Trio Jovino Mueller Pezzotti

Contemporary Brazilian Music for Three Instruments

Jovino, Daniel & Matthias

Jovino Santos Neto (BR) – composition, piano, flute, melodica, percussion, electronics

Matthias Mueller (CH) – composition, clarinet, bass clarinet, SABRe

Daniel Pezzotti (CH) – cello


A Rosa Cigana

Spiral Traps

Muverio Astrovio

Once Again for the First Time

Hoping for the Day

Jovino, Matthias and Daniel found an almost instantaneous musical connection from their first encounter as a trio. Exploring a wide stylistic range of the Brazilian Musical Universe through original compositions, the trio combines passion and abandon with precise technical ability. The added use of technological innovations such as the Sensor Augmented Bass Clarinet (SABRe) and other possible sound expansions place the JMP Trio’s sound at the very edge of contemporary music played with a distinct Brazilian flavor.


Jovino Santos Neto worked as a pianist, flutist and producer with the legendary Hermeto Pascoal in his native Brazil for 15 years. Since moving to Seattle in 1993, he has released several recordings as a composer, leader of his award-winning Quinteto and also in collaboration with musicians such as Bill Frisell, Gretchen Parlato, Paquito d’Rivera and many others. A worldwide performer and lecturer, he has received many commissions and awards for his work. Jovino’s music blends contemporary harmonies with a rich variety of Brazilian rhythmic languages. Jovino has received three nominations for a Latin Grammy (2004, 2006 and 2009). He’s a Professor of Music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.



Matthias Mueller received a broad musical training at the University of Music in Basle; his most important teachers were Hans Rudolf Stalder and Jürg Wyttenbach. Since 1996 Matthias Müller has lived in Zurich and is Professor for Clarinet at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). He has gained a reputation as a versatile artist and is active as an interpreter, composer and teacher as well as the Artistic Director of various institutions and for various projects. He has performed as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and many others. He supports the creation of new music and played over 100 premieres. At the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology at the ZHdK he is in charge of the research project ‘Sensor Augmented Bass Clarinet’, an instrument that is playable in the usual way but also allows a computer to be controlled.. Along with works of music theatre and for orchestra, his œuvre encompasses many pieces of chamber music and electronic music, too. He has written an instructional work for the clarinet and continues regularly to compose works for children.



Daniel Pezzotti, known as one of Europe’s most creative cellists, was born in Zurich (Switzerland) and began his musical studies at the age of five. Completing his studies with Professor Claude Starck in 1981, he graduated summa cum laude from the Zurich Music Conservatory.Pezzotti’s enormous versatility brought him to the international jazz scene.  He can be heard as a musician in jazz productions with Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Lew Soloff, Ray Anderson, Ted Rosenthal, Mike Mossmann, Vladislav Sendecki, Michael Formanek, Tom Harrell, Franco Ambrosetti, Wagner Tiso, Guinga and many more. A member of the „Stephan Kurmann Strings“ since 1988, Daniel Pezzotti is featured also on several recordings with the harpist Andreas Vollenweider. He is a member of the “Zurich Opera Orchestra“, appears as solo-cellist of the baroque orchestra “La Scintilla” (touring with Cecilia Bartoli) and teaches jazzcello at the Zurich University of Arts (ZHdK). Pezzotti has recorded over 100 CDs for the labels EMI/BlueNote, BMG Ariola, Decca, and many more.