The Live Element: Bands at Uma Nota Fest

cover pics bands copyHere is the rundown of the Live acts featured at this year's Uma Nota Fest (#UmaNotaFest for the social media savvy). Lots of talent and creativity in the mix to move your body and stimulate the pleasure zones of the mind.The Human RightsUma Nota alumni The Human Rights (formally Friendlyness & The Human Rights) have spent 6 years honing their unique style of uplifting and ultra-heavy reggae music. The ten-piece band has recruited Toronto soul man Tréson and have re-united as The Human Rights. Tréson brings a whole new level and dynamic to the band, his powerful voice the perfect compliment to Friendlyness' style. After two Canadian tours, CBC recording sessions, opening slots for reggae legends Gregory Isaacs, John Holt and Beres Hammond, and a feature in the new Trailer Park Boys movie, The Human Rights are gearing up to release their 2nd LP and are touring in support of their latest single "Old School Track." On Oct 17th at the El Mocambo they bring us back that old school feeling. (FB event)

Heavy Soundz (Montreal)

Heavy Soundz come to us from Montreal and embody the alter-Latino scene there. Solidly anchored in a merry multicultural melange, the members of Montreal collective Heavy Soundz kick it with crazy rhythms that get any party started. What do these 5 musicians and 5 MCs from Québec, Haïti and Latin America have in store for us? A caliente whirlwind of Latin urban music spiced with reggae, cumbia and hip hop, as heard on their latest album, “Tumba Parlantes”, a sound that gets everyone in the room moving, grooving and sweating … We are pleased to welcome Heavy Soundz to the El Mocambo  On Oct 17th. (FB event)Flavia Nascimento and BandFlavia won hearts and fans in Toronto with her whimsically romantic forró during last year’s Uma Nota Festival. She is now proud to launch her self titled EP in Toronto. Recorded in Brazil over the winter (Brazil summer) of 2014, the CD is a mixture of original compositions and original takes of some classics from her homeland. The distinct regional style of her native state Minas Gerais is heard as some songs harken the congados (African processions from Minas) and a distinct, almost Milton Nascimento vibe in her arrangements. Her live performance is warm and festive, with a touch of romance. Flavia is the most enchanting start to our festivals. Flavia plays the festival launch at Touché Lounge on Oct 16th at 9pm. (FB event)

Wagner Petrilli  

Brazilian guitarist and composer Wagner Petrilli, originally from São Paulo, is one of Toronto’s most prominent Brazilian musicians. Wagner plays 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. His recently released CD Confissão (“confession”) received critical acclaim and his cd launch at Lula Lounge was a memorable evening for all there. Expect a lively and powerful show from a great band. Wagner plays at 6pm at The Great Hall. (FB event)

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Batucada Carioca (led by Maninho Costa)

Batucada Carioca is Toronto’s premiere Rio-style samba troupe. Led by Rio native sambista Maninho Costa (Maninho z10) Batucada has a raw uplifting style. For their 10th anniversary Maninho has prepared a special set of all new material, and beyond the regular bateria (samba drums) the show features Carlinhos Pernambuco on cavaco, Wagner Petrilli on 7-string guitar and Christopher Butcher on trombone, with special guests performances by Tio Chorinho and Louis Simao. Batucada Carioca plays at 7:30 at the Great Hall on Oct 19th. (FB Event)This one is an oldy, not high def footage, but it shows Batucada Carioca in 2009, so it has wicked historical value and you can see see Maninho killing it.

Roda de Samba (Brazilian roots samba) 3pm

A ‘roda de samba’ or circle of samba, is a a gathering of friends who play and sing classic samba tunes with smaller instrumentation (as opposed to the baterias of big samba schools). In Brazil a roda de samba can take place on market days or at bars with people gathering around a table of seated musicians, and eating, dancing, rejoicing and often singing along in chorus. In Toronto, Carlos Pernambuco is at the forefront of this movement, with his infectious voice and cavaquinho leading the songs. The roda (circle) will happen in the afternoon while the feijoada is being served and other activities happen around the venue. Roda de Samba will play throughout the day starting at 3pm at The Great Hall. (FB event).An example of roda de samba in Brazil:

Os Tropies revive Tropicalia in Toronto

Tropicalia (the band) is no more; long live Os Tropies.Os Tropies invite you to celebrate their new releaseThat's the short version of an updated announcement we mentioned in our post (Tropicalia, transformation and magic) last August 2012. That's when the group played the final gig under their former name, and true to their promise, they are back: Now known as Os Tropies (their own nickname for themselves), the project relaunches with a new EP featuring original material and a series of shows at The Piston in Toronto this February.Album art by Amy MedvickThe band emerges from a writing and recording cocoon that songwriter and lead singer Amy Medvick previously described this way:"Our focus is shifting from being primarily a cover/tribute band to working more on original material. Of course, I don’t think we will ever give up playing our favourite Os Mutantes or Novos Baianos tunes, it's way too much fun! But writing in this style is truly exciting and liberating. I feel like there really isn’t any territory that isn’t open to a tropicalista, now more than ever. I’m writing in equal parts English and Portuguese and incorporating anything that inspires me."Though they will continue to feature tropicalismo classics in their live shows and recordings, the EP, appropriately titled TROPICALIA!, marks their metamorphosis from a cover band  to one that writes and performs original tunes. On the five-song CD, Medvick's lyrics in English, Portuguese and French ride energetic grooves drawing from the group's steady mix of bossa nova, psychedelic rock, and samba references, all in keeping with tropicalia tradition.Les Chattes Jolies (available for free downloadIn true Toronto tropical-lovin' fashion, Os Tropies have put together a whole mess of fun and unique musical support for the series of shows comprising their EP release residency at The Piston. Each Wednesday night show has its own theme, based around honouring one or more of the band's crucial tropicalismo references. (Says drummer Eric Woolston: "You can choose your favourite flavour of Brazilian psychedelic spirit possession, or collect the whole set!")The group's photo shoot for the EP release pays homage to the photography for the landmark album Os Panis et Circenses (on which artists like Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Tom Zé, Os Mutantes and Gal Costa all collaborated), down to sly nods to the 1968 classic like the picture frame, the boho-mystic-hippie chic of the day and the fellow agitators and allies in the movement.Supporting artists during the February residency include Aline Morales, Maria Bonita and the Band, Petra Glynt and other locals on the live act side (two guest live bands plus Os Tropies at each show), as well as a host of weekly rotating DJs including Uma Nota founding resident DJ General Eclectic, Firecracker, Maylee ToddDavid Dacks, Friendlyness and Sandro Perri.The original Tropicalia movement and its artists were nothing if not products of their era. Os Tropies, in resurrecting, celebrating and re-visioning the music in all its theatricality and exuberance, create their own Toronto-born interpretation with style to spare. A singular feat for any band, at any time of the year, much less a mid-week residency during the city's coldest months -- still, there is plenty of substance behind Os Tropies' confidence in their series.Os Tropies play The Piston (937 Bloor St. W.) in Toronto on Wednesdays February 6, 13, 20 and 27. All shows start 10 p.m. Cover charge is $5 and the EP is $5. More information is available on the Facebook event page or on the band's websiteUma Nota Culture is supporting this event series.