Adriana Deffenti

Adriana Deffenti

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ADRIANA DEFFENTI is a singer and multi-instrumentist from Porto Alegre, Brazil. Her music results from a mixture of pop, rock, blues, MPB (Brazilian Popular Music), opera, Argentinean folklore, jazz, samba and flamenco... www.adrianadeffenti.com.br

Biography

ADRIANA DEFFENTI
You can not have everything
or
ADRIANA DEFFENTI
Kick the bucket and show the voice

by Juarez Fonseca

When a new singer is interviewed, journalists always ask about who influenced her music. Given Adriana’s background, a “Gaúcha”*, comparisons with the “that one or that Gaúcha” came immediately. It is a way to start the conversation, that is by referring to her Brazilian identity (where she is from in Brazil). Adriana Deffenti could even accept this labelling, recognizing herself on some one else. But she prefers the pure sincerity and surprises with an unusual sentence: “I am not influenced by any singer”. In the same way she disturbs the interviewer, who asks about her music style, given she does not have only one. Adriana is a total, more or less complex result of an complete artist, who was shaped in the multicultural enviroment of Porto Alegre.When she assumed a music career in 1998, came with no labels. She was not even referred to as “eclectic”.

Her first album, Peças de Pessoas, from 2002, was classified by the media as a pop music singer. However the prestigious prize “Prêmio Açorianos de Música” categorized the album as MPB**. The album had songs from different songwriters: for example from the native Maurício Pereira and Hermelino Neder from São Paulo , famous “gaúchos” like Vitor Ramil, and newcomers like Juli Manzi, Otávio Santos, Mateus Mapa, and two surprise songs: Led Zeppelin’s Going to Califórnia, and Teixeirinha’s Querendo Chorar. Adriana’s second album from 2006 was basically recorded with guitar and percussion, it did not belong to the MPB music genre and even less to the pop style. It walked through another way, with songwriters like Herbert Vianna, Luiz Tatit, Nei Lisboa, the Portuguese Maria João, the Uruguayan Eduardo Mateo, the Argentinean Edgardo Cardozo and Gustavo Cerati (of Soda Stereo).

Both times that Adriana was nominated for the Açorianos award for her two albums and shows, respectively, Adriana won the award for best singer. To compete with her is not an easy task for the others candidates. In this second semester of 2008, Adriana tunes up her repertoire for the third record and once again shows that she does not like to repeat or reproduce the style of music. A third style is coming. The title is practically defined: Malabarismo Íntimo. This name was inspired from an interview with “Zero Hora” newspaper about the launch of her second album, when she said: “In the pop music industry it is often said that it is necessary to have your own style, an identity. I was afraid that, by using my technical ressources my voice would become unrecognizable. But I threw everything up in the air. I like to play with my voice.” “Kick the bucket, I like to play with my voice”.

“It is like dancing”, she continues. “It gives you a lot of physical pleasure if you are able to complete a difficult movement over and over again. It is like juggling”. With this it is possible to recognize two more elements that justify the definition of a “complete artist” as mentioned before: the study of singing and dancing. Adriana was born into a family that has always enjoyed singing, Adriana used to sing a lot by the age of seven/eight that her school teacher suggested to her parents to enroll their daughter in a music project for musicians, developed by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). There she began playing the flute. Precocious, by the age of 14, Adriana applied and became a member of the rigorous chorus of UFRGS, formed by university students. Adriana continued to play the flute and was accepted by the “Escola de Música da Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre” (Symphony Orchestra Music school of Porto Alegre).

After completing the University entrance exam, even if it was already in 1995, the old story that “music does not give you money” made her decide to study Marketing at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC). In the middle of the next year, Adriana was confused and applied to study music at UFRGS, only to give up after a few months. Up to this time, she had already participated in some dancing and singing shows (as a singer and dancer) and was a member of the pop band Fróide Explica. “For the first time I sang with the microphone and I loved it. I met new people and was in touch with pop music”, she remembers. In 1997, during a two month backpacking trip around Australia, Adriana met a Chilean musician and, for the first time, she sang in Spanish. After returning to Porto Alegre, she continued working with Fróide Explica and started taking classical singing classes with Ida Weisfeld, who she met in the UFRGS’s choir.

All those initial details help to summarise and emphasize how much Adriana Deffenti was in an almost instinctive, but obstinate way, preparing herself for her singing career. This subliminal process, there was also a short moment in 2001, when Adriana was already a successful singer in her city, that she partici

Lyrics

O recado delas

Written By: Maria João e Mário Laginha

O recado delas

choro ou sorrio, são estados da alma
quero e não quero, são coisas do meu coração
de braço dado com outras raparigas
lavo as minhas mágoas
de braço dado com as dores e alegrias
lavo a roupa em água fria.

larga o teu xaile
atira fora os sapatos
ai roda, a saia rodou
gira ó ai, direitinha
mão na anca
ai roda, roda, roda.

trago um rosário de rosas vermelhas
dependurado ao pescoço como um colar
preguiço ao sol quentinha
não quero mais
nem olho para trás
o dia entardecendo ganha uma cor
tá ali rindo o meu amor.

larga o teu xaile
atira fora os sapatos
ai roda, a saia rodou
gira ó ai, direitinha
mão na anca
ai roda, roda, roda.

El Tungue le

Written By: Eduardo Mateo

El Tungue le

El tungue le tungue le coco
coco porque poquito a poco
quien no lo baila al tungue le coco
poquito a poco se vuelve loco
al tungue le nena
al tungue le nena
al tungue le tungue le coco
dicen lo negro lo negro todo
que quien no baila el tungue le coco
poquito a poco se vuelve loco

Berlim, Bom Fim

Written By: Nei Lisboa/Hique Gómez

Berlim, Bom Fim
Já vejo casas ocupadas
As portas desenhadas
No vergonhoso muro da Mauá
Os velhos nos cafés
O Bar João em plena Kriegstrasse
A saga violenta desse parque
O cinza da cidade partido verde ao meio
Cheiros peculiares ao recheio
De um bolo de concreto
Repleto de chucrute e rock'n roll
E depois da meia-noite
A fauna ensandecida do Ocidente
Digitando em frente ao Metropol
Berlim, Bom Fim
Berlim, Bom Fim

Foi no mês que vem

Written By: Vitor Ramil

Vou te vi
Ali deserta de qualquer alguém
Penso, logo irei
Que sejas antes minha
Que de outrem
Quando o vento fez
Do teu vestido um dom que Deus te deu
Claro que eu rirei
Ao vendo o que outro não viu

Vou andei
E me chegando assim te cercarei
Digo, aqui tô eu, que te amo
E as tuas pernas quero bem
Já que estamos nós,
Te sugeri-me então o que fazer?
Claro que eu beijei
Ao tendo o que outro alguém não quis

E tudo isso foi no mês que vem
Foi quando eu chegar
Foi na hora em que eu te vi
E mais que tudo, foi no mês que vem
Foi quando eu chegar
Na hora em que eu te quis

Vou fiquei
No teu chegado e tu chegada ao meu
Penso: grande é Deus!
Um paraíso pr'um sujeito ateu
E pensando assim
Farei aquilo que o teu gosto quis
Claro, eu já ganhei
De volta tudo que eu quiser

E tudo isso foi no mês que vem
Foi quando eu chegar
Foi na hora em que eu te vi
E mais que tudo, foi no mês que vem
Foi quando eu chegar
Na hora em que eu te quis

El Tungue le

Written By: Eduardo Mateo

El tungue le tungue le coco
coco porque poquito a poco
quien no lo baila al tungue le coco
poquito a poco se vuelve loco

al tungue le nena
al tungue le nena

al tungue le tungue le coco
dicen lo negro lo negro todo
que quien no baila el tungue le coco
poquito a poco se vuelve loco

Discography

"Peças de Pessoas" (People´s Pieces) - 2002
"Adriana Deffenti" - 2006

Set List

1. CANÇÃO SEM AUTOR - Nico Nicolaiewsky
2. CAPITU - Luiz Tatit
3. O RECADO DELAS - Maria João/Mario Laginha
4. QUEM TE ENSINOU A DANÇAR? - Luciano Granja/Otávio Santos
5. FOI NO MÊS QUE VEM - Vitor Ramil
6. TABÚ - Gustavo Cerati
7. ANIMA - Milton Nascimento/Zé Renato
8. LUCA - Herbert Vianna
9. GOING TO CALIFORNIA - Jimmy Page/Robert Plant
10. BERLIM, BOM FIM - Nei Lisboa/Hique Gómez
11. EL TUNGUE LÊ - Eduardo Mateo
12. LA POMEÑA - Gustavo Leguizamón/Manuel Castilla
13. LA VENTANA - Edgardo Cardozo / Leonidas Lamborghini
14. FIM DE FESTA - Itamar Assumpção

(1h20min)