Lenis Rino: Mais Um Grito

Nova Lima, 03 de fevereiro de 2015 O musico e produtor Lenis Rino lanca seu mais novo album "Mais um grito". Foto: Bruno Magalhaes / NITRO / DivulgacaoA poetic, dynamic and energetic interpreter and innovator of Brazilian popular and folkloric culture, Lenis Rino is the musical producer of several current artists in a fertile Belo Horizonte music scene. But Lenis's special relationship to Toronto is through his work as one of Maracatu drumming's greatest ambassadors, in Minas Gerais state and around the world.Lenis has produced music by Marina Machado - Quieto um Pouco, Kdu dos Anjos - A Cidade Azul, Matheus Brant – A Semana, Zimun - Compacto, Nathy Faria - Saindo do lugar, among others. He also plays as the drummer for Brazilian artists Fernanda Takai, Pedro Morais and Marina Machado.Lenis' first disc was with Orquestra de Percussão Elefante Groove, in which he acted as director and bandleader. It's in this context that he demonstrates his amazing creativity, the quality that most characterizes Lenis and his work. He blends roots and Brazilian folkloric traditions with modern influences like hip hop, rock and jazz, yet somehow manages to give it a non-cliché edge and come off wholly original and raw.It was around this time that he also led the Maracatu group Trovão das Minas, of which Aline Morales was a member before she moved to Toronto.[Editor's note: Lenis wrote to us to add to this post with his words about his experience with maracatu, his visit to Toronto and the album Mais Um Grito. His words have been added to the post below.]Photo by Kevin Jones/We Saw It Happen/InstagramThen last year, invited by Aline, Lenis made the first of what appears happily to be an annual visit, teaching maracatu and rhythm & percussion improv workshops hosted by Baque de Bamba. He also played a Toronto release for his latest work, Mais Um Grito, as part of the group's anniversary party. [Ed. Lenis writes about this in Portuguese, see update below.]Here's part of that album, live in 2014 with Os Tropies and featuring Aline Morales on percussion and vocals, and Chris Butcher on trombone.Lenis produced his album Mais Um Grito along with Bruno Buarque, a percussionist/producer and member of Barbatuques who has visited Toronto as Céu's drummer, among other projects. The disc is Lenis' visceral, passionate cry for the struggle to survive; not only his own struggles but those of the many who struggle to thrive and raise their families ... while metaphorically rising above the muck (and chaos). [Editor's note: In Portuguese, the Soundcloud album info alludes cleverly to the 1994 Chico Science & Nação Zumbi album Da Lama Ao Caos ("from the mud to chaos"). It loses something in translation, perhaps.][Português (do release do album Mais Um Grito, na bio de Soundcloud do Lenis Rino): São oito faixas que resume o momento de vida de Lenis ,falando sobre a sua verdade ,a sua luta e a luta dos povos para sobreviver, para permanecer vivo criando seus filhos, com o pescoço sempre no limite da lama e do caos. ... Essa amostra de um coração que não cabe mais em um corpo,que tem a necessidade de sair e vazar entre as mãos, submerso ao amor, e a angustia. Não há mentira em seu grito, é visceral!]Photo: Bruno Magalhaes / NITRO / DivulgacaoWhile the Toronto launch for Mais Um Grito was last year, Lenis and his band will perform a "show do disco," playing the album's songs again for his set at Lula Lounge on Sunday, October 18th, as part of the Community Cultural Fair.For the afternoon Coco de Roda workshop, Lenis will also be a special guest along with Aline Morales, leading members of Maracatu Mar Aberto and Baque de Bamba and all the participants in everyone's favourite circle game/interactive dance. [Ed.: This is always all-ages, all-smiles fun!] Lenis's second show nearly a year after his first makes this return to Toronto in less than a year -- seja bem-vindo de volta, Lenis! -- it will be really cool to have him around. Welcome Lenis Rino back to Toronto!Lenis Rino performs Sunday, October 18th (after 8 p.m.) at the Community Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge.[Ed. Here's more from Lenis in his own words, in Portuguese. ]Sobre Mais Um Grito/About Mais Um GritoLenis Rino: Mais Um Grito é um album com musicas autorais e com letras vicerais que resume o momento da musica atual na minha vida sao letras com as minhas verdades,falo dos mestres,dos amigos,dos povos e a necessidade de sobreviver de musica. Pode ser a sobrevivencia de qualquer um de nos no dia a dia de uma cidade ,com o trabalho diario para ganhar dinheiro e pagar suas contas,,ou a luta dos povos tradicionais como os indios,,que perdem a cada dia mais suas terras para a criação de gados,nao e importante preservar nossa cultura,,parece que o mais importante é ganhar dinheiro a qualquer custo.Sobre Toronto e o Maracatu/On Toronto and Maracatu:

Lenis Rino: Eu adoro Toronto e as pessoas que nela encontrei,fui muito bem aceito pelas pessoas locais,o maracatu tem uma força absurda,onde ele bate ele conquista ,educa e forma um nucleo de pessoas do mesmo interesse,assisto muitos grupos nascerem pelo mundo derivados do maracatu e muitos derivados diretamente do trovao,grupo que fundei e nasceu do GONGUE ,escola de percussao que eu tive em belo horizonte.gostei muito do que vi em toronto,respeito pelos instrumentos e sua tecnicas,,pessoas interessadas em aprender e continuar o trabalho!
Maracatu é uma ds brincadeiras sérias que tem no brasil,existem diversas formas de se manifestar,,e varias outras de absorver a tradição e transforma la em musica conteporanea,por que nos somos contemporaneos,,e temos que entender a tradição pra continuar a criar a nossa musica,,pra continuarmos a manifestar musicalmente conforme nossas necessidades atuais!!!!!

Photo: Bruno Magalhaes / NITRO / DivulgacaoPhoto: Bruno Magalhaes / NITRO / Divulgacao

Community Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge Festival 2015

Community Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge

Our popular Sunday afternoon-into-evening hang out and live show is back October 18th for a fifth year of music, dance, food, drink, games and family-friendly fun. With plenty of great live music and DJs, and kid’s activities including craft table and face painting, this is one party where you can bring the whole family, your Sunday Funday crew or just bring yourself – good times are guaranteed any which way.New this year is a live painting session in a first-ever collaboration between two local artists. Their creation will be raffled off at the end of the night!Let your hair down, hang out with friends, learn a new dance … it’s all good, and good for you, at the Community Cultural Fair.Featuring:Photo: Bruno Magalhaes / NITRO / DivulgacaoLenis Rino (Brazil)Direct from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Lenis Rino, one of the foremost ambassadors of maracatu percussion inside or outside Brazil, performs songs from his rhythmically eclectic 2014 album "Mais Um Grito"(“one more cry”), which had its Toronto release last November. The album showcases Lenis’ deep knowledge of Brazilian rhythms, with production and percussion from Bruno Buarque (Céu and other projects) and a killer Braz-band. A key contemporary Brazilian artist with incredible skills as an improvisational percussionist and facilitator, Lenis was one of the first to bring maracatu drumming to Belo Horizonte and is a longtime friend and collaborator of Aline Morales, and she and other local artists will form his Toronto band for this special show.The ResponsablesLaying down the reggae, funk, and dirty grooves, this soulful outfit brings the good vibes, and they are soon to release new EP. Meanwhile, with their with four-part harmonies, a blend of reggae roots, a touch of Afrobeat, and some funky breaks, The Responsables live is always a dance party.Photo: Ewen LewisYUKAThis is Toronto’s “UP FOR IT” funk, soul and groove band: Name the spot and they will make sure everyone gets there and gets moving. Following their jam-packed third album, “Pitfall,” YUKA is preparing to release a fourth full-length disc in early 2016, but in the meantime, the band is coming off a huge high after jamming ’til the small hours with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings this past summer. Lead vocalist Claire Doyle even sang backup, by invitation, with Sharon and her band at their Hamilton show a few weeks back. YUKA brings that infectious funk energy and soul power to the Uma Nota stage.Aline MoralesWhether leading the maracatu percussion group Baque de Bamba, her own band playing the original compositions she writes with producer/arranger David Arcus, or rocking the old-school Brazilian Forró with her other band, Aline is a captivating singer, bandleader and percussionist, whose voice, power and direction are unmistakeable. Aline Morales remains one of Toronto's top Brazilian performers and frequently plays at major local festivals and cultural centres, including shows this past summer at Panamania Live, Harbourfront Centre & Ontario's Celebration Zone, Luminato Festival and Summerworks.Coco de Roda (music/dance workshop)A folkloric dance tradition from the northeast of Brazil, Coco de Roda is a lively, interactive and fun circle game that can be easily learned by anyone, including children. With special participation from Aline Morales and Lenis Rino, members of the maracatu groups Mar Aberto and Baque de Bamba will facilitate the circle with easy-to-pick-up rhythms, call and response songs, groovy percussion, upbeat dance moves and friendly vibes.Tupi Collective DJs (Montreal)The project of Montreal-based Brazilian DJ Mks (Markus Freitas) and DJ Skambo (Wallace Roza), the Tupi Collective is a project that explores the rhythms of Brazilian music both classic and contemporary, including Samba-Soul, Maracatu, Hip-hop and Funk. From reggae to samba, to hip-hop to forró, plus an amalgamation of new and old school Brazilian rhythms, the collective mixes a diaspora of styles in their sets which takes their fans on a tropical journey. The collective is also a major proponent of bicycle soundsystem culture, with its mobile Tupicycle frequently seen and heard out and about at Montreal's Jardins Gamelin and other venues.

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Photo: Zara DinizDJ Erick Paredes (Miami)A recent re-arrival on the Toronto tropical scene, DJ Erick Paredes most recently lived in Miami, where he played with visiting guests like Brazil’s Marcelinho da Lua and kept up his steady stream of dub, Latin soul, funk and MPB alongside his electronic offerings on the broken beat and deep house tip.Zara Diniz live painting a special reimagined tropical version of "Blue Train", the classic John Coltrane album, at Footprints, spring 2015.Special live painting session & raffleLocal artists and live painting sensations Carlos Delgado and Zara Diniz are combining forces for the first time, and we're stoked that it's to create a one-of-a-kind, collaborative piece inside the Lula Lounge environment during the Community Cultural Fair. The finished piece will be available to win in a draw open to everyone and presented at the close of the day’s festivities.Plus:Artist & vendor marketplaceMini Ping Pong by VanGreyCraft table and kids’ activities by PleasurecraftSpecial site animator surprisesLula Lounge1585 Dundas St. W.Doors 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.$10 advance and at the door (children under 12 free)Facebook event page: Community Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge

Uma Nota Festival 2015

UPDATED OCTOBER 1stUma Nota Festival 2015

Saturday October 17thSaturday Jamboree at Geary Lane


FEATURINGVox Sambou (Montreal/Haiti)T Dot Sound CrewDJ General EclecticSelector K Zar

PLUS15,000 watt soundsystem by Dub ConnectionDécor by Pleasurecraft featuring projected visuals in collaboration with VJ NotívagoFood vendors to be announcedCash bar in effect

Geary Lane, 360 Geary Ave.Advance tickets $10/$15 at the doorDoors 9:30 p.m.MORE INFO

Sunday, October 18thCommunity Cultural Fair at Lula Lounge

FEATURINGLenis Rino (Brazil)The ResponsablesYUKAAline MoralesTupi Collective DJs (Montreal)DJ Erick Paredes (Miami)Coco de Roda circle dance game with members of Maracatu Mar Aberto and Baque de Bamba

PLUSArtist & vendor marketplaceMini Ping Pong by VanGreyCraft table and kids’ activities by PleasurecraftSpecial site animator surprises

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W.Doors 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.$10 advance and at the door. Children under 12 freeMORE INFO