"There is no other piece in the vast and idiosyncratic Rafael Pelissari's discography, that has such a deep impact, a broader context and an extremely meaningful musical and ethereal power of transformation than "Yagé".
This specific piece was originally recorded acousticly, during no more than 2 sessions on 2012, while Rafael Pelissari was arranging a couple of different variations on Ludwig Van Beethoven's fourteenth Sonata. "Yagé" came as an improvisation during jam sessions on studio. However, the first time that "yagé" was actually performed live, was during the Van Huppell's Kunstenfestival Des Arts, in Amsterdam, during the spring of 2014.
More than two years between the creation and than the first presentation to the audience live, this piece has shown a huge and powerfull transformation. Rafael Pelissari's ability to improvise and create music it's wide known, but the transformation of "Yagé" through the years is by far the most interest and substantial example of his kind, in all Pelissari's discography.
Yet, despite the magnificent technical and musical aspects of this piece, "Yagé" has also a profound metaphorical meaning. The word yagé means a sacred drink used on spiritual rituals amoung several indigene tribes in South America. This powerfull beverage, composed by native herbs it's used to connect the mind with the universal councisness - and that is pretty much the whole context of this piece. You can experience this journey just by listening and felling the music flow. "Yagé" not only symbolize that journey but it's energy flows way beyond. It can be perfectly experienced by the listener, every single step of the whole path of the journey.
The music paints a landscape, a landscape of still waters, pure rivers, moving skies, the transformation it self, emphasizes the shift, the higher consciousness, the self knowledge and on the immateriality of the 'now', reflecting the author's philosophy about the transience of life[...]"