New Single: Listen to the title track from Amaro Freitas' forthcoming album 'Rasif'
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“This is lovely” Bradley Zero (BBC Radio 1/NTS)
“Mixing carnival rhythms with John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk-esque roots.” The Vinyl Factory
Today Amaro Freitas releases the second single from his forthcoming album. Title track 'Rasif' is a moment of pure simplicity and serenity on an otherwise deep, heavy and complex jazz record. Listen to the new single, and pre-order the album on vinyl, CD and digitally from the Far Out Shop | Bandcamp
A truly special soul from Brazil's North-Eastern city of Recife in the Pernambuco state, Amaro Freitas has risen to prominence as one of Brazil's most talked about musicians, against all the odds.
At a young age he won a place to study at one of Recife's most prestigous music schools, but had to drop out as his family could not spare the change for the bus fare. Having never even owned a piano himself, through his formative years he would practice day and night in his bedroom on imaginary keys, seeing the music in his mind's eye. This was until a kind local restaurant owner let him practice before opening hours.
Fast forward to today and Amaro is readying the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut album Sangue Negro (black blood). A love letter to his native northeast, on Rasif Amaro explores its traditional rhythms through the jazz idiom, employing complex mathematical patterns reminiscent of some of the most challenging works by fellow Brazilian masters Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti and Moacir Santos.