The emergent duo have teamed up to arrange and perform a major three-movement work by acclaimed Brazilian composer Maurício Carrilho. The work, originally a concerto for orchestra and guitar, is here reimagined as a duo of seven-string guitars. The first movement, Lapa, is a lively choro and ode to the rambunctious nightclub district in Rio de Janeiro. The second movement, Madrugada, is a lush waltz and a nod to the great choro composer Pixinguinha. The third celebrates the southern Brazilian way of life, and is a cracking chamamé, a characteristic dance of the River Plate area (which takes in southern Brazil, Uruguay and northeast Argentina). In the hands of de Vries and Rudd the work takes on a new life. Watch all three movements on YouTube or click here for more info.

The Storymakers Institute is a new initiative from The Space Company. Curated by the enormously talented actor, director and broadcaster (ABC) Joel Carnegie, the day-long digital summit has the support of Deakin University and The City of Greater Geelong. Guest speakers include actor Bert LaBonté (Fisk, Upper Middle Bogan), author Sue Lawson, ABC producer Belinda Hawkins and a host of others. The summit will explore the questions of what makes a good story and what makes a story worth telling. Click here for tickets and more info.

Maximillian Rudd has released the first of a series of studio clips from his latest album Salvador. The clips show the live takes of each track as it was recorded at Head Gap Studios in Melbourne. Check out the clip for When I Found Out, featuring Al Kerr on drums and percussion and Josh Bridges on double bass and cavaquinho.

Maximillian Rudd has teamed up with Doug de Vries for this latest video. Doug de Vries is a leading exponent of Brazilian music and one of Australia’s most acclaimed guitarists, having played with the likes of Kate Cebrano, James Morrison and Paul Grabowsky, as well as Brazilian giants Yamandu Costa and Hermeto Pascoal. Here the new duo are kept on their toes as they tackle Visitando o Recife by Canhoto da Paraíba, recorded remotely under coronavirus restrictions.

Maximillian Rudd has released the first video in his new Table For One miniseries, produced during the covid-19 restrictions. The videos replicate the traditional roda de choro of Brazil, wherein musicians gather around a table to jam, amidst the context of a pandemic that has forced musicians to think (more) creatively. Check out the first video of Assanhado by the great Brazilian mandolinist Jacob do Bandolim.

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Australian music media staple Forte has given Salvador its resounding approval in a recent feature article celebrating the release. Editor Talia Rinaldo writes:

The melting pot of South American, jazz, blues and roots influences that Rudd has stirred over the last few years is poured out in completely new ways on this release and is a testament to Rudd’s growth as an artist. Yet the familiar taste of everything Maximillian Rudd has given us before still lingers long after, in the best possible way.

Talia Rinaldo, Forte Magazine. 

Read the full review here.

Salvador

Salvador is Maximillian Rudd’s second studio album, and oozes Rudd’s trademark eclecticism, celebrating life and love with influences from around the globe. Drawing on his established penchant for intimate instrumentals and sensitive songwriting, Rudd looks to and explores new horizons with his groove-driven band.

Salvador is now streaming worldwide on all digital streaming platforms.

More info here.