Caixa Cubo is one of the most highly-regarded modern Brazilian jazz trios. Made up of Henrique Gomide (piano, rhodes, synth), João Fideles (drums) and Noa Stroeter (bass, eletric bass), the trio explores rich rhythmical Brazilian landscapes, combining them with modern Brazilian jazz trends.
The project started out in 2007 around University of Sao Paulo, where Henrique and João studied classical music. In 2012 both went to the Netherlands and were joined by Noa, after the Royal Conservatory of The Hague awarded the tree musicians scholarships to study their masters in Jazz.
Two albums were released in honor of great masters of Brazilian music: Enigma - a Música de Garoto (2018, Pau Brasil Music) is a contemporary update on the works of Garoto (1915-1955), bossa nova’s and Brazilian modern guitar’s pioneer. Misturada (2014, Pau Brasil Music), Caixa Cubo’s fifth album, was released on 2014 - a tribute to Brazilian music masters, revisited with a renewed samba jazz language. The album features two of the greatest Brazilian solists as special guests, Teco Cardoso (baritone sax / flute) and Nailor Proveta (clarinet).
Years later they released Saturno (2018), where the trio embarks on a dizzying improvisation machine. With synthesizers, keyboards, electric bass, the album is aesthetically parallel to that of two previous albums, Quartzo (special feat. Celio Barros and Lourenço Rebetez) and Canil_ (recorded in duo by Fideles and Gomide).
2012 was the first album released by Caixa Cubo. Acoustic, contemporary and highly improvised, had tracks recorded in duo and trio: with Arthur Decloedt (bass) and Celio Barros (bass) on improvised performances over two themes by Claude Debussy.
The trio’s seventh album. Angela (Heavenly Records), was chosen by BBC 6 Music presenters, Gilles Peterson and Bandcamp as one of their albums of the year for 2020.