World music wouldn’t be complete without the mesmerizing sound and virtuoso guitar skills of Brazilian singer-songwriter Márcio Faraco. This performer’s voice is hypnotic and ethereally beautiful. The rhythms of his songs are generally mellow, with touches of playfulness. His sound is fresh, true to his roots. Faraco’s music will make us fall in love with Brazil and daydream about samba, bossa nova, guitars and enchanting poetic voices.
As Raul da Gama cleverly stated for theworldmusicreport.com:
Taking the Brasilian out of Brasil is sometimes possible, but try taking the Brasil out of the Brasilian and that will be well-nigh impossible. The guitarist and vocalist Márcio Faraco is a case in point. However Mr. Faraco also has something that no one has: he shows that he has imbued the magical language of Portuguese Fado just as much as he has immersed himself in the enchanted music of Brasil.
Enamored by his smooth voice and poetic melancholy (not to mention sharing the same initials), I was delighted to have a short chat about his presentation in New York.
Marlena Fitzpatrick: I have read that you voluntarily exiled to France. Why did you move from Brazil to Paris?
Márcio Faraco: I didn’t want to move. I moved because I couldn’t find a record company in Brazil. I tried to find a company in Europe, in England, and I ended up in France because I had more work there in Saint-Tropez and in Paris. I was always looking for a record company. In Brazil it was difficult because there wasn’t any money and the company didn’t invest in Brazilian music.
MF: So, the main issue was finding work and support from a record label. Many artists face the same problem in their home countries.
MFaraco: Yes, there was a moment in Brazil where our music wasn’t supported and it wouldn’t sell. They wouldn’t showcase bossa nova on television, for example.
MF: It’s ironic how sometimes we fail to support our own cultural contributions. I love your music — that smooth voice and how you honor your ancestry through your music. Who’s your biggest influence?
MFaraco: I have so many. I don’t have one. I’m a musician from Brazil, but I have a lot of other cultural influences. My first musical influence was Milton Nascimento.
MF: Now that you’re a big, world music star, how’s Brazil embracing you?
MFaraco: I have a big family in Brazil, and I go back and forth. They play my music more.
MF: What can your audience expect from the show in New York? Are there any surprises?
MFaraco: The surprise is me because I haven’t come in a long time! (laughs)
MF: Congratulations! We want that surprise!
MFaraco: We love to play here because people really do like Brazilian music a lot. It’s world music. Our audience identifies with it. Everyone knows bossa nova. I’m back in New York to show my new songs, because after eight albums I have a lot to show.
MF: So now you expect a new generation of people coming over to the concert enjoying your music after all this time. That’s great!
MFaraco: Yes, I hope so. I’m teaching kids to play guitar.
MF: That is fantastic. I have to ask: what is your definition of a Latino Rebel?
MF: A revolutionary like Che Guevara.
Márcio Faraco will be sharing his music, in his understated style, in New York City on October 30 at 7 pm, as part of Live@365, a world music concert series produced by Isabel Soffer/LiveSounds for the Department of Public Programs at the Graduate Center.
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