Herz & Loureiro (2014)
1. Baião de Lacan (Guinga e Aldir Blanc) 5:43
2. Mosquito (Antonio Loureiro) 7:39
3. Por Cima Da Barra (Antonio Loureiro e Ricardo Herz) 5:35
4. Sambito (Lea Freire) 2:59
5. Saci (Ricardo Herz) 8:20
6. Armênia (Antonio Loureiro) 7:05
7. Cego Aderaldo (Egberto Gismonti) 6:54
8. Hipnose (Ricardo Herz) 5:35
9. Quinem Quiabo (Antonio Loureiro) 3:51
10. Lamento (Antonio Loureiro) 4:29
A rare and exciting encounter between a violin and a vibraphone
Ricardo Herz and Antonio Loureiro duet in a record for the first time
It is not a common partnership in Brazil or abroad. It only takes a quick research in some record libraries or Internet digital files to see that the duet proposed by Ricardo Herz and Antonio Loureiro, both from São Paulo city, who play the violin and the vibraphone in the record “Herz & Loureiro” (Borandá, 2014), is rare in the musical environment.
However, the originality of this encounter is just one of the record’s characteristics. It has an intimate and impressive sonority, with rich tones, accurate playing and arrangements that drive the instrument’s fusion, while letting them free enough for improvising solos.
“It’s exciting to hear the violin sound encountering the vibraphone sound; it touches you and makes you feel the music”, explains Herz. “They are impressive and magic sounds, and we hope more people can listen to this wonderful combination.”
The musicians met in São Paulo, but their partnership began in Paris, where Herz lived for many years. In 2010, when he was back in Brazil, they effectively started the duet, with regular practice and gigs.
The first adapted song was “Cego Aderaldo” (Egberto Gismonti). As it is a project that involves instrumentalists and composers, they inserted the original work from both of them. Besides rearranging songs that already existed, such as "Mosquito", "Quinem Quiabo" (both from Antonio Loureiro) and "Saci" (Ricardo Herz), other songs were created while the duet advanced, such as "Por Cima Da Barra", composed together by both parties.
Afterwards, the flute player Léa Freire wrote a song called “Sambito” especially for them. In order to give a more Brazilian touch to the repertoire, Herz and Loureiro created an arrangement for "Baião de Lacan" (Guinga/Aldir Blanc), which is the record’s first track.
The strong musical training of the musicians ensures a high-level performance. Antonio Loureiro has a Graduate Degree in percussion from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, and a Graduate Specialization in keyboard percussion. He was part of A Outra Cidade and Ramo groups, and played with renowned musicians such as Toninho Horta, Chico Amaral and Flávio Henrique. He has two solo records: “Antonio Loureiro” (2010) and “Só” (2012).
Ricardo Herz has a Graduate Degree in violin from Universidade de São Paulo, and was a member of the Experimental Repertoire Orchestra and the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra. Also, he studied at Berklee College of Music (USA) and at Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood (France). He has four records; “Aqui é o meu lá” (2012) is the newest one, recorded with his trio.
“In a certain way, I feel like walking through the classical universe again, after a long time dedicated to the popular language. I am looking for additional elements”, said Herz, that works to spread the violin presence in jazz and the Brazilian popular music for more than 15 years. “The technical essence of our instruments comes from the classical school, but the duet’s work is freer and is not limited to what is written”, explains Loureiro.
In fact, the vibraphone player does not like labels and classifications. “I don’t like to differentiate popular from classical. For me it’s all music”, he says.
Another highlight of the CD is the quality of sound recording. André Mehmari is the recording, capturing, mixing and mastering director. “He is not only an amazing musician and composer, but also a great sound engineer – and only few people know it”, says Herz.
On the sleeve notes of the CD, Mehmari says he was also surprised with the idea of combining violin and vibraphone. “Unlikely, audacious, new, unusual and a bit weird”, he thought. But then he enjoyed the “magical mix of several sounds and colors from the happy encounter of two inspired artists”.
The musicians are also excited. “The result is so harmonious that we are surprised”, says Loureiro. Listeners must experience the same feeling.