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UAKTI, "AGUAS DA AMAZONIA"

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I feel a little embarrassed browsing through my local record store's New Age section, but only a little. I find the latest album by the Brazilian group Uakti (wa-ka-chee), and am vindicated.
I feel a little embarrassed browsing through my local record store's New Age section, but only a little. I find the latest album by the Brazilian group Uakti (wa-ka-chee), and am vindicated. Taking their name from a mythic creature whose body is ridden with holes and makes wonderful sounds as he runs and winds pass through him, Uakti here perform music composed for them by Philip Glass. Nine of the ten tracks (the last composed by Glass for ballet) are inspired by the rivers of the Amazon, hence the album title. Mostly percussion-lead (from homemade instruments to marimbas) with woodwinds and sparse keyboard accent, these pieces (which flow together seamlessly) don't really recall rushing water, nor the calm babble of brooks. They sew together bits of tribal warmth and airy classicism onto a frame that sounds a lot like Steve Reich's "Music For 18 Musicians"-era melodic minimalism. Allowing your mind to float free of association and physical sensation, this music is perhaps best suited for the waters of an isolation tank rather than tropical locales... brilliant and beautiful, nonetheless. - Jason Olariu
Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2005 14:43  


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