Quartabê - Lição #2: Dorival
Mariá Portugal: percussion, voice and cochinho
Joana Queiroz: clarinet, clarone, voice and cochinho
Maria Beraldo: clarinet, clarone, voice and cochinho
Chicão: keys, voice and cochinho
If Moacir possesses unequivocal importance in the Brazilian music history as a composer, arranger and conductor as well as teacher, Dorival Caymmi is at the same time founder, promoter and revolutionary of the tradition of the Brazilian popular song.
He created a composing style that was both simple and sophisticated, influenced by the music of candomblé religion and the nuances of Afro-Brazilian culture, by the figure of the fisherman and his universe, the sea - elements of his Bahian origin – and later by the urban song developed in Rio de Janeiro, where he passed a great part of his life.
In “Lesson # 2: Dorival”, the quartet Quartabê traces a different path in relation to the reinterpretations developed in its first two albums. Starting from improvisation sessions based on harmonic, melodic and rhythmic fragments selected during an intense study period of the oeuvre of Caymmi, Quartabê achieves a unique musical piece in which themes, motifs, timbres and other elements of Caymmi’s music universe are intertwined. His songs are often not in the foreground or do not even appear complete: they have been transformed, extended, condensed and superimposed, forming an imbricated web in which the listener does not realize the limit where the work of the author ends and where the labor of the interpreter begins. By bringing Dorival’s work to the universe of the group, Quartabê seeks to recreate in its own way the ritualistic aura of this ‘boat-work’, taking it to unknown currents and letting itself be cradled by the infinite sea of Caymmi.
Along with the album, the quartet launches a comic book that tells a bit more about the process of recording the new album, performed at the Red Bull Studios in São Paulo.