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Wednesday, May 02 2001 | 15:55

“Imagine yourself on a sun kissed beach in Rio with a warm breeze on your skin, or driving towards the coast with the sugarloaf mountain looming large in front of you. Imagine a young girl armed with a guitar, a crystalline voice and an immense songwriting talent singing feminism and sambas. You don’t need to understand the lyrics because the sensuality of the music is conveyed by her beautifully clear voice and the gentle rhythms she’s playing.”

Publicly declared by A.C Jobim ‘one of the greatest singers of all time’ Joyce is one of Brazil’s finest vocalists. Since the early days when she first came to recognition through the festival scene, she has had a major international career, touring extensively in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Back in Brazil her compositions have been recorded by some of the country’s biggest stars: Milton Nascimento, Elis Regina, Gal Costa and Astrud Gilberto. Her reputation is now global and her music speaks volumes “ giving her a cult status worldwide which has developed into a dedicated fan base that crosses age groups and appeals to jazz lovers and a new generation of club goers alike.

The title and feel of the new album reference ‘gafieira’ – Brazilian dance hall music – which is played with horn and reed arrangements. Incorporating these elements Joyce has produced an album full of playful melodies and gentle rhythms infused with an infectious Brazilian swing. It is a timeless album rich in musical heritage featuring some very special guests- including Elza Soares, the legendary goddess of samba, on the earthy and intoxicating ‘Samba de Silvia’. Other tracks include ‘Azul Bahia’, lush and joyous driving music, and ‘Forcas d’Alma’ – a song of the life force and soul in Brazillian music.

As Joyce herself says: ‘my best album since Feminina’.
The CD comes with an exclusive documentary, shot on location in Brasil which gives an intimate glimpse of the studio recording and captures the heady atmosphere of Rio in the days before carnival when the album was produced.

Recent albums for Sony and Impartment have taken her in different directions, away from the simple accoustic style of her seminal album, ‘Feminina’, which mixed jazz and folk strands together in a style which perfectly highlights her amazing skills as a singer/composer. There was a return to this style on her former album for Far Out Recordings, ‘Hard Bossa’, a stripped down accoustic sounding-album which recaptured the magic of Feminina. Once again, given total creative freedom by Far Out Recordings, she has taken that sound to a new level, with the gloriously sunshiney ‘Gafieira Moderna’.

“GAFIERA MODERNA” by JOYCE will be released on June 18th on Far Out Recordings and features cd-rommed live footage, filmed during recording in Rio February 2001

Track Listing:
01. Forcas D’Alma (Joyce)
02. Na Casa Do Villa (Joyce)
03. Pega Leve (Joyce)
04. The Band on the Wall (Joyce)
05. Samba Da Silvia (Joyca/Silvia Sangirardi)
06. Bota De Sete Leguas (Joyce)
07. Risco ( Lea Freire/Joyce)
08. Diz QueEu Tambem Fui Por Ai (Joyce)
09. Azul Bahia (Joyce)
10. Quatro Elementos (Joyce/Paulo Cesar Pinheiro)

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