31 March, 2023Print
Rogê Explores Classic Brazilian Music Through Fresh Lens On Debut LP Curyman / Vinyl Out Today On Diamond West RecordsFeaturing String Arrangements By Arthur Verocai and Produced By Thomas Brenneck
Rogê’s new album Curyman, deemed a “modern Brazilian masterpiece” by Gilles Peterson, is now available on vinyl in standard black and crystal formats (Diamond West Records). Since the digital release of Curyman earlier this month, the Brazilian musician has been profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered, performed 7 shows in 5 days during SXSW in Austin including an Aquarium Drunkard showcase, and shared this live performance from Topanga Canyon outside of Los Angeles for Flood Magazine. MOJO called Rogê “the artist taking classic Brazilian music into the future” with a 4-star review and 4-page feature in the latest issue, and he’s been profiled by the LA Times, performed on WNYC, and much more.
He’ll join Turkish psych band Altin Gun on a North American tour for July and August, Os Mutantes in May, and just performed at Tree Fort Festival in Boise. See below for Roge’s full itinerary.
Listen to Curyman here and order the vinyl here: https://diamondwest.lnk.to/curyman
Beaming a beloved musical style through a prism of orchestration and the sun-kissed joy of West Coast living, Curyman’s new take on samba funk celebrates the history of the genre while delivering a fresh, vibrant new sound thanks to an ace group of collaborators.
Curyman was created with Thomas Brenneck — of Menahan Street Band fame and the go-to producer for Mark Ronson, Jay-Z, Yebba, Sharon Jones, Beyonce and many more. Floored by Rogê’s charisma and the emotion that pours out of his songs and guitar playing, Brenneck demoed almost an album’s worth of songs with Roge the very first night they met.
After finalizing the tracks with Brenneck and ace musicians including BadBadNotGood’s Chester Hansen on bass, whistler Molly Lewis, and keyboardist Victor Axelrod, the duo flew to Rio for string sessions with Arthur Verocai — the legendary Brazilian composer, arranger, and cult hero sampled by MF Doom, Madlib, Ludacris, and more.
Through tears of sheer amazement, Brenneck and Rogê watched their album expand into a fully realized vision right in front of their eyes as Verocai added an abundance of textural excursions and compositional flourishes to Rogê’s ever-sunny samba funk.
Curyman is the debut LP on Diamond West Records, based in Pasadena, CA, which is being distributed by Secretly Distribution. Previous singles included the cinematic strings of “Mistério da Raça”, “Existe Uma Voz”, a swanky ode to the self, tinged with psychedelic flourishes and worldly wisdom, as well as “Pra Vida”,which was described by KUTX as “channeling Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 with sandy acoustic guitar and breezy group vocals… an experience that’ll have you reinvesting in the magic of life.”
1. Pra Vida
2. Nação Tupi
3. Eu Gosta Dela
5. Retumbar Do Meu Tambor
6. Mistério Da Raça
7. Existe Uma Voz
8. Se Eu For Falar De Amor
9. Grito Da Natureza
11. O Vento
25 - Soho - Santa Barbara, CA #
26 - Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, CA #
27 - The Chapel - San Francisco, CA #
# - with Os Mutantes
17 - Stockholm, Sweden
12 - Thunderbird - Pittsburgh PA*
13 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland OH*
14 - Magic Stick - Detroit Mi*
15 - Thalia Hall - Chicago Il*
17 - Turner Hall - Milwaukee WI*
18 - Varsity Theatre - Minneapolis MN*
19 - Wooly's - Des Moines IA*
21 - The Vogue - Indianapolis IN*
24 - Basement East - Nashville TN*
25 - Terminal West - Atlanta GA*
28 - The Howard - Washington DC*
29 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia PA*
31 - Brooklyn Steel - Brooklyn NY*
02 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto ON*
03 - The Bronson Center - Ottawa ON*
05 - Royale - Boston MA*
*with Altin Gun