PRODUCT OF IMAGINATION RELEASES FRANCISCO PAIS’S COMPELLING RAISE YOUR VIBRATION
* Featuring Pais with Myron Walden, Justin Brown, Leo Genovese & Daniele Camarda *
Product of Imagination Records is pleased to announce the release of Francisco Pais’s Raise Your Vibration. Raise Your Vibration features Pais’s quintet — including Myron Walden on bass clarinet and alto sax, Justin Brown on drums, Leo Genovese on piano and Fender Rhodes, and Daniele Camarda on bass — performing original music that blends elements of his diverse cultural upbringing with elements of jazz, rock, world music and pop. A devoted yogi who was born in Sintra, a small village near Lisboa, Portugal, Pais has played his own music all over the world with some of the best musicians in the New York scene.
As grammy award winner Esperanza Spalding says: "Francisco Pais is an incredibly talented composer and arranger; he is dedicated and I support him and believe in him.”
Despite the affirmation his music has already received—or perhaps because of it—on this most recent album Pais takes on, in addition to being a composer and guitarist, the role of vocalist. Pais gave shape to Raise Your Vibration in the wake of the loss of a parent and birth of a child—events which have taken his composition to new places. Once again joined by many of his favorite musicians, Pais finds in his new music, in his words, “…some new light, some new hope, some new love coming out of pure sorrow and loss but also the miracle of life and the fresh sense of hope children give you. The songs are short stories that start with non-diatonic harmonic progressions and lead into modal harmony while the words repeat a sort of mantra over the modal drone. This form study was to get away from the conventional jazz practice of playing a tune than solo than play the head out.” In true Pais style, the album will form a new chapter in an already long and interesting book. In this one album the listener travels through a roller coster of emotions where Pais guides his band mates into very specific textures aiming to define the raw elegance of his soul.
Herbie Hancock’s guitarist and Blue Note recording artist Lionel Loueke says: "Francisco's guitar playing is tossed with a challenging and tasteful blend of beautiful harmony and melody lines. What a great player."
The original compositions on Raise Your Vibration range from somber even-eighths with woodwinds decorating a Emily Dickinson poem on “Never Wearing Out,” to volcanic drum-n-bass with a blues twist on “Humble Over The Fact,” to the “Chakra Song” where Francisco and his band look not only at a musical chart abut also a diagram showing the name, color, sound and location of the energy vortexes Pais has been studying as a yogi for years now. The song “Broken Open” is inspired by a great book by Elizabeth Lesser, the co-founder of one of Pais’s sacred retreats: The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.
While his influences are clear, his music is not derivative or trite. It is fresh, and it sounds like Pais.
Pais's taste in band members is impressive. On sax/bass clarinet he has enlisted the great Myron Walden, a member of Bryan Blade’s Fellowship band and a leader in his own right. His lyricism, love for music and professionalism knows no bounds. On drums is the dynamic Justin Brown, a master of the groove. His outstanding pocket has led him to performances with Kenny Garrett , Christian McBride and Esperanza Spalding among others. Grounding the music with his seven string bass, Daniele Camarda lays it down and locks it in with perfection. Finally on piano/ Rhodes and analog synth is the young Leo Genovese, whose sound is so unique and fresh it's only a matter of time before he's discovered as the innovator he is.
Yoga celebrity and activist Seane Corn says: “Francisco has the heart of a yogi and the soul of an artist. His work is elegant and rich, and I have always been inspired by what he creates, knowing that what he is sharing with me and the world has been manifested from the purity and the truth within his heart. He is a true artist and a divine musician”
After an audition in Paris in 1998, Pais was awarded a scholarship to come to the United States to study jazz performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2002, he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Music Performance. In the following years he toured throughout the world playing at venues including Smalls and Joe’s Pub (New York City), Ryles (Boston), The Rex and Trane Studio (Toronto), Ducs des Lombards (Paris), just to mention a few. Pais has also performed with a number of prominent musicians including Marcus Strickland, Seamus Blake, Gretchen Parlato, Becca Stevens, Myron Walden and Justin Brown.