Quadro Nuevo HAPPY Deluxe (April 12, 2024)

Release: April 12, 2024

Quintessential world music quartet Quadro Nuevo are internationally renowned for their vivid acoustic landscapes blending arabesquesBalkan swing and daring improvisations. Globetrotting from Central Europe to rich cultural scenes on the Greek and Aeolian Isles, in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, the ensemble weaves the joyful spirit of their travels into their music to craft melodies as vivid as memories embossed on postcards. 

‚ÄėHAPPY Deluxe‚Äô is set to release on April 12th.

Since the ensemble‚Äôs inception by childhood friends Mulo Francel and Didi Lowka in 1996, Quadro Nuevo‚Äôs sound has been shaped by their passionate love of their instruments and the vagabond life music thrusted them into. 

The virtuosos have given over 4000 concerts worldwide. After receiving coveted awards, including two ECHO awards, a gold record, and the German Record Critics‚Äô Award, the quartet continues to resonate with audiences across the globe.

Heavily informed by the sounds, sights and energy of their recent tour of Brazil, the band found themselves so intoxicated by pulsating samba, lively chorinho and sunny bossa nova that they felt compelled to promptly dive into a Rio recording studio. Incorporating the exuberance and rhythmic frameworks of latin music into their sound, ‚ÄėHappy Deluxe‚Äô combines breezy melodies, delicate nylon guitar, thoughtful compositions and effortless improvisations from every corner of the ensemble in a reflective homage to moments of happiness.

Instrumental in shaping this new album are New York vibraphonist Tim Collins, specialist in Latin guitar Paulo Morello, guitarist Philipp Schiepek, and percussionist Marco Lobo. From saxophone, to vibraphone, harpejji, pandeiro and whistle, the album meanders through a vast array of acoustic timbres and textures, and accentuates Quadro Neuvo‚Äôs trademark pan-global sound.

‚ÄúEven in times of crisis and war, music can offer a positive alternative world.‚Ä̬†the ensemble reflects. With refreshing¬†reinterpretations¬†of iconic hits such as¬†Pharrell Williams‚Äė¬†‚ÄėHappy‚Äô¬†and¬†Bobby McFerrin‚Äės¬†‚ÄėDon‚Äôt Worry, Be Happy‚Äô¬†coupled with newly minted originals like¬†‚ÄėHere and Now,‚Äô¬†Quadro Nuevo believe¬†‚ÄėHAPPY Deluxe‚Äô¬†encapsulates the¬†ebullience¬†of their journey and their indefatigable pursuit of creating authentic,¬†uplifting¬†music.

Line up

Mulo Francel | Tenor Sax, Clarinets, Mandoline, Whistle, Flute, Tenor Recorder
Andreas Hinterseher | Accordion, Vibrandoneon, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Trombone
D.D Lowka | Bass, Percussion

with

Chris Gall | Piano, Harpejji, Pandeiro
Tim Collins | Vibraphone, Voice, Drums, Shaker
Paul Morello | Jazz Guitar, Spanish Guitar, Cavaquinho
Phillip Schiepek | Jazz Guitar, Spanish Guitar
Marco Lobo | Brazilian Percussion

Track Listing

Quadro Samba
Caipirinha
Morello Beach
Tender Melody
Erotiko
Ipanema Calling
Pervenche
Ada’s Song
Ilha Grande
Rio Sunrise
7 to 1
Here and Now
Happy
Before your Eyes were Open
Bei den Jupa√ļ
Don’t Worry, Be Happy