"Ária Ao Vivo", Djavan´s new project is out in Brazil! The CD and DVD were recorded live in Belo Horizonte. Do you want to know more about it? Read the press release, written by the journalist Antonio Carlos Miguel.
DJAVAN - “Ária Ao Vivo”
Faithful to the jazz and chamber music style that prevailed in the studio album, “Aria ao Vivo” (Luanda Records/Biscoito Fino) was recorded at the Grande Teatro do Palácio das Artes, in Belo Horizonte, on the 8th and 9th of April 2011. The show that had toured all over Brazil and several cities around the world (USA, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay) was, by then, finely tuned. Together with the trio that had also recorded the CD - Torcuato Mariano (acoustic and electric guitar), André Vasconcellos (acoustic and electric bass) and Marcos Suzano (percussion) -, Djavan (vocals, acoustic and electric guitar) strolls between a mixture of aesthetic strictness and natural spontaneity among a repertoire that mixes songs by other composers recorded in “Ária” (the first album in his 35-year career that solely contained songs by other songwriters), as well as some of his own classic hits. The result? A delicate celebration of musicality.
The venue was chosen because of its accurate acoustics, according to Djavan. Besides, the Palacio das Artes was perfectly suited to the logistics of the project. Djavan asked the directors Gabriela Gastal and Gabriela Figueiredo, from Samba Films, for a “clean and real” look, just as in the show “Ária”. “Everything had to be directed towards the music”, he said. Therefore, he avoided any spectacular lights and visual effects, blunt camera movements, or any other frenetic action. If we were to draw a parallel by using martial arts, we could say that it was more like tai chi chuan than karate. And we’re talking tai chi chuan with a perfect swing.
Djavan arrives on stage like a sober crooner, wearing well-cut trousers and pied de poule jacket, white shirt and a black tie with white stripes. Holding the microphone, he starts with “Seduzir” and dances in front of the equally elegant trio. After that, whilst playing a red and white Fender guitar, he sings “Eu te devoro”, the hit single that opened his album of 1988, “Bicho Solto”. Before he reaches the first track from the CD “Ária” (“Sabes mentir”, by Othon Russo), he performs the beautiful “Lambada de serpente”, written with Cacaso and recorded in 1980 on his third album “Alumbramento”.
From then on, the bulk of the concert is concentrated on songs from the album Ária, including, amongst others, “Oração ao tempo” (Caetano Veloso), “Disfarça e Chora” (Cartola and Dalmo Castello), “Brigas nunca mais” (Tom and Vinicius), “Fly me to the moon” (Bart Howard) and “La noche” (Carbonell and Escobar). On the last part of the show, Djavan – already without his jacket and, later, also without his tie – goes into an overpowering sequence of his classics, like “Fato consumado”, “Flor de lis”, “Linha do Equador” (this one co-written with Caetano Veloso), “Samurai”, “Sina” and “Lilás”.
A lot happened between the release of the studio album and the CD/DVD/Blue Ray released by Luanda Records/Biscoito Fino. Djavan’s first task was to adapt the songs of his repertoire to the concise and accurate instrumental format used to record “Aria”.
After the rehearsals and the first show, the script suffered some small adjustments during the tour, until it reached the sequence that was recorded in Belo Horizonte. “There are things which we just find out about during the process. So, with the show on the road, I made things a bit tighter and changed the order of some of the songs”, explains Djavan, happy with the result and with the possibility to record the show at its peak. After Belo Horizonte, he still travelled to a few more places at the end of the tour. Those who didn’t see the show (and those who want to see it again) now have the chance to do so, with this “Ária ao Vivo”. Antônio Carlos Miguel /September/2011