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The season gives the taste. If the mixture of the ingredients is well done, the flavor becomes even more special. This analogy can also be applied to the hearing. Vowing to induce sensations which mobilize all senses, the Brazilian band Iyexá presents itself as the newest delicacy to be added to the international music menu.
The ingredients are all well known, but the recipe is original. To combine the diverse rhythms played in its homeland, Bahia – the Reconcavo’s Chula, the afoxés Ijexá and the percussion from the afro blocks – with pop, black music, jazz and electronic is what this band intends. Iyexá is formed by young musicians, though experienced ones, with playing experiences of having performed with great Brazilian musicians.
Mixture is the essence of Iyexá and it is present in the members’ song-writings, whose profiles are quiet distinct. Alan Sousa, versatile percussionist, mixes typical Bahia instruments with other later discovered throughout the world, alongside with some own instrument creation. Ed Moreira, uses an unconventional drum set that enables him to play standing up, with a clear guttural rock and roll influence allied with the Bahia music’s swing. Munir Hossn, with a peculiar playing style, always mining for new sounds and tech launches, uses a variety of instruments and effects, like MIDI guitar and bass, standard guitars and mandolin, producing peculiar tones. Cristiano Andrade carries on his voice and guitar the accent of the MPB (Brazilian popular music), acquired at the times he performed in the pubs of Salvador. Besides the four musicians, a Mac computer on stage is responsible for a whole lot of effects, samplers and sequenced instruments. All that contributes to an unique sonority, with a strong season.
The musicians knew each other’s work for a long time, some have even joined other’s in different musical projects in Bahia, but it was in Europe that the recipe, now known as Iyexá, was tried for the first time. The band gathered to perform with Cristiano in a Barcelona concert, at the Harlem Jazz Club, in July 2005. With the revealed affinity in this concert, the will to develop a joined long term project and the invitations received to new presentations, the birth of Iyexá as a band came naturally.
For a year, the band performed on a monthly basis in Sala Bikini, one of the best musical rooms in Europe, by which have passed names like Jack Johnson, Green Day, Ben Harper, Shakira, amongst other important artists. In 2006, they performed in some very important musical festivals, such as: the 17º Festival Voll Damm de Jazz y Música Creativa, the 6º Brasil Noar (Festival Internacional de la Nueva Arte Brasileña) and the Festival of World Cultures, in Dublin, Ireland. Moreover, they have gone around Europe along with the musical tour of the SOS Racism NGO, which demands the rights for immigrants to vote.
For those who want to try this new taste, good news: Iyexá’s debut CD, after almost one year of development, will be available on the stores this next spring. Produced in Santiago de Compostela, Barcelona, Salvador and São Paulo, the CD will be launched in Brazil by the label Cavaleiros de Jorge (Eldorado Records), of the awarded producer and artist J. Veloso. In Europe, distribution will be made under Tangará/Discmedi.
Without losing sight the cosmopolitan and contemporary flow, this first work reflects the roots of the afro-baiana music, in own and all-new song-writings, as well as in the songs’ performances, also brand new, of some Bahia composers.
The band name’s inspiration came from Ijexá, an African rhythm brought to Bahia by the first slaves. It was used in the rituals of Candomblé and popularized by the Afoxés (carnival blocks associated with the Candomblé), amongst which the Filhos de Gandhy (Sons of Gandhy) is the most representative. If Ijexá is the base of the bands’ works and is present, not only in the name, but also throughout the songs, nothing would be more fair than, in Iyexá’s first CD, to pay tribute to the Filhos de Gandhy, main responsible for this music popularization and for having kept it alive up to today.