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»Forro Zinho - Forro in the Dark
plays Zorn«, 2015

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Forro in the dark

»Forró In The Dark, with its unique blend of Northern Brazilian forro and American rock, is the ultimate party band.«
(Jesse Harris, producer of Forro Zinho - Forro in the Dark plays Zorn)

One of the most exciting bands to come out of the wild late night Nublu scene in the East Village, Forró in the Dark combines the driving dance rhythms of forró from Northeastern Brazil with rock, jazz, psychedelia, folk and more. After releasing two albums of original material, »Bonfires of Sao João« (2006) and »Light A Candle« (2009), in recent years the members of group had gone in separate directions to play in other projects: Mauro Refosco (zabumba, vibes and percussion) with Atoms for Peace and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guilherme Monteiro (guitar) with Gal Costa, and Jorge Continentino (pifano, flute and saxophones) with Bebel Gilberto. Then, the time was ripe for Forró in the Dark to reconvene and try something out of the box; a cover record of the famous American avant-garde composer, arranger, producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist John Zorn. Zorn worked with the band to hand pick the material, composed two new pieces for inclusion on the album, and will release it on his cutting edge record label TZADIK in July 2015. Producer Jesse Harris utilized Refosco’s Bushwick, Brooklyn studio for the majority of the recording, and special guests include Brazilian piano legend Marcos Valle (a dream come true for longtime fan Zorn), bassist Rea Mochiach, accordionist Vitor Gonçalvez, and vocalist Sofia Rei.

On this exciting new project Forró in the Dark takes on some of John Zorn’s most lyrical and grooving compositions to create a charming album of Brazilian-tinged dance music. Endlessly listenable, this is a record filled with catchy hooks, burning solos, driving rhythms and infectious Zorn melodies, new and old. John Zorn's music has been performed and recorded backwards and forwards - literally - in every kind of style, from jazz, rock, classical, and choral to improvised, but there has never been a Zorn CD like this one!