Um Olhar Sobre Villa-Lobos (Boranda, 2013)
Brazilian musician and composer Mario Adnet celebrates the music and spirit of the great Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos on the album Um Olhar Sobre Villa-Lobos. This recording captures and brings together musical worlds that sometimes live apart: classical music, jazz and traditional music.
Um Olhar Sobre Villa-Lobos showcases cinematic orchestral arrangements that sometimes recall Aaron Copeland’s work, along with simpler, evocative and melancholic chamber-style pieces. The new arrangements effortlessly mix orchestral sounds with traditional instrumentation and vocals. “Villa-Lobos is the fountain, and everyone has drunk from it,” Adnet explains.
Well-known Brazilian vocalists participate in Um Olhar Sobre Villa-Lobos, including Edu Lobo, Milton Nascimento, Mônica Salmaso, Paula Santoro, Muiza Adnet. The album also features one of Brazil’s finest guitarists, Yamandu Costa.
“Having this Mario Adnet recording, including important, established names like Milton Nascimento and Edu Lobo was a gift for Borandá, and, we hope, for the rest of the world,” says Fernando Grecco, Borandá label founder. “It would be hard to think of a recording that could better represent the history of the Brazilian music in the last century, while including new musicians and singers who have drunk from the fountains of Villa-Lobos and are masters in their own right, artists like Yamandu Costa, Mônica Salmaso and Paula Santoro.”
Um Olhar Sobre Villa-Lobos is an impressive album with lavish string textures and an array of top vocal talent.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.