With feet planted firmly in the traditions of Afro-Brazilian music, Caravela’s heart is full of the soaring creativity and fervour that comes with improvised jazz. Weaving impressionistic Portuguese melodies around vibrant South American and West African-inspired rhythms, their music is sensitive and full of passion, energy and life. Like the vessels they take their name from, Caravela are setting out to explore territories unknown. Uncovering music that others have left behind or simply long-forgotten, they’re giving a new voice to beautiful songs that should not remain silent.
“…Caravela were very much the real deal with this passionate, emotional and thoroughly convincing performance that mixed technical excellence with a raw, emotive, authenticity.”
Ian Mann, The Jazz Man
The title of this Brazilian maracatu-influenced original song depicts the landscape: “mara” (maracatu) “guês” (português) trying to convey the mixture of Brazilian and Portuguese influences in our music. “Mar” also means “sea” in Portuguese and the song is about the feeling of sailing as Portuguese people travelled in Caravelas to find new places and cultures along south american and west african coasts.
Live at the BBC Late Night Proms at The Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall.
This is a humorous story about two couples who complain that their marriages aren’t going so well. They try to swap partners, but that doesn’t seem to help either, and they end up stuck in another bad marriage… Composition by João Bosco, audio property of BBC.