Jaques Morelenbaum, Tour 2019
Sunday, August 4th 2019, at 09.30 am
Terrace - Rifugio Gilberti (Sella Nevea)
Born in a musicians home in Rio de Janeiro, 1954, Jaques Morelenbaum began his musical trajectory naturally as one is breathing, walking, eating, talking, or even sleeping...
Father Henrique Morelenbaum was at that time a young violinist at Rio de Janeiro Opera House, and Sarah, the mother, a piano teacher. A Polish immigrant – Henrique arrived in Brazil when he was the age of 3; even then he was very persevering and incredibly devoted to his work. Very soon, when the first opportunity arose at the Opera, he became an assistant conductor. Therefore since Jaques was born, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro became his second home. Every week Jaques was attending symphonic concerts, ballets, and opera performances.
For him being there, on ‘the musician’s side’ was nothing other than normal. Being different was being seating with the audience...
Jaques loved music and everything it involved. Since his earliest years he was dreaming about long journeys, enlightened stages, and inspiring companies. He began to take piano classes when he was six, and after winning a scholarship contest at his music school in Rio when he was a 12 year old boy, Jaques decided to play the cello.
Being born in the “cradle of samba” (during those early years this beloved genre began to develop a more sophisticated quality, aggregating a deeper sense of harmonies and melody, and this phenomenon became known worldwide as Bossa Nova), Jaques could only listen to this genre in the streets of Rio, as in his parents home the only music “allowed” was the classical, European concept of music.
Since then, Jaques’ attention was connected to the creative side of music, much more than the performance itself. This drove him to be very attached to popular music, as intuition and musical instincts are fundamental for this kind of artistic expression. Also being a grandson of 4 immigrants in Brazil (2 Polish, 1 Russian + 1 Ukrainian grandparents), he was always, and obsessively searching for a definition of his Brazilian music identity.
Adding this pursuance to the fact that after Villa Lobos the cello became a national institution in Brazil, Jaques began to be requested increasingly to collaborate with very important Brazilian composers. All of them became Jaques’ real masters, for instance Antonio Carlos Jobim, with whom he collaborated for 10 years as part of his band. After Tom, Jaques performed for 5 years with Brazilian piano and guitar virtuoso Egberto Gismonti, and later he collaborated for 14 years with Caetano Veloso, this time also as a MD (musical director and arranger). With the three of them, Jaques began to fulfill his childhood dreams, travelling all around the world with his music! This way he began showing his artistry to the rest of the world. Caetano introduced him to Japanese master Ryuichi Sakamoto, and this brilliant artist very soon invited Jaques for a collaboration that already lasts 20 years: from 1992 till 2000 playing Sakamoto’s soundtrack project arranged for a classical trio; piano, violin, and cello (‘1996’ – Milan Records), then the M2S project in 2000, along with Jaques’ wife, Brazilian singer Paula Morelenbaum, who has also performed with Tom Jobim for 10 years. And once again Jaques joins Mr. Sakamoto now, for more of this beautiful musical statement.
Other international artists began to require Jaques’ artistry, not only as a cellist but also as an arranger, record producer, and as a conductor.
Sting, Pedro Almodovar, Cesária Évora, Henri Salvador, Juliette Greco, David Byrne, Mariza, Julieta Venegas, Fiorella Mannoia, Madredeus, Mayra Andrade, Rui Veloso, Dulce Pontes, Paulo Flores, Maria Dolores Pradera, Clara Montes, Presuntos Implicados, Gontiti, Choro Club, Omar Sosa, are among the international artists with whom Jaques has collaborated. Achieving now a total of 2100 performances worldwide, 650 records as cellist, arranger, composer, conductor and producer, and 53 record productions, including Grammy winner “Livro” by Caetano Veloso). Among Brazilian artists with whom Jaques has been collaborating, we can quote Milton Nascimento, Chico Buarque, Gal Costa, Maria Bethânia, Roberto Carlos, Edu Lobo, Ivan Lins, Luis Melodia, Tim Maia, Djavan, Wagner Tiso, Marisa Monte, Carlinhos Brown, Vanessa da Mata, Titãs, Beto Guedes, João Bosco, among many others
In the last decades, movies have become a strong field of interest for Jaques Morelenbaum. Just this year (2011) he was nominated by Brazilian Movies Academy for his soundtrack to “Olhos Azuis”, a movie by José Joffily. His works for Cinema include “Central Station” by Walter Salles, “Orfeu”, “Tieta” and “Deus é brasileiro” by Carlos Diegues, Oscar nominated “O Quatrilho” and “Jacobina”, by Fabio Barreto, and “Paid” by the young Dutch movie maker Laurence Lamers.
Jaques has also been dedicating himself to conducting, and among the ensembles with which he has directed most recently are: NDR Pops Symphony Orchestra (Hannover), NDR Big Band (Hamburg), WDR Big Band (Köln), Orquestra Sinfônica da Bahia, Orquestra Sinfônica de Brasília, Orquestra Petrobrås Sinfônica (Rio de Janeiro), Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica (São Paulo), Orquestra da Radio Televisão Cultura (São Paulo), Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras (Aveiros, Portugal) e a Sinfonieta de Lisboa (Portugal).
Since 2005 Jaques Morelenbaum has been developing his solo project with the CelloSambaTrio, along with two great Brazilian musicians, Lula Galvão and Rafael Barata.
They released a new album recorded in 2014: 'Saudades do Futuro – Jaques Morelenbaum CelloSambaTrio' – Biscoito Fino/Mirante Records.