The Amazon rock scene has long been waiting for an artistic update to involve the local public. The project ‘A Sombra de Monalisa’ launches a new way of producing style by adding audiovisual elements and psychology, through a dramatic narrative.
On April 1st, the public will be able to check out the single ‘A Escuridão (ELETRO Remix)’, which accompanies a video clip where several elements of the Opera Rock Amazonense return and presents a progression of the work’s aesthetics. The creator, music producer and guitarist of the work, Rafael Rebelo, explains the term:
“The term Rock Opera does not necessarily mean that the style of opera is being used. Rock Opera refers to a rock work that has a dramatic narrative, a story with a beginning, middle and end, which is told throughout the songs, played by characters. It can also have elements of theatricality,” he said.
For example, some works from Rock Opera: The Wall (Pink Floyd), Jesus Christ Superstar, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (David Bowie), The Black Parade (My Chemical Romance)
The public will be able to check out the single ‘A Escuridão (ELETRO Remix)’, on Youtube — Photo: Ariadne Aleixo
A Sombra de Monalisa inaugurates a new production format in the Amazon music scene as a whole: the proposal is for different artists to be invited and collaborate with the work, contributing their style and uniqueness. For example, the characters have different dynamics and perspectives and each of the guest vocalists were chosen to highlight these aspects.
“The characters were inspired by different sources. As we developed the work, we realized that certain characters had personalities similar to real people or characters from fictional works, so we added to the work what most caught the attention of these people and characters”, says Norcirio Queiroz that is one of the creators of the project, a psychologist and one of the composers of the track to be released.
A Sombra de Monalisa inaugurates a new production format in the Amazon music scene — Photo: Ariadne Aleixo
The influences for the musicality of the project are diverse, ranging from blues, jazz, flamenco and also electronic music. “I tried to make the most of each musician’s personality and also adapt the songs to the vocalists. Breno Fragata (keyboardist and musical co-producer) helped a lot in this part of musical adaptation”, says Rafael, who in addition to being a musician and music producer, also works as psychologist.
The scene direction, images and finalization were done by the professional Diego Nogueira, who emphasized the advantage of working with a pre-production in progress: “The idea was already preconceived and we went after the practical thing, we tried to make it as as close as possible to the public, in an immersion format”, reported Diego, who believes in the audiovisual as a great power of work.
“The dynamics of the music was very important and together we managed to create a very nice visual language uniting something dark and at the same time intimate. Queison shows himself to be more and more talented… I’ve been admiring his work a lot, the way he interacts with the Gabi and Clovis is very intense and true”, he adds.
The influences for the musicality of the project are diverse, ranging from blues, jazz, flamenco and also electronic music. — Photo: Ariadne Aleixo
For the track’s lead singer, Queison, the project marks a relevant professional and artistic moment. “The importance of Sombra de Monalisa for me is unique. First, because it is a project that has been developed for years by Rafael, who is a longtime friend and I could see how much dedication and effort he put into it. invitation to participate in the show and in the project’s first clip, it’s an honor.”
The video features the participation of Potyra Farias, a veteran in dance. His artistic language added a new aspect to the video for ‘A Escuridão (ELETRO Remix)’, “It was my first time participating in a video using dance, I found both the recording process and the finalization of the clip sensational. It was an experience unique to me. In several rock bands we observe the participation of dancers in shows, but in Manaus, I believe it is a novelty”, highlighted the artist.
His scenes were recorded against the background of a typical Amazonian sunset in contrast to the Rio Negro, visual elements that, for Diego Nogueira, position the work in an innovative aspect for art made in the Amazon. “It’s great to do high-level work here in the state and show Amazonas outside the super regional context. Why can’t our work also be a national thing? We have to be proud of our work and know that we’re doing it yes, a job at a national level”, points out Nogueira.