The ESJO has two versions, the European and the Brazilian big bands. Emiliano performs with both regularly and they feature some of the best musicians living in São Paulo (Brazil) and in Austria.
The big bands benefit from the collaboration with writers, singers, and poetry slammers. Besides instrumental original compositions, the big band also interprets pieces written for the texts of the famous Danish writer Ursula Andkjær Olsen, or the German poetry slammers David Friedrich and Thomas Spitzer. Their texts are intelligent and sarcastic and bring new possibilities for the big band sound.
The album "Tourists" from 2015 received amazing critics from the international media and a 4-Star Review from the famous Downbeat Magazine. The last album "Music for Small and Large Ensembles" was released in 2020 and its music has been performed all around the world by the ESJO and other big bands.
His big band is sensational
— Concerto Magazine
You can't avoid the sensation that someone is applying for the first league of top arrangers.
— Fono Forum
Emiliano Sampaio is an amazingly talented young Brazilian guitarist, trombonist, composer and arranger (…) His music is complex and beautiful. He is a “tourist” with a ticket to great things. I look forward to enjoying the ride.
— Frank Alkyer / DownBeat