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Heloisa Fernandes: Candeias

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The pursuit of art is ceaseless, firstly because the artist is--to use the Latin from whence it came and it reads thus: poeta nascitur non fit. Art is, as well, an exposition of life as it tumbles upon the world, this way and that. However, for the artist there is another raison d'être. The impulse to adorn, to make art--poetry, music, painting, and even architecture--is first revealed in the soul. Its nature is especially innate in the artist, so amorphous ...

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Heloisa Fernandes: Heloisa Fernandes

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Brazilian pianist Heloisa Fernandes can tickle both the hearts of those with a quieter, more elegant classical palette and those whose survival is reliant upon jazz. Even without a team of dynamic percussionists and fine string accompaniment, Fruto is a feat of arrangement and composition.

Vocal beats in “Colheita" create an epic, fundamental sound featuring piano and multiple musicians creating choral rhythms together.

Bottomless, dark violin tones change the character of Fruto ...

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Heloisa Fernandes: Fruto

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If Helo'isa Fernandes didn't exist, I think I would have to invent her. Fernandes is a Brazilian jazz pianist and composer who is equally influenced by Bill Evans and forró; she plays with great pointillist intricacy as easily as she forms great sweeping legato phrases; she sounds as confident doing her own improvisational mini-portraits as she does covering Caetano Veloso songs. Surely she can't really be real.

And yet she is, and this disc is proof. She gives herself free ...


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