Felipe Zenicola was born in 1981 in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil. As a bass player, producer and improviser, Felipe has become one of the key players in the country’s notorious development of the experimental and improvised music scene in the last 15 years.
The syncretism inherent to Zenicola’s musical background - which blends together noise rock, free jazz, Brazilian traditional and pop music, no-wave, minimalism and free improvisation is reflected in his approach towards composition, improvisation and possible ways of handling the instrument, which makes him a very singular voice in the electric bass language.
Since 2004 Zenicola has collaborated in several projects, records and concerts with great minds from different sonic planets and parts of the globe, such as Zbigniew Karkowski, Yoshihide Otomo, Negro Leo, Paal Nilssen-Love , Julie Kjær, Tetuzi Akiyama, J-P Caron, Frode Gjerstad, Arto Lindsay, Marcela Lucatelli, Cadu Tenório, Lars Greve, Ava Rocha, Jards Macalé and Bill Orcutt.
In 2010 Felipe founded the trio Chinese Cookie Poets, a highly acclaimed group known for it’s peculiar and cathartic mix of noise rock and free improvisation. Today, Zenicola’s never ending research on approaching organically complex rhythmic patterns on the bass, along with his passion for fierce and abstract improvisations led to two new projects. Although they sound very different between each other, both are already known for producing sounds you’ve hardly heard before: Michel Temer Trio, with long-time partner guitarist and producer Marcos Campello, headed by Brazil’s ex-president Michel Temer on drums, and New Brazilian Funk, a Brazilian/Norwegian combo founded by Norwegian Drummer Paal Nilssen-Love.
Considered one of the most inventive electric bass players in the improvised music field today, Felipe moved in 2019 to lisbon to work closer with old and new partners.