Rosa’s debut recording, Brasiliana, is a tribute to the ensemble’s early musical influences.
Suite Retratos, composed by Radamés Gnattali and arranged for guitar trio by the legendary Laurindo Almeida, is a suite of four movements which each paint a musical portrait of a different Brazilian popular composer from the 19th and 20th centuries. The EP also features famous works by two of these composers, arranged by Carlos Barbosa-Lima. Escorregando by Ernesto Nazareth is a fast-paced chôro which has quickly become an audience favourite in Rosa’s concerts. Rosa by the great saxophonist and bandleader Pixinguinha is a waltz, with moments of sentimental nostalgia alongside melancholy and tragedy.
Self-released, self-produced, the EP was recorded by Dave Neil in the home-turned-studio of the ensemble’s biggest musical mentor Isolde Schaupp. Brasiliana is not only a tribute to Rosa’s stylistic influences but also their personal ones.