Who is CARLOS TRILHA?
Born in Florianópolis, south of Brazil, Carlos has been a professional musician since 1986. His first contact with the universe of electronic sounds was at the age of 10 when he got his first synthesizer.
He moved to Rio in 1989 and became one of the most requested and respected keyboard players in the country having performed and toured with countless popular Brazilian stars such as Marisa Monte, Legião Urbana, Renato Russo, just to name a few.
Since then, Trilha’s been working non stop as a keyboard player, producer, arranger, programmer on studio recordings and touring with several of the major artists of the local music scene.
Concert #1 for Synthesizers
Carlos Trilha brings to the stages his Concert #1 for Synthesizers, with his special “cockpit” of 14 synthesizers, sequencers and drum machines of the 70’s and 80’s, added to last generation electronic devices. This combination gives the live performance an impressive final result and a new flavor to classic electronic sounds
Apart from his own tunes and the Moogbeat album (read more in the next section), the artist also performs his versions of classics from legendary composers such as Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre and Brazilian classical music composers, Carlos Gomes and Villa-Lobos.
MOOGBEAT: Nação Zumbi for Minimoog
In 2018 Carlos Trilha released the album Moogbeat with various hits of Brazilian band -“Nação Zumbi” in versions recreated entirely on the legendary analogic synthesizer. An immersive, organic and vibrant electronic musical performance.
The idea came up as a- simple wish to surprise the band members in one of their rehearsals when they were all touring together in a side project. He worked silently for 2 months, synthesizing and playing every single instrument of the track “Meu Maracatu Pesa uma Tonelada” just on Minimoog. “It was almost an hypnotic process. I literally submerged in the music”, he says.
The result of this first experience exceeded all his expectations and has made a big impact on everyone who listened to it. After this, the way to the full length album was opened, and another year of hard work followed.
On top of this first track, the album also brings Futura, Blunt of Judah, Cicatriz, Bala Perdida, Hoje, Amanhã e Depois, Quando a Maré Encher and the beautiful Prato de Flores. All of them using as sound generator, not only for the harmonic, but also for the percussive sounds, only the legendary instrument of the 70’s.
RETROTECH is an electronic music concert created e composed by CARLOS TRILHA. On stage, he use synthesizers, analogue sequencers and drum machines from the 70’s and early 80’s. These historical instruments evoke the origin of characteristic electronic sounds that are now widely used in many types of pop and electronic music.
A unique detail of this production is that they do not use loops or sound libraries. All the sounds are created from real instruments and are first generation, allowing RETROTECH to make a striking reinterpretation of the classic sound of electronic music.
The highlight of the live performances is the use of rare analog instruments, staged to show the public how these interesting devices work. In addition, RETROTECH also uses a special set of projection images from generative code (created in real time), synchronized by software written with MAX/MSP/JITTER specially for each performance.
RETROTECH is a work that recalls the “belle epoque” of electronic music; more than just an exciting audio-visual experience, it is “an inspiring journey through time for lovers of contemporary art.”