Chris Stouts Brazilian Theory is an exciting collaboration featuring Carlinhos Antunes (Brazil), Thomas Rohrer (Switzerland/Brazil) and Catriona McKay (Scotland). Recorded live at Celtic Connections 2010, this is an exhilarating, adventurous and soulful album which further enhances Stouts reputation as an innovator in Scottish Folk music and beyond. Shetland fiddler Chris Stout is well renowned for his inquisitive musical nature, and has been a mainstay at the innovative end of the Scottish and wider Folk scene for the last decade. This new release, a live concert recording, captures one of his most vibrant collaborations. Borne from a project started in 2003 taking Scottish musicians to Sao Paulo State, this stunning album brings together his closest colleagues from Scotland and Brazil. The 8 strong line up includes his long term duo partner, harpist Catriona McKay, and Thomas Rohrer, a Swiss born violinist and saxophonist living in Sao Paolo, who specialises in the music of the Rabeca (a traditional Brazilian fiddle). It was with Rohrer and his music that Chris made a particular connection on that first trip. This recording catches a hugely uplifting raw energy and spark between the fiddle and rabeca. Combining their respective traditions, the musicians intertwine traditional melodies with sparkling improvisations. Chris says of the album - on a cold wet January night in 2010 at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, we set out to heat up Glasgows City Halls with this heart warming music. The resulting CD is a window into that very special night. It was an evening where innovation and spontaneity complemented our desire to perform music from the heart. With the help of a wonderful audience inside a magnificent concert hall we were able to achieve a real sense of creativity and share in a unique night together .