GUAI in performance on Portuguese TV tonight. Taking it down a few notches, because it is Jazz Day and because it just seemed like the right thing to do; offering some peace and calm in what has been a stormy and uncertain week so far.
As much as people complain about the current state of Music, how the mainstream has become rather faceless and generic, it makes you wonder what else is going on in the rest of the world, or what’s going on outside the mainstream for that matter. And I’m here to say there is a lot going on, and it’s passionate and inspiring. Truths to tell, I did not have to go very far to discover GUAI and her enchanting voice; it actually showed up as a friend request. GUAI (whose full name is Karol Guaitolini, but GUAI rolls off the tongue much better) is a gifted and relatively new artist on the Brazilian music scene. Her debut album, Dama de Paus was released only this last November. It’s gotten great reviews and she has gotten a good following around Europe, as well as her native Brazil. She sent a note asking if I would be interested in hearing what she’s doing. And never one to say no to a request, I was happy to oblige. Sometimes, the problem when you agree to listen to something, or read something, is that the promise is more interesting than the reality – and then you spend a goodly amount of time thinking of “nice but not enthusiastic” things to say. That didn’t happen listening to a sample of GUAI’s work. A lovely voice with top-notch collaborators and a genre of music that is classic in every sense. She had me after the first 20 seconds. When something grabs your attention, it happens almost instantly – it doesn’t need to be coaxed or warmed up to. GUAI made an instant impression and made a compelling case to hear more and to hear often.
This is wonderful music. In her case, a mix of Jazz and Samba that is luxuriant and captivating, with a rich and full voice and an energy and passion that is thoroughly enjoyable.
Sadly, this is a short sample; a little under four minutes. I am hoping to get some additional live material over the coming weeks. In the meantime, go over to her site and check out her debut album and read more.
Good things, good music, good sounds. Just what you need right now.