Music is a very important part of the culture of each country and if it were necessary to summarize the concept that encompasses the whole CD it would be precisely a journey through these different cultures and how their particularities crystallize in a way of living and create. We like to imagine music as an abstract entity, a universal bridge that serves as the connecting thread to unite different places in our world, no matter how far away they may be. If culture is what makes people have their own social identity, the mestization of all these cultures is what makes us genuinely human.
Preludio is the best possible introduction to a complex musical work. Prelude and Workers were conceived as a single work being the first of them an epic introduction to the second. The song stands out for the remarkable use of percussion and its slow tempo that allows us to enjoy the passages in which the wooden wind accompanied at all times by the piano offer us a broad thematic development that culminates in a chorus that acts as a bridge towards the next movement: Workers.
Workers is a song that vindicates the musician as a worker. With a Balkan character and a tempo more accelerated than the previous movement we can appreciate the use of the “musical theme of work” whose exhausting repetition transports us to the industrial age of mechanical work. Throughout the work the theme of the work is interspersed with surprising calls for attention from the different instruments and the chorus of voices that seek to get the workers out of their alienation and call them to the revolution. Musicians of the world, unite!
Gipsy Dream is our personal interpretation of the Swing, especially the so-called “Gypsy Swing” so popular in the 1930s in France played by the virtuoso and inspiring guitarist Django Reinhardt. A song with a bohemian and captivating sound that leaves no one indifferent.
Noches Bárbaras is a musical metaphor for those special nights that, without planning, result in an unexpected party. With a frenetic touch and abundant changes of rhythms the song plunges us between an enraged Balkan sea and a peaceful Caribbean bay, culminating our dream in an abrupt and distorted awakening.
SON DE RÚA:
Son de Rúa is music in the streets in its purest form. A song full of references and Latin rhythms that transport us to the beat of “tumbao” to the streets of Cuba.
Lule Lule is an anonymous Albanian song that was born more than 600 years ago. War forces many peoples and families to leave their homes and set course for other places in search of peace. Fruit of the feeling of nostalgia, the longing and suffering for leaving your home, this traditional song called Lule Lule (Flor Flor) is born. These facts are not so far in time.
Travessa as its name suggests is a journey that leads us with a heavy funky rhythm towards new and exotic sounds.
At the end of our sound trip we landed at Espaço 77 and that is that every group has a bar, a place to recreate after the rehearsals. That special place is the Espaço 77, a bar in Porto where we lived great moments that were translated into sounds as characteristic and extravagant as those that sound in this song.
Recorded in Elefante Estudio.
Mixed in Estudio Skyline.
Mastered in Crossfade.
Ainda Não Street Band | CD 2018