Comments and Reviews

Marcos Valle, Pianist, Guitar player and Composer

'I like the mixture of elements that Marvio Ciribelli uses in his music. I like the equilibrium he achieves between his musical education and his intuition. I like that the spirit of Brazil always appears in his work. I like the happiness that distinguishes his art. I like Marvio Ciribelli'

Luiz Carlos Antunes, Radio DJ (Fluminense FM Radio, 'O Assunto é Jazz' program)

Since his first album my attention was drawn to Marvio Ciribelli for a very positive reason: His musical personality. His music ignored fads and its effects and established itself firmly and suggestively, internationally, but always keeping an enviable Brazilian sense. Moreover, Marvio chooses his guests very wisely. They are always musicians who adjust themselves perfectly to the creative spirit of his compositions.

Ian Guest, Hungarian Composer and Teacher, Founder of the Ian Guest Centre for Musical Perfection CIGAM

His close relation to music comes from his childhood, and also from his irreverent relation to keyboards (and to people). He throws his hands on the keyboard without measuring up the consequences, but he is always consistent when preparing his work. His easy communication to the public manifests itself through his extrovert temperament. Marvio Ciribelli comes to prove that music, above anything else, can be an endless childplay, and a very good one!

Simon Khouri, Radio DJ (Imprensa Radio)

Marvio Ciribelli's music has got a very personal touch: playful, brilliant, happy. It seems simple, but there is nothing banal in it. His work has influences from Luiz Eça, Antonio Adolfo and Bill Evans, and also Henry Mancini and Abel Ferreira. All this added to his own effervescent style.

Mark "GV" Taylor, DJ, Soul 24-7, England

Marvio Ciribelli continues the tradition of the most talented Brazilian jazz pianists. He was a student of two legends of Bossa Nova and Jazz, such as Antonio Adolfo (Trio 3D) and Luiz Eça (Tamba Trio). Marvio summarizes everything which is special of Brazilian musicians, particulary technique and original arrangements.

José Tobias, Singer

It's a great pleasure to talk about Marvio Ciribelli. Natural born musician, with an incredible sensibility, he is one of the most talented people I have ever met throughout my entire career. I intend to record a live CD with all his arrangements. Marvio is fantastic, incredible!

Guto Goffi, Drummer from Brazilian blues band “Barão Vermelho”

Marvio Ciribelli is an spectacular character. I had the pleasure to get to know him better at the jam sessions at Bar Severyna, in Laranjeiras, a residential area in the City of Rio de Janeiro, throughout 2001 and from then on we became friends. Marvio is one of those guys who works hard for Brazilian instrumental music all year round and deserves to be invited to any jazz festival in the country, not just for the beauty of his compositions but also for the guests that follow him in CD recordings and gigs. Dudu Lima, for example is a gratifying revelation from Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, a State of Brasil, in double bass. Paulo Williams a super trombone player from Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, and the giant drummer Marcio Bahia, borrowed from Hermeto Pascoal's group. Marvio, congratulations on the excellent record 'Théo e seu Tio' and for the wonderful group you formed to record and defend our music abroad. A special hug on these four wonderful 'minds'.

Maurício Figueiredo, Journalist and Radio DJ

'The art of combining sounds in a pleasant manner'. This is how the great exponent of Iluminism, Jean Jacques Rousseau, defined in an objective and simple way, what seemed to be impossible: music. And Marvio Ciribelli's music fits perfectly in this description. Hard working, Marvio adds to his melodic inspiration an audacious way of presenting his compositions. With the help of talented musicians, he has been filling with enthusiasm the most demanding audiences. Marvio has his own new timing - and people do appreciate it

Ivan Lins, Singer and Composer

I know Marvio Ciribelli's work and recognize that he is a pianist, keyboard player, arranger and composer with creativity and talent. He is the author of some great work in Brazil and intends to extend this brilliant career abroad. I wish him my best.

Luiz Chaves, bass player from Zimbo Trio

...Marvio Ciribelli deserves my regards and incentive.

Jose Domingos Raffaelli, Journalist, ex-music critic for the newspaper 'O Globo'

Marvio Ciribelli is one of the best musicians to appear in the last decade. His music is a kind of contemporary fusion of Brazilian rhythms and jazz and shows a high level of refinement. The first time I listened to him, I observed he was very promising, not just as a musician but also as a composer, and he revealed his refinement in all areas, proving that he has become an artist that dominates completely his means of expression. A musician that reached maturity.

Renato Guima, Journalist

Marvio is Niteroi's spitting image. Id est, he is actually head, heart and voice tuned up with the world, without any boundaries. There is samba, blues and jazz. There is also choro. However, the best thing is to hear your soul laughing out loud, wishing to dance.

Anna Paula Lemos, Cultural Producer (Lumiar) and Journalist

All Marvio Ciribelli's work is worth for its grace, splendor and Brazilian spirit. The rhythm mixes itself with the delicacy of one who plays, unconcerned with the possibilities of the instrument. Marvio really is a strong representative of quality music and he has got the light soul of one who does what he likes best.

Jorge Roberto Martins, Journalist (Program Sala de Música, Radio Mec)

Marvio, his drive, organization and faith in music that enchants who listens to it, are exemples to be followed

Mylena Ciribelli, Journalist

My brother Marvio's music fascinates me. He manages to achieve a precious mixture of sounds. Samba and baião with jazz and blues. I really enjoy to lean on the piano and listen to him compose and sing along. I love his style.

Arlindo Coutinho, Journalist (Jazz + Jazz, Globo FM)

... Marvio Ciribelli, a poet of sounds, he is already part of the Brazilian instrumental music history and that is the end of the story!

Comments from the singer Marília Medalha after watching a gig from the project 'Fazendo o que Gosta'

To Marvio Ciribelli and his colleagues:

My compliments on you and your wonderful colleagues. It (The gig) reminded me of the Petit Paris, from the Clube Central, our Sunday sessions with the greatest Brazilian musicians, the jazz, the bossa nova, our dreams, fantasies, all wonderful moments we lived through in our golden years. Sergio Mendes, Tião Neto, Paulo Moura, Maciel and many others, many others. Keep up with all this passion. Congratulations!

Comments on the CD "Théo e Seu Tio"

Luiz Carlos Antunes, Radio DJ

– A play on words about his CD titles such as: ‘Era só o que faltava’, ‘Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival’, ’Floresta Urbana’, ‘Nazareth na Confraria’ , ‘O homem não foi feito para cair’ and ‘Theo e seu Tio’ –

That's all we have missed now! Marvio Ciribelli comes back from the Montreux Jazz Festival, goes into the Urban Forest (In Portuguese 'Floresta Urbana') and meets Nazareth in the Fraternity (an allusion to Nazareth na Confraria). He then comes the conclusion that human being were not meant to fall (In Portuguese, O homem não foi feito para cair). He takes his nephew by the hand and releases another CD (an allusion to his CD Théo e seu Tio, which means Theo and his uncle. Théo is Marvio's nephew). He plays his compositions without any obligation with 'success', revisits Chiquinha Gonzaga, as he had already done with Ernesto Nazareth and produces 'his music' with no fads, novelty or 'tendencies', flattering well educated ears. 'Théo e seu Tio' definitely marks Marvio's maturity.

Roberto M. Moura, Master in Communication and Culture

If there is a productive activity which is entirely discredited by federal, state and local authorities, that is Brazilian Jazz. Music schools are falling to pieces, teachers and pupils are martyrs that support resistance ghettos that don't seem to interest anybody. However, this same music reached its artistic and technical maturity recognized all over the world, an excellence and quality that makes Brazilian art proud and represents national identity and border.

One of the reasons for this prestige is the permanent dialogue that contemporary musicians maintain with the great soloists and composers from the past, a dialogue that we unfortunately can not see in the same proportion in other areas of our culture. Take, for example, the work of the keyboard player Marvio Ciribelli, he is extremely personal without failing to be deliciously Brazilian. In his CD 'Théo e seu Tio', for example, Marvio doesn't neglect samba nor Brazilian song but invests also in a new version of 'Corta-Jaca', from Chiquinha Gonzaga, capable of moving listeners from different generations and latitudes. It is a record to display with pride to the most demanding ears on the planet.

Ricardo Cravo Albin, author of the Dictionary of Brazilian Music Cravo Albin

The new CD from Marvio Ciribelli passes with coherence and aesthetic refinement through various Brazilian rhythms. In the repertoire, his compositions 'O xote-blues', 'Orx Samba', the baião 'Feiticeira', the samba-tango 'Luz de velas', the ballad 'Simone', the baião 'Campeão', his homage to Hermeto Pascoal, two collaborations with Dudu Lima and Márcio Bahia the 'Sambaião' and the frevo 'Fazendo o que gosta'. There are also only two tracks from Marcio Bahia: 'Piratininga' and 'Subindo a serra'. Very special tracks mark the record's keynote: 'Théo e seu tio', a homage from Marvio to his nephew, in which the melody is played in an acoustic bass, and its arrangement to 'O Corta Jaca', from Chiquinha Gonzaga, in which he uses a set of 4 trombones and a saxophone, according to a modern conception that doesn't devaluate the original ideas from the author. Marvio used his two favourite instruments, piano and organ, and gathered together quality musicians as guests such as: Marcio Bahia (drums), Dudu Lima (double bass) and Paulo Williams (trombone), in the line up that is the base in all the tracks, and also Marcelo Martins (saxophone), Tino Jr (saxophone), Henrique Manso Jr. (trumpet), Rogério Fernandes (electric bass), Johnson de Almeida (trombone) and Ronaldo Souza (mandolin).

Heloísa Tapajós, Sociologist and Researcher from the Dictionary of Brazilian Music Cravo Albin 2002

It is a pleasure to listen to the pianist, composer and arranger Marvio Ciribelli, very well accompanied by the strong statement of the generation 'Brazilian Jazz/2002': a very tasteful and swingy production, which brings also the talented participation of the guests Marcio Bahia, drums, Dudu Lima, bass, Paulo Williams and Johnson Almeida (trombones), Tino Jr. (saxophone), Marcelo Martins (flute and saxophone), Rogério Fernandes (fretless bass), Ronaldo do Bandolim and Henrique Manso Jr. (trumpet and flugelhorn). A record for he ones who appreciate music.

Comments and reviews of the CD "Floresta Urbana"

'This record is a brilliant experience, an inspired creation. The subtleness and musicality of the work and the richness of rhythms used with good taste and knowledge of his roots, come to prove the quality and sophistication of the piece Floresta Urbana from Sidinho Moreira, Alex Malheiros and Marvio Ciribelli'

Gal Costa, Singer

'The impact of the first CD from the trio formed by Alex Malheiros, Sidinho Moreira and Marvio Ciribelli, appears as one of the most spectacular work of world music of recent times. In my 25 years of media and music industry, few records have cause the visceral impact that Floresta Urbana, which I listen to compulsively, did to me. Is it Brazil? Yes. Is it Congo? Yes. Is it Marrakech? Yes. Is it New York City? Yes. Is it brilliant? Yes. Yes I know the weight of this dangerous definition. But Floresta Urbana incited the Gods of brilliance for not being afraid of the Forest, of the 'Avenida Brasil' and, above all, not being afraid of true and excruciating fusion.

Luiz Antonio Mello, Journalist

The independent CD from the trio formed by Alex Malheiros (bass, guitar and vocals), Marvio Ciribelli (piano and keyboards) and Sidinho Moreira (percussion and harmonica) does deserve one's attention. Not just for pearls such as Canopy, which is the famous Bachianas Brasileiras Number 5 and Rio Traffic Jam, but also for the excellent work of sleeve and insert. We can rarely see an independent work with such beautiful final touch, miles ahead of a lot of independent stuff.

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