LIO - Lio canta Caymmi . CD
LIO - Lio canta Caymmi . CD
LIO - Lio canta Caymmi . CD
LIO - Lio canta Caymmi . CD

Crammed Discs

LIO - Lio canta Caymmi . CD



"Lio canta Caymmi” è il nuovo bel CD prodotto da Crammed Discs (distribuito da Materiali Sonori) dedicato a Dorival Caymmi, uno dei più importanti cantanti e cantautori nella storia della musica popolare brasiliana. Una figura di grande rilievo al pari di João Gilberto, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso. Lo interpreta Lio, cantante e attrice portoghese naturalizzata belga, che ebbe un grande successo internazionale negli anni Ottanta (“Amoureux Solitaires”, “Banana Split”…) e che ha continuato producendo album e lavorando con Telex, The Sparks e John Cale. Ha interpretato non meno di quaranta film. “Lio canta Caymmi” è il primo disco in cui canta nella sua lingua materna, il portoghese. Il disco è stato progettato e diretto da Jacques Duvall, elegante autore francese che ha lavorato con Alain Chamfort, Jane Birkin e con la stessa Lio, e prodotto e arrangiato dal muscista francese Christophe Vandeputte.

Idolized in his country but less known abroad, Dorival Caymmi (1914-2008) is one of the most influential singer-songwriters in the history of Brazil's popular music. Major figures such as João Gilberto, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso have sung his praise and cited him as a prime source of inspiration for their work.

Jacques Duvall, the elegant lyricist who has written songs for key French artists such as Alain Chamfort, Lio and Jane Birkin, has come up with the idea for this album, in which his partner-in-crime Lio performs twelve Dorival Caymmi songs. The works of the Bahian master are subtly revisited, as if translocated to the Northern hemisphere, thanks to inventive arrangements by French musician Christophe Vandeputte, and to Lio's moving & lively interpretation.

Born Vanda Maria Ribeiro Furtado Tavares de Vasconcelos in Lisbon and raised in Brussels, Lio became a pop icon in France and Belgium ever since the release of her debut single "Le Banana Split" in 1979, she was sixteen at the time. She went on to record several highy successful albums (on which she worked with the likes of Telex, The Sparks and John Cale), and pursued a career as an actress, appearing in no less than 40 feature films. "Lio canta Caymmi" is the first album she sings in her native Portuguese.

Being both fans of French of renowned comic stip artist Loustal, Lio and Jacques Duvall asked him to create a drawing, which now adorns the front cover of the album.

I discovered Dorival Caymmi when I bought an old compilation of his songs, performed by various Brazilian stars (Chico Buarque, Tom Jobim, Gal Costa). I instantly fell for his wonderful melodies, for his delicious blend of sophistication and simplicity. Mostly written on the 1930s, Caymmi's songs celebrate Bahia (Brazil's most African city), the fisherman, the sea, and love. I wanted to contribute to giving renewed exposure to this precious treasure.
I played these songs to a close friend, guitarist Christophe Vandeputte, who originates from Valenciennes in Northern France (i.e. not exactly the same latitude as Bahia!). The effect was immediate: he seemed to have fallen under the spell of a voodoo sorcerer, and feverishy started creating new arrangements for these ancient little jewels. As for me, I added a verse in French to each of the original texts, in order to sum up the spirit of each song in a nutshell and make it more accessible to francophone listeners.
We already knew who could sing these songs: only Lio could combine the sheer nerve (to tackle the works of this master) with the humility (to serve these songs with all her heart) which were both needed in order to do justice to these popular masterpieces. All I needed was to convince her. Caymmi's magic was irresistible: after the first listen, a big smile appeared on her lips, I knew that a great adventure was about to begin.
—Jacques Duvall


Lio and Crammed Discs? The encounter is less paradoxical than it seems. We crossed paths ages ago, in this ebullient creative test tube that was Brussels in the early '80s. Her first single had just come out, our label was being born. We attended the same gigs at Plan K, shared the same graphic designer (Marc Borgers, who created artwork for her albums as well as those of the likes of The Honeymoon Killers and Minimal Compact). Our respective paths have diverged since then, and we've been exploring very different territories. It's amusing to meet again, around Brazilian music (in the course of its ramblings, Crammed has gone through a brasileira period, with Bebel Gilberto and others), and around this intimistic, nostalgic and delicate album.
—Marc Hollander, Crammed Discs
  1. Não tem solução
  2. Sábado em Copacabana
  3. Doralice
  4. É doce morrer no mar
  5. Nunca mais
  6. Tão só
  7. Você não sabe amar
  8. Nesta rua tão deserta
  9. Nem eu
  10. Valerá a pena
  11. Samba da minha terra
  12. Quem vem pra beira do mar
  •  Lio. vocals

  • Jacques Duvall . concept & direction
  • Christophe Vandeputte . production & arrangements
  • Greg Bauchau . mix
  • Loustal . illustrations