Dazkarieh marcam pontos

Posted: Sexta-feira, Julho 17, 2009 in Amigos, Eventos, Noticias

É com muito orgulho que publico esta notícia sobre os Dazkarieh.

Musica boa, bom espírito e sobre tudo amigos que dão sentido à nossa música. Eles são portugueses (Olé Olé!), não consigo afastar o meu contentamento, e estão a dar cartas por todo o lado.

O último concerto que assisti deles foi no Barreiro, a chover a potes e quase ninguém arredou pé.

Aqui fica um artigo que foi publicado e que podem ver na integra aqui (com fotografias e tudo).

Vou deixar aqui o artigo para os mais preguiçosos:

Reviving the roots


At the Rainforest World Music Festival last weekend, Dazkarieh had the masses on their feet by updating Portuguese traditional and folk music.

IT was the highlight of the festival. The atmosphere was electric, the 8,000-odd crowd was dancing and headbanging, and onstage, Portuguese band Dazkarieh was bringing the house down with an awesome, frenetic, rock set.

It was just like any great rock festival, down to the almost Glastonbury-like mud at the venue. Except that this wasn’t a rock festival. This was the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) in Santubong, Sarawak.

The siren’s call: Dazkarieh’s gorgeous lead singer Joana Negrão is more than capable of playing a mean bagpipe solo on stage.

Wait a minute, headbanging at a world music festival? What has the RWMF come to?

But take a closer look at Dazkarieh. Their music may sound like modern alternative rock, but there is nary an electric guitar in sight. In fact, out of the four members of the band, the only one who plays a “normal” instrument would be drummer Andre Silva.

When not singing, gorgeous lead singer Joana Negrão (who bears more than a passing resemblance to Bond girl Eva Green) also plays a mean bagpipe solo.

Meanwhile, band founder Vasco Ribeiro Casais plays a strange-looking violin-like instrument called the nyckelharpa, as well as bagpipes and a mandolin like bouzoki. And last, but definitely not least, between playing the mandolin and the bouzouki, Luis Peixoto also plays one of the weirdest instruments I have ever seen – the sanfona, a strange contraption which can only be described as a cross between a violin, an accordion, and one of those music boxes where you have to turn a wheel to get music out of.

The day before their transformation into world music rock gods, I caught Casais, Negrão and Peixoto in a rather unfortunately-named workshop called “Droning On” last Friday, the first day of the festival at Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong.

Traditional brew: Dazkarieh’s founder Vasco Ribeiro Casais is a master of the strangelooking nyckelharpa .

There, the three gave demonstrations of the bagpipes and the sanfona (otherwise known as a hurdy gurdy) and it was there that I first found out that these instruments they play are actually very traditional Portuguese instruments.

Later in an interview, Casais explained that the band initially started out 10 years ago, and made up the name Dazkarieh to describe themselves (“Every word in every language is made up by someone, so why not make up a word to describe ourselves?” reasoned Casais).

“First of all we just wanted to do music – not world or traditional music. We first discovered world music – music from other countries like Sweden, Africa, all over the world. Then we started thinking – why are we listening to music from other countries when we have our own traditions as well?” he said.

However, barring one or two other bands, they did not like the “traditional music” that was available to them, mostly because they were a remnant of a more troubled political age in their country.

In Portugal, during fascist regime from 1928 to 1974, old, traditional folk music was heavily censored, and a new sort of music was created that was controlled by the regime.

“The dictatorship created folkloric groups that sang songs that were passed off as traditional songs, but that were actually songs from all over the country put together into one group that defines everything,” explained Negrão. “It is a strange kind of music. It’s a created thing, and not spontaneous music. But many people in Portugal actually think that this kind of music is traditional Portuguese music.”

So what exactly is “real” Portuguese traditional music? According to Casais, it’s a spontaneous thing that comes form little cultures and villages and in Portugal.

Strung up: Dazkarieh’s Luis Peixoto puts the sanfona in the spotlight at one of the Rainforest World Music Fesival’s workshops

“We have a lot of different regions and in each region there is a way of doing music. We can distinguish each type of music by the instruments and the way it is sung. For instance, in the north-east of Portugal, it’s common to use a special kind of bagpipe that people play with a big drum. In the North West near the coast, people play accordion and cavaquinho (a mandolin-type instrument) and sing very loud and very high notes.”

Determined to mine the richness of their own musical culture, the group started listening to old recordings dating back to the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

“Our path now is to keeping making music and drinking in the Portuguese tradition. We want to rebuild the music again so that they can enjoy it as well,” said Casais.

Judging from their performance at RWMF and the music found on their latest album – a double CD called Hemisferios (Hemispheres); their musical styles are a far cry from the sort of traditional folk music you would normally expect to hear, ranging from pure acoustic to rock. Call it a new version of Portuguese traditional music, if you wish. While they have had some criticism that theirs is not real traditional Portuguese music, the response to their work has been very, very good so far.

“We have one song that was written by an old musician in one of the further regions of Portugal, and after he passed away, his daughter wrote us a letter thanking us for keeping his music alive,” said Casais. “If you listen to our version, it is completely messed up and full of distortion; and here is this old lady from the countryside thanking us for it!”

Negrão reckons the Dazkarieh members have a really good thing going, as they are bringing the music from the countryside to the people of the cities and to a much younger generation.

“The things we do around the melody is different, but the melody stays the same. In fact, I actually sing the melodies as the old singers used to sign them,” she said. “We have a rich culture and we’re bringing this culture to the younger generation, and showing them that there is more to Portuguese music than just rock or pop.”

  1. Inês Gonçalves diz:

    DazkarYEAAAAHHHH!!!!!! \m/ 😀

  2. CAO VADIO diz:

    Boa, desejo muito sucesso a estes excelentes musicos. Pena é que às vezes parece que lá fora dão mais valor a estes projectos

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