Gato Loco’s “The Enchanted Messa” is a new interpretation of Giuseppe Verdi’s 1874 mass for the dead, the Messa de Requiem. Typically performed with a full orchestra, choir, and 4 soloists, Gato Loco has reshaped it into a realization for brass quintet (2 trumpets, french horn, trombone, tuba), saxophone, and rhythm section (guitar, bass, drums, percussion).
Inspired by the Acoma publo in New Mexico, their rendition reades like the fast-paced glare of a lost film noir soundtracki, combining Verdi’s bombastic melodies with mambos, metal, and cartoon humor. Brimming with joy and celebration, thrillingly entertaining and expansively cinematic, Gato Loco brings their typical level of irreverent enthusiasm into Verdi’s masterpiece.
***** “A beautiful noise — the energy of the band is tremendous!” (Aachener Zeitung, DE)
**** “Thrilling and entertaining, while being magnificently performed” (Jazzthetik, DE)
***** “”Gato Loco understands the idea of interpretations (and new compositions), infusing their arrangements of Verdi’s Requiem with the high-energy joy of life, irreverence, and with many ingenious twists and turns, offering many worthwhile listens.” (Austria Concerto, AT)
“Gato Loco surprises us once again with their ingenious version of “Requiem” by Verdi, at the bicentennial. They opened the festival Banlieues Bleues in March 2011 on a more eclectic repertoire and the exuberance of music had set the tone of the festival.” (Alex Dutilh, France Musique)
“Fat party sounds and furious brass emanate from the speakers, seething with heat and joy. The love of life oozes from this album — one of the best surprises from this Verdi year.” (Geschehen Zeit, DE)
“Without false shame and incredible easiness and verve Verdi’s Requiem is enchanted by the ‘crazy cat’. Not a trace of the Day of Wrath, Gato Loco celebrates the ‘Dies Irae’ with fiery brass sections, brilliant arrangements, Caribbean rhythms and re-names the piece ‘Die, You Sucka!’. Thrilling sounds, ideally suited to honour a beloved dead at his funeral in New Orleans or Havanna with stirring grooves. The Enchanted Messa unleashes a party; where this brass band appears, people dance: Pure fun.” (Downtown Music Gallery)