The natural beauty of his home town in Brazil, the hospitality of Brazilians and his personal life experiences are some of the themes that inspired Morais to create ‘Talism?’, a project featuring his original music that will be on tour in June 2014.
The singer-songwriter Morais, aka Wilson Matuoka, was born in the Brazilian city Atibaia, in the country side of S?o Paulo State. Since an early age music became his passion. With compositions such as “Naves Azuis” and “Fio D’água”, which contain lyrics by his wife Neusa Raphael de Toledo Matuoka, Morais has been awarded several prizes. These compositions are also part of the repertoire of Talism?. Besides being a natural gifted musician and the owner of a powerful voice, Morais is also an artist with a heart for culture and education. He founded the “Clube da Música Atibaia” in 2000, an organization that’s both a national and international platform for musicians from the region of Atibaia.
The project “Talism?” is a tribute to ‘Pedra Grande’ (Big Rock), the main symbol of the city of Atibaia. Based on the CD with the same name, which was launched in September 2013 in one of the main jazz houses in Europe, the BimHuis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
It was also through “Clube da Música Atibaia” that Morais met the Dutch pianist, composer and arranger Martin Fondse, with whom he shares the stage in the project Talism?. Fondse is one of Holland’s most cherished composers. His prowess as composer allows him to continually break new ground, and combine different styles in his work, establishing a remarkable balance between composition, improvisation, dialogue and personal expression. He has been awarded several international prizes (including Edison Award 2012). Martin worked with musicians like Basement Jaxx, Lenine, Terry Bozzio, Peter Erskine, Doudou N?Diaye Rose, Pat Metheny and George Duke.
The CD featured guest appearances by renowned musicians such as cellist Ernst Reijseger (composer of the soundtracks of the films of Werner Herzog) and Annie Tangberg (Metropole Orchestra), American opera singer Claron McFadden, plus the Martin Fondse Project orchestra.
Line UpMorais (BR): vocals, guitar
Martin Fondse (NL): piano, vibrandoneon
Bart Fermie (NL): drums, percussion
Hidde Roorda (NL): bass
Annie Tangberg (NO): cello
“The songs on ‘Talism?’ are inviting you to listen to the CD many times. And the sambas are contagious”
Lex Lammen, Jazzflits Magazine