FLOR DO CERRADO

 

Fecund and fertile, the wealth of Brazilian music is infinite. Impressed to see how its seed does not only endure and is renewed with the passage of time, but it also spreads throughout keeping intact its identity. In Catalonia, we have the fortune, and so we should appreciate having a census of regenerative artists, like Luna Cohen that more and better has contributed in recent times to give a new impulse to the sonority of her origins. Born in Belo Horizonte, the cradle of Milton Nascimento and mineira music (Minas Gerais), Luna Cohen is a prodigy made song transplanted to Terrassa, in the heart of El Vallès. Far from letting go of her roots, from her Catalan culture of adoption, the singer has been strengthening in each composition, in each proposal, in each record, the indispensable link to the depths of her existence. A progression in consciousness which translates in this new work, Flor do Cerrado, made in the course of her maturity and that should mean her consecration. In allusion to the vegetation that covers the mineira flower landscape, Luna Cohen has elaborated a proposal as intimate and personal as participative and unique. Eleven* new songs filled with seduction, charm and experience, examples of a sovereign tradition that brings together the legacy of Milton, but also the African Bahia and the Cariocan imaginary, the two regions among which lies the State of Minas. The title of the album can be considered a wink to Gal Costa’s namesake theme, but her determined immersion in the tropical edge noting the participation in the credits of Beto Lopes as a co-author of the themes “Agua de Moringa” and “Folambel”. And beyond her virtues as a singer and songwriter, Luna Cohen lets us witness her generosity when it comes to share talent and experience. She has made explicit when including the track "Agora" of the drummer Jefferson Otto which they play in duo and that by itself justifies the publication of the album. Joint authorship in which are also involved the guitarist Joel Moreno and the saxophonist Jordi Santanach (“Dança” and “Temps”) until obtaining a complicity that causes the Catalan bassist Pere Loewe compose in Portuguese the beautiful song “Jardim que secou”. A symbiosis that has its return with the two songs that Cohen writes and sings in Catalan (“Temps” i “Paraules afins”). As well as a willingness to work in a team, breastfed in the legagy of the Clube da Esquina, which makes essential the contribution of the percussionist Acari Bertran despite not having any theme with his name. All this allows us to consider Flor do Cerrado a work of first reference of the BPM-Brazilian Popular Music- current, so true to the amalgam of jazz, pop, song and folklore that defines the mineira sonority as an identification of an artist that transforms her life in singing.The care of the detail in the finish of each one of the pieces is evident The care of the detail in the finish of each one of the pieces is evident with contributions to the cello by Sasha Agranov, the trumpet by Pol Padrós, the trombone by Victor Correa and keyboards by Xavier Algans. Fine contributors that reaffirm the consistency of an authentic Brazilian music treasure cooked on the shores of the Mediterranean.        

Pere Pons 

 

 

*Bonus Track 

The song "A vida da gente pode ser Melhor" is part of a global project to promote the control of Chagas disease, named PROSEVICHA. The main objective is to present the reality of people affected by Chagas disease. The project has the support of the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Health Program of the Catalan Institute of Health, Grupo de Didáctica de las Ciencias (IFLYSIB , CONICET), Universidad Nacional de La Plata, the School of Social Work at the University of Santo Tomás in Santiago de Chile, AMBULATORIO Doença of Chagas / ICC Federal University of Pernambuco and the International Federation people affected by Chagas disease.