The Tamba Trio and the Copa Trio. Bossa Tres and the Walter Wanderley Trio. The Milton Banana Trio. The Sambalanca Trio. The Jongo Trio and the Zimbo Trio and the Bossa Jazz Trio. The Sambrasa Trio. There is a sneaking suspicion that in South America’s largest and most musically virile country, any number of musicians working together would create sweet sounds. But the list of excellent trios, particularly from the bossa era, certainly seems endless.
Moreno Veloso, Domenico Lancelotti and Kassin—three young musicians/producers who have grown up on a diet of funk, bossa, samba, MPB, hip-hop, Mangue Beat, electronic music, cinema soundtracks and God knows what else—don’t hold any numerical superstitions.
Musically competent, innately creative and defiantly adventurous, they are concerned only with hurling their talents together and stamping new identities onto Brazilian music.
The triumvirate is by no means musical neophytes. Moreno, the son of MPB luminary Caetano Veloso, is a skilled vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who has toured and collaborated with everyone from Beastie Boys producer Mario Caldato to Arto Lindsay. Domenico (whose father is composer/singer Ivor Lancellotti) has collaborated as a drummer with Daniel Jobim (son of Antonio Carlos), Moreno’s father and Adriana Calcanhotto, and formed experimental rock band Mulheres Que Dizem Sim (‘Women Who Say Yes’). Kassin, the band’s producer and a committed experimentalist, has been releasing music since 1996 and has worked with the likes of Lenine, Marisa Monte, Bebel Gilberto and Jorge Mautner.
“Moreno and I were friends since childhood; we met at school,” says Domenico Lancelotti, commandant of the collective’s current album project, Sincerely Hot (Luaka Bop). “Moreno tried to run away from music. He didn’t want to play and he liked mathematics. But he had a lot of musical friends so he couldn’t escape completely. I met Kassin through another friend from childhood, Pedro Sa, a guitarist for Caetano. Moreno was in high school with Kassin, who bought him to our group of friends. Later we started to play together in a number of diverse projects, something we are still doing. We have at least five or six bands together with a huge group of friends here in Rio. The + 2s are only one of these ideas.”