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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil | INDIE

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Lia Machado Alvim | 02.08.2011

Repertório criado em oito anos de turnês com Omara Portuondo recheiam o álbum "Mundos e fundos", do violonista, baixista, compositor e produtor musical Swami Jr.

Durante as viagens e horas vagas e solitárias de hotéis, Swami Jr. ia compondo seus temas. Ora inspirado na saudade de casa, como quando criou “Helena” para sua filha de acabara de nascer logo no início das turnês, ora frente às paisagens de lugares como Istambul (“Valsa de areia”), Paris (“Paladino”) e Havana (“El puro”). Dos arranjos, vale citar a inusitada criação do músico para a marchinha de carnaval “Cabeleira do Zezé”, de João Roberto Kelly e Roberto Faissal.

Nesta edição do programa, o incansável 7 cordas conta boa parte de sua carreira ao lado da diva cubana Omara Portuondo, dos prêmios que recebeu com ela como músico e como produtor de seus discos, e também sobre sua formação com de Dino 7 Cordas, Edson José Alves e seus parceiros Mané Silveira, Chico Pinheiro e Marco Pereira.

Em “Mundos e fundos”, Swami Jr. está acompanhado dos amigos: Alexandre Ribeiro (clarinete); Milton Mori (cavaquinho); Guilherme Kastrup, Douglas Alonso e Amoy Ribas (percussão); Chico Pinheiro, Tuco Marcondes e Marco Pereira (violões); Paulo Freire (viola); e Mário Manga (cello). - Rádio Cultura Brasil (Jan 2011)


Todas as circunstâncias de gravação desse belo disco estão anotadas. O violonista de sete cordas Swami Jr., por sete anos diretor musical dos shows da cantora cubana Omara Portuondo, recebeu da Funarte um prêmio que o permitiu gravar Mundos e Fundos como ele desejava. A seu lado, então, ele colocou os grandes compositores da história popular e os atuais grandes instrumentistas, como Paulo Freire, Chico Pinheiro ou Mario Manga. E é ele o autor da maioria das faixas, sobre as quais informa datas e razões de criação. Seu disco chove sobriedades emotivas, como se nele ouvíssemos a história do instrumento narrada distraidamente. O sertanejo, o flamengo, o blues são evocados.

Swami Jr. põe em um nível muito alto os clássicos nacionais, enchendo de lirismo Cabeleira do Zezé. Uma curiosidade é que você possivelmente só reconhecerá Saudades da Bahia quando a faixa ultrapassar os três minutos. - Carta Capital, Brazil (2011)


Homme de l’ombre, arrangeur et producteur majeur de ces dix dernières années au Brésil et au-delà, Swami Jr. a coutume de laisser sans voix les artistes qu’il accompagne lorsqu’il prête la sienne à des exercices informels, en coulisses. Il suffit, pour s’en convaincre, de l’écouter chanter Vou na vida, l’une des rares interprétations contenues sur son premier album. Car cette « autre plage » – c’est son titre – révèle surtout les talents de compositeur de ce maître de la guitare brésilienne à sept cordes, au service des règles d’or de la bossa nova. En guise de garde rapprochée :Chico César, Luciana Alves ou encore l’impayable Marcelo Pretto sur Bom Dia, qui apporte une touche de fantaisie à cette production pour le reste très classique. - Mondomix, France (2009)


El guitarrista y compositor jazzero, además de arreglista, Swami Jr., lanzó en Brasil su reciente producción denominada Mundos e Fundos (Mundos y Fondos), disco instrumental en el que la guitarra de 7 cuerdas se presenta como solista a partir de la tradición de la música brasileña y la fusiona con otras influencias del jazz y de la música del mundo.
(...) El guitarrista brasileño nos ofrecerá un variado repertorio en alusión a la celebración del más de medio siglo de la bossa nova. - Periódico Cambio, Bolivia (2011)


Discography

Solo Albums:
- Outra Praia (2009, World Village / Harmonia Mundi)
- Mundos e Fundos (2011, Borandá)

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In its already long career, Swami Jr. recorded and performed with artists of the most importance at Brazilian and international music scenes, such as Omara Portuondo (Cuba), Chico Cesar, Elba Ramalho, Lokua Kanza (Congo), Zelia Duncan, Vanessa da Mata, Elza Soares, Zeca Baleiro, MPB4, Tom Ze, Rita Ribeiro, Luciana Souza, Jose Miguel Wisnik, Na Ozzetti, Danilo Caymmi, Rosa Virginia, Chico Pinheiro, Vania Bastos, Luiz Tatit, Marco Pereira, Marcos Suzano, Moska, Dominguinhos among others.

He released, together with saxophonist Mane Silveira, the CD "Ima" for the Nucleo Contemporaneo label (Brazil, 2000).

As a composer, had his song (in partnership with Paulo Freire) Bom Dia recorded by Zizi Possi in her album Valsa Brasileira (Velas, Brazil, 1994), awarded with the important Sharp Trophy for best album of that year; the song Fim de Ano (in partnership with Jose Miguel Wisnik) recorded by Vania Bastos at her album Diversoes Nao Eletronicas (Velas, Brazil, 1997); and the song Vou na Vida, a partnership with Virginia Rosa, recorded by her own at the album Batuque (Movie Play, Brazil, 1997).

In 2009, he launched through the French label World Village / Harmonia Mundi his solo album of songs, named Outra Praia. This work had Zelia Duncan, Vanessa da Mata, Chico Cesar, Zeca Baleiro, Marcelo Pretto, Luciana Alves and Chico Pinheiro great participations. The CD brings original compositions of Swami Jr. alone and in partnership with Jose Miguel Wisnik, Chico Cesar, Zeca Baleiro, Chico Pinheiro and Rosa Virginia. In Brazil, the same album had already been launched released in 2007 counting on Petrobras sponsorship under the Federal Law for the Culture Incentive.

He participated, in 2003, of the album recordings of the great Cuban singer Omara Portuondo (Buena Vista Social Club) in Havana (Cuba), along with musicians such as Cachaito, Roberto Fonseca, Demeetrio Muniz, Barbarito Torres and Amadito Valdes. Following the conclusion of this fantastic work, Swami Jr. became Omara's musical director in the worldwide launching tour by the end of 2007.

In 2003, he took part at the Seven String Project - A Brazilian Guitar, held at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (Sao Paulo - SP), alongside some of the biggest Brazilian guitarists like Dino 7 Cordas, Yamandu Costa, Rogerio Caetano, among other.

In 2006, he won the best arrangement award at the Festival Cultura (TV Cultura) for the song Contabilidade, a composition of Danilo Moraes and Ricardo Tete that also won the music festival. On that same year, he was nominated for the Tim Award, as the producer (along with Zeca Baleiro and Walter Souza) of the album Ode Descontinua e Remota para Oboe e Flauta De Ariana para Dionisio, which had the participation of Maria Bethania, Zelia Duncan, Angela Maria, Monica Salmaso, Na Ozzetti, Rita Ribeiro, Jussara Silveira, Veronica Sabino, Olivia Byington and Angela Ro Ro.

Swami Jr. was nominated to the 2006 Latin Grammy in the category "Sound Engineering" (together with Coto Guarino) for its work on the album De Uns Tempos Pra Ca, of the composer Chico Cesar.

Produced, along with Jaime Alem, the album Maria Bethania and Omara Portuondo, recorded in Rio de Janeiro early 2007, for the Biscoito Fino label. Such work was the winner of the 2009 Brazilian Music Award (formerly Tim Award) in the special projects' category.

In 2008, he produced, with Ale Siqueira, the album Gracias by Omara Portuondo (World Village / Harmonia Mundi, 2008), awarded the Best Contemporary Tropical Album at the 2009 edition of the Latin Grammy. The CD was recorded in Cuba with the participation of Trilok Gurtu, Avishai Cohen, Roberto Fonseca, Andres Coayo, Orlando Cachaito Lopez, Chico Buarque, Jorge Drexler, Pablo Milanes and Chucho Valdes, and its launch, held in September 2008, was followed by a large world tour by the end of 2010.

In 2011, Swami Jr. has just released his new work: the album Mundos e Fundos (Boranda, Brazil), produced with funding from the 2010 Funarte Award for Music Recording Support. This album, entirely instrumental, consolidates the guitarist and composer as "one of the most versatile and creative musicians on today's musical scene" (Carlos Calado)