The Mereneu Project was brought together in São Paulo - Brazil, in 2004, as an initiative of the musicians Emiliano Sampaio (guitar), Gustavo Boni (bass), and Luis André (drums), with the purpose of researching the diversity of popular music. Since its inception, the group has consistently explored the creativity in instrumental music, developing a work that mix Brazilian rhythms, jazz elements and chamber music approach. The trio recorded its first album in late 2007, comprised exclusively of original tunes, and release other 4 albums until last year. In 2012, the trio moved to Graz, Austria, to make the Master course in one of the best jazz schools in Europe (KUG) and invited 6 top musicians from many countries to record a new project as a nonet called “Mereneu Project”. The nonet has already played in many festivals around Europe, as Most Jazz Fest 2014, Lamantin Jazz Festival (Hungary), Graz Jazz Nacht 2014, Jazz Redoute 2014, Jazz Werkstatt 2013, Kug Redoute Festival 2013, and many Jazz clubs from Austria.
Downbeat Magazine about “Mega Mereneu Project” (2015)
His music is complex and beautiful. He is a “tourist”
with a ticket to great things.
Michael Abene (2015)
He is one of the few young arrangers that is not afraid
to show a sense of humor in his writing.
Ed Partyka about “Mereneu Project” (2014)
“…Emiliano Sampaio and his Mereneu Project have created
something very special with this recording, and I hope
that you enjoy it as much as I do.”
All About Jazz about the track “Pe de Moca” (2012)
“What a lovely track. The choppiness of the opening
guitar notes leads into a languid ballad that gets more
dreamy as it goes along