Art is a laboratory of the soul
The most important thing that we humans have is probably the imagination. When you listen and see a classical orchestra, a jazz big band, or just a great soloist and his band. You realize what our civilization is — a complex of capabilities to create and understand symbols, and has an immense sensibility to demonstrate and describe feelings, the ability to construct and control crazy instruments and give them personality. For me, this reunion of talents and talented people is a bigger expression of how marvellous the human civilization can be.
I did learn to play before I had a musical instrument in my hands. I sang with my brothers, and I bat on the tables. Later I took a wood flute and started to produce sounds and notes. Then I took the saxophone and made some new noises and notes.
Later I had the opportunity to play drums and piano and of course, I discovered some percussion instruments in Brazil, like Pandeiro and Tamborim and I learned to play a little bit of everything. I like projects in which I play different instruments, even if I can’t play everything perfectly.
If I reflect on it, to me sounds are like colors, they add textures to the music. No matter if I play drums, percussion, keyboards or piano… I’m never affraid of anything, because I love to do this.
The first time I thought about playing an instrument I imagined a flute. A complete coincidence at that time, but after I changed schools there was an opportunity to learn the whistle. After one year I started to learn the transversal flute. This flute is probably the instrument, which I can express myself the best with. It is a very difficult instrument to play and it takes your whole life to master it. But my name is Marcio “Tubino” and I grew up with a kind of familiarity with tubes. Sorry for the joke, but I really can’t explain why I like the transversal flute so much. I really just love this crazy instrument.
Every musical instrument has a personality, and through the years, one of them became significant. If you listen to a saxophone, you probably think about Jazz, Funk, Big bands. Sometimes it even sounds sexy. Take for example a romantic scene in a movie where there often is a saxophone playing in the background. When I play saxophone, I’m full of these different characters in different ways, but most important to me is to make music with it. One of the most fascinating things about the saxophone is, every player has their own sax sound, no matter the meaning behind the music. You can recognize me if I play (if you know me), as you can recognize if it is John Coltrane or Michael Brecker playing. The saxophone makes you develop your personality in your way of playing and sounding. It’s like your voice.
Before I started to play an instrument, I was making music with my voice. I used to sing with my brothers. We are three boys and three girls. A cousin and one brother used to play guitar, and we sang together at home bossa novas and some hits that I liked as an 8-year-old child. Later I started to compose lyrics and melodies that I wrote in a notebook. When I eventually learned to play the flute, I used to improvise the melodies. Then I started to play professionally in a band, and we composed music together. Every member could bring in their own stuff to develop the songs together with the group. And that’s really where my desire to compose music started. At the begning, I started to arrange the melodies. As you imagine a song, you are able to imagine, at the same time, how it should sound. Hearing the song inside your head will help making the composition of the song much easier. Every way of putting instruments together just come from your own imagination.
To me, every technical aspect of how to put instruments together, come from the sound I hear in my head, when a compose a song. Arranging music is the art of transforming musical ideas into a complete piece. It involves writing harmonies, re-combining parts, inserting melodies, adding textures, planning the song’s structure and so on.
If you think specifically about a jazz arrangement, the only thing you can be sure is, you know how it starts, but have no clue how it ends.
At the end, everything is about emotions.