London-based Brazilian drummer and music producer Naná Rizinni presents her new album "Maracujá Azedo" ("Sour Passion Fruit").
Produced during lockdown and featuring musicians from all over the world, “Maracujá Azedo” started being written in São Paulo, where Rizinni is originally from, and was finished in London, where she currently lives. The album is the result of a new perspective regarding her approach to drums and will be released by Brazilian record label Umbilical.
The list of guest musicians is huge: on bass, Fábio Sá, André Whoong, Ana Karina Sebastião and Cleanto Neto; on piano, Vitor Arantes, Rafael Montorfano and Bruno Venturim; on saxophone, Filipe Nader and Anderson Quevedo; on trumpet and flugelhorn, Amílcar Rodrigues and Fernando Goldenberg; on percussion, Lenis Rino and Guga Machado; on synthesizers (and as a co-writer of one of the tracks), Pedro Rangel. As if this wasn’t enough, Rizinni also managed to invite New York keyboardist Jason Lindner, known for his work with David Bowie and jazz artists such as Donny McCaslin and Mark Guiliana.
Besides composing, producing and playing drums, Naná Rizinni is responsible for the synthesizers, electronic programming and sound effects which define the singular aesthetic of this work. If Rizinni was to choose a wide enough umbrella for a bold proposal like this, that would be contemporary jazz, but the drummer from São Paulo also states "I've always found quite uninteresting the need to categorize an album or an artist; I always was and still am being built by different stories, influences and experiences; music is subjective and unexpected"