The hidden gem of Brazilian music: Wagner Petrilli

 WagnerWagner Petrilli is one of Toronto's most prominent Brazilian musicians. While Wagner has been a cornerstone of the Brazilian music scene since his arrival in 1998, playing and collaborating alongside the city's prominent jazz artists as well as notable Brazilian musicians, he had yet to manifest himself as the father of his own project -- until now.Wagner is in the final stages of a CD project that brings together and advances all of his composition talents. I would describe the songs I've heard as the very best MPB or musica popular brasileira, which is a very Brazilian way of saying the work is made with influences from the entire spectrum of Brazilian national music, including samba, choro, afro-derived forms and classical music. (World-class Toronto collaborators from Toronto and around Brazil play on the recordings, several of whom were part of the slamming band for Pedro Quental's Canadian tour this past summer; Wagner also recorded the Rio singer for the disc, along with too many notables to mention, but Henrique Cazes who also visited Toronto is in there.)The songs have already been recorded, and now the mixing and mastering are needed to finish the CD.  Wagner has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds. We are putting out an all points bulletin that more pledges are needed. Get the lowdown in this video.

Pedro Sá Moraes "Beyond the Pleasure Principle"

Pedro Sá Moraes “Beyond the Pleasure Principle” in Toronto, Jan.18, 2014

(Versão em português abaixo)

Navigating the currents of what is Brazilian popular music (música popular brasileira), we have always stepped beyond what agents send down the line and have used our knowledge as fans of the music and active people in the scenes, from Sampa, Rio, Recife, New York, Montreal and the Tdot. With that,  on Saturday, January 18, 2014, groundbreaking Brazilian artist Pedro Sá Moraes pulls through Round Venue.Pedro Sá Moraes is a new wave of exploration in the music. A schooled musician carrying the heritage of the gluttonous tropicalia artist, consuming influences from across the Brazilian musical spectrum and unafraid to digest it and serve it up anew with digital spices. Think Gilberto Gil with Sonic Youth (his own stated influences).Moraes was named one of the "10 Artists You Should Have Known In 2012" by NPR. He is also the curator of the "Explorative Brazilian Music" showcase at New York's APAP conference, whose aim is to present a fresh outlook on contemporary Brazilian music. Pedro uses a world of musical influence he skillfully weaves in with native Brazilian rhythms and musical forms creating a journey full of colour and wonder.On his new album, Além do Princípio do Prazer (Beyond The Pleasure Principle), Moraes blends influences from his country's musical wealth, its luscious melodies and countless rhythms, with an unusual exploration of textures that could make one think of contemporary jazz and vanguard pop and rock artists such as Radiohead and Bjork. “Guitarist and singer Pedro Sá Moraes is a great introduction to Rio de Janeiro's adventurous music scene. At turns rocking and lyrical, Moraes demonstrates his ability to mine Brazil's rich musical veins and turn traditional rhythms and forms on their heads" writes Tim Wilkins of the new tracks below (click to play audio):AlaridoA Hora da EstrelaCompleting the trio are Ivo Senra and Lúcio Vieira. Ivo, pianist and musical director of the show,  has worked with the likes of Yamandú Costa, Fernanda Abreu and Seu Jorge, among others. He won the "Brazilian Music Prize" in 2012 as an electronic music producer. Lucio is a killer drummer from Brazil's Amazonas state and is classically trained. Still, he can drop a backbeat, maracatu or four on the flour like most jazz drummers' ninja fairy tales dreams. He has played with Elba Ramalho, Zelia Duncan, Dominguinhos & Rita Ribeiro.Holding it down on this musical journey and keeping the party going late will  be selectors General Eclectic and Firecracker, fresh from a super successful evening as a team at Uma Nota's edition of Harbourfront's DJ skate night, this duo promises the finest tracks for the rhythm addicted and discerning minds. We also welcome the new year in a new venue. Round Venue is a recent Kensington Market addition, and has become a hot spot for music and dance appreciation with great sound, new style and fresh vibes.Uma Nota Culture presents:Pedro Sá MoraesWith DJ General Eclectic & DJ Firecracker (samba, MPB, funk, Latin, reggae, Afrobeat)Saturday, January 18ROUND venue152A Augusta Ave. (Kensington Market)Doors 9 p.m.Tickets: $10 advance list & purchase/$15 at the doorEmail by January 18 at 4 p.m. for advance listbuy tickets!Facebook event pagePedro Sá Moraes No dia 18 de Janeiro de 2014, Sábado, Uma Nota tem o prazer de apresentar Pedro Sá Moraes, do Rio de Janeiro, para um show no Round Venue em Kensington Market. O Pedro foi nomeado pela NPR como "10 Artistas que você deveria ter conhecido em 2012". Ele apresentará o show de lançamento de seu novo disco Além do Princípio do Prazer. Pedro também é o curador do showcase "Explorative Brazilian Music", apresentado em Nova Iorque durante a conferência da APAP, o qual foi criado para difundir a nova produção musical brasileira.No disco, Moraes combina influências da riqueza musical de seu país, suas melodias sedutoras e incontáveis ritmos, a uma original exploração de texturas que remetem ao jazz contemporâneo e a artistas do pop e rock de vanguarda como Radiohead e Bjork. Imagine um encontro de Gilberto Gil e Sonic Youth. "O guitarrista e cantor Pedro Sá Moraes é uma fantástica apresentação à aventurosa cena musical do Rio de Janeiro. Entre o pulsante e o lírico, Moraes demonstra sua habilidade de explorar os ricos veios musicais do Brasil, e revirar ritmos e formas da tradição pelo avesso" escreve Tim Wilkins, do faixas (clica para tocar):AlaridoA Hora da EstrelaCompletando a banda é Lúcio Vieira (baterista) e Ivo Senra (direção musical e arranjos). Ivo, pianista e compositor, vencedor como produtor musical do Prêmio da Música Brasileira de 2012, categoria "Música Eletrônica" com o projeto eletroacústico Lá Onde Eu Moro, de João Hermeto. Ivo Senra já dividiu palco com nomes como: Yamandú Costa, Arthur Maia, Nicolas Krassik, Jorge Aragão, Fernanda Abreu, Leo Gandelman, Torquato Mariano, Itaal Shur, Gabriel o Pensador, Seu Jorge, Gabriel Moura entre outros. Formado em Composição pela UFRJ, vem se destacando por promover um incomum entrecruzamento entre vertentes da música erudita e do universo vanguardista da música pop. Ao longo dos últimos anos, produziu o CD Carol Naine (Independente), o CD Karaokê Tupi 2, de Gabriel Moura (Som Livre) e o CD Neon, do grupo Escambo.Lucio,  natural de Manaus (Amazonas), onde iniciou sua carreira profissional aos 15 anos de idade, passando por várias vertentes musicais. Estudou no centro de artes da Universidade do Amazonas e logo se destacou como músico profissional em sua cidade natal.  Antes de partir para o Rio de Janeiro participou da Orquestra Amazonas Filarmônica, foi integrante da Orquestra de Violões do Amazonas (maestro Adelson Santos) e da Orquestra Amazonas Jazz Band (maestro Rui Carvalho).A noite também contará com DJs General Eclectic e Firecracker. Depois de uma noite de grande sucesso na edição Uma Nota do DJ Skate Night ao Harbourfront, esse duo de DJ promete um son de alta qualidade que encantará os pés de qualquer aficionado de musica boa.Apresenta:Pedro Sá Moraes Com DJ General Eclectic e DJ Firecracker (samba, MPB, Latin, reggae, Afrobeat e mais)Sábado, 18 JaneiroROUND venue 152A Augusta Ave. (Kensington Market)Portas 9 p.m. Ingressos: $10 lista antecipada / $15 na portaManda email para até 18 Janeiro as 4 p.m. para adicionar nomes na lista avançadaCompre ingressos aqui!Ver evento no FacebookPedro Sá Moraes

Uma Nota Festival 2014


The 4th Annual Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expressions is here! Four days of music, dance food and culture for your senses. Check out our programming, save the dates and see you on the dance floor. We have a festival pass once again this year and it gives you access to all our events (excluding Terra Brasil), a line by-pass and lotsa love from the Uma Nota team.Buy Festival Pass! #UmaNotaFest 

Festival Launch - #UmaNotaFest Thursday

umanota_festival2014_facebook_thursday_1000pixels Uma Nota Festival 2014 and the Brazilian Film Festival of Toronto (Brafftv) kick off an extended weekend with Flavia Nascimento and Band, live MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) sprinkled with forró and topped off with fine Brazilian selections. Free! (FB event)

Dance Migration presents Terra Brasil - #UmaNotaFest

umanota_festival2014_facebook_friday_1000pixels Afro-Brazilian dance company The Dance Migration perform Terra Brasil, a captivating theatrical dance piece performed to live music by local and visiting Brazilian aces. Tickets Available. (FB event)

Friday Night Jamboree - #UmaNotaFest Friday

umanota_festival2014_facebook_friday2_1000pixels Our Friday Night Jamboree is live goodness & incredible djs. An international crew bring you the tropical sounds from an international world to the El Mocambo in one of the last shows you may ever see at this legendary Toronto venue. Come see live reggae, Latin urban beats and sounds from the global underground. The very best for you, in our city, live. (FB event)Buy Tickets Friday Night Jamboree

Digital Tropics - #UmaNotaFest Saturday

umanota_festival2014_facebook_saturday_1000pixels_2 (1)Sweaty sounds from the transglobal underground. This year we’re going one step further by joined forces  with the X Avant Festival for a transcultural party at Remix Lounge featuring New York’s DJ Ushka in her Canadian debut alongside the infamous Poirier from Montreal. Expect digital ecstasy and a few surprises. (FB event)Buy Tickets Digital Tropics

Batucada Carioca 10-year anniversary party  - #UmaNotaFest Community Cultural Fair

umanota_festival2014_facebook_sunday_1000pixels In the Uma Nota tradition of cultural fairs and Block Party, we present Batucada Carioca’s 10 year anniversary party and an afternoon to evening event specially made into a Quadra de Samba, or a Samba School rehearsal hall in Rio de Janeiro. There will be Brazilian feijoada and tapioca stands, an arts and food marketplace, children’s activities and games including face painting and mini ping pong. There will be incredible music rooted in the samba traditions. (Facebook event)Buy Tickets Batucada Carioca 10 year party & Cultural Fair

Check the video of last year's Uma Nota Festival!


Brazilian World Music Day - 7 de Setembro Dia Mundial de Música Brasileira

Over in New York City and in the grand diaspora of Brazilian music lovers worldwide, a singular project has been building up over the past year. The ARChive of Contemporary Music, based in NYC and with Columbia University as a founding partner, has amassed and catalogued thousands upon thousands of Brazilian recordings in the U.S., thanks to project director Beco Dranoff, a Brazilian based in NYC and São Paulo. The date, September 7, is no coincidence -- known as Sete de Setembro in Brazil, it is the country's national day, the day it gained its independence.Participants in World Brazilian Music Day abound, from artists living in Brazil and its "exterior" (other countries), to Brazilian arts and community organizations, Capoeira groups, dance groups, cultural associations, and of course, plenty of Brazilian music shows. (Check out the site's list of Brazilian instruments and a great map of Brazilian music by region, from the book The Brazilian Sound by Ricardo Pessanha and Chris McGown, for a couple of examples.) The project's impressive blog has been up for months, with amazing tidbits like posts on record hunting in Brazil or this gem from the '6os, a Beatles cover in Portuguese on the Rio-samba-rock tip:Now that 7 de Setembro is here, the full website is live, with access to the online catalogue, a listing of participating organizations and events, and the project's backstory and future ...In the spirit of Brazilian Music Day, here are just a few reasons today why we're passionate about the past, present and future of Brazilian music:In Brazil now, you can find most every kind of music without leaving a sphere of nationally produced music. Along with true "cultura popular" manifestations still beloved to many Brazilians (the various forms of samba, maracatu, coco de roda, frevo, Capoeira), the dominant global pop music phenoms are there, from indie rock and hip-hop to electronic forms and pop phenoms, but all in Brazilian Portuguese, making global pop forms available in the Brasileiro vernacular. Many of these projects, like hip-hop/samba mixer Marcelo D2, the electronic and non-electronic works of Otto, the jazz-meets-candomble rhythms of Salvador da Bahia's Orkestra Rumpilezz or the dub reggae/roots Brazilian groove projects produced by Buguinha Dub out of Olinda/Recife and Sampa, are innovative besides.And since we're mentioning boundary- and border-crossing music exploring Brazilian and global themes, here's a fresh video from American emcee Ryan Wink and American/Mexican/Brazilian musician (and capoeirista) Quetzal Guerrero, exploring the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife with a hip-hop beat mixing in maracatu rhythms, and "elogiando" the city's joyful and rich cultural heritage in both English and Portuguese (and with a special nod to the present-day, costumed Carnaval vibe):Next up: Brazilian minister of culture Gilberto Gil, a formerly exiled musician, is one of the world's foremost visionaries on "copyleft" and the future of music media consumption. We could go on about the many facets of Gil ... but we already did that. His vision and execution, though, have set up Brazil as a key player in the ongoing discussion and narrative around the future of copyright and how we consume and share music and reinvent the business models for the music industry on a global scale.What else? Brazil "tá na moda" -- Brazil as a brand is fashionable.  The profile of Brazilian musical and cultural references in western popular culture has risen steadily for years, and the Olympic handover ceremony, that grandiose show, served to illustrate images of Brazil that are new to some Western (non-Brazil-obsessed) eyes (though perhaps not the cliché-free presentation organizers had promised). From Havaianas everywhere to Capoeira in countless TV ads over the years and even the surge of interest in forró  nights in the "exterior"the steady infiltration of Brazilian cool into Western consciousness will only grow as the world turns more and more of its attention to Brazil, including its musical exports. Here's a previous post about the coolest Brazilian brands on another site by Uma Nota's Alex Bordokas.And of course ...In our corner of "Brazil fora", things have never been hotter. Toronto's Brazilian scene has grown by scads. The number of Brazilian and Brazilian-influenced bands, drumming groups, dance organizations, teachers and performing companies, and Brazilian festivals and events have all grown by leaps in recent years. In the last six or seven years, the likes of Seu Jorge, Gilberto Gil, Hermeto Pascoal, Adrianna Calcanhotto, Cansei de Ser Sexy (CSS), Luísa Maita, Olodum, Daniela Mercury, Ivete Sangalo, Carlinhos Brown, Céu and other international-level Brazilian artists have performed at large Toronto venues, in some cases for free as part of programming  paid for by Canadian and/or Brazilian government grants or other funding. In fact, last night in Toronto, the Brazilian consulate organized a special pre-7 de Setembro concert at Koerner Hall, free of charge with advance registration, performed by mandolin master Hamilton de Holanda.Not only that, but the Brazilian flag was raised at Toronto's City Hall today (Sept. 7) in honour of the commemoration!Meanwhile, Toronto-based artists like Aline Morales and her producer/arranger David Arcus, Maria Bonita and the Band, Luanda Jones, Mar Aberto Sound System, Maninho Costa (with both Batucada Carioca and Tio Chorinho), Bruno Capinan and Tropicalia have helped to bring Brazilian grooves, voices and new interpretations to the Toronto scene, opening doors between the Brazilians, the Brazilphiles and countless other musical worlds. Other Canadian cities are on the map, too: at Winnipeg's summer Folklorama festival, the Brazilian pavilion remains the top attraction, thanks in no small part to the participation of Toronto's Dance Migration company; Montreal's Rio 40 event series, Calgary's Brazilian contingent at the Stampede, and Vancouver's summertime Afro-Brazilian Block Party are just a few of the other Canadian-Brazilian scene highlights. And the previously mentioned Hamilton de Holanda plays in Ottawa on September 7, as organized by the Brazilian embassy there.Over the years, Uma Nota has done its share of fostering this movement. Our very first event presented Maracatu Nunca Antes, Canada's first maracatu group, as well as Samba Elégua, a samba fusion brateria that has a heavy Brazilian influence. We have featured many DJs  whose primary influence has been Brazilian music (Petri Glad, Jason Palma, Jerus Nazdaq) and one of the first mentions (if not the first-ever) of Aline Morales on promotional material was on an Uma Nota flyer. In 2009 we presented samba soul funk artist Curumin, and since then we have featured Maracatu Mar Aberto, Maria Bonita and the Band, Luanda Jones, and regular performers Maninho Costa and Batucada Carioca. At this year's festival (October 19-21 in Toronto), we are upping the ante, presenting Pedro Luis and his band and Rio de Janeiro funk/hip-hop fusion act Stereo Maracanã. As the eyes of the world increasingly turn to Brazil -- global politics, energy systems and economic development as well as for music, culture, sport and fashion -- we celebrate on World Brazilian Music Day and congratulate the artists, innovators, producers, organizers, researchers and supporters who make it all happen.What about you? What about Brazilian music in 2012 excites you? How are you celebrating this World Brazilian Music Day?While you're answering that, as a World Brazilian Music Day treat, we invite you to check out the 5 tunes we chose for our post on CBC Music, in which they asked us about the events, Brazilian music's role in them and put together this, our Uma Nota playlist -- Brazilian tracks you might hear at Uma Nota, and why we love them.DubbenRainha Do Dub A CoisonaAquecimento da CapoeiraEddieRadistaePinducaVamos FarrearJorge BenTake it Easy my Brother Charles