Seven musicians from five nationalities connecting modern and traditional music, this is the Matheus Prado Septet.
British contemporary harmonies and melodies driven by Brazilian and African rhythms; a unique soundscape played by a global band formed of Welsh, English, Scottish, Portuguese and Brazilian members.
The band follows the path that Hermeto Pascoal and Kenny Wheeler started, bringing back folk melodies into a modern context. The septet format allows an immense variety of textures, that are used to create the right ambient to each moment. This concept requires a high level of expressibility to the band because all the players are soloists and accompanists at some point. Having trumpet and saxes accompanying bass and trombone, or having the drums playing a melody are some of the textures that we can find in their repertoire.
After going to Switzerland to release their first album Childhood, playing two festivals one in Brienz and one in Langnau, the septet is now back on the road again in the UK to continue creating and developing their sound.
The best way to understand is to listen to it:
More information: mpradomota.com/septet/