Forro Zinho: Forró in the Dark Plays Zorn

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Jeśli ktoś ma za sobą współpracę z Davidem Byrne'm, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atoms for Peace Thoma Yorke'a, Bebel Gilberto, Gal Costą, to musi mieć w sobie coś osobliwego.
Mauro Refosco (zabumba, percussion), Guilherme Monteiro (guitar) i Jorge Continentino (pífanos, flutes, saxophones) tworzący zespół Forró in the Dark jak chyba nikt dotąd spletli ze sobą taneczne rytmy forró z północno-wschodniej Brazylii z rockiem, kreatywnym jazzem, psychedelią, folkiem i avant-popem. Porywający amalgamat gatunkowy sprawił, że na nowojorskiej scenie okazali się jednym z największych odkryć ostatnich lat.
Koncertują na całym świecie, by wymienić tylko Monterey Jazz Festival, Winnepeg Folk Festival, Pohoda Fest, FloydFest, Bumbershoot, Musica do Mundo (Portugal), Lake Eden Arts Festival, Shepherds Bush Empire & La Linea Festival (London), Halifax Jazz Festival, WOMAD Canary Islands (Spain), Lotus Festival, Ariano Folk Festival (Italy), Montreal Jazz Fest, Grand Bazar & Babylon (Istanbul).
Nie dziwi więc fakt, że trafili właśnie pod gościnne skrzydła Johna Zorna i jego Tzadik Records.

"Forró in the Dark Plays Zorn" to jedenaście oryginalnych kompozycji Zorna, raczej tych bardziej lirycznych, które wpuszczone zostały do zwariowanego brazylijskiego magla.
Zorn oddając swoją muzykę innym wykonawcom nie wymaga od nich szacunku do oryginałów. Z pewnością oczekuje czegoś zgoła odmiennego, i w osobach Mauro Refosco, Guilherme Monteiro i Jorge Continentino to znalazł.
Słychać tutaj z jednej strony punkową dezynwolturę – wpompowaną w osobliwe instrumentarium, z drugiej strony jakąś latynoską miękkość w łączeniu gatunków. Brawurowe, pełne wigoru odczytania zornowskich kompozycji nie chcą usiedzieć w miejscu, narastają i drgają wielością kształtów i nastrojów, ludyzm miesza się z nostalgią, surf jazzowe riffy przełamane zostają soczystą exotic music.

Na płycie poza trójką brazylijskich instrumentalistów usłyszymy legendarnego brazylijskiego pianistę Marcosa Valle, akordeonistę Vitora Gonçalveza, doskonale znanego z Gogol Bordello basistę Rea Mochiacha i Sofię Rei z kwartetu Mycale i 'Song Project' Johna Zorna. Za produkcję odpowiedzialny jest Jesse Harris, laureat Grammy, który pisał piosenki dla Cat Power, Feist, Norah Jones, Smokey'a Robinsona, Solomona Burke'a, Willie'go Nelsona, Emmylou Harris i wielu innych wykonawców.

Ta płyta na pewno się nie znudzi!
autor: Piotr Szukała

Editor's info:
There has never been a Zorn CD like this one! One of the most exciting bands to come out of the wild late night Nublu scene in the East Village, Forro in the Dark combines the driving dance rhythms of forro from Northeastern Brazil with rock, jazz, reggae, folk and country. Together since 2002, they are based in New York and have collaborated with a wide variety of artists, including David Byrne, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Cibo Matto. Here they take on some of Zorn’s most lyrical and grooving compositions to create a charming CD of Brazilian-tinged dance music. Endlessly listenable, this is a CD filled with catchy hooks, burning solos, driving rhythms and infectious Zorn melodies, new and old. Produced by Jesse Harris and featuring Brazilian legend Marcos Valle as a special guest.


popMATTERS, ocena: 8/10

The music of John Zorn has been performed by Tzadik’s “house” musicians for so long that whatever personal idiosyncrasies the musicians bring to the sessions end up being a foregone conclusion. So it’s up to a band like Forro in the Dark to remind us that, when performed by a different group of people, the music of a composer like John Zorn can be fully realized in an entirely different way.

Of course, I’m not knocking Tzadik preferred roster of New York’s Downtown musicians. Performers such as Mark Feldman, Uri Caine, and Cyro Baptista, trained in classical and jazz, can always be counted on for bringing a certain level of musicianship to a John Zorn recording session. You could go so far as to say that you are guaranteed consistently good results from their performances each and every time. Be it rock, klezmer jazz, or chamber 12-tone classical, Tzadik’s usual suspects give priority to the compositions themselves. Forro in the Dark, a band signaling the “Nublu” scene, has a different agenda. With Forro Zinho: Forro in the Dark Plays Zorn, this 7-piece group takes a small slice of Zorn’s repertoire and feeds it through the Brazilian wringer. The music comes out light and peppy while managing to maintain the Jewish-tinged melodies that make it catchy as hell.

Transporting Zorn’s melodies into Forro in the Dark’s Brazilian sounds give them all a surf tinge, a by-product that the composer probably has no problem with. The album’s final song “The Quiet Surf” comes from The Gift, a very low-key and beautiful album that allowed John Zorn to write for a particular ensemble that would later become The Dreamers. Naked City was the composer’s excuse to write punk crossed with speed and Forro in the Dark’s cover of “Sunset Surfer” represents Naked City’s last-ditch efforts to branch out in sound before Zorn stopped writing material for them. In these moments, the water quietly laps at the shore as if a Brazilian band in New York covering Jewish jazz were the most naturally tropical thing in the world. And sometimes, all it takes is a different musician to use the same instrument to place a different emphasis on a different moment in the same score to let a whole other flower bloom for your enjoyment. For me, this comes on the cover of The Goddess: Music for the Ancient of Days‘s “Ode to Delphi”. If I were to exclaim “how sweet it is!”, then I would have to explain exactly what “it” is. This “it” is when a melody worms out of a set of speakers, no matter how big or how small, and the heart and mind can simultaneously exhale a pleasant “ah…” The siesta’s over when the band strikes up “Tempo de Festa”, a blistering south-of-the-border stomp that gives Zorn’s repertoire an unexpected smack.

It all kind of reminds me of a scene in Work Series: Musician, a documentary that follows Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark on his various gigging and composing adventures. During a Q&A session, someone asked Vandermark if he would like to hear his music covered by others. His answer was a lengthy yes, and it got me thinking Why haven’t more people covered Ken Vandermark? He has an enormous catalog, so someone should go for it. Well, John Zorn has an even bigger catalog of music and only a small number of artists outside the tightly-packed Tzadik circle actually seem to be up to the task. Forro Zinho: Forro in the Dark Plays Zorn makes the case that this shouldn’t be an exception. This is terrain meant not only to be explored but to be turned over, ripped up, stitched together, and poked at with a stick until something new takes shape. Will the music of John Zorn hold up against such repeated treatments? We’ll never know if we never try.
BY JOHN GARRATT
TZ8334

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Tzadik (USA)
Kompozytor
John Zorn
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John Zorn / Forro in the Dark
Nazwa
Forro Zinho
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