We Talk To Brazilian Jazz Fusion Pianist Ricardo Bacelar Just In Time For The Release Of His Brand New Album ‘Sebastiana’



Multi-instrumentalist Ricardo Bacelar has recently released his brand new album ‘Sebastiana’, a collection of sounds influenced by different musicians, and instruments. However, the main theme is seemingly Brazilian, which suits, as leading man Ricardo is from Fortaleza in Brazil.

We got the chance talk to Ricardo about the life he has lived leading up to this time, and how he feels about where he is now:

Q: At what age did you start to really take music seriously, When did you know that’s what you wanted to do? 

A: The piano has always been very present in my life since childhood. My father plays the piano and used to sit me on his lap to play with him since I was a baby. I started studying music at the age of 5 and after studying harmony, ‘still an adolescent’, I began to accompany some Brazilian singers. The music began to take up a lot of space in my life and I was gradually entering the world of recording studios and concerts.

Q: What has inspired you most throughout your career? 

A: Keith Jarret, who opened my mind to wide improvisation, a specific training that promotes its creativity. The second one is Chick Corea, which mixes various colours and influences, creating an environment with a lot of personality. The last one is the Brazilian Egberto Gismonti.

Q: Over the years, what has proven to be difficult or challenging?

A: I understand that coherence and discourse are important pillars. I understand that the musician should not remain in a comfortable zone. They need to push their boundaries, recycle, advance in their studies, and try to record discs that have pre-set concepts that bring together elements that add value to their music.

Q: And finally, as a musician, what is your definition of success?

A: Success is being able to touch what you like and have a faithful audience. In fact, success is not what you do, but what you did.


Spotify: http://bit.ly/Sebastiana-Spotify

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ricbacelar/videos

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Instagram: https://instagram.com/ricardo_bacelar

Website: http://bit.ly/RicardoBacelar-Sebastiana-en


GET TO KNOW: Lisa Richards

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

My mother was a concert pianist. I am the youngest of 7 kids. Even though My mother had a car accident and sustained a severe brain injury when I was 7  and was no longer able to play the piano,  we had 2 record players in the house and music was being played pretty frequently. Upstairs on the turn table, it was classical music, Edith Piaf, Nana Mouskouri, big band jazz, Eddie Cantor. Downstairs on the turntable it was Musicals, Black Sabbath and Captain Beefheart.  I remember watching my mother moving her one good hand conducting in the air, listening to Edith Piaf and crying. I felt the impact of the human voice and of music generally. I saw and felt for myself how moving it was.

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

Gosh.. I listened to such a broad spectrum of music. I firmly believe that I have been influenced by everything I have ever heard and seen. Edith Piaf, Led Zepplin, Rodriguez, Rolling Stones, Oliver Twist, The Pretenders, Mozart, My Fair Lady, Victor Borga, Black Sabbath, Ricki Lee Jones, Lou Reed, David Bowie, the Supremes, Diana Ross…  But of course my exposure to music didn’t end when I became an adult, so of course I do continue to be influenced!

How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been playing guitar since I was 30 and singing since I was 25…so a while and yet no time at all 🙂 

How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I usually perform in block sections of dates. Meaning, I put together blocks of dates (commonly called tours) 2, 3 or 4 times a year. I have 2 shows in Australia coming up. One in Sydney this weekend and one in Melbourne next week. I’m planning the USA and UK for later this year.

What has been your favourite moment in music?

Favourite moment…whose music are we talking about?? I think discovering Nina Simone was a favourite moment. That woman was brilliant. So diverse and  yet she ‘owned’ every song she sang and made it her own, as well as writing some kick ass songs and choosing songs by little known  writers.

For myself, there have been many many moments. I particularly love the feeling of  a performing a show  and then running into people the next day who are still buzzing and inspired from it. That is THE best feeling.

Where is the best place to find you online?


From here you can find my facebook and all the other fabby social media sites.


1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?  
The inspirational tent for M’GOO is pretty wide.  Jazz, pop, ska etc.  I think what inspires us is authenticity and the context of what young breathing genres talk about. If you look at any of the classic genres, they all started out from a real place.  Jazz was the voice of a struggling black population, as was blues. The actual feeling of the music spoke to the pains.  This authentic feeling marinated to hip-hop in the 80s.  Punk and grunge were born out of feeling of a resistance to being forced what to think.  All noble voices that has shaped our world. I think what inspires us is that rawness that music and its associated art forms can speak to people.   If I look back, we call got into music at very young ages – as they spoke to us in deep ways about things we cared about.  For myself (Mike) being a child and seeing Michael Jackson, as a black person, as the biggest thing on the planet, really changed the way I looked at music, the world, and the subtle social change that happened after that.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I (Mike) grew up listening to classic 70s and 80s music.  Music that talked to you at some level and had a strong dose of prosody.  When everything comes together: the content, the feeling, and what it leaves you with: Billie Jean, Sinnerman, Strange Fruit, Blackbird, Smalltown Boy, London Calling etc.   All of these songs were connected to a story, events, where you feel the emotion of the moment.  These songs have completely impacted and shaped how we create music.  We write songs based on emotions from true stories about love – and what it teaches us.  That approach is inspired by authentic song-writing that took people to a place.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
We (Matt, Jeff, Mike) began playing music at very young ages.  Myself (Mike) began playing and writing at 12 ish.  We all met in 2000 at jazz school in Montreal.  By then we were all improvisers and creators.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
2016 shows are currently being planned.  Our shows will be a mixture of music, classic poetry, local storytellers, video etc., all aimed at taking the audience to a moment about the lessons of love.  Here is a live showcase from the current single: https://vimeo.com/193176640.  Sign up to our website www.mgoomusic.com to get more details when they are available.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Definitely Michael Jackson’s moonwalk.  Defied everything we believed in what was possible….
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
The best place to find us in via our moodboards, bringing music <> live performances <> storytelling <> discussions together around what love teaches us.  http://www.mgoomusic.com/tracklists/

Neil C Young – Interview

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I first got into music when i was around 4 years of age, there was a piano in the house and so i messed around on that and then sang and played any/every instrument available at school. My Dad was the person who enabled me and still inspires me to create and play.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I listened to classical music when growing up in my parents house, J.S. Bach and Neilsen, were 2 of my dads favourite composers, but also, there was a lot of folk music around as my dad used to play in folk bands as well his classical work. When Ieft home I carried on listening to classical music inparticualr Stravisnky, Shostakovitch and Debussy but I also got into Rock with The Balck Crowes in parrticular and Jazz in all forms of its glory!
All of this has informed and influenced my music in many ways, I suppose the common theme is that they all have an almost perfect balance between emotional and technical content, one needing the other to enable the fullest expression of the artist as possible, something I am always trying to do!
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
Since as long as I can remember, its one or the other that then leads to the other!!
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
About twice a month regularly with added gigs in between, Recebtly been in Birmingham and at the Bluedot festival and up nexct is Cloudspotting Festival, Matt and Phreds, Manchester, 12 Bar and teh Venue which are both in Colne Lancashire. (Dates and links are below…)
Saturday July 30th – Cloudspotting Festival, Gisburn.
Thursday 11th August – Matt and Phreds, Manchester
Friday 19th August – Strays, Newark
Friday 26th August – The Venue, Colne (Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival)
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
I don’t have one particular moment, but playing by the Pacific Ocean in Mexico and also playing at a jazz club for week in Cuba are definately up there (although seeing a picture of a certain other name sharing musician in the paper advertising my gig in Cuba was a bit of a stiffner! )
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
The music is available via the usual on line sites, spotify etc. and you can find me at www.neilcyoungtrio.com or on twitter @neilcyoung or there is a facebook page – neilcyoungtrio come by and say something to us!

Matty T Wall – Interview

MTW 047 LQ

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

                Music, as far back as I can remember, always moved me in a big way – even as a small child.   It was when a kid brought a Fender Stratocaster to school that I was completely smitten by how incredibly cool and ‘outer-space’ the instrument was.  Around the same time, my dad was big into Eric Clapton and Dire Straits so I had seen Clapton and Knopfler rockin out when watching his concert videos and I was hooked on guitar.   A year later, I discovered the “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” ACDC album and went down the path of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal for the next decade, before I came back to the simplicity and emotional connection that Blues Music has always had for me, and as I discovered, for all the artists I admire.

                A list of inspirations would be long and constantly changing, but as a quick snapshot, these are some artists who have inspired me:   Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, SRV, Led Zep, Jeff Buckley, John Scofield, Django Reinhardt, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Albert Collins, Robert Cray – quite a varied bunch, from fusion jazz to gypsy to all out rock – but all centred in the blues way of having a strong emotional connection and playing/singing/writing in a very raw way.   I don’t like music that is too smooth.  I like to listen to the rawness.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

                Through my teenage years, I was a HUGE Metallica fan.  The songs are quite challenging to play and are great for exploring music theory.  The way that I think that developed me to the point where I am now would be through relying on solid technical ability, whilst at the same time playing in a very raw and aggressive way.  It is sort of what I see in SRV and Django and is what I constantly aspire to.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

                I’ve been playing for about 20 years, but I did quit playing for about 5 years to follow a business career!  I have been writing as long as I have been playing, but my writing is very sporadic.  So when it comes, I really need to let it all come out and capture as much as I can.  My smartphone is my best tool for capturing it all.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

                Generally once a week would be my goal, but that is not always possible in such an isolated place as Perth, Western Australia.  I am hoping to play some big national Blues Festivals at the end of the year such as Sydney Blues & Roots, Bendigo Blues and Blues@Bridgetown – will have some more info on this in the coming months.  I do like to rehearse with the band very regularly though, as I find it directly influences the confidence and creativity of the unit and how far we can take the music.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

                I would have to say, the process of recording, mixing and producing this debut album has definitely been my highlight.  I learnt a lot and enjoyed it immensely.  Picked up some great ideas and techniques that I will be using on the next album which I will go into record next year.  The idea of chipping away at the recording to get it to sound like I hear it in my head, whilst also welcoming some happy accidents, has been so much fun.  That fact that the album has reached three number one spots in the US and Australia across some very respected charts is an unexpected highlight of this project.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

                www.mattytwall.com is my website and you can chat with me on facebook too: www.facebook.com/mattytwall

Hope you are enjoying the album!