Rooted in the musical traditions of Nigeria, Angola and Brazil and infused with contemporary European classical and jazz styles, percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale’s music is a global fusion of musical influences that explores issues of history, identity and nature.
“Adriano Adewale boasts an imposing collection of firepower yet deploys it with rare restraint.” The Times
Adriano was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For many years he was known as Adriano Pinto, a colonial name he received at birth. It was after he visited to Africa (Nigeria and Benin Republic) to discover his roots that he changed his name to Adriano Adewale Itauna, from the Yoruba-Nigeria and Tupi Guarani-Brazil respectively. He moved to England in 2000 and formed his first UK band Sambura, which released one album, Cru. Performing in various festivals and venues, Adriano was introduced to Antonio Forcione and soon became part of the Antonio Forcione Quartet who perform all over the world. He has shared the stage with Seu Jorge, Modeste Hughes, Netsayi Chigwendere, Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Tcheka (Cape Verde) and Jools Holland.
Escalator Music enabled Adriano to collaborate with musicians including Gilad Atzmon and Kadialy Kouyate to produce a new album; SEMENTES.
Adriano says: “The sound of this album is a reflection of my surroundings, my experience of living in London, my childhood in Brazil, my friends. It is this moment of my life. My concerns with environmental issues, with faith, with African-Brazilian and European identity. It is a birth, a sonic acknowledgement of experiences of my own personal life which I believe I share with many other people. My music relates to ‚Äòworld music‚Äô in the sense that it has been composed in different countries and is influenced by different traditions. There are also elements of the jazz art form on this album, mainly in the strong sense of freedom, which can only be fully understood and felt when the players are not trying to create the moment but when the music is allowed to grow out of their hands. That is when expression begins to happen and the crafting takes the music to a different level of interaction, where artists construct and de-construct free of pre-conceptions.”
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