Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Tom Ze Uses Chainsaws and Leaves To Play Experimental Opera

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – An experimental “opera” by a former street music performer who calls himself a “bad” musician doesn’t sound like a potential hit – but David Byrne’s record label doesn’t care.

Tom Ze recently released Estudando O Pagode, which is subtitled An Unfinished Opera, on Byrne’s world music-heavy Luaka Bop label.

The new jazz and hip-hop-based concept album about “the historical oppression of women” uses Ze’s acclaimed experimentalism – including samples of chainsaws and a new instrument made out of leaves – to tell its story.

The Brazil-based Ze says he’s always trying to experiment with his music, and he’d like to try a “post-song without words, but with the human voice as principal protagonist.”

He adds that, despite his building international buzz, most fans would be surprised to know, as he puts it: “That I’m a horrible composer, bad singer and bad instrumentalist.”

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