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Salomão Soares Announces the Release of “Initial” and European Tour

From November 9th, the pianist and composer from Paraíba (BRA), Salomão Soares, will tour Europe to release Interior, his first solo album. The musician will visit Porto, Lisbon, Loulé, Coimbra, and Guarda in Portugal, Brussels, Belgium, and Madrid, Spain. Directed and produced by Uguru (PT) and Vitrola Produtora (BR), the European season ends on November 18th.
“The album that tells my story so far.” This is the definition that Salomão Soares gave Interior, which has just arrived on digital platforms worldwide, produced by Blaxtream, recorded and mixed by Thiago Monteiro. The challenge of playing alone was taken lightly. “This work is a conversation with my inner self, a search, and a visit to my entire musical history,” says the musician from Paraíba. He adds, “I think that the solo for the pianist is the purest and simplest thing; it’s like going up completely naked to play, without external interference, so it will always be challenging and new.”
With tributes, references, and significant influences in his formation as a human being and musician, the album has seven compositions and two reinterpretations by Brazilian geniuses. The album opens with the original Caminho dos Ventos and, inspired by the writer and essential artist of northeastern culture, Ariano Suassuna, the composition Caboclinho Armorial. Seu Soares e Dona Branca no Forró is a tribute to Salomão’s parents, who always went to dances in the interior of Paraíba and danced with the pianist, still small, in their arms, between them. It comes from the unique taste of the culture and swing of northeastern music. The also authored Grandes Sertões: Veredas is inspired by the work of the great Brazilian genius Guimarães Rosa. Fátima, a chorinho by Hermeto Pascoal, which was recorded on the album live in Montreux and Desafinado, by Tom Jobim and Newton Mendonça. The original songs Canto d’água, Janelas e Pássaros complete the album.
”Congratulations, Salomão, beautiful, well played, and well interpreted, a wonderful record! And precisely when I compose the songs, I imagine what you did!” wrote Hermeto Pascoal upon hearing this work. For pianist André Mehmari, “In this rich cartography of his interior, through rich and colorful pianism, Salomão invites us on tour full of good harmonic taste and love for our giant Brazilian culture. This culture is fortunate to have Salomão as one of its most active defenders and modernists at the keyboard today.”
1- Caminho dos Ventos (Salomão Soares)
2- Caboclinho Armorial (Salomão Soares)
3- Canto D’água (Salomão Soares)
4- Grande Sertões: Veredas (Salomão Soares)
5- Seu Soares e Dona Branca no Forró (Salomão Soares)
6- Desafinado (Jobim/Newton Mendonça)
7- Pássaros (Salomão Soares)
8- Fátima (Hermeto Pascoal)
9- Janelas (Salomão Soares)
Born and raised in Cruz do Espírito Santo, in the interior of Paraíba, and currently living in São Paulo, Salomão is a pianist, arranger and composer. He has stood out as one of the great revelations of the new generation of Brazilian instrumentalists and has already shared the stage with notable names in Brazilian music, such as Hermeto Pascoal, Toninho Horta, Hamilton de Holanda, Leny Andrade, Filó Machado, Renato Braz, Mônica Salmaso, Itiberê Zwarg, Arismar do Espírito Santo, Toninho Ferragutti (with whom he recorded a duo album), among many others. He is the winner of the 2017 MIMO Instrumental Award, a finalist in the Piano Competition at the 2017 Montreux Festival – Switzerland, and the New Talents Award at the 2018 Savassi Festival in Belo Horizonte (MG).
He participated in several festivals and tours around the world, such as recently in Spain and Portugal, alongside singer and composer Vanessa Moreno, in Uruguay and throughout Brazil, such as SESC Jazz, one of the most renowned jazz festivals in Latin America, with its trio and also as a special guest of Hermeto Pascoal. His discography begins with Alegria de Matuto – Salomão Soares Quarteto (2018), then Toninho Ferragutti & Salomão Soares (2018), and in the same year, Salomão Soares & Nivaldo Candido Duo – Recorded and released in Switzerland. In 2019, he released Colorido Urbano-Salomão Soares Trio, Chão de Flutuar-Salomão Soares & Vanessa Moreno and in 2021, Yatra-Tá -Salomão Soares & Vanessa Moreno. For 2023, in addition to Interior, Espirais, an album with his trio, will arrive on digital platforms. Recently, he was part of the Rosa dos Ventos project. This show took to the stage four great pianists, André Mehmari, Tiago Costa, Hercules Gomes, and Salomão, held at the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo. In December 2022, he performed alongside Vanessa Moreno at the Montreux Jazz Festival in the Rio de Janeiro edition.
A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.


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