Electro-bossa pioneers BossaCucaNova return with Our Kind of Bossa (Six Degrees Records)
Friday, Sep 12
8 pm $35
DJ After Party to follow!
Celebrating fifteen years together, the boys of Grammy®-nominated BossaCucaNova—founded by Márcio Menescal (son of bossa nova pioneer Roberto Menescal), DaLua and record producer/sound engineer Alex Moreira—utilize this optimistic nationalism as the foundation of their latest album, Our Kind Of Bossa (Six Degrees Records). The upbeat eleven-track record features numerous guests, focusing equally on Brazil’s other homegrown concoction: samba.
The vibe kicks right off with a tribute to a northern neighbor. ‘Adeus America’ features legendary MPB band Os Cariocas, a vocal outfit formed in 1942 by Ismael Neto, alongside singer Wilson Simoninha. Longtime friend Marlon Sette lays down a sinuous trombone line, while the recently deceased guitarist Oscar Castro Neves contributes a classic performance.
“While dreaming up a variety of possibilities, instruments, musicians and singers, we tried to sense what would be the most suitable for every song,” says Márcio Menescal. “We let our minds fly freely—even if they go too far away—and are very happy with who we’ve collaborated with. There are also cases where we invite people we meet on the road or in the studio that we know would shine on this or that song.”
“After 15 years on the road, we are more than a big band—we are a large family!” says an excited Menescal. The current line-up has been together over a decade now: DJ DaLua, Moreira on keyboards, and Menescal on bass, along with percussionist Dado Brother and vocalist Cris Delanno. The band also rotates in Flávio Mendes on guitars and vocals and Rodrigo Sha on vocals, sax and flute.
“Somehow we keep doing it our own way, with our own beat, in a unique studio process and production that makes this band so special and timeless,” he concludes. “We play and produce wholeheartedly, and the albums are consistent. Above all we end up learning a lot and getting better in the studio, as well as growing personally, which gives us a more solid result at work.”