CARMEN SOUZA DUO featuring THEO PAS’CAL
Special Guest for the artwork Painter Jürgen Born
Release Oct. 2011
© 2011 JAZZPILON/GALILEO
Talented and inexhaustible, Luso-Cape Verdean singer/songwriter, Carmen Souza, releases a Duo CD, "London acoustic set" in November 2011, featuring Theo Pas’cal and, German painter, Jürgen Born on the CD artwork.
Carmen Souza and Theo Pas'cal musical commitment have always come hand in hand with their spiritual commitment and its reflection in the way they give back to the World. In this context, this CD, released worldwide by Galileo, aims to collect funds by donating 50% of royalties to the projectS: SOS Children's Villages in Portuguese speaking countries like Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique & Guinea Bissau, ABRAÇO, an important Portuguese, 20 years old, NPO dealing with HIV issues, and a special UNICEF BRAZIL campaign for Childhood without Racism in Brazil.
“Being able to help SOS Children’s Villages, ABRAÇO and UNICEF BRAZIL with this project, completes the whole vision for our purpose in making music…to give back for all our blessings” say Carmen Souza.
"London acoustic set " is certainly a special way to celebrate a cycle of 10 years of continuous work with Theo Pas'cal: mentor, friend, producer, road and composition companion.
Is a unique register of one of her rare concerts in Duo recorded in November 2010, at Green Note, the prestigious World Music Club in London. Also includes 2 songs recorded at the Liverpool Philharmonic hall in 2010.
Nobody knows whether it was Souza who appeared in Pas’cal path or Pas’cal who appeared in Souza’s path but the results of that chance meeting has led to a powerful collaboration.
Over the last 5 years we can acknowledge an intense schedule of shows, in some of the most important Jazz and World Music venues/festivals from Europe to South America, North America to Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Song radio plays and a long list of concerts recorded and broadcasted by national and international TV/Radio’s in Uk, Portugal, Germany, Benelux, Italy, Canada, etc…
Her performances and Cd’s have produced an impressive collection of amazing reviews and recognition from both Press and Audiences all around the world.
"London acoustic set " takes us to the intimacy of the stage, feel and breathe the pure musicality of a songwriter exposing her true essence and beauty of her repertoire.
This raw performance, is truly faithful to the birth of each song, putting the spotlight on Carmen Souza’s unique, expressive and captivating voice and also her complicity with the great musician and composer, Theo Pas'cal, in a journey where both are able to create their own musical language and form of expression.
All the songs presented here were originally composed as a duo based on the voice, bass and guitar.
Carmen Souza, plays acoustic guitar and Theo Pas'cal divides himself between the acoustic bass and percussion.
"Here we go back to the beginning of our composition process where the songs appear naked but already soulful in its spirit…we felt the need to listen and play our songs in it’s first form." Carmen Souza says.
Combining the influence of her Cape Verdean roots, with her other passion, jazz, this album includes 12 live new interpretations of songs previously included on her latest’s CDs: Ess ê nha Cape Verde (2005), Truth (2008), Protegid (2010).
Besides the original repertoire we can find versions of "Sous le ciel de Paris" immortalized by the voice of Edith Piaf, “Sodade” and “Song for my father”.
Carmen Souza writes yet another direction on the history of Cape Verdean music: her very own new Cape Verdean Singer/Songwriter style never before explored in this way, on record, by a women composer in the Cape Verdean music.
Recently, Carmen Souza performed for the first time in Cape Verde offering two concerts acclaimed by national critics and the public.
"The singer cloaks Cape Verdean music in new garb, this distancing herself from what is currently being done by other female Cape Verdean singers.... another path for the evolution and renovation of morna or funaná, giving them a new breadth and life.” A Semana, Cape Verde
On this album, the songs come together with the fantastic work of German painter, Jürgen Born, famous for his vivid paintings of concerts.
Jürgen Born created, for this project, 4 new works of Carmen Souza & Theo Pas’cal live performances, to be included in the artwork of this CD, making this musical and visual art piece complete.
Carmen Souza: Voice, Acoustic Guitar, and little percussions
Theo Pas’cal: Bass, double bass, udo, and little percussions
Jürgen Born: Live paintings
All songs written and composed by Carmen Souza & Theo Pas’cal, except “Sous le ciel de Paris”, “Sodade”, “Song for my father”.
Arrangements by Theo Pas’cal & Carmen Souza
Recorded Live by Jazzpilon Studio at Green Note in London, Nov.2010.
Executive Production by Patricia Pas’cal for Jazzpilon & Jose Melo.
Mix by Theo Pas’cal and Mastered by Juan Carlos Mesquita at MySound Studio – www.mysound.pt
Graphic Design by Rui Peralta for Bombazine- www.bombazine.com
CARMEN SOUZA DUO MANAGEMENT
BOOKING: Jose Melo - www.melomusic.nl - firstname.lastname@example.org
WEBSITE: www.carmensouza.com / www.carmensouzaduo.blogspot.com
TWITTER : www.twitter.com/carmensouza
EPK CARMEN SOUZA DUO: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sApHlMZ0xCc
CSDUO – CONFIANCA: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pd1FzN0htVQ
CSDUO - SOUS LE CIEL DE PARIS: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LVZt9Ax5hQ
CSDUO – MAR NA CORAZON: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0RF6xkLg0k