The name Brazulada is derived from azul (meaning blue) to represent the sea, from an Azulada* and from Brazil.
This is the filtered sound of an escape, that of trumpet player Julián Sánchez to Paraíba in northeast Brazil. It comes from years of musical events and gatherings connected by the blue of the sea and by the roots of two cultures, the nordestina and that of the Andalusian region in Spain. It is a union based on the most ancient elements of popular music, the rhythms and songs that are at the core of this musical group’s songs. Starting from the foreign and new, and then, little by little, becoming familiar, as in the journey of a nomad, Brazulada’s music distills forró, samba, maracatú, baião, choro and a bolero, original compositions and arrangements inspired by the melodies, sounds and rhythms that aspire to be, or already are, as maestro Hermeto Pascoal rightly says, universal.
With their first work, Samba Luiza, they have already been featured on Radio 3’s program Cuando los elefantes sueñan con la música, and have also been finalists in the 2022 Jazz Guide Awards. They have performed at the 24th Jazz Festival of the University of Seville, at the XV Cadiz Jazz Festival, at Abierto Jazz Málaga 2021, at Festival Clasijazz XX Aniversario, at the NaranJazz Festival 2023, at the XVII Jazz Begote in Carboneras, at the Asociación Rizoma Jazz in Algeciras and at the PlantaJazz de Granada, gathering an outstanding success with the public. They have recently been selected by the Plataforma Jazz España.
Julián Sánchez, who is considered by specialized media as one of the most prolific and creative jazz musicians in Spain, has formed a stellar octet by having some of the best musicians on the jazz and instrumental music scene from Spain. All of them have extensive experience in roots music such as flamenco, Brazilian and Latin American music. BRAZULADA are: Javier Galiana at piano and voice, Joan Masana at double bass, David León at drums, Jesús Santiago at percussions, Valentín Murillo at piccolo, flute and tenor sax, Fernando Brox at trombone and flute, Enrique Oliver at tenor and soprano saxophones, and Julián Sánchez at the trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as arrangements and compositions. They are the reason for existence of this wonderful musical band and the reason for its greatness. Allow yourself an azulada, and plunge into the music of Brazulada.
*Azulada: from the verb Azular, which in Portuguese means to dye something blue, and to run away or escape
Presentación de Brazulada [Grabación y Edición: Pietro Formici]
TuConMaraca [24 Festival de Jazz Universidad/ASSEJAZZ. Espacio Turina Sala «Silvio». Sevilla 12 de noviembre de 2021.Grabación: Antonio Torres y Pepe Mateos / Edición: Antonio Torres]
SantosCha [24 Festival de Jazz Universidad/ASSEJAZZ. Espacio Turina Sala «Silvio». Sevilla 12 de noviembre de 2021.Grabación: Antonio Torres y Pepe Mateos / Edición: Antonio Torres]