OMIRI, the solo project of Vasco Ribeiro Casais, is back with a new album!
After a seven year hiatus, OMIRI´s new album “Baile Electrónico” presents us a maturated project, that has been consolidated thru a course of live shows with a strong audiovisual component.
“Baile Electrónico” was released on the 21st of April 2017 and on that same day, Vasco Ribeiro Casais presented it live in Teatro da Luz in Lisboa. Further shows are already confirmed such as Electronic Folk Music Festival in Viljandi, Estonia, Festival Islâmico in Mértola, Portugal and Dranouter Festival in Belgium. Other dates will be announced soon as well.
The album also gathers two guest appearances: “País Colmeia”, 1st single of the album (video below), features Capicua, the female rapper from Porto and the track “Campos em Flor” features the known folk singer and accordeonist Celina da Piedade.
Besides the instruments used previously such as the Nyckelharp, Portuguese Bagpipes and Bouzouki, in this work Vasco Ribeiro Casais also adds more traditional portuguese instruments as the Cavaquinho and Viola Braguesa.
All the electronics are made thru the manipulation of field recordings made mostly by Tiago Pereira wich confer a more vivid and organic sound to the album. Besides the use of samples and turning them into rhythmic textures, whole melodic phrases sung by icons of the Portuguese oral tradition (Adélia Garcia, Tia Adorinha, Margarida Fidalgo Magalhães, among many others) are also used.
Vasco Ribeiro Casais has been leading acts such as Seiva, Sopro, Dazkarieh and Omiri. He has been working as a musician, studio producer and composer/songwriter for/with Uxu Kalhus, Né Ladeiras, Carlos Mendes, Celina da Piedade, Filipa Pais, Kepa Junkera, O Báu, Velha Gaiteira, Tiago Torres da Silva, Nação Vira Lata, Toc'andar, Rui Junior, Voodoo Marmelade, Fado Morse, Orquestra de Foles, A Mariposa, Fogo do Ar, Alma Menor, João da Ilha, Xoto.
He recently recorded, mixed and masterized the song “Primavera” from Celina da Piedade wich got the 3rd place on the Portuguese Selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
"For some years now, Vasco Ribeiro Casais has built a well-earned reputation for being one of the most original and exciting musicians to pick up on the Portuguese traditional rhythms and smash them against other European folk forms alongside is sober use of electronics. His project OMIRI remains a facisnating demonstration on how to do this.(...)" in Songlines (UK)
(...) “harmony between sound and video, rural and urban”(...) in tracker-magazine.com (PT)
(...) “one of the night´s best performances.” (...) (Festival Bons Sons 2014) in altamont.pt (PT)
(...)”the sound power of tradition nowadays.”(...) in amusicaportuguesa.blogs.sapo.pt (PT)
(...)”a new meaning for the word ´party´ ”.(...) in Sofar Sounds Lisbon (PT)