A 12 track brazil album (46m 37s) — released May 26th 2014 on Schema

"Memory doesn't age, it always remains the same.

"Memoria" is an album about my memories, my hometown, the scent and

flavours of my childhood, things I've read, movies I've watched at the cinema

and my love for music. It's about going back home, re-establishing a link with

the past and recalling cheerful and happy memories.

"Memoria" refers specifically to the regions of Minais Gerais and the Brazilian

northeast, its hot climate, the religiousness of the people and its faith in

miracles, calling to mind images of mysterious and surreal popular tales, where

time flows slowly in an intimate dimension."



Toco's words briefly depict the musical content of Memoria. This work

represents his artistical growth from the previous album "Outro Lugar", which

was partially recorded in Rio de Janeiro with Roberto Menescal and other

musicians from the carioca scene and highlighted elements of bossa and

samba jazz from the 60s. "Guarapiranga", a song from that album, has been

recently featured in the soundtrack of the movie "Silver Linings Playbook", which

received 7 nominations and one award at the 2013 Academy Award ceremony.

In this album the artist doesn't abandon that tradition nor his passion for Rio De

Janeiro and its pictoresque musicians, but explores the musical world of artists

that influenced him and had inspired his artistical path: Edu Lobo, Milton

Nascimento, Arthur Verocai, Geraldo Vandre, Sergio Ricardo e Dorival Caymmi.

"Minas", a poetic hommage to Minas Gerais, opens this magical chapter,

followed by gems recalling the life in the northeast, the geographical distance

between the inland and the litoral as the distance of an old friendship or a lost

love. "Cigana", "Versos Perdidos", "O Tempo è Aqui", "Vendeval", Rainha": here

is the inner Brazil, far from the sea and not always jolly. Toco brings us on a

journey that ideally culminates in "Divino" and "Bate", intimate and romantic

original compositions.

But he reminds us that Brazil means party as well, samba, joy of life, with tracks

like "Meu Rio", "Manè", "Sem Par" and "Breque Bom".

The artist banded together with several musicians from his country: Robert and

Eduardo Taufic from Natal, a city located in the northeast of Brazil, Mauro

Martins, Edu Hebling, Marquinho Baboo, Ligiana Costa and Selton. Nina

Miranda, already known to the public for her collaboration with Smoke City and

Da Lata, joined this cast of amazing artists.

The album has been produced by Stefano Tirone, the mind behind S-Tone Inc.

After the previous collaborations on "Instalaçao Do Samba" (Schema, 2004)

and "Outro Lugar" (Schema, 2007) this album confirms the artistical

compatibility and affinity between the two artists.

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