We are honoured to announce Argentina’s Chancha Via Circuito as artist number four, a producer whose sound it seems was made for this very project. He has taken on a very special bird, the Hooded Grebe, a species whose population has reduced by 40% over the past 30 years. Find out more about the ‘A Guide to the Birdsong of South America’ project and help Kickstart us here.
The Bird – El Macá Tobiano
The Artist – Chancha Via Circuito
Chancha Via Circutio, otherwise known as Argentine producer Pedro Canale has become one of the country’s most heralded young producers celebrating and reviving his country’s folkloric traditions.
We are now over 50% of the way to our Kickstarter goal for the ‘A Guide to the Birdsong of South America‘ album! Already two artists (Lulacruza and Tremor) have been revealed alongside the birds and their inspiring songs (the Critically Endangered Cucarachero de Nicéforo and the Endangered Cardenal Amarillo respectively).
So, now we move from Spanish speaking South America to the country of the moment, Brazil, to present artist number three. This is also a bumper edition with two birds for the price of one 😉
The Artist – Psilosamples
Psilosamples, otherwise known as Zé Rolê, is an artist born and raised in the small town of Pouso Alegre from the state of Minas Gerais. His childhood growing up surrounded by nature, vegeatation and a sense of calm permeates into his music. His sound is innovative and fresh, splicing Brazil’s rich musical heritage, from cantigas and forró to Tropicalia with worldy influences like IDM, techno or electronica. Each song is a journey, traverssing rhythms, sounds and speeds with ease. A young producer that has found his niche and is making 21st century Brazilian music like no-one else. Expect big things from this young man.
For the second artist/bird from ‘A Guide to the Birdsong of South America‘ we take a trip to the plains of Argentina. Below you can find information about the bird species – El Cardenal Amarillo or the Yellow Cardinal, a bird which is undergoing a rapid decline, and Tremor, an Argentine band that will create a track inspired by the Cardenal’s song. The album will be released in September by Rhythm and Roots.
The Bird – El Cardenal Amarillo
The Artist – Tremor
“Tremor is a trio from Buenos Aires, Argentina that combines rhythms and sound across genres, presenting South American folklore in a digital context to a new, global audience. Their sound fuses electronic music with traditional South American rhythms and owes as much to anthropology as it does to popular music. Layers of rhythm are fortified with modern synth loops and paired with flautas andinas, strings and drum samples.” – Tremor Read More
We are very excited to announce the first birds and musicians to star on Rhythm and Roots’ forthcoming album A Guide to the Birdsong of South America. We will be revealing the artists and their endangered birds one at a time from now until the end of the Kickstarter project so watch this space. For each of the posts we will give some background information on the bird itself followed by a brief introduction to the artist that will make a track inspired by this species and its special song.
The Bird – Cucarachero de Niceforo
The Artist – Lulacruza
“Lulacruza weaves female vocals, South American instruments, found sound objects and field recordings through electronic manipulation. Primal songs which combine improvising, channeling and exploring acoustics and vibration. Their music unfolds as hypnotic prayers and electronic folk with nymph-like vocals; aquatic textures and up-tempo, handcrafted South American rhythms.” Read More