The Meretrio was brought together in São Paulo – Brasil, in 2004, as an initiative of Emiliano Sampaio (guitar and trombone), Gustavo Boni (acoustic and electric bass), and Luis André (drums and percussion), with the purpose of researching the diversity of popular music.
Meretrio played in important European and Brazilian Jazz festivals such as Bayerisches Jazz Weekend, Fête de la Musique, Jazz´n More, Mikulassky Jazz Festival, SESC Sao Paulo, Jazz Na Fábrica, and in the famous concert halls Porgy & Bess in Vienna and Sendesaal in Bremen.
In 2014 moved from Brazil to Austria and invited six horn players to record the album Mereneu Project as a nonet, which won the “Downbeat Student Award” for Best 2014 Jazz Group. In 2015 Meretrio released a new ambitious album called “Tourists” with Big Band instrumentation, which won prizes from the “Downbeat” magazine and a composition prize at the Graz Jazz Composition Contest.
In 2017 Meretrio releases the new album Óbvio featuring the saxophonist Heinrich Von Kalnein (Jazz Big Band Graz) in two tracks.
In the dialogue between the trios of the past and present, it is evident that the Meretrio keeps always developing their music, never leaving behind a sense of humour, creativity and the joy of making music.
„Meretrio is a cohesive unit that favours a tight, groove-oriented sound, but one that allows for immense freedom within that space.”
Brian Zimmerman, Downbeat Magazin – About the Album „Óbvio” (2017)
“Meretrio is one of those groups that is not satisfied with the common place, always seeking out novelties, language and identity…”
Ulisses Rocha, guitar professor at University of Florida – USA, about Meretrio album (2007)
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Fotos from our last tour in Brazil made by Pepe Guimaraes:
Some Meretrio videos
Making of about Meretrio´s history:
“Óbvio” Recording Session
Live at SESC Pompeia – Jazz na fabrica festival 2014
Live at Trama Studious – Sao Paulo – 2011
Instrumental SESC Brasil 2010