Active since 2007, with six albums released and one coming up in 2019, Caixa Cubo is one of the most distinguished trios in the modern Brazilian Jazz scene. Performing in different formations and aesthetics, it’s a multifaceted project––like a “magic cube” that combines its colours.
The exceptional interaction between Henrique Gomide (piano), João Fideles (drums) and Noa Stroeter (bass) invariably thrills audiences wherever they perform. It is the key element emerging in the different projects lead by the trio, along with the vocation for improvisation and the noticeable joy of three old friends making music together.
Caixa Cubo explores rich rhythmic Brazilian landscapes, combining them with modern Brazilian jazz trends. Brazilian colours appear in different ways: traditional styles––like choro, samba jazz and baião––are clearly the core of the project. Nevertheless, the restless and creative minds of the musicians often lean towards a more contemporary approach, allowing cosmopolitan urban grooves and free jazz performances to set the mood, without losing their primal Brazilian background.
Two albums were released in honor of great masters of Brazilian music: Enigma – a Música de Garoto (2017), is a contemporary update on the works of Garoto (1915-1955), a pioneer of bossa nova and Brazilian modern guitar. Misturada, Caixa Cubo’s fifth album, was released in 2014––a tribute to masters of Brazilian music that are revisited with a renewed samba jazz language. The album was produced by the label Pau Brasil and features two of the greatest Brazilian instrumentalists as special guests: Teco Cardoso (woodwinds) and Nailor Proveta (clarinet).
In the trio’s latest release, Saturno (2018), Fideles, Gomide and Stroeter embark on a dizzying improvising machine to travel through dystonic and interplanetary sound streams. With synthesizers, keyboards, electric bass, the album is aesthetically parallel to that of two previous albums, Quartzo (special feat. Celio Barros) and CANiL (recorded in duo with Fideles and Gomide).
After releasing a demo, 2012 was the first album released by Caixa Cubo. Acoustic, contemporary and highly improvised, it includes tracks recorded in duo and trio––Arthur Decloedt in double bass recorded compositions and Celio Barros recorded free improvised performances over two themes by Claude Debussy.
Fideles, Gomide and Stroeter travelled between Brazil and Europe during the last years, as they were awarded scholarships to complete their master’s at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands. They performed on many prominent stages such as the Jazz à Vienne Festival (France), Anton Philip Hall (The Hague), A-Trane (Berlin), Riverboat Festival (Denmark) and other culture spots in Paris, Brussels, London, Birmingham, Lisbon, Rotterdam. They also performed in Maputo, Mozambique, as well as in important venues in Brazil, mainly in São Paulo (Auditório Ibirapuera, SESC Consolação, Museu da Casa Brasileira, etc).