José Carlos Severino (Mandolin, Laud & Effects) and Mário Bacelar (Nylon String Guitar & Effects) are join in the Spring of 2004 and with them the Mediterrânic Ensemble, original World/Folk Fusion Music is born.
The search of the balance between nostalgic and cheerful melodies, soft and pleasant harmonies with sensible and dancing-like rhythms in an intimist fusion between several music from the world, is one of the characteristics of this project.
The name reflects the historical connection of the Mandolin with Italy, the Nylon String Guitar with Spain as well as some of the used Percussion. The renaissance tone of the Mandolin, the improvisition and the construction of melodies and harmonies on the Greek modes, the harmonic ("Arabic") and Spanish scales and the use of the diatonic and pentatonic scales in a South-European perspective, equally suggest the mediterranic influence and sound of this trio.
The use of the Mediterranic term in 'English', comes from the Celtic and American Folk influences in some songs, as well as the form as in the Mandolin is sometimes executed. Because the project has been born in Portugal (country identified with mediterranean culture, climate and diet) and because of the "Portuguese flavour" of some compositions, it was opted for the use of the circumflex accent (^).
The Ensemble expression is a French word that not only expresses the idea of the work of three instrumentalists, but also the dynamics and musical relation, already mentioned, between melodies, harmonies and rhythms.
The WorldFolk Fusion assignment means an open attitude towards all music of the world, together with the mediterranean essence, enveloped with other sounds, such as Brazilian Popular Music, African Music, Minimal, Reggae, Progressive Folk, Celtic Music, American Folk and Jazz fusion.
Libéracion is a word formed with the French word 'libération' and the Spanish word 'liberación' which is comprehensible in English (liberation) and Portuguese (libertação).
The photos of the CD where taken during several journeys in the coast of Algarve, from one end (the city of Vila Real de Santo António) to another (Cape St Vincent). The cover photo (the right side photo) was taken in the lighthouse at the cape. The back photo was taken in Ria Formosa, near the small village of Cacela Velha. The two inside photos where taken at fisherman’s beach in Albufeira.
|Canção mediterrânica||Mediterranean world/folk|
|As lendas de um mar||Mediterranean world/folk|
|Sob um céu imaginário||Semi-acoustic fusion|
|Em torno de centro nenhum||Semi-acoustic progressive rock|
|Elegia a um tucano morto||Portuguese-Brazilian world/folk|
|Bando mando||Progressive afro|
|Yô ê má||Semi-acoustic reggae|
|Em forma de arabesco||Semi-acoustic chill out|
|Canção pela libertação||Semi-acoustic progressive pop/rock|