A special album by the American composer Philip Glass and Brazilian band Uakti takes us on a journey to the riversides of the Amazonian Basin. The album entitled Aguas da Amazonia, published in 1999, invokes both the playful and the spellbinding aspect of water with a blend of classical, new age and jazz music.
Collaboration between the American composer Philip Glass and Uakti, a Brazilian band known for their special, home-made instruments began in 1993 and eventually led to the publication of the Aguas da Amazonia album.
Glass is one of the most influential figures in contemporary music. He has composed a number of operas and musicals, but he has written orchestral pieces, symphonies, concertos and solo pieces as well. He has composed music for more than a dozen films, three of which (Kundun, The Hours and Notes on a Scandal) were nominated for Oscar awards.
The Brazilian band Uakti was founded in 1978 under the leadership of Marco Antônio Guimarães. They borrowed their name from a mythological creature that lived along the banks of the Rio Negro, and whose body was full of holes that made special sounds when the wind blew through them, which bewitched the women of nearby tribes. The men, offended, hunted and killed the creature. Palm trees grew on his grave, and the music from the flutes made from those palm trees also had an enchanting effect.
The artists dedicated the pieces on the album to the Amazon and its tributaries, along with the world’s second longest river, the Amazon, while individual songs were dedicated to the Tiquiê, the Japurá, the Purus, the Negro, the Madeira, the Tapajós, the Paru and the Xingu rivers.
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