Mulé Rendeira | music| 2000
For the piece Mulé Rendeira arranged and recorded in February 2000, Mehmari adapted music from Brazilian folklore sources and played bass viola, fiddle, violin, rustic viola, Rhodes electric piano, clarinet, flute, kalimba, vocals, percussion, samplers, synthesizers and electric guitar. This is only possible with the use of a computer, in this case a Macintosh G3 with Logic Audio Platinum software. But the results do not turn on obtaining facile effects with the aid of technology. Mulé Rendeira revisits tradition and travels the route from popular to classical music, and as in all his work, what predominates is melody, crisp use of instruments and musicality itself.
Pianist, arranger, composer and multi-instrumentalist. A leading figure on the Brazilian musical scenario, author of compositions and arrangements for some of the country’s top orchestras and chamber ensembles, such as the OSESP (São Paulo Symphony Orchestra), Quinteto Villa-Lobos, OSB, and Quarteto de Cordas da Cidade de São Paulo ( String Quartet of São Paulo ). As an instrumentalist, he has played at leading festivals in Brazil such as Chivas, Heineken, and Tim Festival. He has also played at Spoleto USA and Blue Note Tokyo. His discography comprises six solo CDs, and participations in numerous projects. André Mehmari was born in Niterói on April 22, 1977 and came to music as a young child due to the influence of his mother, whom he watched as she played piano in their living room. His interest in music persisted and at the age of eight he enrolled at music school in Ribeirão Preto, where the family had moved. At that time, he discovered jazz and improvisation.
At the age of 11, he started a professional career and by the time he was 13, was playing in trios, quartets and doing solo presentations at jazz venues. His first compositions and arrangements for musical ensembles in São Paulo were written in this period. As a precocious young musician, he was featured in news items on TV, newspapers and magazines. While still an adolescent, he started to teach music and compose small pieces of an educational character for a local school of music. His 21 Peças Líricas is a modern complement to musical education for children and has been used very successfully. On two occasions, he was awarded a grant to play at the Winter Festival in Campos do Jordao (1993 and 1994). In 1993, he was a member of the festival’s big band led by Roberto Sion and Gil Jardim, and played with it until 1996. In 1994, he had a unique opportunity to study arrangement under the legendary maestro Moacir Santos. He then played his first concert based on his own compositions at the International Festival of New Music in Ribeirão Preto (1995). Shortly after this, he return to the Winter Festival in Campos do Jordao as a soloist accompanied by the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra of the State of São Paulo (1999). He moved to São Paulo in 1995 to continue studying classical piano under Amílcar Zani at the Music Department of the School of Communication and Arts, Universidade de São Paulo. Alongside his self-study of arrangement and composition in the library, he attended classes taught by professors such as Willy Corrêa, Olivier Toni, Régis Duprat and Lorenzo Mamma. Thus began his phase of awards and distinctions.