‘Retro samba from Rio’s funkiest big-band revivalists’ MOJO
‘Orquestra Imperial revisit the stately sway of 1940s and 1950 Rio with funk and electronic touches adding a decidedly post-modern twist’ THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
‘Easy-going, gently quirky approach…. old school samba is matched by surprises… a cool entertaining set” THE GUARDIAN
‘Fazendo as pazes com o swing (Making peace with ‘the’ swing)’ is Orquestra Imperial’s sophomore album and a majestic offering of gafieira samba shot through with a psychedelic twist of rock guitar riffs, tropicalia, salsa, bolero and beyond.
Reading the Orquestra line-up is like a who’s-who of Rio’s most sought-after musicians: the inventors of post-tropicalia formerly signed to David Byrne’s Luaka Bop, Kassin, Domenico and Moreno Veloso (Caetano’s son); member of Devendra Banhart’s live band and founder (with Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes) of rock super-group Little Joy, Rodrigo Amarante; Brazilian soap opera queen & vocalist Thalma de Freitas plus legendary percussionist Wilson das Neves, to name but six.
The release of their debut album ‘Carnaval Só No Ano Que Vem’ in 2007 wowed critics and fans alike and Imperial have since toured the US and Europe spreading their carioca carnival joy across the globe. Their eclectic live shows have featured everyone from Brazilian legends Seu Jorge and Caetano Veloso to Bernard Purdie, Gruff Rhys, Jane Birkin, Jean-Claude Vannier and Chrissie Hynde.