Brazilian violinist Ricardo Herz has just released his fourth album, Aqui e o meu la, with several newly composed songs of his own authorship, in which the swing, the groove and sexy improvisation set the tone.
In building his own personal style of playing, Herz has reinvented the way the violin can be played. His technique has allowed him to bring out unexpected twists from his violin, such as making the instrument sound like an accordion, or even like a rabeca, which are perfect for Brazilian grooves such as the forro and the choro. Herz's main influences are Dominguinhos, Luiz Gonzaga, Egberto Gismonti and Jacob do Bandolim.
During the 9 years in which he lived in Paris, Herz enhanced his technique under the guidance and mentorship of jazz master Didier Lockwood. He improvised with North-African rhythms such as the chabi. He also traveled the world with his music: Herz has played in major festivals and venues around the world, from Malaysia to Mexico, from Israel to Denmark, including South America and Caribbean in between.
This year album marks his return to his Brazilian homeland. To celebrate it, Ricardo has released Aqui e o meu la, with fellow musicians Pedro Ito (drums and percussion) and Michi Ruzitschka (7-string guitar). This album truly represents what Herz has lived (and played) through in the last 10 years: there are forros, choros, chamames and ballads. Most importantly, there are incredible solos, unpredictable beats and true musical passion.
Brazilian music magnificently represented. His potential is extraordinary
Ricardo Herz, besides his amazing musical feeling, shows one of his greatest assets on stage: his charisma
Hamilton de Holanda
Origin: Brazil (Sao Paulo)
Style: instrumental, choro, MPB, forro, Brazilian rhythms
Record label: Scubidu Records
Official website: www.ricardoherz.com.br
Line-up and Instrumentation:
Ricardo Herz violin
Pedro Ito drums and percussion
Michi Ruzitschka - 7-string acoustic guitar