(2017) MZ Music
Mauricio Zottarelli (drums, compositions, arrangements) * Itaiguara Brandão (bass) * Gustavo Assis Brasil (guitars) * Oriente Lopez (piano, flute) * Rodrigo Ursaia (tenor sax) * Milene Corso (vocals) * Klaus Mueller (piano) * Christos Rafalides (vibes) * Eldar Djangirov (keys) * Mike Pope (bass) * Helio Alves (piano)
The most recent release by Mauricio Zottarelli is an ambitious album about a person’s journey through life and its sometimes overwhelming moments and situations. "Upside Down looking Up" was released in November 2017 and was listed among the 25 best albums of the year by the Jazz Station website. This project is also a personal account of Mauricio’s past few years and features mostly original compositions performed by a stellar lineup, consisting of Zottarelli’s regular band members and some very special guests.
From the liner notes of "Upside Down Looking Up":
"This album and the music in it have to do with those moments in life when a person feels completely overwhelmed with everything that is going on.
The idea of the title, Upside Down Looking Up, came to me one day while thinking about how when life feels crazy and we believe it’s “upside down,” if we “look up” searching for a solution, we are actually looking down. So, in order to figure out a way to navigate through the craziness, find those peaceful moments of clarity, reflect and engage in new (and healthier) cycles, prioritize what is important, and take proper action, we have to change our overall perspective of life. Patience, calm, faith, strength, drive, serenity, intelligence, self-awareness, self-respect, and love are all words that come to mind when I think about this process of shifting one’s perspective. This recording is way more personal than I would like to admit. Having experienced, firsthand, this “Upside Down Looking Up” situation throughout the last few years while composing and producing the material for this album (as a touring and performing musician, as a new dad, and while living through some family and personal issues), I feel that the message “inside” the music is now very clear to me. I hope that this music can successfully communicate with you as well, and perhaps inspire you to reevaluate any areas of your life, which may need it. May newer, better and healthier life cycles begin! MZ "
UPSIDE DOWN LOOKING UP SUITE:
1| PART 1 - PERSPECTIVE SHIFT
2| PART 2 - SIGHT
3| PART 3 - NEW CYCLES
5| 7 LIVES PART 2
6| ALONE TOGETHER
7| MOUNTAIN VIEW
8| OPEN ROAD
9| SAMBA PRA MI
Produced and arranged by Mauricio Zottarelli
Soundworks recording Studio - Astoria, NY engineered by Kamilo Kratc, assisted by Sandra Kratc
Estúdio Giba Favery - São Paulo, SP Brazil engineered by Helio Ishitani
Vatican City Sound - Marriotsville, MD engineered by Mike Pope
Ubuntu World Music - Brooklyn, NY engineered by Christine Vaindirlis
Home Studios in Boston, MA; New York City, NY and Weehawken, NJ
Mixing/Mastering: David Darlington at Bass Hit Studios, NYC
Photos: Milene Corso & Christine Vaindirlis
Cover Art and Design: Max Pellagatti