According to the legends of the Amazon, Uakti (pronounced wah-ke-chee) is a monster with several holes through his body. When he ran through the forest, the wind through his body made mysterious -- and seductive -- sounds. The Uakti ensemble keeps his spirit alive playing its wondrous collection of custom-made pipes, flutes, drums, marimbas, and other exotic instruments. Minimalist master Philip Glass created AGUAS DA AMAZONAS for Uakti and the Grupo Corpo Brazilian Dance Theater. The otherworldly sounds of the instruments evoke images of the Amazon River, inspiring fantasies of gushing rapids, piranha, and anaconda. Melodic phrases from a variety of sonorous xylophones play over each other, building in intensity. Strange-sounding string basses seem to kick and wrestle in the mud, witnessed by a shaman rattling on the shore. Anything civilized seems doomed to the spirit of the jungle: On "Madiera River" the violin squeaks on rusty strings, while the wheezy church pump organ of "Amazon River" is swamped by jungle drums and ghostly flutes. The battle sequence in "Metamorphosis" has the graceful punch-and-parry of Brazilian capoiera kick dancing. Because of Glass's classic hypnotic repetitions, AGUAS DA AMAZONAS is entrancing -- just hold on to your head!
Performance CreditsUakti Primary Artist,Ensemble
Michael Riesman Keyboards
Marco Antônio Guimarães Strings
Paulo Sérgio Dos Santos Percussion
Decio de Souza Ramos Filho Percussion
Regina Stela Campos Amaral Keyboards
Technical CreditsPhilip Glass Executive Producer
Rory Johnston Executive Producer
Kurt Munkasci Executive Producer
Michael Riesman Producer
Marco Antônio Guimarães Arranger,Art Direction,Adaptation
Carla Leighton Art Direction
Anastasia Vasilakis Illustrations
Tarso Senra Engineer
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Philip Glass: Aguas Da Amazonia based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
In one of their best records, Uakti music matches perfectly with Philip Glass minimalistic but very rich musical approach. Its soft sounds are to be heard carefully, even with your eyes closed. That will possibly take you through a wonderful imaginary trip through the Amazon of your dreams. Originally developed as a dance piece for Grupo Corpo from Brazil, the music in this CD developed as a great piece of music in itself that only needs your open mind and heart to be deeply enjoyed.