Out of Salvador, the capitol of Bahia, the still red hot kitchen that gave us the original samba, capoeira, Caetana Velosa, Gilberto Gil, Olodum and Ile Aye, comes:
Sundaryalahari -- The Wave of Bliss
fusing Mediterranean and Brazilian traditions with
Funk, Rock and Blues.
Layne Redmond has been teaching her hybrid techniques on Middle Eastern style tambourine to a core group of cutting edge percussionists in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. Along the way she met up with Tadeu Mascarenhas, a young recording engineer, producer and genius keyboard player, who became her co-producer on this project. Besides the amazing core percussionists, Gil Santiago, Paulo Silva, Moisés Lama and Ubaldo Oliveira, they brought in the outstanding guitarist Fred Barreto and fabulous singer Mariella Santiago.
These young musicians grew up immersed in the musical traditions of Salvador but also playing American and English rock and funk. Ubaldo's grandmother is a priestess of candomble´, and he began playing atabaque in the terreiro when he was 6 years old. He's played with Os Zarabe, Motumbá and directs the bloco Akidara. Moisés has played with Olodum, Ile Aye, Os Zarabe, and Daneila Mercury. Gil is one of only three percussionists in the state orchestra of Bahia and won the coveted Troféu Caymi, awarded to the most outstanding musician in Bahia. Paulo now lives in Spain playing with Xose Mauel Budino, Serfio Tannus Trio and Odaikio. Fred, a great acoustic and electric guitarist, bounces back and forth between Brazil and Europe. Mariella, touring and recording her own projects, has also backed up Gilberto Gil and Carlinhos Brown. Blurring boundaries, her provocative style draws on her heritage but flows in distinctly original directions –- think Joni Mitchell meets Ella Fitzgerald at a candomble´ ritual!
Layne Redmond’s last two cds, Trance Union & Invoking the Muse were voted Percussion Recording of the Year
by Drum! Magazine readers.