Curimba Trio features Sam Watts (Piano), Jurandir Santana (Guitar) and Adriano Adewale (Percussion). They play lively Brazilian music, including classics as well as original compositions, with a focus on improvisation. The trio formed at the end of 2018 and is currently preparing a tour and album recording in 2020.
Sam Watts is a pianist and composer specialising in Brazilian music and Jazz. He has recorded and performed with artists including Jean Toussaint, Jason Miles, Jason Marsalis, Ray Warleigh, Abram Wilson and Judi Jackson.
In 2017 he released his debut album "Mime Music" on the SPARK! Label. He has also appeared on numerous album recordings and is in demand as a pianist around the UK and Europe. As a composer he has written and performed numerous scores to silent films. His compositions have been broadcast on BBC radio 3.
His playing style is rooted in Jazz, but draws influence from traditional Brazilian music and Classical music.
Highly respected in the Brazilian music world, Jurandir Santana has worked with some of the biggest Brazilian artists such as, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Daniela Mercury, Jaques Morelenbaum, Seamus Blake and Toninho Horta
Along with recording with many successful artists, Jurandir Santana has released two albums under his own name:
“Só Brasil” (Maritaca label, São Paulo ) which won the Braskem prize for best album, and “Um Segundo” on the Temps Records label ( Barcelona ).
Jurandir Santana is considered one of the greatest Brazilian guitarists, famous for his impressive technique, unique style and musicality, fusing traditional music from North East Brazil with his own fresh and vibrant contemporary jazz.
Brazilian percussionist/composer Adriano Adewale is a versatile musician and performer, known for his unconventional and exploratory approach to music, and for his ability to create magical soundscapes from the seemingly banal.
Adriano has performed with leading word musicians such as the great singer Bobby Mcferrin, pianist Joanna McGregor with whom he still works and play as duo, combining classical, jazz and contemporary classical music. Pianist Benjamin Taubkin, one of the foremost piano players and composers from Brazil. Adriano has a long relationship with Taubkin, and one studio record and a live album soon to be released.
Britten Sinfonia has performed a piece by Adriano at the City of London Festival 2011, together with Joanna McGregor. This show was broadcast on BBC.