23/02/2007

Dazkarieh - Dazkarieh (2002)

Dazkarieh is a recent surprise in Portuguese traditional and folk music. […] “Dazkarieh” is not a Portuguese word, nor is it from any other known language. According to the band, it's a «magical word of unknown origin. It might have something to do with the energies that are released when several worlds, essences and influences touch each other.» That is probably also the best definition one can come up with for the music of this group. In their repertoire, Dazkarieh travel through the musical universe of the Mediterranean, of the North of Portugal and Galicia, of the Middle-East, and of Africa. There they gather the sounds that they weave into tunes that can be calm and introspective […], but can also change suddenly into real explosions of energy and rhythm, where the spiritual and emotional component is always present.

Although these changes between intimacy and emotion are noticeable throughout [their debut] record, it is in the second, third and fourth tunes of the album, the fabulous triptych Kriamideah, that they are revealed in all their beauty and excellence. First we are invited, even hypnotized, by the intimate and contemplative environment created by the guitar, the cello, some soft percussion, and by the brilliant voice of Marie Beatriz Lucio. But as we get involved in the sounds there is the feeling that there's still something more to discover in the tune, and finally we are completely overwhelmed by the rhythm of the African drums, the bouzouki, the chanters and the magnificent voice, which by now has become almost tribal.
Dazkarieh take their music very seriously. All the tunes work very well, particularly in the way that the members of the band were able to bring together instruments of very different origins. The quality of the arrangements shows the band's commitment and love for music. (João Maia, Rootsworld)

Saídos dos ambientes de experimentação musical e de constantes buscas de mundos perdidos, os Dazkarieh iniciaram-se na criação de espectáculos ao vivo, compostos por muitos elementos cénicos, em mistura com a diversidade dos instrumentos utilizados e nos ambientes por eles criados.
Dazkarieh é uma palavra inventada, da mesma forma que também são os locais onde este colectivo fez as recolhas musicais para a suas criações. Músicas de uma Irlanda que não se sabe onde realmente existiu, de uma galiza que afinal não é acima do norte de Portugal ou de uma África que fica provavelmente longe de tudo o que conhecemos. São assim os cenários de criação dos Dazkarieh: um grupo que se divide por instrumentos, culturas e sensibilidades em permanente desafio.
O grupo utiliza um leque variado de instrumentos acústicos, que vão desde os sopros irlandeses e galaico-portugueses, às percussões africanas, passando pelas cordas mediterrânicas e, com isso tudo, cruzam melodias e harmonias, umas eruditas, outras exóticas - misturadas no pulsar das percussões. [...] É através deles todos, que os Dazkarieh fundem os seus mundos, em composições originais de carácter eclético.
Iniciados num estatuto de "magos das performances sonoras", os Dazkarieh procuram agora - através deste disco - dar um novo espaço individual para a criação dos cenários destas performance sonoras, deixando a imagem do som a cargo de quem os ouve. Mas também nessa mesma linha, os espectáculos prometem sempre procurar supreender acima da obra registada, reiniciando um novo ciclo de aventuras, com todas as experiências possíveis para a imaginação. (João Maia, Attambur)

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Justin said...

Fantastic shares my friend. I can feel your respect for peoples & their voice. Bravo!
Perhaps I could return the favor one day.
In fact I can be found @
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I'm sitting a 500 gig drive with a few gems scattered about. Come be a part of a lively community. Justin

Daniel said...

Man, you have incredible list of quality music...
congrats and thanks from são paulo, brazil ;)

mulungo said...

Fantásticos e nada conhecidos por cá!!!
Absolutamente um "must have" para quem gosta de música, seja lá o que isso for... :-)

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David said...

Great Selection. Congratulations.
If you enjoy dazkarieh and are interested in world/portuguese music, you should also check this amazing new group from portugal: fol&ar. They have just released their first album: http://www.folear.com or http://www.myspace.com/folear.

David