Marcel Powell
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Marcel Powell

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | INDIE

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | INDIE
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Baden Powell e filhos (1994)
Baden Powell Suite Afro (1997)
Samba Novo (2002)
Aperto de Mao (2005)
Corda com bala (2009



Marcel Powell CORDA COM BALA

The Brazilian guitar tradition has a powerful newcomer. However, in spite of his 31 years (Louis) Marcel Powell, son of the great Baden Powell, born in Paris, isnt exactly new in the business. With his father he recorded twice: Baden Powell and sons when he was only 15 and Afro-Brazilian Suite together with his brother, the pianist Phillipe Baden Powell.

His first album Samba Novo was only released in Japan. Aperto de Mo was his fourth record, but was the first one he really identifies himself with. The repertoire was chosen together with his mentor and producer Joo de Aquino, another great guitarist, Badens cousin, and very intimate with Badens works.

The recent Album Corda com Bala, released in Brazil in 2009 and in April 2013 in Japan, is more mature Marcel says. And with the mucial direction of Victor Biglione and the support of Sandro Araujo on drums and Andr Neiva on E-bass, it gives the compositions of some of the great Brazilian composers as Tom Jobim, Vincius de Moraes, Joao Bosco, Joyce, Baden Powell, Gilberto Gil, Lenine and Sivuca a fully new dress.

So the choice of songs is no coincidence. I think the most rewarding thing for a composer is to listen to his music played or whistled in the streets. I will only consider myself an author when that happens, when somebody says after listening to a tune this is by Marcel Powell!

I like to play many scales and I have a quick attack which is the main difference with my fathers style defines Marcel. It was during his stay in Germany that Marcel decided for a musical career.

My father didnt like the idea of my brother and I becoming musicians, but Phillipe won a guitar and at 5 I was having violin classes with a German teacher. I read music and played classics, but ended up being fascinated by the guitar. I took my brothers instrument and began to practice. When I felt I was playing something we called my father, Phillipe already at the piano, and we did Yesterday by the Beatles. Dad came and corrected my position in the chords but said he didnt have the patience to be my teacher. However when he realized how strong my interest was he promised to get involved in a strong manner. And from when I was 9 till 18, till he died, we had classes everyday from 9 to lunch time. I became a slave of the guitar.

Music has to provoke emotion to me. When I heard that song played by my father in a radio program in France, I began to cry affirms Marcel.
Marcels album has a duplicity between intensity and a sense of urgency.

Ideally the musician has to pass his message during the time he has on stage or at the studio. He has to transmit the beauty of music, the feeling and also his ability with the instrument No doubt Marcel Powells album Aperto de Mo has those three ingredients and confirms him as a new young Master of Brazilian guitar.