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Sep, 2017.
Rafael Pelissari's Yagé Review

Dear friends,

I'm extremely joyful and proud to share with you all this review about my music "Yagé" that was published on the Musiek Mag website, written by a dear friend from Amsterdam, Kaatje Reijnder.

"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[...]"

► To read the full article, click here.

Below, I share with you the full video of "Yagé" presented on the Van Huppell's Kunstenfestival Des Arts.

Best regards,
Rafael Pelissari

Rafael Pelissari - 'Yagé' @ Van Huppell's Kunstenfestival Des Arts

Aug, 2016.
Escalas Lunáticas

Dear friends,

I'm extremely joyful and proud to share with you all this video from the instrumental project I'm developing with electric guitar. "Escalas Lunáticas" is the theme of the video, theme that was developed through the balance between different styles and influences, along with the colors and vibrations of my own style, recorded at Eudaimonia studio and Studio Buzios in Sao Paulo.
After years working as a studio musician, arranger and sideman of various groups and artists, besides my own gypsy-classical project, I'd opened the chests of my mind to creat this new project I've been wanting to do for years now - I hope you guys enjoy it.
Best regards,

Rafael Pelissari

Rafael Pelissari - 'Escalas Lunáticas'

Sep, 2015.
Falseta Impetuosa

Falseta Impetuosa - Aos bons ventos que a trazem de volta

Dias de chuva,
Dias de trovão,
Improviso em meu violão esta falseta cigana,
Enquanto a chuva acompanha-me no andamento,
E a suntuosa lua teima em embuçar-se meio às nuvens trovejantes.

Impetuosa chuva que recai sobre a aura
Ablua minh’alma e revigore a calma
Frente à impiedosa treva letárgica
Rogo em súplicas de fulgores lunáticos
Rume-a às profundezas oceânicas
Do mar de suas insensíveis ostentações
Que os bons ventos da Era Nova
Do amanhã que pulsa
Conduzam minha musa à seu norte natal
Ante o âmago de águas tenebrosas
Possa a meu lado, em missão divinal
Bussolar esta nau

Rafael Pelissari - Falseta Impetuosa

May, 2014.
Tour over Europe

Dear friends,

As the clouds were moving far away east this last afternoon, transporting the same vivid blue sky of today, to a tomorrow's brand new life, I came to realize the way it's always been.
And as I stayed up thru the whole night that I had ahead of me, now it has been. I've seen before my eyes days became nights and nights became days, the moving skies, knowing for sure that seasons will change, and, the fact that today isn't just the day after yesterday, but a brand new day, the rays of a brand new life.
Filled and complete with this feeling of transitority and aware of the magnitude of the Cosmos, I waive to each and every form of violence and the permanency on now.
Yet, I see what it has been and what it is, thus, I will no longer waste my presence here on this planet with meaningless things.
Nevertheless of what tomorrow will bring me, I have learned with waves hitting the rocks on the shore, as much as the simplicity of the rain dropping on my shoulders or a sunset, a child's smile or a dog's companionship, it's pointless sailing against the wind, when the wind itself can be a tool, can be a partner.
The first thing to do is stop to pretend, to intend, and live the life that comes from the inside out, and when we learn how to think differently on the same issues we have always had, then we face a new solution to whatever issue life presents us; it is never too late, it is never too far.
It's as clear as the day, and in fact it is day.
In broad daylight, the effort to be free is the only thing that should be permanent.

Rafael Pelissari

Rafael Pelissari @ the Van Huppell's Kunstenfestival Des Arts


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