“Viola da Samba” is a project creating a bridge between Renaissance music and Brazilian music. The purity of early music instruments revives the essence of sounds from the past, blending with the vivacious and rich harmonies and rhythms of samba and bossa nova.
The subtle timbres and the versatile sounds of the clavichord together with the viola da gamba fit perfectly with the spirit of Brazilian music, revealing the connection between the elements (scales, rhythm and temperament) of popular and early music.
“Viola da Samba” offers a repertoire, which reaches from music of the Renaissance up to Bossa nova, passing through Afro-Brazilian and indigenous music. Brazilian composer, Jean Kleeb, brilliantly arranges Samba and Bossa pieces for these exquisite instruments.
The viol strings, made with exclusively of natural guts, create a pure and organic sound. This sound, in combination with a specific technique developed by gambist Fernando Marín, signifies a new experience for the world of jazz and bossa.
Nadine Balbeisi’s delicate and refined voice, specialized in early music, Jean Kleeb’s mastery of playing bossa chords on the clavichord and Fernando Marin's skillful bowing of the viola gamba create a perfect musical symbiosis.