A Lovely Surprise From Japan!
The young Japanese singer Mio Matsuda (Akita, 1979) delivers a beautiful album with Atlântica. She developed noticeable skills in Portuguese music, both from Portugal and the Cape Verde Islands, as well as Brazil. With an emphasis on fado and bossa nova, Mio recorded this album in Rio de Janeiro (Estúdio Tenda da Raposa, Santa Teresa; by Carlos Fuchs and Daniel Vasques). Among the participating musicians we find Rogério Souza (guitars), Ronaldo do Bandolim and Rodrigo Lessa (mandolin), Paulinho do Pandeiro (percussion), Toninho Ferraguti (accordion) and Cristovão Bastos (piano). The presence of Ferraguti is, as always, an added value! As homage to her home country, one song is partly sung in Japanese, while a Japanese composition is sung with lyrics in Portuguese. All songs are linked to the Atlantic Ocean. Mio explains that the album’s title Atlântica should indicate that the Atlantic Ocean deserves a female form too… Since she’s gifted with a beautiful and very Brazilian sounding voice, no one should disagree with that title. A lovely surprise from Japan!
RCA Victor VICP-63039 (2005)
Total time: 48’24”
- Atlântica (Mio Matsuda – Agenor de Oliveira – Rogério Souza – Rodrigo Lessa)
- Lisboa Cidade (Lima Brumon – Helena Luiza Moreira Viana)
- Disse-Te Adeus e Morri (Vasco Lima Couto – José Antonio Sabrosa)
- Saiko (Gregório Gonçalves) (Japanese lyrics by Mio Matsuda)
- Traz de Horizonte (B. Leza)
- Duas Contas (Anibal Augusto Sardinha “Garoto”)
- Conto de Areia (Romildo Bastos – Toninho)
- Canto Nenhum (Agenor de Oliveira)
- Naufrágio (Cecilia Meireles – Alain Oulman)
- Timoneiro (Paulinho da Viola – Herminio Bello de Carvalho)
- Lua Luminosa (Amefuri – Otsuki) (Ujoh Noguchi – Shinpei Nakayama) (Portug. Lyrics by Agenor de Oliveira)
- Veleiro (Heitor Volla Lobos – Dora Vasconcelos)