Kiko Campos

No Lago do Olho

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An unusual debut album, No Lago do Olho is concrete poetry transformed in music, in which the latter transcends its purely musical aspects to denote conceptual elements. Cid Campos, son of one of the most important Brazilian concrete poets, Augusto de Campos, is also a professional composer of soundtracks for films, videos, and ballets, which explains the strong pulse of the album -- experimental but not gratuitous, musical if not purely so. Sometimes impressionistic, in others descriptive, the music evokes futuristic, desertic, and oneiric landscapes, often taking impulse through ostinato rhythmic cells borrowed from the intrinsic musicality of the poetry. Serial music is another instigating musical device in "Velocidade." All music is performed by Cid Campos, except the original home recording of "Samba Concreto," impressive work of the author of "Chegou a Noite," Cid Campos' grandfather. Cid Campos wrote several poems and music, but the album also has poems by the famous poets Augusto de Campos, José Lino Grünewald, Ronaldo Azeredo, and Décio Pignatari, also including the young team represented by Walter Silveira, Arnaldo Antunes, and Lenora de Barros. Antunes, Péricles Cavalcânti, Adriana Calcanhotto, Décio Pignatari, Haroldo de Campos, Augusto de Campos, Lenora de Barros, and Walter Silveira all have special appearances.

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