<ul><li>Brazilian record label based in the city of São Paulo since its foundation in the year 2000. The artistic purpose of Urban Jungle Records is the development of new sounds and new artists from the urban Brazilian music scene. Our roster of artists includes: </li></ul>Urban Jungle Records <ul><li>C éU </li></ul><ul><li>Curumin </li></ul><ul><li>Bina & Ehud </li></ul><ul><li>Beto Villares </li></ul><ul><li>Guizado </li></ul><ul><li>Sonantes </li></ul><ul><li>Télépathique </li></ul><ul><li>Zé de Riba </li></ul><ul><li>Z’ áfrica Brasil </li></ul>
<ul><li>Luciano Nakata Albuquerque , born in Brazil to Spanish/Japanese parents, early on earned the moniker Curumin , a term used in Brazil to designate indigenous children. </li></ul><ul><li>Curumin started his artistic career as a musician by the age of 8 and, since then, he has lived within the S ão Paulo Samba and Funk scenes. At the age of 14 he was already a prestigious drummer, playing in the hottest live music clubs. </li></ul><ul><li>Curumin has played drums with famous Brazilian acts such as CéU, Vanessa da Mata , Arnaldo Antunes and Otto . </li></ul>“ One of the smarter young musicians in S ão Paulo, Curumin is a fully paid-up scholar of both Brazilian and American funk from the 70’s. ” Ben Ratcliff - The New York Times Curumin
Curumin – Achados e Perdidos In 2003 Curumin produced his first solo album - “Achados e Perdidos” released in Brazil on YB Music. In 2005 “Achados e Perdidos” was released in North America on DJ Shadow’s and Blackalicious’ label Quannum Projects based in San Francisco. The album was critically acclaimed and its release was followed by tours in Brazil and North America.
Curumin - Achados e Perdidos Curumin brings us a confluence of cultures on his infectious debut album. “Achados e Perdidos” recalls 70s samba funk at its best, channeling musical greats like Jorge Ben, Milton Nascimento and Tim Maia, but peppered with modern flourishes from jazz and funk to hip hop. The album’s 12 tracks flow in and out of one another amid chattering, clinking glasses, intricate programming, fuzzy guitar riffs, ukulele and shifting percussion. “Achados e Perdidos” kicks off with the uptempo "Guerreiro”, stuttering and popping for nearly a minute before kicking into gear. Breathy vocals and a psych Hammond borrowed from 1971 creep up in "Samba Japa" next, followed immediately by the insistent burn of the first single "Tudo Bem Malandro”. Curumin even tackles Stevie Wonder’s “You Haven’t Done Nothing” with rousing confidence. “ Achados e Perdidos” is an account of the ethnic and cultural references from Curumin’s life in São Paulo.
Curumin – Achados e Perdidos The song “Tudo Bem Malandro” was chosen by actress Natalie Portman to be part of a compilation made for the anti-poverty organization FINCA and by Remi Kolpa Kopoul on french Radio Nova’s “Brasil do Futuro” 2006 compilation. The song “Guerreiro” was featured in a Nike commercial aired during the FIFA World Cup 2006. Most recently, this same song appeared on a Miller Beer TV ad campaign. “Guerreiro” also appears representing Brazil in the soundtrack of the game FIFA Street II. “ Vem Menina” featured on french Radio Nova compilation “Nova Tunes 1.3 ”
<ul><li>In 2007 Curumin starts the production of his second album entitled “JapanPop Show” , featuring guest appearances of artists like Blackalicious , Tommy Guerero , General Electric and Turbo Trio. </li></ul><ul><li>The album has been released in Brazil on YB Music in July 2008 and it will be released in North America in October 2008 on Quannum Projects. </li></ul><ul><li>The album opens with the title track, which takes its name from an early-80s Brazilian variety program in the vein of The Ed Sullivan Show. This is dance music, from start to finish, and further carves out his inimitable style of samba soul, now sprinkled with more afro-beat, dub and experimental funk. The tropicalia flair of “Esperança” evokes the breezy Brazilian pace, “Sambito” ’s beat-driven energy is helped by Tommy Guerrero ’s electric guitar. But it’s also affectionately personal: on the Os-Mutantes-meets-Manu-Chao “Magrela Fever” he sings about the joys of riding a bike, while the infectious “Compacto” is about his love of 45s. </li></ul>Curumin – JapanPopShow
Curumin - Live Shows <ul><li>Since the debut of his solo career, Curumin has frequently toured around the World. </li></ul><ul><li>In Brazil Curumin has been playing an average of 20 shows a month for the last 5 years, including prestigious festivals and venues such as: </li></ul><ul><li>- Studio SP in S ão Paulo </li></ul><ul><li>- Circo Voador in Rio de Janeiro </li></ul><ul><li>- Festival Humait á Pra Peixe in Rio de Janeiro </li></ul><ul><li>- Festival Eletronika in Belo Horizonte </li></ul><ul><li>Festival Bananada in Goiânia </li></ul><ul><li>- Festival Recbeat in Recife </li></ul><ul><li>In November 2008 Curumin performed at the Planeta Terra Festival in São Paulo. Other artists in this festival included Jesus and Mary Chain, Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, The Offspring and The Breeders. </li></ul>
Curumin - Live Shows <ul><li>Internationally, Curumin has presented his music to audiences in USA and Europe, constantly performing in events and clubs such as: </li></ul><ul><li>South by Southwest in Austin, TX </li></ul><ul><li>- Joe’s Pub in New York City, NY </li></ul><ul><li>CMJ in New York City, NY </li></ul><ul><li>Festival Tropic ália in London, England </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago World Music Festival in Chicago, IL </li></ul><ul><li>Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco, CA </li></ul><ul><li>S.O.B’s in New York City, NY </li></ul><ul><li>M3 Summit - Miami, FL </li></ul><ul><li>Since 2004, Curumin regularly tours twice a year in North America. </li></ul>
Red Hot + Rio 2 In December 2008, Curumin performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the Red, Hot + Rio II concert, together with C éU, Kassin +2, Bebel Gilberto, Otto and Jose Gonzalez, representing the new generation of Brazilian artists, paying tribute to Jorge Ben. The concert was critically acclaimed, and was sold out 3 nights at BAM, with a large supporting band, with musicians like Money Mark, and João Parahyba, from Trio Mocotó
2009 - January US Tour From January 20 th until February 1 st Curumin performed live in 9 American cities, in a total of 12 shows cheerfully received by both crowd and press. In 4 of those shows keyboardist Money Mark joined Curumin on stage as a very special guest appearance. Also, artists Blackalicious, Lateef The TruthSpeaker and Tommy Guerrero, showed up to jam with Curumin.
2009 - January US Tour - Media Curumin was featured in several interviews and reviews in websites, magazines and radios, including a live perfomance at KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, a four-star album review at SPIN magazine, a full page review at NY Daily News, and interviews and reviews in publications like the Village Voice, the New York Post, Billboard.com, among many others. Curumin & The Aipins with Jason Bentley from KCRW
Curumin – US Press Quotes “ Curumin — an avid collector of classic funk and soul 45s from all over the world — is enamored with his influences. The degree of his dedication is what makes "JapanPopShow" pulse with vitality.” Seattle Times - Jan 2009 “ Curumin is one of São Paulo, Brazil's, spriest stars. Curumin epitomizes the creativity of that city's dense culture, mixing hip hop, rock and pop with something that only hints at the traditions of samba.” New York Daily News - Jan 2009 “ This São Paulo singer and multi-instrumentalist combines traditional Brazilian music with modern electronic flourishes to create a sound that simultaneously digs into the past and looks to the future.” Playboy Magazine - 10 To Watch in 2008 - March 2008 “ This Brazilian multi-instrumentalist effortlessly sways and swivels through the sort of cut-and-paste Tropicalia pop funk that’d make Beck drool.” Spin Magazine - May 2008 “ The woozy, reggaefied title track has the brain-melting charm of a pot-addled jam. Elsewhere, dense funk collides happily with old-fashioned samba and bossa nova; “Kyoto” suggests Caetano Veloso fronting Funkadelic. If “Fumanchu”, a throwaway based on a simple electric piano riff, can provide such immense pleasure, there’s some sneaky magic in effect.” Spin.com - May 2008
Curumin - US Press Quotes “ JapanPopShow” is possibly the easiest way to tap in to Brazilian culture without actually going there. With elements of dub, afro funk, samba soul and hip-hop setting the mood, Curumin sounds like a Brazilian version of Jack Johnson. Add to that some bossa nova guitar and you’ve got music that speaks to the soul.” Remix Magazine - May 2008 “ Brazilian musician Curumin’s second album is hard to classify, but in the best way: funk, psychedelic rock, hip-hop, reggae, dub, and more all co-exist on this album, sometimes even within the same track. The mix is a smart one, and it makes sense, considering Brazil’s history as a melting-pot nation. There’s enough influence from Brazil’s musical past to keep traditionalists listening, but enough forward thinking to take the album into new territory. Hard to pigeonhole, but easy to enjoy.” XLR8R 8/10 - May 2008 “ On the tracks of his album, Curumin melds 70’s style jazz funk with electronic beats, creating an infectious and propulsive sound.” The Wall Street Journal - November 5th, 2005 “ São Paulo based Curumin proves himself a star student of Brazilian samba and American funk.” Entertainment Weekly - October 2005
Curumin – Brazilian Press Quotes P ágina do The New York Times - 08 de abril de 2007 “ JapanPopShow affirms with authority the potential the artist has already demonstrated in his live performances. A great album from beginning to end.” Rolling Stone Magazine Brazil – May 2008 “ Totally astonishing. It’s a precise mixture of heavy beats with delicate sounds. Soul, funk, dub, reggae, hip hop dialogue with samba and baião, reinventing the Brazilian contemporary music.” Folha de S ão Paulo – June 2008 “ Relaxed and sophisticated” Carta Capital Magazine – June 2008 “ Luciano Nakata slides freely, with the wind blowing on his face, through various music styles - samba, reggae, funk, soul, rap, baião, dancehall – without compromising himself with any label and with a great humor. More international, impossible.” Globo.com – June 2008 “ Displaying references and lavishing technical and production quality, Japan Pop Show enters the list of the best records of 2008” SPFW.com.br – June 2008 “ Incorporating influ ences without prejudices, C urumin is a creator in tune with the spirit of the new Brazilian Folk Music” BRAVO! Magazine – July 2008
Curumin – Video Links P ágina do The New York Times - 08 de abril de 2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlKbRgL6INQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlwZtXTZR-U http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bPseiDjfaA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QUBIFYx-DY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpdbYQBGeoY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwOql3fqlnQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA2ELpuZz7Y http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhxgQx4cLWY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw5xZHFfJbQ http://www.splendad.com/ads/show/2217-Miller-Chill-Bar-Frost
Curumin – Contacts P ágina do The New York Times - 08 de abril de 2007 www.myspace.com/curumin Management: Urban Jungle Records André Bourgeois [email_address] Licensing VV Music Publishing Europe, US and Asia: Olivier de Simone [email_address] www.urbanjungle.com.br