Jocy De Oliveira - Raga Na Amazonia LP
Label: Discos Nada
For the first time on vinyl, this compilation brings excerpts from electroacoustic pieces written by Jocy de Oliveira from 1987 to 1993. It is rather fascinating Jocy de Oliveira's journey as a creative and sensitive inhabitant of our planet. She is a masterful composer, interpreter, multimedia artist, and storyteller. Her pieces are influenced by the avant-garde of the 20th century and all cultures and languages on Earth, emphasizing the importance of feminism, science, and the environment. Jocy started composing at the age of six and was introduced to piano studies at a very young age by her mother who was a poet and pianist. In 1959 she recorded A Música Século XX de Jocy (1960), an "Anti-Bossa Nova" record that was not understood by anyone in the '50s, but 62 years latter it became a cult classic (and has just been reissued).
Her talent and dedication brought her to work alongside 20th-century music masters such as Igor Stravinsky, Oliver Messaien, Luciano Berio, Claudio Santoro, John Cage, Xenaxis, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. This became a vital experience in her artistic life and she performed world premieres of works by many of these great composers. Jocy witnessed and experienced the rupture of several paradigms of Western music. She incorporated serialism and electroacoustics, dialogued with ritualistic music and indeterminacy that boomed in the revolutionary 1960s. This album is dedicated to a production that goes from the mid-80s to the early '90s. On side A, "Oniric" presents electronic music performed in real-time along with voice. The following pieces are two ragas: "O Contar De Uma Raga" (Telling Of A Raga), and "Raga na Amazônia" (Raga in the Amazon) and last is "Solaris" with Ricardo Rodrigues on reeds and oboe. In all these pieces Jocy plays the keyboards. Jocy plays synthesizers in all tracks and is accompanied by great musicians as Ayrton Pinto, Joseph Celli, Sang Won Park, Ricardo Rodrigues, and Anna Maria Kieffer. The LP comes with an insert with unseen photos and two texts, one by Jocy de Oliveira and other by the musician and researcher Paulo Beto.