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Joyce, Nana Vasconcelos, Mauricio Maestro - Visions of Dawn (Paris 1976 Project)



Joyce Visions of Dawn
Joyce, Nana Vasconcelos, Mauricio Maestro - Visions of Dawn (Paris 1976 Project)
(CD/LP) Far Out Recordings FARO138, 2009-03-24

'Visions of Dawn' is the original 'lost' Brazilian acid-folk album recorded in Paris in 1976. This stunning, previously unreleased project by three Brazilian music legends has now been rescued and set free by Joe Davis' Far Out Recordings. Led by the sharp lyrics and gorgeous, expressive voice and guitar of Joyce the trio is completed by the expert musicianship of her close friends Nana Vasconcelos (percussion) and Mauricio Maestro (electric bass, vocals, guitar and producer) who were both crucial in creating this masterpiece. These beautiful, hazy and understated recordings, which took place among the charming artistic 1970s Paris scene, offer a unique chance to sit in on the original jamming sessions of tracks that later became Brazilian cult classics. With Andy Votel's stunning psychedelic designs dripping from the cover the Paris 1976 project is utterly essential.

Joyce Visions of Dawn
Joyce, Nana Vasconcelos, Mauricio Maestro - Visions of Dawn (Paris 1976 Project)
(CD/LP) Far Out Recordings FARO138, 2009-03-24

Tracklisting :
01. Banana
02. Clareana
03. Metralhadeira
04. Nacional Kid
05. Tudo Bonito
06. Suite: Part 1-Memorias Do Porvir / Suite: Part 2-Visões Do Amanhecer (Visions Of Dawn)
07. Suite: Part 3: Carnavalzinho (Little Carnaval)
08. Jardim Dos Deuses
09. Chegada

Links :
joyce-brasil.com
myspace.com/joycebrasil
faroutrecordings.com
myspace.com/faroutrecordings

Press Release :
'Visions of Dawn' is the original 'lost' Brazilian acid-folk album recorded in Paris in 1976. This stunning, previously unreleased project by three Brazilian music legends has now been rescued and set free by Joe Davis' Far Out Recordings. Led by the sharp lyrics and gorgeous, expressive voice and guitar of Joyce the trio is completed by the expert musicianship of her close friends Nana Vasconcelos (percussion) and Mauricio Maestro (electric bass, vocals, guitar and producer) who were both crucial in creating this masterpiece. These beautiful, hazy and understated recordings, which took place among the charming artistic 1970s Paris scene, offer a unique chance to sit in on the original jamming sessions of tracks that later became Brazilian cult classics. With Andy Votel's stunning psychedelic designs dripping from the cover the Paris 1976 project is utterly essential.

Joyce Mauricio Maestro Nana Vasconcelos
"These pictures were taken in 1976 when my partner Mauricio Maestro and I (left) had recently arrived in Paris. We recorded an album there with our friend Nana Vasconcelos (Right), who then lived in France. We were ready for new adventures.
'Visions of Dawn' - in the language of Barack Obama - is taken from the Suite of our 1976 disc. For the album to be more psychedelic would be impossible. This is not a Joyce album this is a work of three heads." - Joyce, 2009


Mauricio, Joyce and Nana became friends as part of Milton Nascimento's Clube De Esquina scene and his legendary 'Clube De Esquina' albums. The three were also part of Sagrada Familia - the great Luiz Eça band – while Nana and Joyce played together in legendary folk-prog band A Tribo.

Having arranged for Brazil's top artists from an early age Mauricio Maestro lent his masterful bass playing to Joyce's classic early albums. Later a founding member of Boca Livre - one of the most successful groups ever to emerge from Brazil - Mauricio produced 'Visions of Dawn' and his electric bass and vocals are crucial to the sessions. Nana Vasconcelos has released more than thirty albums over an incredible forty year career. Vasconcelos is a vocalist and berimbau player of immense quality and here displays his unsurpassed Latin jazz percussion skills, which adds playful samba momentum to this project. Joyce recorded her debut album at 19 and alongside Tropicalia artists of the time she infused conservative Brazilian music with the spirit of 60s counter-culture. Joyce is a highly respected artist in Brazil, her compositions interpreted by Brazilian greats Milton Nasciemento, Gal Costa and Gilberto Gil.

Here Joyce's tender psychedelic vocals ('Clareana', 'Jardim Dos Deuses', 'Chegada') result in a dreamy set that's given a strong edge when scatting and letting her notes playfully jump around ('Suite', 'Banana', 'Metralhadeira'). Creativity floats out from behind Joyce's Paris boudoir drapes for 35 glorious minutes. Stand out tracks 'Banana' and 'Clareana' became big Brazilian hits for Joyce on her hugely successful solo albums, which followed on from this recording. 'Clareana' is a beautiful lullaby in homage to her daughters Clara Moreno (Far Out) and Ana, while 'Banana' is a slice of pure joy. Ending with the orgasmic 'Chegada' this is an album like nothing you've ever heard.

Joyce UK Spring Tour Dates 2009 :
March 31st and April 1st - Ronnie Scott Jazz Club London (www.ronniescotts.co.uk)
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