Philip Glass: Aguas Da Amazonia

Philip Glass: Aguas Da Amazonia

by Uakti


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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!

Product Details

Release Date: 08/03/1999
Label: Philips
UPC: 0028946406427
catalogNumber: 464064

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Uakti   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 Credits

Philip 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 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.