A Canadian electronic/rock singer, a Canadian drummer, and an American Jazz legend singing some Bossa Novas from Los Angeles to Ottawa over Skype? Lets start at the beginning…
This project began as a small dream between friends Emily Florence, Allyson Rogers and Jelsa Palao.
Canadian singer/songwriter Emily Florence (of Los Angeles based Big Black Bugs) and Canadian musician Allyson Rogers had been childhood friends and had recently reconnected over possibly playing together on a project. At the same time, Los Angeles based grammy nominated singer and songwriter Jelsa Palao and Emily Florence had been discussing how wonderful it would be to sing together. Florence played Palao’s “For the Love of Carmen” album for Rogers, and the path was set!
All three artists connected on several Skype calls to figure out how they were going to work together, and discovered that they all shared a deep passion for the Brazilian Bossa Nova & Samba, and “Shades of Brazil’ was born. Palao and Florence would trade off tunes and perform a few duets, and Palao would also produce the album.
It was decided that Florence would fly from Los Angeles up to Ottawa to record the bed tracks with Rogers and her musician friends Karen Rauh on Keys, Adrian Matte on Sax, and Dave Schroeder on bass, at Morning Anthem Studios. Palao attended the sessions from LA via Skype, and sang her live guide vocal over some of the tracks.
Florence then brought the bed tracks back to Los Angeles, where award winning engineer and musician Robert Martin recorded Palao and Florence’s vocals. Martin himself also played on many of the tracks as the album evolved, along with artists such as Octavio Bailly (of Brazil 66), Frank Potenza, David Moscoe, and Rogers, who’d flown down to LA to add a few additional songs.
It has been as unusual as it has been joyful to explore these beautiful classic songs and bring to you our impossible, across borders interpretations of them.