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Nicolas krassik, the king of the violin

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Born in 1969 in the great Paris, Nicolas Krassik puts his violin in the service of Brazilian popular music for 15 years. Heir to the famous French tradition of jazz violinists, he studied classical music for 13 years, Jazz for 1 year and worked for 8 years in Europe alongside such heavyweights as Michel Pettrucciani, Didier Lockwood, Vincent Courtois and Pierrick Hardy. In Paris, the artist began to attend some Brazilian festivals and to take an interest in the music and culture of the country, approaching the Brazilian immigrants. In 2001, he landed in Rio de Janeiro and decided to stay. His dedication to Brazilian popular music and his rapid assimilation, attracted the attention of the media, won the admiration of the public and Nicolas became a violin reference at MPB.

Virtuoso and creative, he has already played and recorded with great artists such as Beth Carvalho, Carlos Malta, Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil, Holland Hamilton, João Bosco, Lenine, Marisa Monte and Yamandu Costa.

His debut album, "Na Lapa", was released in 2004 by Rob Digital.

"Caçuá", also by Rob Digital, came out two years later. In 2008, he released the CD / project "Cordestinos", which is dedicated to Northeastern music. Following the inspiration of Carlos Malta and Pife Muderno, who combined flutes with flutes and saxophones, Nicolas gathered the violin, the fiddle and the bass with percussions. The repertoire has songs by both authors and consecrated artists - such as Luiz Gonzaga, Dominguinhos, Zé Ketti and Gilberto Gil.

The fourth CD, "Odilê, Odilá", came in 2009 and presents interpretations of songs by João Bosco. "Nordeste de Paris" (Superlativa / 2014), his fifth album - the second of the Cordestinos project - confirms the fluency with which Nicolas stitches and unclogs the borders to taste. The accents, the choices, the erudition in the technique and the popular spirit in the language construct an environment with an unpublished aroma. Produced by Bruno Giorgi, there are appearances by Gilberto Gil and Lenine.

In 2016, the label Biscoito Fino launches the sixth album of the violinist, in partnership with accordionist Mestrinho. In this debut album, the duo presents a vibrant repertoire that tours Jacob do Bandolim, Garoto, Dominguinhos, Sivuca and Chico Buarque and Baden Powell, as well as songs written by the instrumentalists. The artists met with the group Fé na Festa, who accompanied Gilberto Gil. The identification was immediate: the taste for choro, samba and forró and the freedom of improvisation due to the study and practice of jazz led the duo to create this project of instrumentation so unusual. In the variation of musical genres, with a refined repertoire, they value virtuoso, lyricism, and what is most precious in our Brazilian popular music.

"A record that combines the extraordinary fluency of these two great instrumentalists with their immense talents and a moving dedication to the genuine genres of the broad Brazilian musical territory." (Gilberto Gil)

                                                                             "The first time I hear such a big symbiosis between two instruments. Congratulations to them for the great record. "(Yamandu Costa)

Since his arrival in Brazil, Nicolas Krassik has performed all over the country and around the world, alongside Gilberto Gil, Yamandu Costa and with his own musical projects. The year 2017 will be a cause for celebration: 15 years of the French violinist in Brazil. To celebrate, Rob Digital releases a collection of the best recordings of the artist, who will dedicate their upcoming shows to this anniversary.

As part of its cultural program and with the support of TAAG, the Alliance Française de Luanda is honored to receive the French guitarist Nicolas Krassik. Bringing together jazz, choro, samba and forró, Nicolas Krassik will present 2 vibrant concerts, with technique and emotion in the Angolan capital.

The first will take place on Thursday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Brasil-Angola. Nicolas Krassik will be accompanied by Brazilian guitarist Gian Correa. The second will take place on Friday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m. in Casa das Artes. Nicolas will be accompanied again by Brazilian guitarist Gian Correa and also by drummer Otávio Moura and by the Angolan percussionist Dalú Roger. 

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