Carla’s Vocal Artistry

Carla Hassett

Quero Saber (Paulista Records, 2006)

Brazil seems to have an endless supply of great musicians. Carla Rigolin Hassett is yet another name to add to the list. Her latest CD, titled Quero Saber (I Want to know), has an excellent collection of contemporary Brazilian songs.

Carla composes a lot of her material and likes to experiment with her vocals, using overdubs and a wide range of effects. She also like cool electronics. In addition to guitar, Carla plays keyboards and programs electronic sounds. And she also features electric violin wizard Jerry Goodman, who plays a terrific solo.

Quero Saber combines MPB, hip hop, Brazilian folk, jazz, the ubiquitous reggaetón and contemporary bossa nova. When singing in English, Carla Hassett sounds surprisingly similar to Flora Purim, although her use of vocal effects gives a very current sound.

Carla Hassett may not have the support of major labels or large indies, but she has proven to be an important artist in Brazilian contemporary music.

Buy Quero Saber.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and 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.