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Magazine Drums & Percussion May/June 2012

"With this album, the debut of the international Quintett created around the violinist Isaias Lubo, there is latin jazz at it's best coming from Leipzig, Germany. Along with the latin american roots there is a wide array of very different musical styles that makes the "Journey" of the 5 musicians absolutely exciting"

Jazzdimensions.de March 2012

Orinoko's new album "Viajeros" covers a vast spectrum of music based on folk, jazz, fusion, pop, soul and rock and as if that was not enough, there is an innovative veil of Latin rhythms and certainly doesn't follow the path of normality. Sure a crucial fact is that the band is composed of members from nearly half a dozen countries such as Venezuela, Cuba Italy and Germany. Each bringing to the sometimes melancholic sounding mix a thoroughly classical touch often obtained through the unorthodox elements being used such as J.S. Bach's music or violins, certainly giving to it more expression. The seven tracks are surprisingly easy to listen to, the groove serves as a central theme throughout the album.  

Designed as a microcosmic comic, the booklet rounds up successfully the style of Orinoko's eclectic rollercoaster ride and makes the album something that is increasingly rare these days: something different indeed. “Bravo !

© Michael Arens

Orinoco, one of the largest rivers of South America.
Orinoko, the melody that gives it life. Fábrika - Miami, USA (November 2011)

Isaias Lubo, Roberto Fratta, Alfredo "Pocho" Rosales, Matthaus Krzywdzinksi and Ben Hohlfeld are the members of Orinoko, an international jazz ensemble originated in Leipzig, Germany.  Orinoko was founded in 2008 by Venezuelan singer, violinist and composer Isaias Lubo and counts with the collaboration of prestige musicians from Italy, Cuba, Poland and Germany.  Record label Heideck Records and distributor Galileo MC have released the ensembles debut album called Viajeros.  An expedition that involves jazz, fusion, samba, rock, Venezuelan folk, cumbia, salsa and more in a Latin explosion.

3 Songs Worth Listening:

1. "Viajeros" is the opening track which pays great tribute to the title and the bands peronal experience. This mix-and-match of sweet salsa and mellow mambo talks about an immigrants voyage to unknown places to find that special something.

2. "Sarabandeao" is an instrumental piece that lets you intake everything Orinoko is about. Latin jazz, world influences and deep bass compose this sensual and pleasant jazz of almost seven-minutes long.

3. "Cruzaito" accelerates between tempo and melody. Taking us through the mellow-toned to the fast-paced side of jazz.  Beginning with an impeccable rhythm and ending with an attractive 'shoulder-and-hip-shaking' melody that will keep you on your feet. - Jessica Roiz

About the Album "Viajeros" in "latinjazznet.com" - Canada (October 2011):

"Isaias Lubo is a composer, violinist and singer that hails from Venezuela, and is now based in Germany. On Viajeros (Travelers) and with his band “Orinoko” he offers a great mix of Jazz, Fusion, Latin and Rock elements (even a bit of J. S. Bach, who inspired Lubo on the track Sarabandeao). Rhythms from his native country receive a special treatment, infused with a distinctive, worldly flavor." - Danilo Navas

"Que Pasa Magazine" - London 2011:

""Isaias Lubo, a Venezuelan composer, violinist and singer has produced a unique and vibrant CD that has enriched Latin Jazz. Several tracks reflect Isaias Lubo's innovative vision of his music like a bridge between the traditional venezuelan music and modern sounds.

It is no doubt that greater things are still to come from this young inspiring Jazz musician. It will be fascinating to watch Isaias Lubo musical growth and bless the world with his music. Many tracks explore Venezuelan culture deeply, moving through musical compositions and written works. Isaias Lubo and his musicians display exceptional musicianship and artistic merit as they envision Venezuela's culture through the eyes of jazz"- Othiela Luna

"Folker" - Germany's biggest world music magazine. - September-October Issue 2011:

""The home town of the Venezuelan-Cuban-Italian-German Quintet is Leipzig Germany which doesn’t look as tropical as their album cover and their afro caribbean rock-jazzy in part with spanish singing mixture, with their shrewd rythms and arrangements doesn’t give any clues to their place of origin.

The promising debut album makes you want more!!!!"

Article about Orinoko in the magazine "Urban Catarsis" from Barcelona, Spain - Oktober 2009: