And now he sings.
Brazils most unclassifiable musician
expands his horizons.
12 March 2008
Writing about the music of Antonio Saraiva is not easy. This multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano, saxophones and more), composer, and arranger defies classification. In creating his music, Saraiva dips into disparate and far-flung sources, from música nordestina to Indonesian gamelan, from rock to minimalism à la Steve Reich. What he creates from this mélange is something else altogther.
Antonio Saraiva is a thoroughly modern musician.
I first met Saraiva in 1999, after he had produced Marcos Sacramentos most modern album, Caracane (read my interview with him in Magic Marcos). At the time, he was composing ballet music for the Paula Nestorov dance company of Rio de Janeiro. Some of this music has been released on the CDs Chegança (1998) and Orquestra (2000).
In 1999, Saraiva released a duo CD with Marcos Cunha that most popular-music aficionados would characterize as experimental. So now it comes as somewhat of a surprise to find Saraiva on a new solo disc full of real songs, which he sings.
Saraiva wouldnt be true to himself if he abandoned modernity, but in the eponymous album Antonio Saraiva, the musician demonstrates that its possible to be modern, accessible, evocative, and even emotional all at once, not to mention tongue-in-cheek.
noite na boca
o frio de pé no chão
lembra a guerra
cais e amor
lampejo no olhar
e o luar sem sertão
He also shows how a single person can do it all. All the songs (music and lyrics) are his compositions. He arranged them all and plays piano, acoustic and electric guitars (including a 12-string guitar), saxophones, flute, and drums. And he sings.
On Saraivas beautifully designed website you can watch various videos and listen to his music. Perhaps you might even be able to classify it. If you do, drop me a line.
(Independent AS05; 2007) 36:36 min.
All compositions by Antonio Saraiva
01. Prólogo/Sem História
05. Sem História
04. Lua de Londres
06. A Saudade
08. O Segredo
13. Epílogo/O Elefante
Copyright © 2008 Daniella Thompson. All rights reserved.