Adriano Adewale Group

Adriano Adewale Group

 London, England, GBR

"World jazz at its best. Exhilarating, uplifting, life affirming music from the planet via London."**** Jazz "The vibe is exhilarating." **** Manchester Evening News "Adewale gave an extraordinary performance". Jazzwise


Throw aside preconceived musical prejudices, abandon all attempts to catalogue: a rich chemistry of cultural influences is at work when the Adriano Adewale Group gets together on stage.

Rooted in the musical traditions of Nigeria, Angola and Brazil and infused with contemporary European classical and jazz styles, percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale’s music is a global fusion of musical influences.

“Music starts and finishes with silence. From beginning to end there is much that is seen and experienced that cannot be put into words. Our music varies in shape, weight and colour, and it takes the audience on a journey where sounds uncover intrinsic identities of simplicity and beauty, through translating images, words and movement into music.” Adriano Adewale.

He performs with his outstanding ensemble of international musicians: Australian Nathan Thomson on double bass and flute; Senegalese Kadialy Kouyate on kora and vocals; and Brazilian Marcelo Andrade, on flute, sax and rabeca.

“Adriano Adewale boasts an imposing collection of firepower yet deploys it with rare restraint.” The Times

Adriano formed the Adriano Adewale Group in 2007 to explore his own compositions with other accomplished musicians. Their music explores issues of history, identity and nature. The group has released their debut album SEMENTES (Seeds) in September '08. Produced by international Jazz ledgend Gilad Atzmon the album features Gilad Atzmon and virtuoso guitarist Antonio Forcione.

This band's pedigree is very special:

Adriano Adewale was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For many years he was known as Adriano Pinto, a colonial name he received at birth. It was after he visited to Africa (Nigeria and Benin Republic) to discover his roots that he changed his name to Adriano Adewale Itauna, from the Yoruba-Nigeria and Tupi Guarani-Brazil respectively. He moved to London in 2000 and formed his first UK band Sambura, which released one album, Cru. Performing in various festivals and venues, Adriano was introduced to Antonio Forcione and soon became part of the Antonio Forcione Quartet who performs all over the world. Other great collaborators he has shared the stage with with include Bobby McFerrin, Joanna MacGregor and Benjamim Taubkin.

Kadialy Kouyate was born in southern Senegal, in Kolda in Casamance. He was born into a large musical family of dialis or griot, meaning West African storytellers who perpetuate the oral tradition and history of a village or family. He is a direct descendant of Balla Fasseke Kouyate, the first Mandinka diali who became the official griot in the service of the emperor. At the moment Kouyate is the leader of a 4 piece band called Sound Archive.

Marcelo Andrade (Saxophones, Flutes & Violins) was born in Rio de Janeiro. He moved to London in 1989 and continued his studies of jazz violin, saxophone, flute, guitar and composition. Marcelo has had many TV appearances and his compositions have been widely broadcasted (Jazz FM, BBC, NHK). He has recorded and performed with a variety of artists, from Milton Nascimento to Corinne Bailey Rae, and has co-led his own groups for a number of years, amongst them London Latin Jazz Ensemble, Japanese-Brazilian project Ohayo-Samba and Brazilian-Funk group Saravah Soul.

Nathan Thomson (Double Bass and Flute) was born in Australia where he studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Further studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama brought him to London where he is now based. Nathan Thomson is a bassist, multi-instrumentalist and composer with a focus on acoustic and traditional instruments. He has collaborated and performed with musicians from many parts of the world with a special interest in Africa where he lived and worked with traditional musicians for five years.


SEMENTES (Seeds) 2008 (Segue Records SEGCD0801)

RAIZES (roots) Sept 2010 (Segue Records SEGCD1002)

Set List

Adriano Adewale Group's Standard Set:

2 x 45 minutes

To include (all composed by Adriano Adewale):

New Material +

Material from repertoire:

Family Album
Passa por Mim
Song for the Pipes