The Banda Sabor de Veneno was Arrigo Barnabé's virtuosic support group, responsible for the implementation of Barnabé's peculiar vanguardist vision that employed Alban Berg compositional and harmonic principles over a highly energetic Brazilian polyrhythmic foundation. Gilson Gibson, Otávio Fialho, Paulo Barnabé, and Regina Porto also participated in the process of composition, along with their performing roles. Formed in the late '70s in São Paulo as a vocal/instrumental group, the band's first assignment was to back up Arrigo Barnabé on Clara Crocodilo's recordings and live shows. Paulo Barnabé and Vânia Bastos would develop solo careers after the band's dissolution.
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