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ORKESTRA RUMPILEZZ 

Created by the composer, musician and arranger Letieres Leite back in 2006, award-winning Orkestra Rumpilezz is an elegant orchestra of 20 percussion and wind instrument players led by Letieres himself. They draw compositions from the universe of Bahia’s African roots under the influence of modern jazz. The group celebrates Afro-Bahian musical roots and its universal branches and gives a modern harmonic outlook to the ancestral music of Bahia by blending Afro-Bahian drumming with American jazz.

The Orkestra is exponent in the Brazilian scenario for nearly 10 years. It has received good reviews from journalists all over the world who regard Rumpilezz as a “breakthrough innovation in the Brazilian instrumental music scenario”. The ensemble won the Bravo! Award for ‘Best Popular Music Album’ and the Brazilian Music Award for ‘Best Debut of the Year’ and ‘Best Instrumental Group’ in 2010.

The Orkestra is exponent in the Brazilian scenario for nearly 10 years. It has received good reviews from journalists all over the world who regard Rumpilezz as a “breakthrough innovation in the Brazilian instrumental music scenario”. The ensemble won the Bravo! Award for ‘Best Popular Music Album’ and the Brazilian Music Award for ‘Best Debut of the Year’ and ‘Best Instrumental Group’ in 2010.

Compositions and arrangements are all conceived out of the beats and rhythmic designs of the Universo Percussivo Baiano, Bahia Percussion Universe (UPB) – which is a term coined by Letieres. Their musical influences ranges from the big traditional percussion groups or “Bloco Afros” such as Ilê Aiyê and Olodum, as well as in the sambas of the Bahian recôncavo and the sacred ceremonies of Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé. Rumpilezz has already played with great musicians along its short history. Gilberto Gil, Lenine and Joshua Redman are a few names amongst them.

In 2011, the Orkestra led two great tours in Brazil and was the only Brazilian participant at the main stage of the acclaimed BMW Jazz Festival, besides being one of the attractions at the Rock in Rio Festival in Rio de Janeiro. In 2011 and 2014, the Orkestra toured in Europe performing in several countries and important festivals including the prestigious Moers Festival in Germany and the Music Meeting Festival in the Netherlands. They were well received by the public and the critics.

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