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On Wednesday night at Heaven Gallery, stylistically omnivorous percussionist Mauricio Takara (a key member of both Hurtmold and SP Underground) leads the M. Takara 3 on a bill with Baltimore's Nathan Bell (Human Bell/ex-Lungfish), who performs in a duo with Yakuza front man Bruce Lamont. Takara's solo album Conta (Desmonta, 2007) reminds me of the slice-and-dice productions of Scott Herren (aka Prefuse73), with its rigorous, hip-hop-derived mix of live drumming, programmed beats, and dizzying samples—often of the group harmony singing from vintage samba records, the only thing that really makes it sound Brazilian. A couple of more recent EPs on One Cell Records, Ocupado Como Gado Com Nada Pra Fazer (2008) and Cocanda (2010)—a new three-track release that's easily the best thing he's done on his own—place a greater emphasis on live drumming, but creatively deployed electronics still give it a powerful throbbing drive. For this performance he's joined by percussionist Rogério Martins (also of Hurtmold) and guitarist Guilherme Valerio.
You can listen to a recent live performance for the Web site Dublab, and below is a short video of the same trio performing live in São Paulo last year.
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