Juliano Abramovay is active not only as an instrumentalist, but also as a composer and bandleader.
The Brazilian Juliano Abramovay (Sao Paolo, 1988) is a master on the classical guitar. He studied at Codarts Rotterdam and also masters the fretless guitar and the oud. He also immersed himself in traditional music from Greece and Turkey. Juliano Abramovay is active not only as an instrumentalist, but also as a composer and bandleader.
With his ensemble Amazonon and the Gandhaya project, he is looking for a synthesis of Brazilian music and Mediterranean tradition. For Amazonon, he has put together a special ensemble with lyra, bass clarinet and percussion. The lilting-sounding lyra is also known as ‘kemenche’ and is a string instrument that is mainly found in Greece and Turkey.
A line-up that results in a unique group sound, which cannot be compared to anything else. The name Amazonon simultaneously refers to Greek mythology and the Amazon rainforest.
Juliano Abramovay and his unique ensemble found a warm welcome at the adventurous TRPTK label. The album is a fine mix of original pieces and repertoire by leading composers of today: John Zorn, Ralph Towner, Rabih Abou Khalil and the Greek Chrysanthi Gkika. The title ‘Invisible Cities’ refers to the book of the same name by Italo Calvino, in which, among other things, an imaginary meeting takes place between world traveller Marco Polo and the Mongolian ruler Dzhengis Kahn. A historical moment in which east and west came together.
This connecting vision can be found in Amazonon’s music, which is never obtrusive but constantly gives the listener space. “Listen to the sounds you hear and let your thoughts run free,” says Juliano Abramovay. “For me it was also extra special to find a moment for my music in the time of the Corona pandemic, when everything seemed to stand still.
I hope that we can give many concerts with this programme and offer listeners a contemplative moment. Finally, I am also very proud of the beautiful artwork of our album, created by Brazilian artist Maria Cau Levy.”
Little Giant Studio, Rotterdam (NL)
November 12th, 2021
"As is typical of TRPTK, a label that gives its artists a lot of artistic freedom and seeks out creative minds, the album is a fine and cohesive whole. [...] It is an album to dream away with."
Maartje Stokkers, Luister
"Amazonon – Invisable Cities offers a rich visual sound world where boundaries are effortlessly crossed, giving you a wonderful overview."
Mattie Poels, Music Frames
"The wide differences create a pleasant tension and dynamic. Abramovay then also has a very good ear for timbre. The combination of the bass clarinet with the Greek lyra, however unusual, is particularly delightful."
Mischa Andriessen, Trouw
"Dosoli especially shines, after a solo by Abramovay, in Ravayah. The bass clarinet lends itself perfectly to the rhythmic patterns that characterize this music. Kanah is much more subdued and features a beautiful guitar passage. Sacred Place by guitarist Ralph Towner is a beautiful, understated ballad, in which the intimate interplay between the musicians is especially striking. [...] What is again striking, but this is a trademark of TRPTK, is the great care that has been taken with the recording and the accompanying sound quality."
Ben Taffijn, Nieuwe Noten
"While the album was recorded in April 2021 at Little Giant Studio in Rotterdam, Invisible Cities is music for the world. Splendidly realized by Amazonon and expertly helmed by Abramovay, the recording impress for its concision, textural richness, and deeply engaged performances."
Ron Schepper, Textura