Paulistano keyboard player and electroacoustic music composer Lelo Nazario, born 1956, was one of the founding members of Grupo Um in 1976, an innovative Brazilian jazz band between Third Stream and jazz-rock in which he played keyboards and percussion. The band was rather successful both at home and abroad, touring Europe several times. Their three LPs were independently released by Utopia Studio, named after Nazario’s own recording facility. Nazario’s solo records focus more on electronic and contemporary music as well as advanced studio techniques, and he still self-releases his own music today.
♫ Discurso aos Objetos, or Speech to Objects, is a brilliant collage of found sounds in the vein of Walter Ruttman’s Weekend. Multifarious electronic and musique concrète sounds are intermingled with innumerable vocal utterances from films and radio plays, including German, Japanese and English speakers, among others. The quasi monophonic nature of the piece also recalls early French musique concrète pieces ca.1950. Actually, Discurso aos Objetos was first written in 1978 in a version for tape, trombone and… flute, but the composer re-configured it for magnetic tape only in 1984. The flip Balada Unidimensional, composed 1982, is a nuanced dialog between acoustic guitar played by Paulo Bellinati and electronic sounds.
01 Discurso aos Objetos (8:16)
02 Balada Unidimensional (6:40)
Total time 14:56
12 inch released by Utopia Studio, ref. UT 17.532, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1984
Lelo Nazario’s solo discography:
1982 Lagrima/Sursolide Suite, LP Utopia,
1984 Discurso aos Objetos/Balada Unidimensional, LP Utopia,
1989 “Se…”, LP Utopia,
1998 Simples, CD Utopia,
2006 Africasiamerica, CD Editio Princeps / Utopia,
Grupo Um discography (see here):
1979 Marcha Sobre a Cidade
1981 Reflexões Sobre A Crise Do Desejo
1982 A Flor de Plástico Incinerada