Gravado no SESC Pinheiros dia 17/07/2011
Ricardo Vignini & Zé Helder
In 2007, two "Viola Caipíra" players born in 1973 and members of the band Matuto Moderno, got together to play and adapt classic rock to "viola caipira" (a Brazilian country viola). Ricardo Vignini and Zé Helder's initial idea was to show the potential of the instrument to their students and remember all the fun they had as teens with this music as soundtrack.
The release of the CD "Moda de Rock & Viola Extrema" in 2011 became a media and sales success with several shows performed in Brazil and USA. Transforming Pink Floyd's "In The Flesh" into a simple little waltz, Iron Maiden's "Aces High" and Metallica's "Master of Puppets" got some viola's spree. Among these, the CD has tracks from Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Megadeth, Sepultura, Nirvana, Jethro Tull and Ozzy Osborne, all of them performed by only two violas in an acoustic way. The track Aqualung from Jethro Tull, has the participation of Brazilian viola player Renato Caetano and Sepultura's Kaiowas has Edson Fontes, from the bands Os Favoritos da Catira and Matuto Moderno, with his Catira's tap dance, a sound produced by their own hands and feet, in a rhythmic tap dance.
The CD was mastered on Abbey Road Studios in London, studio where 90% of Masterpieces from bands such as Beatles, Pink Floyd, Foo Fighters and Green Day were recorded. Produced by Ricardo Vignini and released by Folguedo, a label dedicated exclusively to viola's music, "Moda de Rock" is distributed by Tratore.
Moda de Rock's first DVD release is scheduled for 2012 with participations of the great guitar player of Brazil, Pepeu Gomes, Kiko Loureiro and Os Favoritos da Catira, the recordings took place in SESC Pinheiros and SESC Pompéia, in São Paulo. For this year is also scheduled the first tour through Europe and USA.
Ricardo Vignini -- São Paulo
He is one of the viola's players most active in Brazil, researcher of popular culture from southeast Brazil and producer, together with Matuto Moderno recorded four CDs, released in 2010 the CD solo instrumental "Na Zoada do Arame" and participated in one of the main events about viola in Brazil. Owner of the label Folguedo, dedicated to Brazilian country music. Was one of the panelists on the "Primeiro Seminário Nacional de Viola Caipira" -- 2008, in Belo Horizonte. Shared the stage with US artists Bob Brozman in a Brazilian tour in 2003 and Woddy Mann in 2006 and 2008, and in 2006 also played with Christiaan Oyens and the harmonica player Sérgio Duarte.
Accompanies the singers Katya Teixeira and Maria Dapaz. Has been teaching viola caipira and electric guitar for 20 years and producing several artists' CDs for 13 years. Produced Índio Cachoeira's three CDs and a DVD. Also played and recorded with: Socorro Lira, Pena Branca, Levi Ramiro, Pereira da Viola, Os Favoritos da Catira, Ivan Vilela, Paulo Simões, Paulo Freire, Roberto Correa, Renato Teixeira, Almir Sater.
Zé Helder -- Cachoeira de Minas
Zé Helder has two solo albums: "A Montanha" (Pedralva -- 2004) and "No Oco do Bambu" (São Paulo -- 2009), with special participations of Ivan Vilela, Dani Lasalvia, Índio Cachoeira, Guca Domenico. Also recorded with Orelha de Pau (2002), aside from participations in several artists' CDs such as Levi Ramiro and Walgra Maria's Caminho da Fé, produced by Dércio Marques. Accompanied the Singer Ceumar. He composed as well some music recorded by other astists from the south of Minas Gerais. In 2010 became a member of Matuto
Moderno, where took over the position of viola player together with Ricardo Vignini and singer with Edson Fontes.
Graduated in music, created the course of viola caipira in the Pouso Alegre Conservatory (CEMPA) and currently teaches in the Guarulhos Municipal Conservatory of Art.
Ricardo Vignini and Zé Helder are endorsee from D'addario and viola caipira Terra Brasil by Tagima.
Created in 2002, label dedicated exclusively to Viola Caipira music in all its strands, counts on Tratore for distribution and has in its catalogue of CDs and DVDs: Matuto Moderno, Os Favoritos da Catira, Índio Cachoeira e Cuitelinho, Levi Ramiro, Amauri Falabella, Luciano Queiroz, Zé Helder, Rodrigo Delage e Grupo Pererê.
Viola is a traditional instrument that came to Brazil from Portugal in the VX-century, has 10 strings divided into five pairs. Today is the stringed instrument in the country's fastest growing