Ricardo Herz Trio

TECHNICAL DOCUMENTATION

Ricardo Herz has reinvented the violin. With unparalleled originality, charm and swing, he has captured the irrepressible spirit of Brazil and revolutionized the voice of the violin in popular music.

Performing together since 2001, the Ricardo Herz Trio brings sophisticated compositions, technical virtuosity, polyrhythmic conversation, and dynamic stage presence to audiences around the world. The Trio has been featured in international jazz and world music festivals, and performed as soloists with a number of orchestras.

In 2010 when everyone was back in Brazil with different experiences, they started working on “Aqui é o meu Lá – Ricardo Herz Trio”, a CD released in 2012 that took the trio to festivals in Brazil and abroad such as Skopje Jazz Festival, at Macedonia, Miri Jazz Festival, in Malaysia, Jazz and Blues Festival in Guaramiranga – CE, Festival Villa Lobos – RJ, Jazz and Blues Festival of Manguinhos – ES to various venues and cultural centers in Brazil and abroad. only group to represent Brazil in the official selection of Womex – The World Music Expo 2012, in Thessaloniki, Greece, the most important fair of “music in the world.” Likewise, it was the only Brazilian group at Jazz Ahead 2013, in Bremen, Germany , one of the biggest fairs in the world in the field of jazz.

The Trio has also performed on the most important stages in Brazil as a soloist with orchestras such as the Municipal Orchestra of João Pessoa, Municipal Orchestra of Jundiaí, Experimental Orchestra of Ourinhos and the Orchestra of the State of Mato Grosso. In addition to the Brazilian stages, Ricardo Herz Trio has performed on tours in several countries such as France, England, Ireland, Germany, Bolivia, Israel, among others.

Ricardo Herz has reinvented the violin. With unparalleled originality, charm and swing, he has captured the irrepressible spirit of Brazil and revolutionized the voice of the violin in popular music. Herz is a graduate in classical violin from the Universidade de São Paulo, having laid his musical foundation at the Fukuda School in São Paulo beginning at age 6. Since then, he has studied at the renowned Berklee College of Music (USA) and at the Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood, school of the legendary French jazz violinist.

Since returning to Brazil in 2010, Herz has performed in musical collaborations with many of the most important musicians in Brazil, and as a soloist with a wide variety of orchestras, such as with Yamandú Costa, Dominguinhos, Nelson Ayres, Proveta, Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica, Orquestra Sinfônica de João Pessoa, Orquestra Municipal de Jundiaí, Projeto Guri, Orquestra Filarmônica de Violas, and Orquestra Breusil.

With his Ricardo Herz Trio, he has recorded two albums, “Aqui é o meu lá” and “Torcendo a Terra.” He has also recorded a number of duo albums: with vibraphonist/composer Antonio Loureiro, accordionist Samuca do Acordeon, pianist/arranger/conductor Nelson Ayres, and, most recently, virtuoso guitarist Yamandú Costa. He has also released an album of children’s music, and performed this repertoire with the Cantilena Ensemble.

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“…the album seriously competes as one of the best Brazilian instrumental releases of the year.

Irineu Franco Perpétuo – Guia da Folha – Folha de São Paulo – July 28, 2012

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“Full of sensibility and virtuosity, swing and lyricism, Ricardo Herz is leading the charge in making Brazilian violin history! Everything with lots of musicality, and the strongest mark of his personality when he goes onstage: charm! Darling of the public and critics!”

Hamilton de Holanda (10-string mandolin virtuoso)

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“Ricardo is one of best players lately, plays for real. It’s a great incentive for Brazilian music, even more because, in addition to being a great musician, he has a unique ‘sauce’ while playing forró on the violin.”

Dominguinhos (legendary forró accordionist)

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“Violino Popular Brasileiro [Brazilian Popular Violin] is a more-than-perfect title for the CD by Ricardo Herz. With refined technique, he passes through baião, forró –sometimes as if he were playing the rabeca [a folkloric Brazilian fiddle]–, sambas, chorinhos & canções— with authority and absolute intimacy from someone who, indeed, knows Brazil.”

Edu Lobo (legendary Brazilian composer)

“One of the most inspired releases on the instrumental music scene this year.”

Eduardo Tristão Girão – Estado de Minas – July 27, 2012

 

“It’s frightening that the rich Brazilian music universe has generated so few great specialists in the violin, a versatile instrument so central to western history. It’s also frightening, on the other hand, without this long tradition on its back, that here in São Paulo emerged one of the world’s greatest popular music violinists, Ricardo Herz.”

André Domingues – Diário do Comércio – São Paulo – June 26, 2012