works as a music educator and an arranger, and he has collaborated with musicians as Martí Ventura, Oriol Roca and the band Folkincats, and accompanied singers, in duo setting and larger formations, such as Sabina Witt, Diana Palau and, of course, Luna Cohen.

 

Jordi Santanach (sax and flute) Barcelona, 1978 

 

   He studied saxophone in the Conservatory of Barcelona and flute in the Conservatory of Sabadell. Later, he broadened his training at Taller de Músics (Barcelona) with Alfons Carrascosa, and at the School of Music of Bellaterra, with Eladio Reinón. In The Hague he completed his studies with John Rouco and Ton Roos, and attended several master classes with Dave Liebman, Michael Brecker, Chris Cheek and Rick Margitza. In Holland he also collaborated with Konninklijk Big Band, accompanying Slide Hampton and Kenny Wheeler at the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival, and with the platform of improvisation Meeting Point. When he returned to Barcelona he worked on projects as diverse as Santanach GOO & Nelson Project, Enric Carreras Eclectic Project, Fundación Tony Manero, Los Fulanos and Díscipulos de Otilia. In 2007 he founded with Oriol Roca and Albert Juan the collective improvisation CREATE Lab. Santanach is one of the most well known new musicians of Catalan jazz.

 

Pere Loewe (double bass) Barcelona, 1976

 

   Between 1989 and 1997 he studied bass and double bass at Taller de Músics and participated in specific seminars in Barcelona, Seville and Tel Aviv. In 1995 he started classical double bass studies at the Conservatori del Liceu, in Barcelona, and completed them at the Conservatory of Barcelona, ESMUC and in Berlin. He has Bachelors in Classical double bass (2004) and Jazz double bass (2011). Loewe boasts a long career with collaborations with Chano Domínguez, Fabio Miano, Perico Sambeat, Michael P. Mossman, Jim Rotondi, Jorge Rossy, Gorka Benítez, Jordi Bonell, Albert Bover, Raynald Colom, the Municipal Band of Barcelona and many more. He has performed at festivals in Spain and Portugal and has been selected to be part of the show posters for Young Jazz in Catalonia in 1992 and 1993, and the Young Music circuits of the Spanish Institute for Youth (INJUVE), in 1999 and 2001. In his long discography he has recorded with DeDiego Brothers, Esther Andújar, Jordi Matas Brazuka Matraka and obviously Luna Cohen.

 

Acari Bertran (percussion) Badalona, 1978

 

   He studied cello and music theory at the Conservatory of Badalona between 1990 and 1994. Later he began studying percussion in the school of modern music in Badalona and later with Ernest Martinez Enildo Rasua (congas), David Dominguez (flamenco cajón), Aleix tobias (percussion Iberica) Sengane N'gom (Sabar, Senegal percussion). For a while he translladr in Brazil and Senegal where he knew firsthand the peculiarities of their native folklore student teachers in each country. He has worked on several projects in the field flamenco, Mediterranean music, jazz and world music-essence, maracatu (Brazilian percussion), N'geweul djarama (Senegalese percussion) Gútum, Coetus (percussion of the Iberian Peninsula) , Utròpic, among others. He has collaborated and shared the stage with artists such as Eliseo Parra, Silvia Perez Cruz, Aleix Tobias, Kepa Junkera, Marina Rosell, Xavi Lozano Dodou N'Diaye Rose, Eduard Iniesta Refree Mario Mas, Benjamin Taubkin  and Luna Cohen.

 

Jefferson Otto (drums) Curitiba (Brasil), 1973

 

   At the early age of 13 he began studying drums and percussion in his hometown, after founding a pop-rock band. Eventually, he became interested in Brazilian Popular Music and Jazz, and learned to play both styles by himself. He then started a prolific career in Curitiba and other cities in Brazil. Between 1994 and 1996 he taught drums, percussion and music theory at the Mozarteum School of Curitiba. He has a Bachelor in Journalism (1999). He moved to Tenerife in 2000 and to Madrid in 2002. Finally he settled in Barcelona in 2003, where he lives now. Otto is considered to be one of the best and most versatile drummers in Barcelona. Among others, he has performed with Ramiro Pinheiro, Gafieira Muda,Wagner Pá, Martín Laportilla, the Arab Orchestra of Barcelona, Asíkides, Inga, Mothergroove Rodrigo Balduino, Joao Oliveira and Judinho Cruz.