Adventure Music Launches New Acoustic Record Label
By Maria Camillo
October 17, 2003 - 6:00 am
Adventure Music, a new independent record label has announced their initial release of three discs including "Serenata" by mandolinist Mike Marshall and Brazilian composer and musician Jovino Santos Neto.
Initially, Adventure Music will produce and license the music of Brazilian and Latin American artists, including among others, Luiz Avellar, Mario Adnet, Moacir Santos, Toninho Horta, Tom Lellis, Antonio Arnedo, Benjamin Taubkin, Teco Cardoso, Ze Nogueira, Nicola Stilo, Gui Mallon, and Itibere Orquestra Familia, providing a creative outlet in the U.S. beyond their local shores. Longer term, Adventure Music's goal is to build a coterie of musicians from both North and South America, all playing the signature sound of acoustic music— unadorned, rhythmic and raw.
"Adventure Music offers its artists a creative harbor to craft acoustic music that speaks to the heart and soul," says Richard Zirinsky, Jr., the label's president and principal. "We intend to provide the freedom and resources our artists need to create and share the pure and joyful music of their cultures," Zirinsky concludes.
Zirinsky, who owns one of the largest collections of Brazilian recordings in the world, founded Adventure Music with friend and business partner Robert Corroon along with Mike Marshall, a superb mandolinist and string player and a mainstay of the Windham Hill label with twenty-plus years in music. In 1995 Mike traveled to Brazil and fell in love with Brazilian choro music. Upon returning, Mike began an in depth study of the style and the result was the CD Brasil (Duets) soon to be re-released on the Adventure Music Label. This project showcases Mike at the top of his form as a mandolinist in duet settings with many of the top instrumentalists of the day.
Mike has continued to push the boundaries of acoustic instrumental music. His most recent collaborations include a trio CD entitled Uncommon Ritual and A Short Trip Home on the Sony Classical Label with Edgar Meyer (bass), Joshua Bell (violin) Sam Bush (mandolin) and Bela Fleck (Banjo). Their 1997 release of Uncommon Ritual was on the top ten Billboard classical music charts for over three months.
Mike has decided to pursue his dream of creating and producing his own music as well as new and exciting musicians who are arriving on the acoustic and Brazilian music scene.
"From samba and jazz to folk and world beat, a singular sound is emerging that connects the music of string band musicians from around the Americas. Adventure Music is harnessing the beauty of that sound and giving it to the world," states Marshall.
"Whether you're talking about a hot bluegrass band, a Brazilian choro group, a jazz quartet or a classical chamber ensemble, each group shares the intimacy of a setting where the music can cook and the listener can be drawn into this world of interplay that is going on between the players," enthuses Marshall. "I see glimmers of a new musical style emerging that really incorporates all of these into one global sound."
Starting in the fall of 2003 and throughout 2004, Adventure Music plans to release between twelve and fifteen titles from artists that include Mike Marshall, guitarist Ricardo Silveira, the duo of vocalist Claudia Villela and guitarist Ricardo Peixoto, Nelson Angelo, and guitarist Marcos Amorim. Additionally, Adventure Music has negotiated an agreement with the São Paulo-based label Nucleo Contemporaneo to release titles from its extensive catalog for the first time in the United States. This catalog includes the highly praised Orchestra Popular De Camara, featuring world renowned Brazilian artists such as Teco Cardoso, Benjamim Taubkin, Mane Silveira and Monica Salmaso. Burnside Distribution Corporation based in Portland Oregon, will be the exclusive North American distributor of Adventure's titles.
Adventure Music maintains offices in New York and Oakland, California.
Adventure Music web site