MDR Selects – Tiago Frúgoli
Written by katehazeldine on 23rd April 2019
MDR Selects, a new (old) series where we invite our favourite artists, record stores, labels and more to curate a playlist of songs that hold specific meaning to them. We’re delighted to have Brazilian pianist, beatmaker and composer Tiago Frúgoli share his tastes with us following the release of his brand new album ‘Casa’.
Growing up in São Paulo, Brazil, Tiago Frúgoli always knew music was the most important thing in the world to him. At aged 4 he started playing piano, before going on to intern at YB studios at 15. Fast forward to now and Tiago has just released ‘Casa’ on Fresh Selects, as well as teaching music.
Led confidently by Frúgoli’s smokey Fender Rhodes and backed by his newly-formed Tiago Frúgoli Ensemble, ‘Casa’ is a refreshingly modern take on Brazilian Jazz uniquely informed by an instrumental hip-hop ethos. Frúgoli gave us some words on his album and his selection:
“The main inspiration for Casa were jazz records from the late 60’s and early 70’s, when the electric piano became in vogue. A lot of groups were more open to experimentation around that time. It’s amazing how quickly pianists like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and João Donato adapted their own style to the electric piano. I found myself not only gravitating towards those records while digging for samples to make beats, but also while looking for tunes to learn on the piano. I tried to create something that would sound like that while still staying true to my beat-making roots. It was also important to have a Brazilian element to it, but not something too obvious. Here are some of the earlier records and contemporary beat-makers that inspired me to find my own style and make this album.”
Photo credit: Gustavo Vilas Boas