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.
TUQTI / INSIDE
Dani Gurgel’s latest solo album is named TUQTI – an onomatopoeia of Gurgel’s samba percussive scatting, and is followed by her new project, being released as a series of singles and EPs, named INSIDE/OUT.
An inseparable union between instrumental music and carefully written words, filled with the delight of their long-established musical intimacy and the serendipity of constant interaction amongst themselves and with the audience.
DDG4’s latest project is “Rodopio”, which includes full sheet music books and play along audio. Their next project is the DDG19 Big Band, being recorded in 2023.
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.
“A fantastic syllabary” (Badische Zeitung, Germany)
“Scatted vocal adventures” (Jazzthetik)
STUDIO, PHOTOGRAPHY, PHD
Dani Gurgel is a singer, photographer, director and academic researcher based in São Paulo, Brazil. 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).