Born: August, 1967 Primary Instrument: Pandeiro
Sérgio Cassiano (percussion and voice) graduated in music from the Federal University of Pernambuco. He has preformed with several theater groups as a musician and actor including Havia Brasil (There was a Brazil) and Cor-de-Chuva (Color of Rain). He played on the soundtracks for the plays Quixotinadas, Um Deus Dormiu Lá em Casa (A God Slept There at Home), and Salubaf, and created the sound effects for the piece O Pastoril do Véio Cangote. Additionally, he has performed with Naná Vasconcelos, Ivan Lins, and has recorded with numerous artists.
At least 27,000 recordings were released last year around the world. Somewhere within them was one cd that was just right for you: it was filled with the kind of music that speaks to you most, that sets your heart on fire with the selfless, nameless excitement that only art and love can inspire. It was a recording you would play day and night, and for every friend and relative within earshot. But sadly you never heard it. How could you? The odds were against you: 27,000 to 1. Every year the pop and jazz critics of the New York Times try to lower those odds with the alternative top 10, a list of high-quality recordings that almost got away in the preceding year. These are not by the bands you were assaulted with all year long on the radio but CD'S that lay tucked away in a obscure corner of the globe, in a tiny one-room record store selling independent recordings or lost in the racks underneath life-size Backstreet Boys cutouts at chain stores. No two critics envision this list the same way: among other things, it is an opportunity to spot-up-and-coming talent, to cite favorites that just missed the cut in the traditional year-end Top 10 list or to come to the rescue of a critically or commercially maligned mainstream.
- NY Times
The rediscovery and conversion of Northeastern music to a commanding pop posture is one of the most refreshing waves to wash up on the Brazilian music scene since Recife's Armorial movement in the 1970's
As you get ready to listen to music composed by Sergio prepare yourself for a journey of sorts.
Sergio Cassianos’ latest CD
Ciencia da Festa takes and introduces the listener to Brazil’s rich musical culture by combining different modern and traditional instruments with rich and uplifting melodies. Like the life traveler who awaits his next journey, each tract takes you to a different place in time and soul exploration.
Ciencia da Festa tracks averages 3 to 5 mins long with each tract introducing the listener to a different sound, beat, and mood. You’ll either find yourself attending to the lyrics or dearing yourself to sing and dance to each colorful beat. An accomplished vocalist, composer, writer and teacher with over 20 years of experience in popular and cultural music,
Sergio expressed his many talents by playing many of the instructions heard on the CD, from the elegant folkloric sounds of the string/percussion instrument known as the berimbau to a wonderful masala of drums, and cavaquinho with cellos. Throughout the years, he has performed and recorded with many acclaimed Brazilian artists.
Sergio’s strength lies in the balance between applicable lyrics and organic spontaneous melodies, which manifests in many forms. His music is powerful, uplifting, soulful, upbeat and spiritual. With just the right touch, he has managed to fuse life’s poetry into his art. Part-taking in many cultural projects to preserve the colorful and diverse musical styles of the Pernambuco region,
Cassianos’ understanding of the diversity of sound, instrumentation and harmonic patterns of Brazilian music enables him to continuously explore the complex interconnections that link music to lives journeys. The recordings with his previous group,
Mestre Ambrosio has allowed him to penetrate the international scene and introduced his musical styles to audiences in North America and Europe
Sergio Cassiano “Ciencia da Festa” has achieved something entirely new and distinctive here. The collision of rich traditional rhythms and global percussions with soulful beats and meaningful lyrics is not only dramatic, it's amazingly transformational. Get ready for your journey in the world of enchanting and interesting sounds, you'll find it an awesome trip.
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