BEBO BEST & THE SUPER LOUNGE ORCHESTRA
A wonderful and enjoyable mix of ancient and modern styles, from Rio's Sixties Psychedelica to Euro-made versions of what the sleeve notes fancifully but fetchingly call 'the Bossa-Bombay vibe'.
The story of Brazilian and Indian musicians blending their music together is a long one and remains one of the most exciting musical journeys. Brazil and India share a love for acoustic stringed instruments and driving percussion. And you know what? In some mysterious way, by some unknown route, it all ends up sounding great, as it's done with care, love and good humour.
This unique album presents a celebration of the musical mix between these two rich cultures. From Bollywood-inspired Brazilian tunes, to Bossa driven sitar funk; from downtempo melodious sitars to deep batucada and table rhythms: The Indian Summer has arrived in Copacabana.
BEBO BEST aka The Alchemist Bebo Baldan, producer, musician, film composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist (bass, percussion, drums, sitar, guitar & keyboards) has worked on over 90 albums, and many soundtracks for films and TV, and has international recognition for the wise and original use of electronics and ethnic music that distinguished his works.
His collaborations with such personalities as Gilberto Gil, Moni Ovadia Jon Hassel, Steven Brown, Steve Reich, Michael Nyman, Wim Mertens, Nitin Sawhney, Trilok Gurtu, Sinead O' Connor, David Torn, Ruichy Sakamoto, Frank Zappa, the American violinist Stephen James (Ravi Shankar, Bill Laswell), and guitarist David Torn (David Sylvian, Jan Garbarek, Don Cherry) has allowed him to explore ethnic and non-European types of music, an original Mediterranean formula influenced by jazz, traditional and warm electronic music.
1991 Soniasikri Sub Rosa / 1993 Interzone / 1994 Sonora4 / 1995 Earthbeat / 1996 Jaya - Feat. Narah / 1997 Light From The Abyss / 1998 Tantra - "Life Is Here" 2001 Tantra Transensuality Cni Compagnia Nuove Indye / 2004 Flying Fishes 2004 ASIAN GARDEN / 2005 Tantratribe "Radio Indye" Psichedelic Asian Dub 2005 "Quello Che Il Pubblico...," / 2006 Ghassan Mawlawi Sufi Memories 2007 Bebo Best & The Super Lounge Orchestra
Films: "First Light" - Maui, Hawaii U.S.A., "La notte dei foghi", Venice International Film Festival 2005, "Il punto rosso" Venice International Film Festival 2006
Broadcasting: MTV U.S.A.: "Roas Rules", RAI: "Hobo, Ultrasuoni Cocktail, Lampi d'estate, Farhenheit 451"
Theatre: "Le mille e una notte" w. Ascanio Celestini, Goethe a Bologna, w. Gioele Dix
Works: for Gugghenheim Foundation, Gas Jeans, Telecom, Pitti, Belmonte. played at Wim Wenders' "Electronic Paintings" exhibition in Venice, played at the presentation of the JANE CAMPION movie "The Holy Smoke", director of Woody Allen' Film music orchestra at Venice International Film Exposition, artistic co-director of UNESCO festival - S.Giorgio, Venice 2002. With Paki Zennaro, producing "Light from the abyss" for the legendary choreographer Carolyn Carlson.