The Gulf Coast of
Louisiana and the country of Brazil share a connection through
the influence of African rhythms and the public celebration of
Mardi Gras -- also known as Carnival (or in Portuguese,
Carnaval) -- which in both cases is marked by large, colorful
parades and an outpouring of holiday-related music.
In New Orleans, the
social groups that participate in parades are known as “krewes”;
in Brazil, they are called “samba schools” and feature legions
of marching drummers, as opposed to the drum-and-brass marching
units familiar in the United States.
The formation of Casa
Samba, which is based on the model of Brazilian samba schools,
marks the realization of New Orleans native Curtis Pierre’s
lifelong commitment to the study, performance, and teaching of
Brazilian rhythms, many of which share sources that also
influenced music in the Caribbean, Haiti, Cuba, and New Orleans.
Fantasy presents a wide-ranging showcase of authentic Brazilian
rhythmic diversity along with a demonstration of Brazilian and
African rhythms that have shaped New Orleans’ musical culture
Fans of world music in
general and lovers of complex drumming rhythms in particular
will revel in both the authenticity and creativity of these
vividly recorded performances, which present an overflowing
variety of classic Afro-Brazilian sounds and creative
compositions that highlight the Brazilian connection to New
Orleans’ musical heritage.
is the real deal, a mesmerizing and truly inspiring mix of new
and ancient rhythms rendered with both astounding clarity and a
deep understanding of genuine Afro-Brazilian musical culture.