Mais Caipira
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Mais Caipira

São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil | INDIE

São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil | INDIE
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In 2002, Suzana Salles and Lenine Santos went on a long tour with Arrigo Barnabé, Tim Rescala and Guto Lacaz’s opera “22: Antes e Depois”. The tour began in São Paulo, and went on to various cities in inner state São Paulo. It is safe to say the project for the CD Caipira began right then and there, when both singers realized their individual repertoires had more in common than they could ever imagine considering their different musical preferences. Suzana is a more popular singer and Lenine a lyric tenor strongly tied to erudite music. Surprisingly, both of them had grown up listening and singing caipira music, Suzana in inner state São Paulo and Lenine, who even though grew up in Brasília, was always under the influence of his mineiro (native of Minas Gerais, state also known for its excellent caipira music) grandparents. Thus began their partnership.

Once their project began to take shape, the need of a third person aroused. Besides being known for his work with caipira music, both of them had already worked with Ivan Vilela, which made him a definite favorite. Lenine, and his teacher Niza de Castro from Unicamp had spoken to Vilela about the caipira opera he had written. Suzana, on the other hand, was the spider in Rubem Alves’ story “A árvore e a Aranha” (The tree and the spider) in Ivan’s already mentioned children’s CD.

When presented with the project, Ivan loved it. He immediately began to work on the new arrangements for the songs, which made them even better than they already were. The CD was produced by André Magalhães and was launched in 2004 through the Zabumba record label. In 2007 they launched the DVD Caipira, as part of Itaú Cultural’s Toca Brasil collection, distributed by Eldorado. With innumerous concerts in Brazilian capitals to show for themselves, the trio has just finished its latest CD Mais Caipira, to be launched in 2010 by the Boranda label.



Suzana Salles, Lenine Santos and Ivan Vilela reinterpret classic caipira songs

Suzana Salles’ career began alongside Arrigo Barnabé and Itamar Assumpção. She is one of the new talents of Brazilian popular music. Her last CD, As Sílabas, with Vanguarda Paulista, contributed in many ways to the innovation of Brazilian musical production. Since then, she began her research and study of the caipira music, in inner state São Paulo, one of the most important places for the rhythm. Thanks to the research, she practically traveled through time and rediscovered songs most paulistanos (natives of São Paulo) grew up with. Nowadays she is performing with guitar player Arthur Nestrovski in the concert O Lugar do Coração. She also helped create the Semana da Canção Brasileira (Week of Brazilian Song), which takes place every year in the small historical country town of São Luiz do Paraitinga.

Lenine Santos is a lyric singer, who studied at Brasília’s School of Music as well as at Unicamp. He has a master’s degree in Câmara Brazilian Music, and is a teacher at Unesp (São Paulo State University). Alongside pianist Nancy Bueno, he directed and recorded the CD XX Compositores Brasileiros (XX Brazilian Composers). In it we come across songs by Carlos Gomes, Hekel Tavares, Waldemar Henrique, to mention only a few. He has been recently awarded the prize of the Concurso de canto Maria Callas (Maria Callas singing contest). In partnership with pianist Achille Picchi, he launched in 2008 the CD Canção, through the Algol Editora record label.

Ivan Vilela, having graduated from Unicamp (State University of Campinas), excelled as composer, arranger and guitar player as well as researcher of popular caipira music. His CD Paisagens is considered a real success in recent Brazilian popular instrumental music. In 2002, he launched the children’s CD Quatro Estórias, based on the work of writer and teacher Rubem Alves. He occupies the prestigious post of first teacher of “viola caipira” (a type of guitar used specifically for caipira music) at USP (University of São Paulo). His second solo work, Dez Cordas, was launched in 2008, in which he interprets artists as diverse as Chico Buarque de Holanda, Lenon and Mc Cartney, not to forget Tião Carreiro and Amir Sater, who helped create what we today know as caipira music.