Brazilian-turned-Winnipegger Marco Castillo, who moved from sunny Rio de Janeiro two years ago, is very excited about his new debut CD, "Brazilian Season", which was launched on May 8 and the CBC recorded it at West End Cultural Centre.
Billed as the "first original Brazilian CD recorded in Winnipeg," Brazilian Season got four stars from Michael Wolch on the CD Review and is only a small taste of the vast and varied musical culture in Brazil. This project features fifteen of Winnipeg's finest musicians, performing 10 original tracks that cover samba, bossa nova, bolero and chorinho.
1 . Tao Zen (5:11) – The value of meditation is purpose of this song. The guitar chords float through the rich rhythmic session on this original Brazilian Samba Groove. The unique sound of the cuica gives a very interesting contrast.
2 . Vicio (4:29) – Funk and Soul make part of this danceable song with a great sax solo by Paul Metcalfe.
3 . Brazilian Season (5:11) – An upbeat instrumental samba makes one travel throughout different seasons by beautiful voice melodies.
4 . Pega Leve (4:03) – Soul Music has influenced Marco Castillo on this soft funk-ballade, embellished and refined by the keyboard notes of Michelle Gregoire.
5 . Puxando Fogo (3:10) – The chorinho was created around 1870 by blending European music such as Polka and Waltz with Afro-Brazilian rhythms. This song is a very tasteful example of this style. It comes with an awesome interpretation of Marco Castillo and Eli Herscowich.
6 . Sor Ryo (3:41) – Rio de Janeiro, where the Bossa Nova was born, keep inspiring many artists around the Globe and it wasn’t different with Marco Castillo. The sensibility of Ken Gold saxophone brings back the 60’s and gives to this track the brilliant spirit of Stan Getz.
7 . Cangaceiro Lampiao (3:55) – Coming from the Northeast of Brazil, Baiao is a very danceable and percussive rhythm. Cangaceiro Lampiao tells us the story of this controversial character. The strong refrain “Mulher Rendeira…” makes Brazilian people sing along identifying themselves in their roots.
8 . Nothing to Complain (4:50) – Another energetic uplifting samba. This song was composed when Marco has felt a very different sensation about living in Canada. The soulful emotive voice of Mira Black on backing vocals supports Marco Castillo on the English chorus.
9 . Amaneci Llorando (3:35) – Yes, Brazil also has Boleros! This deeply and passionate bolero brings Marco Castillo singing in Spanish with the addition of John Pittman on trumpet.
10. Mouthucada (3:02) - A new word taht combines "mouth" and "batucada" )informal way to play samba). In this humorous samba, Marco Castillo thanks all guest artists.