SON BRASILEGO is a large-scale project, featuring a high number of collaborating artists. It banks on mutual exchange, on bringing together cultures and people, on the fusion of ideas, on common rhythms and roots. Moreover, it is an intuitive kind of music that reflects on our identity and brotherhood, as well as, most of all, on the future of these traits through music and through that Atlantic sound which makes us all brasilegos.
But, most of all, ‘Son brasilego’ is «a gift, an expression of gratitude towards all those musicians and friends who have made possible Sérgio Tannus’ musical and artistic development on this side of the Atlantic Ocean», as Tannus himself puts it.
The album, released at the end of 2012, has already received many good reviews coming in from all over the world and from prestigious spacialized media such as World 1 Music. Among Spanish reviews, we can name El País, and internationally, Irish radio Dublin FM, as well as the project´s coverage in the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, among many others.
SON BRASILEGO has been touring Galicia and Portugal, enjoying a wonderful response from the audience, which highlighted its «freshness and quality», as well as the «homogenenity» of its songs and their «great force» as individual pieces, featuring well-known voices such as Luanda Cozetti, Ugia Pedreira, Narf, Uxía, Najla Shami, Xabier Díaz, Antonio Zambujo, João Afonso and many others, reaching 43 collaborations.
Backing track of the album:
Serginho Sales (piano, keyboards, accordion): musician, producer and music arranger from Minas Gerais. He started his musical career at a very yourg age, studying classical piano, only to find his calling later on in popular Brazilian music. For 15 years, Serginho was a member of the Brazilian band “Só pra contrariar”, who have won numerous awards in Brazil, in the World Music Awards, have been shortlisted for the Latin Grammy Award and whose albums have gone gold, silver and diamond in Spain, and who recently reunited for a 25th anniversary tour.
Serginho Sales has played and recorded with renowned artists such as Roberto Carlos, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Daniela Mercury.
Paulo Silva (percussions): born in Salvador de Bahia, studied music at the Universidade Federal de Bahia. He has a vast experience in classical chamber music, as well as in contemporary and folk music. Paulo studied Jazz drumming with Michael Kuettner in Germany and was featured in numerous recordings as a drummer, percussionist or vocalist. Since his arrival in Galicia, he has collaborated with artists such as: Budiño, Odaiko, Uxía, Guadi Galego, Xoán Curiel, Emilio Rúa, Carlos Branco, Quico Cadaval, Óscar Fernández, Óscar Ibáñez, Mercedes Peón, Jorge Pardo, Kepa Junkera, Socorro Lira, Fred Martins, Joao Afonso, L.A.R. Legido, Monkillos, Alejandro Vargas, among others.
Apart form his career as a musician, Paulo teaches drums, as well as Brazilian and Latin percussion.
Featured on the album:
A musical career of twenty-five years makes her one of the most popular and acclaimed Galician voices.
Her songs have not lost the inner feeling of traditional music, reinterpreted in an innovative manner.
Uxía continues the tradition of a culture that travels and transforms the meaning and the nature of the concept of frontier. Her most recent work is the album “Meu Canto”, recorded together with Sérgio Tannus in the studios of the renowned record company Biscoito Fino, in Rio de Janeiro, under the direction of the prestigious Brazilian producer Jaime Alem.
One of the main Fado singers in Portugal, following in the footsteps of his mother.
Raised in the midst of an artistic environment, in Lisbon´s Bairro Alto, in the ´60s Carlos do Carmo started a career which would become one of the most solid in the Portuguese music scene, due in great part to his courage of approaching Fado from a masculine point of view, as well as enriching it with new elements: double bass and orquestra.
His contribution to the genre of Fado brought him multiple awards and, most of all, the respect of the world critics and public.
Born in Minas Gerais, Brazil, this singer brings us, through her music, the melodic richness of her homeland, but always with a view to world music. Producer of her own albums, Ceumar is always actively involved in projects related to Brazilian music, both in Brazil and worldwide. She has played in Israel, in Hungary accompanied by the Budapest Festival Orchestra, in the Netherlands, where she currently resides, as well as in Galicia, with Uxía.
Born in 1975 in Beja, António Zambujo showed interest in Fado from a very tender age, as well as in the music from his homeland, the Portuguese region of Alentejo. As young as 16, he is the winner of a Fado competition.
In Lisbon, thanks to Mário Pacheco, he came into the spotlight in the Clube do Fado, and later he stars in the musical “Amália”, which was played at the Politeama Theater for 4 years. Since 2004, his international recognition has been on the rise, and Zambujo´s success makes him one of the voices of reference of contemporary Fado.
Ugia is one of the most eclectic and transgressive voices in Galician music. Her career began in the band Chouteira and later on she took part in many other projects, such as Dillei, Banda Basotti, Xenreira, Matraca Perversa, Nordestinas, Marful, Eclética Ensemble, etc. Pedreira founded and manages aCentral Folque, Galician Center for Traditional Music, worked in radio, as contributor to the show “Un Día por Diante” and created and appears on the show “Tres Peixes Voando”, both aired on Radio Galega.
Born in Mozambique, João Afonso is one of the main names of Portuguese popular music. Nephew of the great Zeca Afonso, João has took part in and organized many hommages to his uncle. He has worked with artists such as Júlio Pereira, Amélia Muge, José Mário Branco and many others, both Portuguese and international.
Always very close to Galicia, João Afonso met Sérgio Tannus on stage many times.
Galician singer of Palestinian descent, Najla is one of the voices of Galician fusion music. Her vast musical studies have helped her develop an amazing vocal range that allows her to move freely and masterly between different genres such as jazz, Brazilian and world music, funk and experimental music.
She recently published Haikus, part of the Lobalú project, together with Galician singer and guitar player Héctor Lorenzo, as well as the album Ben Deitei with the Safari Orquestra Band.
Singer, producer and teacher. Singer of Compañía Nova Galega de Danza and of the band Berrogüetto, of most part of his project Músicas de Salitre (with Guille Fernández) and of his own trio, which is currently on tour with “Coplas para Icía”. He has appeared on stage together with Uxía, Chico César, Manecas Costa, Amancio Prada, Luar na Lubre, Os Cempés, etc. Xabier hosts the radio show “Tres peixes voando” and does production work with his own company, “Músicas de Salitre”.
Singer-composer and guitar player Aline Frazão was born in Luanda in 1988 and currently lives traveling between Angola and Lisbon. Aline is a part of the new generation of Angolan musicians who combine African music with other influences that range from Jazz to Brazilian Popular Music. Since her appearance in the Galician festival “Cantos na Maré”, her career has embarked on an ascending trajectory, as she is thought to be the future of Angolan music.
Singer-composer, Narf divides his time between music, composition on demand and theater. His relationship with the Portuguese-speaking world is more than obvious, as shown by his albums Bumba (2005), together with artists from Mozambique, or Aló, Irmao!, with Manecas Costa. Actually, it was Fran Pérez, Narf, who first introduced Sérgio Tannus to Galicia. Narf is one of the main figures in Galician rock music, a versatile artist with an essential contribution to music and theater.
Couple Coffee is the musical marriage of Luanda Cozetti and Norton Daiello, Brazilian artists living in Portugal. Her voice can do everything she wants it so, and his bass not only accompanies her: it sings. The result of this alchemy is an original and sophisticated music that speaks directly to the public and to which nobody can resist. The duo has already released 4 albums in Portugal and, since 2007, they also appear before audiences in an extented formula, as Couple Coffee Band.
Well-known actor, author and director, Carlos Blanco was also a radio show host in Radio Galega and starred in many TV shows and series. Nominated for the “El club de la Comedia” Award in 2003, he has since presented his productions across Galicia, especially his comedy act. Carlos Blanco first appeared on the big screen under the direction of Antón Reixa and Patricia Ferreira and has since worked with directors such as Pedro Almodóvar in Volver.
Emilio Rúa – singer and songwriter born in Vendas da Barreira (Ourense), mostly known for his work in authorial Galician music.
He started out in music aged 7 and has since received two national awards for singer-songwriters for his music, always sung in Galician. He has released four albums, where he was accompanied by Uxía, Luís Tosar, Guadi Galego, Budiño, Manuel Rivas, Xosé Carlos Caneiro, as well as by Sérgio Tannus himself.
One of the rising stars in Galician music. His artistic career is marked by his versatility: Xoán Curiel has been an actor, musician, director, singer or dancer in a number of projects within the realm of music, children’s theater and dance. He took part in Brazilian singer-songwriter Socorro Lira’s show “Cores do Atlántico”, with Uxía, João Afonso and Socorro Lira. He took part in the Galician festival Cantos na Maré 2012 and released his CD Magnético Zen .
She started out in the musical world at a very early age: aged thirteen, she was a singer in Vaite Embora, where she met bagpipes player Susana Seivane. Years later, she would accompany her as singer of Susana’s first two projects, for three years. She was a part of various musical projects, but, undoubtedly, one of the high points in her career was her singing with the Galician band Fía na Roca. As a member of this band, she released several CD’s and toured Europe.
O Coro da Ra is an a cappella group that uses theater and performance art in order to bring music any and everywhere. Their repertoire ranges from soul, blues & jazz to samba & ethnic music. Founded in 1993 and directed by Ramón Bermejo, it is the official choir of Santiago’s Estudio music school. It has 60 members: professional singers, musicians, actors, photographers, students, teachers, office clerks, freelancers and 1 chemist.
Óscar Fernández is one of the founders of the mythical Galician bands Os Cempés and bOnOvO. He now divides his time between his music and teaching hurdy-gurdy at Santiago’s aCentral Folque and The Narón Music School.
He is the main force behind a reawakening of public interest in the Galician hurdy-gurdy and a promoter of the International Hurdy-gurdy Convention, which brings to Galicia great masters of this instrument.
Galician by birth but universal through his music, committed traveler, tireless creator, always innovating, Budiño is an atypical artist. Although his inspiration is traditional music, he always looks towards setting his own musical style. He studied bagpipes at Moaña’s Semente Nova School and in the UPV. He has shared the limelight with Van Morrison, Jerry González, Jorge Pardo, Capercaillie, Orquesta Sinfónica de Lorient, Kepa Junkera and others.
Alberte Rodríguez studied double bass at the University School of Music in A Coruña and at the School of Higher Musical Studies of Galicia; also electric double bass at the Estudio Music School and at Aula Combo under Carlos Méndez, Nerea Casanova, Antonio Portela, Quique Alvarado, Juan Cañada, Chicho Magallanes e Tino Grandío. Nowadays, he teaches music and plays with Pel de Noz, Xoán Curiel, Kana Kaiana, Dios Ke Te Crew, Pé de Boi e Super-sandwich.
Musician, teacher, composer and producer, Pedro Pascual masters several musical instruments. He was involved in projects such as Laio, Nuke Trío, Talabarte, Marful, Ao Pé da Letra, Descarga ao Vivo. He played with traditional music singers Leilía, Uxía, Budiño ou María Salgado, as well as with musicians Jacky Molard, Soïg Sibèril, Tony McManus, Pierre Invert, Tanya Tagaq, David Herrington. He has toured Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Canada and Cuba.
In his musical career, Viascón ”The Octopus” played with many bands and starred in many musical and street circus shows. He was a part of some of the most famous Galician groups: Os Diplomáticos de Montealto, Garbanzo Neghro and Bonovo, and also of other national and international projects, in Euskadi, Cataluña, Germany, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Finland, Italy, UK. For several years, he played with Manu Chao. He currently plays mainly with his own band.
Self-taught musician, producer and composer, Xabier Olite worked with the Chévere theater company for five years and contributed to the Sala Nasa project as a musician and technician. He founded Psicofónica de Conxo and released two albums with this band. Subsequently, he collaborated with several artists and bands: Fía na Roca, releasing two albums together, and Xoan Curiel, whose most recent album was produced by Olite, who is also featured on the CD.
One of the most important Galician guitarists, Marcos Teira studied guitar under Francisco Millares Pachicho, Antonio Peña and Manuel Ángel Cerqueiras, as well as guitarra flamenca under Xesús Pimentel. He integrated “U-lo Trío?” and also played rock music with Psicofónica de Conxo. He currently teaches and divides his time between his guitarra flamenca projects and the Galician band Marful, with which he is touring Galicia at the moment.
Founding member of Trópico de Grelos, Xurxo Troncoso studied music not only in several Spanish schools, but also in Brazil, where he was a part of Carlinhos Brown’s percussion group. He also had ample theater studies (he studied at Escola Tántara and at Madrid’s Escola Teatro Estudio, at Escola Ángel Gutiérrez, took acting classes at Escola Martín Adjemiam, corporal expression with Judith Wainer, canto with Jesús Aladren, etc.). He teaches percussion at Pontevedra’s Aula Folque Infantil.
He studied violin under Laura Quintillán, also at the Historical Conservatory in Santiago de Compostela. Quim started his musical career in the late 80’s, in bands such as Dhais, Xorima and Fía na Roca. He has been the violinist of the Galician band Berrogüetto since 1998. He also plays in Sol de Farofa and the trio Talabarte. He developed a very personal playing style, based on fingering and adapting works usually played on bagpipes, influenced by other musical genres, coming close to jazz.
She started out in music in 1991, by studying with Toniño López, and subsequently studying under several masters until meeting Xaquín Xesteira. Raquel joined the folk orquestra Sondeseu and played with them since the beginning of the group until about a year ago. She currently plays with Malvela and De outra Margem. She has collaborated with Uxía, Filipa Pais, Serra-lhe aí!! and As Donicelas, as well as with several musical projects for children, Ponte nas ondas and Maria Fumaça. She teaches music at Redondela’s CEIP Alexandre Bóveda.
Started out in music in Banda de Bandeira. Since age 12, he hasn’t lost contact with Galician Rock music, by playing alongside Xenreira, A Matraca Perversa ou Galegoz. He studied classical trumpet at the Vigo Conservatory and always combined this musical genre with modern music. At the moment Payno teaches trumpet, is compelting his education in modern music and composition and also plays in bands such as Os tres trebóns, A Magnifique Bande dos Homes sen Medo, Triomáticos, A.M.P.
María studied in the Lalín and Vigo Schools of Music, and subsequently she took clases from aCentral Folque’s Quim Farinha. She specialized studying under Caroline Bournaud, Irina Gruia ou Oriol Saña. She played in Xove Orquestra Sinfónica de Galicia and with Motor Perkins, Lincorne and Linho do Cuco. She took part in a number of international projects such as the Celtic Fringe Festival (Irland) and the Edimburgh Fringe Festival. She was featured on various folk albums of the Vigo School of Music, as well as on the most recent CD of the Cempés, Tentemozo.
Pepe Sendón is a Galician musician and writer. He started out in cultural editing and activism in the late 80’s in Santiago de Compostela. His theater experience includes Chévere, Río Bravo, Big Bang, Annus Horríbilis. He co-founded the Nasa Cultural Space. He played with Psicofónica de Conxo, Narf, U-lo Trío. While playing with Narf in Niterói, he met Sergio Tannus and invited him back to Santiago, where they shared the stage in the Choro Alegre project.
Aitana Eanes was born in Ferrol in 1983 and she has been involved in Traditional music since 1997. She started out as a bagpipes player under master Lolete, but soon she switched to percussion. Although she is nearly completely self-taught, she also studied with musicians such as Eliseo Parra, Berto Costas and Luis Prego.
She has been teaching Galician padeireta for 10 years. She has also been featured on many albums and in many concerts.
Founding member of Berrogüetto, he composes and arranges the band’s music. In parallel, he carries on with a number of other musical and production projects.
Together with Xabier Díaz he runs the publishing house Músicas de Salitre, and they are now working on their next álbum together. He also works with Guadi Galego in “Espido”, and has participated in concerts such as Son Delas, Cantos na Maré, Donald Shaw´s Harvest do Celtic Connections.
Olga Brañas started studying the piano at the age of 9 in the Ourense School of Music and obtained her B.A. in music in Santiago, in 2007. Aged 12, she started playing the Galician pandeireta and joined Banda Tradicional de Gaitas Ourensá. She has been a member of Brañas Folk since 2002 (releasing two albums, Camiñante e Alalá do Cebreiro), of Folk Focus and, since 2009, of Banda das Crechas.
Cellist and soloist with 25 years of musical background. He received his M.A. in music at the Yale University and his B.A. at the Juilliard School (New York). He has performed in the USA, Brasil, Portugal, etc., in orchestras, as a soloist and playing chamber music. He masters a vast repertoire which includes contemporary works. Born in California, he has lived in Portugal for the last 20 years. Since 1993 he has been teaching at the School of Music and Performative Arts in Oporto.
He studied drums and percussion in Galicia and La Habana, with Cuban master Ruy López-Nussa. He went on to study Afro-Cuban percussion with Emilio del Monte and traditional Galician percussion with Francisco Estévez. He started out in folk music by playing with Uxía and he went on with Matto Congrio, Na Lúa, Os Diplomáticos de Montealto, Heredeiros da Cruz, The Chieftains etc. He is a member of the folk band Berogüetto.
Musician with a very wide musical background range of instruments he plays. After playing with bands such as “7ª Convocatoria” and “Os Resentidos” and working as an arranger and studio musician, he now prefers to concentrate on his great passion, with is composing, producing and recording in his home studio in Ría de Arousa.
He has left his mark on projects such as “Purofilin”, “Steps 4 Jazz”, “A Doce Vita Sons de cine”, “Os Resentidos” etc.
Bass player from A Coruña. He studied bass under Quique Alvarado and he continued his education by studying musical theory, harmony and improvisation in Santiago’s Estudio-Escola.
He studied under the American masters Charlie Banacos and Garry Dial.
He played in a number of bands, ranging from orchestras to jazz and funk bands. He has also worked in television, playing live music and also as a studio musician.
Alfonso Calvo has been playing since he was 16. A number of genres, ranging from jazz to Brazilian music and flamenco, influenced his style.
He has been on stage and in the recording studio with many different artists, such as Fred Martins, Aló Django, Marcos Teira, Gabriel Peso, Faltriqueira, Cool Hamsters, Iván García, J.S., C.S.M. e S.E.M. big bands, Marful and Lobalú among others.
His interest in music started out at a very early age, and soon he would discover that percussions were his favorite. Aged 18, he starts studying drums with Luis Bravo, and later on he would experiment with Latin percussion under Lucas Rey. He also studied under Dani Caray and played with bands such as Stratosfear and Hugo y los Bolugos. At the moment he studies tabla, drums and he is learning about making instruments.
He started out as a self-taught musician and later studied traditional Galician music under
aCentral Folque’s Óscar Fernádez.
He plays in a number of experimental music and free improvisation projects: OMEGA; Ulobit and in the duo A:A. He has released a single album, Habelas, soundtrack of a contemporary dance performance by the Traspediante Dance Company and has played in Ireland, France, Spain and Brazil. His hurdy-gurdy is featured on a number of albums, such as those of Inflatable Buddha, Xoán Curiel, Ultraqäns…