Morena Soul is a locally grown Brazilian music band from Austin, TX. Envisioned and created by Singer Sarah Altoé, Guitarist/Songwriter Frank Almendra and percussionist Mike Longoria with the intention of bringing a variety of Brazilian beats to their own creative light an treat them with modern arrangements and plenty of musicality.
Sarah was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. A true Carioca girl. She grew up caressed by Samba melodies and the sway of palm trees. From Rio's warm beaches Sarah brings the smoothness in her voice and from Rio's suburbs and tumultuous hills she carries the power of the Samba on her feet.
Frank was also born in Rio but he was raised in the Brazilian Northeast, a very different region both visually and musically. From that area comes an array of styles such as Baião, Forró, Maracatu, Carimbó and many others. Frank immersed himself in that richness of sound and also used to play in Rock bands and Bossa-Nova groups in his early years. This sonic miscegenation, as typical as the Brazilian race itself, comes alive out of his music and songwriting style.
Mike is a percussionist and drummer. He has a Jazz background but became a specialist on World music percussion, mastering a wide variety of instruments with highlight on the Pandeiro, the most typical Brazilian samba instrument. He has been playing professionally for over 15 years and has toured all over the U.S and Europe with a variety of bands. Lately it has settled in Austin and dedicated his time sharing his experiences with the community on several social/educational projects and playing on local bands such as: Os Alquimistas and Seu Jacinto.
Sarah and Frank got together in Austin, TX during 2010 and formed a band named Manga Rosa, that became very well known in the Latin/World Music scene in the region. In 2011 they joined forces with Mike on this new and exciting project. They have added Marcel Ribas on Bass to complete the band and to help them expand their musical horizons.
Sarah Altoé - Vocals
Mike Longoria - Percussion.
Frank Almendra - guitars
Marcel Ribas - Bass
We are currently working on recording a EP with 5 tracks.
Morena Soul will get you moving.
[+ Show ]
"Morena Soul is an amazing band with some of Austin's most accomplished musicians. The diverse group..."Morena Soul is an amazing band with some of Austin's most accomplished musicians. The diverse group plays a variety of tunes and genres from Brazil, but their heart belongs to samba. Please come out and see how Morena Soul gets your feet moving. "
- Gustavo Simplis, Esquina Tango Website(Oct 01, 2011)
A new breed of Brazilian Music.
[+ Show ]
Two facts comes to my mind when I think about Morena Soul. First, one night I was talking to one of ...Two facts comes to my mind when I think about Morena Soul. First, one night I was talking to one of the band's musician on the stage right after the show, and then one person, who apparently was Latin but not Brazilian, came and start to say how amazing the show had been and also how famous the band is getting among his friends, and people in his community. The second one is, I can not classify a band like Morena Soul. I wonder how the professional music criticism would do so. It is not any of all Brazilian rhythms (although it does have influences from a few of them). Classify that as Latin music is very generic and very wrong. World music? No, it is not that as well, for sure. So, I really believe the music criticism should start trying to understand better Morena Soul, and all the others band I mentioned earlier, because it seems there will be more and more good reasons to talk about that, and I believe it will not take too much time also to cross the boundaries of Austin."
- Fabio Carvalho, Oaken Guy - Blogger (Sep 22, 2010)
- 45 min. set
- hour set
- 1 hour and a half set
- Two hour set with 20/30 min. break
We can fit all kind of venues.
A blend of originals, classic and modern Brazilian Sambas with new arrangements, where we can show the diversity of influences each band member brings.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.