10 Questions With Michael Pipoquinha

Burning hotter than ever, the former child prodigy on the serious business of music, playing with Felix Pastorius, and what’s special about Brazil

10 Questions With Michael Pipoquinha

Burning hotter than ever, the former child prodigy on the serious business of music, playing with Felix Pastorius, and what’s special about Brazil

The history of child prodigies is littered with burnouts, but Michael Pipoquinha isn’t one of them. The Brazilian bassist has more than delivered on the early promise he showed in an astonishing video that circulated in 2010, when he was just 13. A packed schedule of workshops, gigs, tours, and sessions led to two albums in 2017, Nosso Mundo and Lua, which cemented his reputation as a player and composer blessed with warmth, imagination, and technical facility. Cumplicidade (2020), a series of interactive duets with guitarist Pedro Martins, set the stage for 2023’s Um Novo Tom, a Brazilified take on the current jazz scene, as well as his two latest singles, the large-ensemble “Veredas” and the soulful “Agora.” At the NAMM show in January, Pipoquinha stayed busy jamming with bass phenoms Hossn Munr, Rubem Farias, Henrik Linder, Thundercat, Hadrien Feraud, and Mohini Dey; next was a performance at Berklee, a gig in Boston, and a trio show in Miam
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E. E. Bradman   By: E. E. Bradman

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