Roland Perrin: Rio Amazonas

Roland playing the piano

Jazz harmonies, Brazilian grooves and Baroque counterpoint combine in the London premiere of a new choral symphony by composer and pianist Roland Perrin.

Inspired by the Amazon River and region – its topography, its multitude of flora and fauna, the mystery of its remote tribes and the experiences of the different people arriving from afar – Rio Amazonas is also an inner reflection on our primal selves; symphonic architecture realised by jazz trio, massed choirs and string orchestra.

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‘‘Music full of contrasts, dramatic but hip and swinging too. Impressively flexible choral writing integrated into the instrumental texture - musically terrific.’‘
The Guardian


still of a giant spider from roland perrin's music video for rio amazonas

Watch: Roland Perrin's Rio Amazonas

An introduction to Roland Perrin's 'Rio Amazonas', a choral symphony.

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