Rhythms of the City - Rhythms of the City - F-IRECD26 (2008)
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Rhythms of the City (Ritmos da Cidade) is the beating heart of London’s creative jazz community, the F-IRE Collective. The bateria (Brazilian samba percussion section) is joined here by Australian salsa team Son Veneno, presenting a mix of the expected and unexpected, carnival style. ...It is truly a London thing: influences of many rhythmic communities of our capital represented in street sound – funk, reggae, motown anthems, classic sambas and even salsa.


Barak Schmool repinique, saxes, tamborim, shakers & bells, reco-reco, triangle, atabaque, surdos, keyboards, backing vocals, all arrangements
Bosco de Oliveira lead vocals (2,6), berimbau (7), backing vocals
Maurizio Ravalico lead vocals (1,5),backing vocals
Xavier Osmir lead vocals (4,10)
Christiane Santana lead vocals (3), backing vocals (all tracks)
Mystro all vocals (8)
Sara Farina lead vocals (9), backing vocals (all tracks)
Jean-Christophe Jacquin lead vocals (10) backing vocals
Phil Stevenson electric guitar (2,3,6,9), cavaco (4,10)
Stefano Kalonaris 7 string guitar (4)
Francesc Marco Sendon caixa (all tracks), keyboards
Laurie Blundell caixa (all tracks), backing vocals
Alex Gould caixa (all tracks)
James Gardner tamborim (all tracks)
Hammadi Rencurell Valdes surdos (1,5)
Amy Lu backing vocals (all tracks)
Donald Bradby cuica (4)
Cesar Marin bass, backing vocals (1,5,9)
Martin Farrugia trumpet (1,2,5,9)
Mike Raper trombone (1,2,5,9)
Danny Pliner keyboards (1,5, 9)
Lautaro Veloso vocals (1)
Steve Marin backing vocals (1,5,9)

Live interludes: ROTC (full community line-up), guitar solo by David Preston.


1   El Preso (Julio ‘Fruko’ Rincon) 6.27
2   Riva (João Bosco de Oliveria) 5.11
3   Astral (Cabana / Norival Reis) 6.21
4   Ilu Aye (Claudio Martins / Gustavo Di Dalva) 3.55
5   Aguanile Bonko (Jesus ‘Chucho’ Valdes) 4.38
6   Rua Brasileira (João Bosco de Oliveria) 4.13
7   Beco da Vida (João Bosco de Oliveria) 3.19
8   ROTC (Mystro / Barak Schmool) 4.42
9   RESPECT (Otis Redding) 3.27
10   Aldeia de Okarimbé (Aloysio / César Veneno / Naval) 7.05


This album is a studio recording of music that RotC has taken live to performances from 2005-2007. Inspired to make a closer connection to the mixed population of London, we started performing more music that was not originally played on Brazilian instruments... this is part 1 of the experiment, it has certainly been fun making it, We are joined on the album by some of the many of the friends we have made on the journey. Present by force are Son Veneno, arriving in London from Sydney in 2006 and serendipitously introduced to us, they brought a spirit that has not left us since their return to Oz.


Thanks once again to our friends and families, also...

…all other performers who have shared in the RotC experience over the years,
most especially IianPattinson, Tamara Arom-Hobbs, JP Courtney, Hanna Rice

…the teachers who have informed our community at the many F-IRE samba workshops since 2002:
Joe Hanson, Jean-Christophe Jacquin, Jérome Boumendil, Bosco de Oliveira,
Jonas Oliveira, Marquinho da Dona Geralda, Celso Alvim, CA Ferrari, and all our friends in Monobloco.

…our Collaborators in costumed dance performance:
Charles Beauchamp and Julieta Rubio of Mandinga Arts, Flame Latin Dance, Mariana Whitehouse, Hannah Bates, Samara Reis, Rosana Pereira, Edmilson Souza

…Thames Festival, Southbank Centre, Guanabara, Continental Drifts, Stephanie Knibbe, and the multitude of venues that have hosted us around the UK and Ireland.

…our supporters City University music department, Royal Academy of Music

…all audiences and participants at our events


EngineeringTim Burns
Editing, Jiggery & Pokery Tim Burns, Barak Schmool, Maurizio Ravalico
MixingDemus (2,4,6,7,9) Tim Burns (1,3,5,8,10)
MasteringRoland Clarke @ crsmedia.co.uk
Artwork & DesignOctavio Neto
PhotographyDanielle Coore