OMIRI New Album: ALENTEJO VOL.I: ÉVORA
Release Date 12th of July
Alentejo Vol.I: Évora are the cowbell craftsmen, weavers, sculptors, singers, washerwomen, Robertos, the Cante Alentejano, typographers, Neto the barber, carpenters, cobblers, the campaniça guitar and all that is alive in Évora . * OMIRI, Vasco Ribeiro Casais, by the invitation of Évora City Council, began a process of collecting the traditions, arts, cante (traditional singing from Alentejo), crafts and rituals of the people, specifically in the zone of Évora with the aim of creating a unique show and an album. OMIRI promotes a dialogue between diverse musical aesthetics, in which the tradition and the normal life of rurality, merge with musical languages of an urban nature, similar to the work already developed previously in other works and shows of the musician. The musician says: "The collections for this work were carried out between January and June of 2019, a temporary window that made me leave out many traditions that I would like to have included, like the picking of cork, the wine making process from harvesting to bottling, the harvesting of the olive, among many others. The Municipality of Évora has a lot to offer, much more than what I could capture and include in this work, but, as its title says, a first volume is just the beginning of something and who knows what the future will bring? "Domingos Morais from the Institute for Literature and Tradition Studies at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the New University of Lisbon was invited to write about the booklet of the album Alentejo Vol.I: Évora and on the work of OMIRI, in which he highlights: "The reinvention of traditional music is one of the sources that Vasco uses, for his knowledge of the records made by ethnomusicologists and disseminators of the songs of the peoples (all those who sensitize him). He is a poly-instrumentalist by choice, when he looks for each one of the instruments searching for its tone and potential sound as well as their unique performative potentialities. "
In the early months of 2019, Vasco Ribeiro Casais traveled through the region of Évora, collecting audio and video from music, arts and crafts, with the aim of creating a unique show and album.
In the new album "Alentejo Vol.I: Évora", Omiri promotes a dialogue between diverse musical aesthetics, in which the tradition and the experience of rurality merge with musical languages of urban character, thus giving continuity to the work that he has been developing in his albums.
The vídeo for the song “Fui à lenha” is composed by the images originally collected and used for the creation process of the single.
article submitted by:Ricardo Delgado, Roots and Rhythms