Exposé Online banner

Corciolli — Imaginary Brazil
(Azul Music, 2019, CD / DL)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2020-01-08

Imaginary Brazil Cover art

An accomplished pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, Corciolli (he’s one of those guys with only one name) is probably best known for his film music scores, with over a dozen releases to his credit since his debut, All That Binds Us in 1993. His musical endeavors mine the rich fields of ambient, electronic, world music and orchestral sounds, all of which are here in abundance on his latest release, Imaginary Brazil, a tribute to his homeland. The ten tracks presented provide a rich cross-section of ideas, some more expanded ambient vignettes overflowing with tasty melodic strength, others featuring vocalists, “Arandu Ara” even features lyrics, though for the most part the pieces here are essentially instrumental, with vocals only one of many instruments in the overall mix. Besides composing and arranging all the music herein, Corciolli plays piano and all manner of synthesizers, while a cast of additional musicians play violin, cello, acoustic guitar, and percussion. This is soft and gentle music for the most part, so no drums or other trappings of rock music, the core of the sounds are keyboards and orchestral. Two different female vocalists are featured, Patricia Bastos on the aforementioned “Arandu Ara,” and Rose De Souza on two other cuts “Eyes of the Jaguar” and “Requiem,” both delivered in a more operatic style, the latter a bit over the top in comparison to the rest of the album. There seem to be voices on a few other tracks as well (“Into the Backlands” being one of several), one has to presume they are samples. The production throughout is impeccable, offering just the right amount of presence to each instrument to deliver a powerful result. All taken, Imaginary Brazil delivers a majestic sound that transcends genres.


Filed under: Audio, 2019 releases

Related artist(s): Corciolli

More info
http://www.corciolli.com/portfolio-item/imaginary-brazil/

Latest news

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Marc Ceccotti - M.A.S.C. – I heard that this was the new Edhels album all the way up to the time that I got it. Anyway, Ceccotti was more or less the brains behind Edhels, and his first solo album is definitely in the vein of...  (1993) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues