May 22, 2007

Forro In The Dark: Bonfires of São João

A Brazilian band in New York - meet Forro in the Dark. Plugging a great sounding album Bonfires of São João (with guest spots from David Byrne and Bebel Gilberto) they will set the stage on fire in Europe and North America with their forró, the music and dance of Northeastern Brazil.

Forró lyrics are usually about love and romance, passion, jealousy, or reminiscing about an ex-lover. They often are about Northeastern themes and the longing or homesickness (saudades) that was often experienced during migrations in search of work. An example of this are the lyrics to perhaps the most beloved song by Luiz Gonzaga "Asa Branca" (White Wing) in which the singer says he will return home when the rains fall again on the dry, barren land. They will know he is coming when they see the certain white winged bird of the savanna (sertão) that only arrives when it rains.
Forro In The Dark - Bonfires of São João

Forro in the Dark is:
Mauro Refosco: Zabumba and Vocals
Gilmar Gomes: Percussion and Vocals
Davi Vieira: Percussion and Vocals
Guilherme Monteiro: Guitar and Vocals
Jorge Continentino: Pifano, Baritone Sax and Vocals
Smokey Hormel: Baritone Guitar, Slide Guitar and Vocals

European tour dates

  • 05/30 Joy Eslava (w/ Bebel Gilberto), Madrid, Spain
  • 06/01 Bataclan (w/ Bebel Gilberto), Paris, France
  • 06/03 Flagey (w/ Bebel Gilberto), Brussels, Belgium
  • 06/05 Knust (w/ Bebel Gilberto), Hamburg, Germany
  • 06/06 Paradiso (w/ Bebel Gilberto), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 06/08 Universal Hall (w/ Bebel Gilberto), Skopje, Macedonia
  • 06/09 House of Sindikate (w/ Bebel Gilberto), Belgrade, Serbia
  • 06/11 Tvornica (w/ Bebel Gilberto), Zagreb, Croatia

North America tour dates

  • 06/15 The Iron Horse, Northampton, Mass
  • 06/16 Cambridge River Festival, Cambridge, Mass
  • 06/20 World Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
  • 06/21 IOTA Club, Arlington, VA
  • 06/22 The Highline Ballroom (w/ Miho Hatori), New York, NY
  • 07/06 Quebec City Summer Festival (w/ Mano Chao), Quebec City
  • 07/10 The Attic, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 07/11 The Independent, San Francisco, CA
  • 07/12 SOHO (Club Mercy presents), Santa Barbara, CA
  • 07/14 The Getty Museum w/ Los Amigos Invisibles, Los Angeles, CA
  • 07/15 Chicago Folks and Roots Festival, Chicago, Ill

Bonfires of São João is released on the Nublu label.


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