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ARTIST
TITLE
Oferenda
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
FARO 045CD FARO 045CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
12/9/2016

2000 release. Teaming up with her old friend Hermeto "The Wizard" Pascoal to produce this celebratory album, Aleuda evokes the atmosphere of Bahia and the North East of Brazil on Oferenda. Hermeto Pascoal was born in 1936, a musical child prodigy and wildly creative multi-instrumentalist. In the summer of 2000, he played for the first time in the UK, at the Barbican, to a rapturous audience. Known for his progressive reinvention of North East Brazilian song styles he has recorded with Miles Davis, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim. For Hermeto, everything has musical possibilities and his talent as an improvisational musician makes for quirky and affecting music. His ability to follow each musical impulse, results in unexpected harmonies and rhythms coaxed from common instruments, recorded speech, and even household objects. Legendary percussionist Airto Moreira called him "the most complete musician I ever met in my life, a genius". Hermeto first noticed Aleuda when she was 15 years old, singing regional folk songs to her father's guitar accompaniment in the circus. Her professional career started soon after, when he asked her to join his band as a singer and percussionist. Since then she has worked with Milton Nascimento, Lo Borges, Egberto Gismonti and Robertinho Silva (who is her musical partner and husband). Gismonti and Silva both appear with her on Oferenda. Aleuda was the vocalist on the Grupo Batuque album, Africa Brazil. Oferenda is a celebratory offering and the mood is reflected in the title of the album. The album has the inventiveness and spirituality of a Sun Ra composition. Improvised jazz is combined with samba to a wild and enchanting effect. Aleuda's clear vocals carry the melody over the ever-changing musical backdrop evoking the luscious vitality of the forests and jungles, as well as the rich mix of the religions and folklores of North Eastern Brazil. For this release there are also two specially commissioned remix tracks in the same spirit of innovativeness and experimentalism of the original from production duo APE and Kirk Degiorgio.