Fênix: Eu, Causa E Efeito: Release Information
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Release Date: 21.05.2002
TT Catalogue No: 4461
Fênix, maturity and personality in debut cd
In July 1996, a singer received the public and media´s special attention during the season´s run of a show entitled "As Quatro Carreirinhas”, a musical directed by Wolf Maya, at the ´Café Pequeno Theater´ in Rio de Janeiro. It was Fênix, a singer with a voice of distinctly feminine color, who promenaded through the show with uncommon technique and confidence.
Soon after, in a solo performance at the same theater, Fenix´s vocal talent and personality as an interpreter were ratified. At that time, people such as the musical producer Guto Graça Mello - one of the most respected and successful in the Brazilian record industry – called our attention to the fact that the market was in need of a Fênix record. Well, the CD has arrived, four years after the singer was discovered by Wolf Maya. "Eu, Causa e Efeito”, Fênix´s first CD, is ready to be presented to the industry, to the media and to the public.
The clear quality of his voice, along with his technique and incredible high range not only captivate the public, but demonstrate the precocious maturity of an interpreter who knows what he wants. This can be attested to by the repertoire he selected. The production of the CD is a joint effort by Fênix and Jaime Alem, Maria Bethânia´s conductor. Bethânia, one of the divas of Brazilian music, has been one of the greatest influences on this 26-year-old young man from the Northeast. Together, Fênix and Alem have conceived the electroacoustic apparel (more acoustic than electronic) of the CD, which was recorded in Rio between July and September 2000 and mixed in New York by Patrick Dillet (the mastering was done at the highly regarded Sterling Sound, also in New York). Most of the arrangements were shared by Caio Cesar (an exceptional guitarist), Samuel Kardos and Jaime Alem himself.
"The record, unfairly labeled "World” music, is a mixture
of my Northeastern roots, which run in my blood, and the classic treatment
of the melodies, says Fênix. While the chamber music accent of the CD
is universal, the references are essentially Brazilian. When Fênix talks
about "Northeastern roots”, he is referring to his childhood - a
period in which he would listen to Luis Gonzaga, and which is represented on
the record by the song "Que Nem Jiló”, one of that singer´s
masterpieces - and the beginning of his adolescence when he discovered, enraptured,
singers such as Elis Regina, Maysa and Maria Bethânia; voices which have
always dominated the scenic play of the stage - a sacred place for a theatrical
interpreter such as Fênix. "I had already been working, for some
time, on that intimacy of mine with the stage and I wanted to record, in a
product (a record), all those things which I have learned and which have influenced
me, explains the singer.
"That period is also reflected in the CD” emphasizes Fênix. "The
repertoire of the record was selected with the lyrics being taken into consideration. "Eu,
Causa e Efeito” is a semi-autobiographical record. Its verses reflect
facts and feelings of my history, explains Fênix. Be that as it may,
the selection is chic in its mixture of songs never-before released and songs
which have already been recorded, starting with the samba which closes the
CD, "Com a Perna no Mundo”, launched by its composer, Gonzaguinha,
in the CD "Gonzaguinha da Vida”, 1979. The recording starts chamber-music-
like and moves, elegantly, towards the "morro” (slum areas where
samba had its origin) with vibrant choir and percussion. From the same decade,
the 70´s, we also have "Serrado”, a song launched by Djavan,
a singer, in 1978, on his second CD entitled”Djavan.” Fênix´s
re-reading of this song brings a new freshness to the composition, which presents
pop percussion headed by the Carioca group called "A Parede”, which
accompanies Pedro Luis.