The third solo album of the Brazilian pianist, composer and arranger Ricardo Bacelar, entitled "Sebastiana" is being released. Produced by Cesar Lemos (BMI and ASCAP awards in the USA), it was recorded and mixed in Miami, United States, at the legendary Hit Factory (Criteria) and Rebel 11 studios. Its concept gravitates around a Latin American rereading of a Brazilian music repertoire portion. "Sebastiana" was recorded by Brazilian, American, Cuban, Argentine, Venezuelan, Colombian and Peruvian musicians.
By researching traditional rhythms, an arrangement laboratory was conceived to implement the fusion of Latin American and Brazilian music elements. It shows contemporary arrangements and a strong jazzy accent, with a subtle percussion that confirms South America´s influence. The result is unusual and presents an important contribution to the Brazilian music scenario in the international context. It is an instrumental record, having four of its tracks sung. The album is being released in Latin America, Japan, Europe and in the United States, being promoted by several partners, available on digital platforms, CD and vinyl. The musician seeks to create a catalogue with artistic quality, with no concern for the commercial market.
However, it breaks geographic barriers and disseminates his music to many countries. "With quality music, we can conquer space in several places in the world at the same time," he says. The title "Sebastiana" pays homage to Jackson do Pandeiro, a Brazilian artist, in the 35th anniversary of his death, inserting excerpts from his voice in two tracks. The cover and graphic illustration elements reproduce "Carnival", an oil painting of the Brazilian modernist painter Emiliano di Cavalcanti. The repertoire was conceived four-handed by Ricardo Bacelar and Cesar Lemos. The album has five unpublished songs, in a set of fifteen recordings. Two of them were composed by Ricardo with Cesar Lemos ("Suco Verde” (“Green Juice") and "Sernambetiba", 1992).
The album "Sebastiana" presents works by Brazilian composers: Luiz Gonzaga, Gilberto Gil, Lô Borges, Villa-Lobos, Milton Nascimento and Ronaldo Bastos, Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, Ivan Lins and Victor Martins, Flora Purim and Luiz Roberto Bertrami. Ricardo Bacelar wrote the arrangements, carried out the schedules with Cesar Lemos, recorded the acoustic piano, Hammond organ, synthesizers and sang the track “Oh Mana Deixa Eu Ir” ("Oh Sis Let me Go"). He searched for Latin music exponents in Miami for the recording of the album: Cesar Lemos - basses, guitars and vocals, Anderson Quintero (Venezuela) - drums and percussion, Mayer Osorio (USA) - vocal in "Nothing Will Be As It Was", Andrea Mangiamarchi (Venezuela) singing "Somewhere in the Hills", Rose Max and Ramatis Moraes (Brazil) in "Sambadouro”´s, vocals, Steve Hinson (US) - steel guitar, Yoel del Sol (Cuba) - percussion, Channo Tierra (Colombia) - diatonic accordion in "A Volta da Asa Branca"(The Return of the White Wing), Jose Sibaja (Colombia) - trumpet and flugelhorn in "Vento de Maio"(May Wind) and "Partido Alto", Jesus "el viejo" Rodriguez (Peru) - percussion and charango in "Vento de Maio"(May Wind), Gabriel Fernandez (Argentina) playing Bandoneón in "Depois dos Temporais"(After the Storms) and Ricardo´s daughters, Maria and Sara Bacelar - percussion.
Dia 19 apr: FNAC Vasco da Gama | Lisbon, 18H30
Dia 20 apr: Auditório LEAP | Lisbon, 20H00