Dani Gurgel’s precise scatting combines a reed instrument with a Brazilian pandeiro.
With her feet in Brazil and her body stretching throughout the world, Dani Gurgel makes that mixture the motto of her most recent release. Out of so many boxes and labels, Dani navigates with her rhythmic and syllabic Brasilities through jazz, rock, pop, electronica; either in English, Portuguese or lyricless compositions. “Inside” questions living in bubbles through screens, in a composition by Dani and Frederico Heliodoro.
With music production and drums by Big Rabello, “Inside” was arranged collectively with Felipe Roseno (percussion, electronica), Agenor de Lorenzi (keys) and Frederico Heliodoro (bass), at Da Pá Virada studios. “Inside” is also available on Dolby Atmos immersive audio through compatible streaming services.
Dani Gurgel deconstructs scat singing from the point of view of Brazilian music, in order to reconstruct it based in any other influences, in order to provide us with insights on how to make our scat singing sound more like ourselves. She does that through linguistic explorations of sound and timbre, rhythmic studies, melody connections, syllable constructions based on percussion instruments and, most of all, live exercises, in which she gathers the students to try new syllables to familiar melodies.
Dani Gurgel is a singer, photographer, director and academic researcher based in São Paulo, Brazil.
She strives to bring together musical talents with common goals, with her award-winning series “Novos Compositores” (New Composers) and her documentary TV series “Outro Som” (Another sound), inspired by her web-series “Música de Graça” (Music for free).
Gurgel puts together her experience as a Brazilian jazz singer in the same cauldron as her still ongoing work as a music photographer and cinematographer, leading to her cutting-edge PhD research at São Paulo University (USP).