Call of the Gods
New album released 07 April 2008 [FARO127CD]
UK Tour April 2008 Supported by the Arts Council
16 April London Barbican / La Linea Festival
17 April Liverpool Royal Philharmonic / La Linea Festival
18 April Southampton Turner Sims
20 April Brighton Komedia
22 April Leeds College of Music
23 April Warwick Warwick Arts
24 April Bristol St Georges
25 April Exeter Phoenix
26 April Swansea Taliesin Arts Centre
The Ipanemas, aka Os Ipanemas are led by Brazilian septuagenarians Wilson Das Neves and Neco. Both have had extraordinary careers spanning five decades as key players at the heart of Brazilian musical history. Wilson Das Neves, also a vocalist, has long been one of the most sought-after drummers in Brazil and Neco’s bossa guitar genius can be traced to countless cult classics. They have recorded and toured with so many greats including Elis Regina, Tom Jobim, Wilson Simonal, Jorge Ben, Chico Buarque and Elza Soares. Wilson also features with Rio’s new samba big band Orquestra Imperial.
‘Call of the Gods’ exquisitely captures their self styled ‘afro-bossa’ sound of the 1960s, conjuring up that golden age Rio de Janeiro feel. The Ipanemas are a direct link to the old samba roots of the street bars in bohemian Lapa, the 1950s Copacabana jazz joints, and the emerging bossa wave – Wilson and Neco come from the source and made a sound all their own. Crucially, the album is driven throughout by the deep spiritual kick of the Afro-Brazilian religion and music Candomble, whose Gods inspire the title and so much more – as Wilson says ‘Brazilian music is religion’. This album swings with grace and pure class, thanks to the rich experience only The Ipanemas can bring.
Intrinsically innovative at the time of its release, their eponymous debut is now considered an absolute classic. In a remarkable twist, the follow up wasn’t recorded until almost 40 years later in 2001 with ‘The Return of The Ipanemas’ for Far Out Recordings. As a landmark recording by sensational veteran musicians, the album was acclaimed by the press and The Independent and Music Week cited The Ipanemas as Brazil’s closest equivalent to Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club. ‘Afro Bossa’ was recorded two years later and ‘Samba is Our Gift’ followed in 2006 which The Daily Telegraph described as ‘exhilaratingly spacious and aerodynamic – their sound remains extraordinarily fresh’. ‘Call of the Gods’ is their best album yet.
The Ipanemas debut tour in April 2008 is an extraordinary opportunity to hear their 1960s repertoire as well as songs from all their Far Out releases played live in the UK for the first time ever. The line up includes very special guests Alex Mahleiros and Ivan Conti of Azymuth.