Multimedia Spectacular Concert in the Brazilian Instrumental Vanguard
Siri is Art, performance, installation, video, and music
A percussionist from Rio de Janeiro, graduated at Los Angeles Music Academy and at Sangeet Music School (USA), releases his first solo album and is recording his new DVD, which is expected to come out at the end of the year.
Siri started his professional career as a musician of the carioca blues band Big Allanbik, in which he performed a tour across the USA, and played among other nightclubs in the mythic Blue Note. During this tour they recorded the CD â€œBatuque and Blues â€œ, considered by the specialized critics the best blues work created by a non American group. Back to Brazil, he had his talent recognized by Sivuca and the MPB-4. Before long, he came back to USA, where he graduated as a drummer, gave lessons of â€œbatucadaâ€ and recorded the movie sound track â€œ Beethoven III â€œ, by Universal.
He returned to Brazil to be a member of the group Bossa Cuca Nova, of Roberto Menescal, with whom had his passport stamped four times to Europe, once to Japan, Africa and several times to USA.
He had been nominated for this work to the Latin Grammy, with the CD â€œBrasilidadeâ€. All the experiences he went through this period are in his opening CD, which holds his nickname SIRI .
On the stage the CD transforms itself into a wonderful multimedia spectacular.
A trip of effects, light and images with its own sound, richness of timbres and melodies. Siri takes the audience to a sonorous experience almost hypnotic. Sixty minutes you can hardly close your eyes.
The opening song â€œNo Trancoâ€ (jolt) has a Wolkswagen beetle engine recorded in a garage as a base to a trip, which mixes trombones and sounds of several parts of the car. A part of compilation Nu Brazil 2 (Union Square) and Brazilian Beats 6 (Mr. Bongo).
â€œN`Ãguaâ€ (In the water) was recorded in a tube, where liquid noises meet pots, platters and bottles sounds.
Siri makes contemporary music , mixing strings arrangements and trombones among other textures, regardless of any special title.
_â€ The big difference between what I recorded in the studio and the show is :
the arrangement is more organic, besides the show has the performance appeal ..I bring a Wolkswagen beetle, a tub, ropes, trombones, vibraphones and a mass of percussion instruments of all kinds, countries and origins â€, says Siri.
Siri is the vanguard of the brazilian instrumental music
Contrary to what one normally expects from most instrumental brazilian cds, â€Siriâ€ whose author and musician have the same name, is a great surprise that goes far beyond all formulas of the genere.
Being guided by na invisible line as in a movie track or, on a road where landscapes are passing by, the universe explored in â€Siriâ€œ, besides its vigorous rhytms and beautiful themes is before hand a universe of â€œsound texturesâ€œ.
ItÃ‚Â´s character is essencially conceptual and stitched by a intelligent game of similarities and contrasts, these synergies create different athmosferes, unveiling a pictorial and sensorial music. Simple in its audacity, it is music where the notion of depth and perspective join the rhytmÃ‚Â´s force. So swinging as melodical, expressive and sophisticated .
The musician Siri, makes his solo debut after meeting Fernando Morello (Cd Musical Co- Producer) when his original ideas were totally fulfilled.
In addition to the special appearances of Marcos Suzano, Alessandra Belloni (Italian Singer and Tambourine player) Master Darcy of jongo, Carlos Trilha (Switchboards), Antonio Saraiva (trombone arrangements), Jota Moraes (vibraphone), the french musicians Nicolas Krassik (violin) and Marion delÃ‚Â´8 (piano), Aramis GuimarÃ£es (trombones), Dener Campolina (contrabass), Rodrigo Sebastian and B.J. (Bass), Dona SÃº (voice) and AndrÃ© Moreno, Dudu Fuentes, FabÃ£o, PepÃª, Christiano GalvÃ£o, Fred Castilho, Pedro Paiva, Pitito, Schmidt and Sidon Silva (Batuque),it was possible to construct over the last three years in a zealous and minimalist way the Siri sound complex.
â€œSiri â€œis a multimedia spectacular elaborated and produced in every single detail. It is art, performance, installation, video and specially music, of course!
As the main object of the scenery Siri puts a beetle with engine, sunroof, and other parts of the car. The trombones sounds come up and a musical trip get start by several elements.
Tubes, sounds made out of water, tambourines, berimbaus, violins, cellos, acustic contrabass, vibraphone and trombones, complete the atmosphere which take us to several dimensions.
Sensibility in the illumination, art video present in the music, â€œSiri â€œ transports the public to a trip of non stop sensations.
ItÃ‚Â´s character is universal, â€œSiri â€œis a work which you listen without interruption.
Pure inspiration. Life and Art.
Some unusual formations were used in the songs for these interesting â€œtextures gamesâ€œ, as in the first track â€œNo Trancoâ€ (Jolted), where the engine and body of a volkswagen â€œbeetleâ€œ are the base of the percussion for a range of trombones which reminds of a horn blowing and several other urban sounds.
The amusing â€œN`Ã¡guaâ€ (In the water) completely recorded in a tub, water noises interact and modulate sounds of pans, dishes, and bottles. In opposition to that one, emerges: â€œSecaâ€ (Drought), when distant voices from the northeast of Brazil and a Didjeridoo (aboriginal instrument) mix with noises similar to several ploughs which capture the rhythm in the sands of the dryest area in Brazil. In â€œPandeirataâ€œ Marcos Suzano, Alessandra Belloni and Siri himself form a trio of tambourine players, where they accompany a song in a italian dialect of Alessandra, and then march to a emotional contrast between the immediatism of the percussion and the sweet melancoly of a chord arrangement.
In tracks as â€œLuzia Dheliâ€ and â€œBangladeshâ€œ a sound sincretism increase the heat and spice it up, where Siri plays almost all instruments. In the first track, something like â€œIndian baiÃ£oâ€, tabla, woodo, snare, triangle, and guitarr (played with a pen as if it were a cello) dance amid echos and distant voices. In â€œBangladeshâ€, one of the compositions of highest impact, is a true â€œethnic saga â€œperformed by three capoeira berimbaus, joining a maracatu - drumâ€™n bass in snare, alfaias, congas and eletric bass, that soars the emotion when a theme reappears in the violin, taking off to the apotheotic return of the chord orchestra.
In the only two more traditionalist formations of the CD we still can find interesting solutions. In â€œGretchâ€œ vibraphone, organ, bass, drums, and talking drum get together in a ludic athmosphere, a combination of a spy Movie track of the 70Ã‚Â´s, with eletronic music. The highlights are the devilish improvisation of Jotinha Moraes.
In â€œHomenagem ao mestreâ€œ, to the strange polirhythm between a piano played by six hands and clappings, and then drums and contrabass are put together. Before long a gloomier and oniric environment emerges, where a jongo played with african drums is a sign for the coming of DarcyÃ‚Â´s voice, providing a bridge to â€œCaxambuâ€œ. Here the story of the jongo is told and sung in na imprivised way by the voice of the late Master Darcy, which is considered the last mentor of this rhytm in Brazil as well as his wife Dona SÃº. This recording is above all an important record of the musician just before his death. Accompanying congas performed by Master Darcy and Siri, an accordion join the group cheering the batuque up. ItÃ‚Â´s one of the strongest and most emotional tracks, even more if we consider the initial curious report made by Dona SÃº, who, refering to the Master as a premonition, celebrates â€œIn the end of the tunnel that will be a light to youâ€œ.
The last track â€œTrombadaâ€œ reintroduce amid traffic sounds and a tambourine, the amazing â€œUrban trombonesâ€œ. A heavy batuque emerges dancing a maxixe until the comeback of the Volkswagen â€œBeetleâ€œ takes us to other rhytms. As it must be â€œeveryting ends in sambaâ€œ, finally all of them go their separate ways but in a very good mood, close to the dying engine, responsible to this delicious trip along 10 original tracks of Siri.
â€The CD Siriâ€œ is milimetrically elaborated and produced en every single detail.Even the beautiful and elegant cover in P.B., was idealized and projected over a year by the photographer Deborah Engel, and is an example of dedication and criterion in the choice of the image as well as the selection of each sound of the CD. Its universal character is a work you can listen without interruption, and when you least expect you are back to the first track, the trip begins all over again.
The percussionist, arranger and producer Ricardo Siri amassed an extense curriculum along his professional activity.
He performed with artists of national and international recognition like Sivuca Mpb-4, Sidney Magal, Baby do Brasil, Big Allanbik, Dora Vergueiro, Eliana Prints, Danilo Caymmi, Tania Alves, ZezÃ© Mota, Selma Reis, Corey Harris (Missisipe), Holland K.Schmit (Texas) among others.
As a member of the Big Allanbik band he made his first debut with a brazilian band in he United States ( Blue Note '" NY ), Chicago and Miami. In New York he recorded the CD â€œBatuque and bluesâ€œ which was considered by the critics the best foreign blues CD of the time.
Siri participated with the group Equale in the biggest festival of european singing and choral in CataluÃ±a. He made 15 presentations in Spain.
In 1998 and was invited by Abel Duere to participate in concerts in Portugal, including Expo-Lisboa.
With the Bossa Cuca Nova band and Roberto Menescal they went on several tours and played in the most important festivals of Europe (Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Denmark, England, Wales, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium and Holland), In Japan (GetÃ‚Â´s Festival in Tokio) and in the United States he performed at the Cerimony of the Latin Grammy Awards (Kodak Theatre), nominated for the best pop contemporanian album with the Bossa Cuca Nova band in the cd â€œBrasilidadeâ€œ.
Along with the DJ Marcelinho da Lua he played at Pra'*a do ComÃ©rcio (Lisboa '" Portugal), at the Euro Inauguration Party.
In 1999 - 2000, Siri lived in Los Angeles where he increased his studies as a musician. He graduated as a drummer from Los Angeles Music Academy, where he got a scholarship and taught batuque classes. At that time, he updated his studies in indian and african percussion at the Sangeet World School (Glendale '" CA).
He recorded important sound tracks:from the movie â€œBeethoven IIIâ€œ at the (Universal Studio '" CA) , from the brazilian movie: â€œAvassaladorasâ€œ (Fox-Brasil) â€œLe Passageâ€ (Paris-France), Cia Dan'*a Chameckilernner ( N.Y.) and Totem (fashion-Rio).
SiriÃ‚Â´s got an extense discography, he has recorded more than 50 cds in several musical styles among others, the most sucessful are :Bossa Cuca Nova, â€œBrasilidadeâ€œ, Israel Varela recorded in Tijuana '" Mexico, Based in Blues, Daniela Mercury and a tribute to the Novos Baianos and Big Allanbik.
After all these years dedicated to the music, Siri started firmly his first solo album, inaugurating a new phase in his career.
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1. No Tranco
5. Luzia Dheli
9. Homenagem ao Mestre