. Current Work .
I dedicate myself to groups that play Brazilian music in different ways; all of them have wind instruments as the main characteristic. The groups are:
“Orquestra à Base de Sopros de Curitiba” (Wind Instruments Orchestra of Curitiba): assistant director, the flute (and piccolo) player, saxophonist and arranger.
Created by Roberto Gnattali, is now considered a major group of Brazilian instrumental music in Brazil. It consists of 17 musicians: 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 1 bass clarinet, 2 alto saxophones, 1 tenor sax, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, piano, guitar, bass, drums and percussion. Since 2002, the artistic director is Sergio Albach. Focusing on Brazilian music, the OABS tries to include in their repertoire the largest possible number of tendencies of the vast diversity found in Brazil.
“Trio Quintina”: flutist, saxophonist, percussionist, composer and singer.
Essentially, the name “TRIO QUINTINA” – (QUINTUPLET TRIO) - intends to express the idea of 5 in 3 multiplicity. Five musical instruments (guitar, electric guitar, flute, percussion and voice) performe by only three musicians. This is how TRIO QUINTINA came to be in mid 1997. Today we can add elements to the initial number of other instruments like the cavaquinho, the 7-string guitar, tenor sax, alto sax, clarinet, piccolo, drums, plus a range of percussion instruments. Added to all these elements come the compositions and arrangements, and finally come to an orchestra of three musicians.
The trio's repertoire is based on various Brazilian rhythms such as o samba, baião, xote, choro, ijexá, frevo, among others, often allied to their contemporary world music influences. The trio plays great classics and original compositions that are recorded in five CDs and two DVDs.
Grupo “Variedades Contemporâneas” (Contemporary Varieties Group): Musical direction, arrangements, flutist, saxophonist, percussionist and composer.
The instrumentation is one of the factors that make the aesthetic presented by the group “Variedades Contemporâneas” different from traditional Brazilian choro. They replace the guitar’s harmonic function for piano, pandeiro (Brazilian tambourine) and percussion by the drums, also accompanied by acoustic bass. The group also uses the “Cavaquinho” (a small Brazilian guitar) that alternates between melodic solos and rhythmic accompaniments, and brings the unexpected union of traditional and modern. The flute and saxophone take turns in the melodies with piano and cavaquinho, and all mix in different voices in arrangements creating interesting variations for the innovative compositions of the group members.
Projeto “Sapato Preto” : flute, saxophone, percussion, 8 strings bass/guitar and loop station.
Gabriel Schwartz and Marcio Schuster in ‘Sapato Preto‘ concert. Both multi instrumentalist and composers present in this concert, beside of their own compositions, diverse themes of many composers such as Bach till "Paralamas do Sucesso“, passing by Pixinguinha, Hermeto Pascoal and others. The stage, seen before the entrance of the musicians, appears the arriaval of at least 6 instrumentalist: flutes, saxophones, guitars, several percussion instruments, microphones, synthesizer, loop station, occupie and ornament the ambience. But beside being seen, the concert must be heard or maybe heard and seen. Modern arrangements of traditional themes or modern traditional themes arrangements, brazilians rhythms, and brazilians germanized, choros-canção and samba-bachiano and the best of it all, friendly musicians and very humorous. More than a concert, an experience. Sapato Preto is two, various, theyre each in only one. The title of the project its a joke about their germans lastnames, translated in portuguese, Schuster (shoemaker) and Schwartz (black) and reflects perfectly the spirit.
Grupo “Os Balangandãs” arrangements, flutist, saxophonist and composer.
"Os Balangandãs" is an instrumental quartet formed by young musicians Gabriel Schwartz (flute), Daniel Migliavacca (mandolin), Lucas Melo (7-string guitar) and Luis Rolim (percussion). Created in 2015 in Curitiba (Brazil), the group explores various Brazilian rhythms like choro, samba, waltz, maxixe, frevo and baião. Through original compositions and arrangements made especially for the quartet, the group walks by music masters like Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, Sivuca, Jacob do Bandolim and Pixinguinha always with moments of improvisation and virtuosity.