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Ancient Rhythms

Ancient Rhythms

The Artist

Bill Kopper

Brazilian Jazz!
Bill Kopper's Ancient Rhythms is a Brazilian Jazz journey, two years in the making. Produced by Bill and world-touring artist Erik Deutsch, Bill's original compositions will keep you hooked with magnetic guitar motifs, innovative percussion and an array of instruments that keep the soundstage fresh and colorful. The first cymbal hit on From The Outside sets the stage for intricate percussion throughout the album that keeps the groove moving. Percussionist, Paa Kow, is experimental and ingenious, bringing in dried bean pods he found in the alley behind the studio to weave into the fabric of Elegia. Bill's guitar and Erik's piano play off each other perfectly in Casa de Carmen and Modern Art. Textures of flute, saxophone, and synth keep each piece unique. Bill brings in electric tones on Stars Rain and Times Squared to give the listener a multi-layered guitar experience. Recorded on the Sonoma and Pyramix DSD systems and mixed on the Pyramix, this album perfectly captures Octave's transition from one system to the next. Available on SACD and downloads.
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Bill Kopper is a Boulder, Colorado based guitarist known for his expertise in American Jazz and Blues, and Brazilian Samba and Choro.  Adept on electric, classical, and 7-string classical guitar (commonly used in Samba and Choro), he is featured on a diverse selection of recordings, from his own CDs "Samba de Chueca" and "El Oeste", to Jazz vocalist and 2017 Grammy nominee Rene Marie's CD "Black Lace Freudian Slip" and the soundtrack to her one-woman show "Slut Energy Theory", Brazilian pianist/composer Carmen Sandim’s 2019 Rope-a-Dope records release, Play Doh, the Samba/Pagode group Ginga's eponymous EP release, Choro Clarinetist Dexter Payne's discs "Pra Voce" and "Jazz For All", Vocalist Sonya Vallet's debut recording "Moments in Passing", Jazz Saxophonist Nelson Rangell's discs "Soul to Souls" and "American Songbook", trumpet master Brad Goode's "Polytonal Dance Party" and "Chicago Red", Peruvian songstress Cristina Mendoza Vidal's debut release, "La Aurora, Icaros from the Amazon" (a tune from that disc "Cayal" was featured on the enviro-doc "A Fierce Green Fire", narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, and Isabel Allende), among many others. He is currently an instructor of guitar at the University of Colorado/Denver where he has taught for the last six years, and divides his time musically among the Brazilian Samba/Pagode group Ginga, the Brazilian Choro/Forro group The Dexter Payne Quintet, the World Jazz group The Hip Richies, Brad Goode's Polytonal Funk Project, and Madrid-based vocalist Sonya Vallet's group Los Profugos Galacticos. 

01 - From the Outside
02 - Stars Rain
03 - Casa de Carmen
04 - Modern Art
05 - Ten Days of Spring
06 - Elegia
07 - Tudo ao Meu Amor
08 - The Cup in Front of Us
09 - Samba du Soleil
10 - Times Squared


Bill Kopper- guitar. Erik Deutsch- piano, keyboards. Paa Kow- percussion, drums. Carl Dixon- percussion. Raoul Rossiter- percussion. Bijoux Barbosa- bass. John Gunther- flute. Greg LaLiberte- tenor saxophone. Steven Vidaic- keyboard. Khabu Doug Young- Cavaquinho. All compositions written and arranged by Bill Kopper. Produced by Erik Deutsch and Bill Kopper. Recorded by Steven Vidaic. Recorded and mixed by Jay Elliott. Assisting by Giselle Collazo. Mastered by Gus Skinas. Executive Produced by Jessica Carson. Cover painting by Michael Vigliotti. Cover/design layout by Raoul Rossiter. Digipak design by Emilie Druss. Recorded at Animal Lane, Lyons CO and Octave Studios, Boulder CO. Mixed at Octave Studios, Boulder on the PS Audio aspen FR30 loudspeakers.

Album Features

  • One pressing Austrian gold-pressed dual-layer SACD
  • Pure DSD + PROMastered CD layers
  • Pure DSD recorded on the Sonoma system
  • DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD Direct-Mastered 176.4kHz 24 bit, 88.2kHz 24 bit, 44.1kHz 24-bit PCM download
  • CD layer of SACD playable on any CD player
  • Mastering monitored through the PS Audio DirectStream DAC
  • All tracks mixed on the PS Audio FR 30 reference loudspeaker in Octave Studios' Mixroom by Jay Elliott
  • Limited edition one-pressing physical media