Newspaper "Cidade de Rio Claro", SP, Brazil aug 8, 2007
by José Antonio Chagas
“SOUND AND TONE
In his visit to Brazil, Mauricio Zottarelli puts together a group of musician-friends to rock the club “Ginástico” with drumsticks that in his hands are magical. He is blessed with the gift of music and rhythm, and gives a unique Brazilian swing to the jazz and blues.
I think that through him, Uncle Sam is able to play the “tamborim” (referring to a famous Brazilian instrument used to play samba - this expression is often used to talk about the wide-spreading of Brazilian music and culture). I say that because I clapped for a long time to his beautiful interpretation of the song “Bye Bye Brazil”. Not to mention the quality of his compositions and of some many other wonderful talented musicians in the show. It is amazing to realize that among six or seven musicians, mostly from Rio Claro, there are such good composers.
Side by side with other good fellows in our table, I spoke persistently about the abundant distribution of God’s gifts. I understood that Mauricio recognizes that, as he humbly greets and meets with the audience, advises the young people, and shares his talents, offering to the public his genial drumming and the qualities of his compositions. It is understandable why New York City, this plural city, has adopted the artist and later has shared his work among the other American states and cities. They recognize him as a top percussionist, who is able to bring the instrumental music exactly where the Americans would like it to be: refined, well developed, full of swing and nostalgia."
José Antonio Chagas, a journalist and professor, was the Secretary of Culture for the City of Rio Claro when this article was published.
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