SpokFrevo Orquestra
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SpokFrevo Orquestra

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Aug
07
SpokFrevo Orquestra @ Les Escales

Saint Nazaire, Not Applicable, France

Saint Nazaire, Not Applicable, France

Aug
05
SpokFrevo Orquestra @ Fiest'à Sète

Sète, Not Applicable, Brazil

Sète, Not Applicable, Brazil

Jul
24
SpokFrevo Orquestra @ Barbican Festival

London, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

London, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

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Passo de Anjo

SpokFrevo Orquestra arose in 1996, initially with the name Banda Pernambucana. Later it became the Orquestra de Frevo do Recife, formed to accompany the concerts of Antônio Carlos Nóbrega and Chico Science & Nação Zumbi. With the multiartist Nóbrega, the group, which by that time was smaller than it is today, managed to participate in the album “Na Pancada do Ganzá.” In this trajectory, they toured in Portugal, France and Austria. In January 2003, the group reappeared with the name “SpokFrevo Orquestra,” name proposed by Wellington de Lima, who since then became the band’s agent and artistic producer, and in partnership with the musician and artistic producer Zé da Flauta. The orchestra proposes to give frevo a different treatment with modern arrangements and refined harmonies. The musicians exploit the freedom of expression in improvisations with clear influence from the jazz. “Frevo is a unique rhythm, different from all others, cheerful and with a special magic: the one to transmit happiness,” Spok explains. The band, now with 18 young and talented Pernambuco musicians, is leaded by the virtuous Inaldo Cavalcante de Albuquerque, also known as conductor Spok who accumulates the roles of saxophonist, arranger and music director. To head this frevo “big band,” Spok has been counting on the experience and talent of his cousin Gilberto Pontes (also know as Gibasax) as music co-director, since the band’s original formation.

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Launched in December 2004 and funded by Funcultura/State of Pernambuco (Brazil), SpokFrevo Orquestra’s first album, “Passo de Anjo” (Via Som Records), was considered by industry critics the beginning of a new era in the history of frevo. In 2005, the Estado de São Paulo newspaper classified the CD among the best three albums of the year. In addition, according to the newspaper O Globo, SpokFrevo Orquestra’s concert at the TIM Festival was among the best 10 concerts of the year, out of all other concerts performed in the city of Rio de Janeiro in 2005. The CD has eleven tracks with adaptations of old hits of the traditional rhythm as well as new compositions such as “Ela Me Disse” by Luciano Oliveira and “Passo de Anjo” by Spok and João Lyra. Among of the classic frevo compositions re-recorded with jazzy arrangements is the song “Nino, O Pernambuquinho,” a work created by Maestro Duda in 1972 that after the re-recording, was turned into a video-clip broadcasted on TV Globo’s show Fantástico during the 2005 Carnival. The album also includes “Mexe com Tudo” and “Lágrima de Folião,” both by Levino Ferreira, and “Frevo Sanfonado” by Sivuca and Glorinha Gadelha. Now, with all this fame and sale of more than 10 thousand units, in an independent way, the CD ‘Passo de Anjo’ was relauched by ‘Biscoito Fino’ Records in november of last year. The album is already for sale in specialized stores of the whole country and abroad, remasterized and in a fine digipac packing. At the Carnival of 2007, year in which the Centenary of Frevo is celebrated, the SpokFrevo Orchestra didn´t stop, presenting great concerts during the four days of festivities. The first day has gathered thousands of people at the arrival of Galo da Madrugada, in front of the stage built at Guararapes Avenue, in Recife. Repeating the sucess of last years, the SpokFrevo Orchestra has kept the partnership with the singer Elba Ramalho, this time presenting three thrilling concerts at the entertainment points spread around the city. Another highlight of the Carnival has been the brand new concert with the singer Gal Costa, presenting a repertoire based on the ‘frevos’ recorded by the singer during her career, including the song ‘Frevo’ from Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes. Gal and the SpokFrevo Orchestra have attracted a great crowd to Marco Zero Square, in one of the most beautiful shows of the four days of Carnival.