Márcio Faraco – Ciranda (2000)

Márcio Faraco - Ciranda (2000)
Artist: Márcio Faraco
Album: Ciranda
Genre: Bossa Nova, Samba
Origin: Brazil
Released: 2000
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Na casa o seu Humberto
Flores pra lemanja
Meu juramento
Aguas passadas
Baile de mascaras
Baile de mascaras
A dor na escala Richter
Vitrine carioca
Nos bracos do Redentor
Vida ou game


Márcio Faraco is a welcome addition to the ranks of contemporary bossa nova performers with a smooth, pleasant singing voice and excellent guitar skills. It is striking that he has had to exile himself from his native Brazil and spend years of apprenticeship in France with Didier Sustrac (who contributes background vocals and takes a co-writing credit on “Nostalgia”) before being able to make this, his debut album, still based thousands of miles away from home. Those apparent disadvantages notwithstanding, Ciranda manages to evoke bossa nova masters like Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto while being somewhat more accessible to North American ears, if only because his music is less introspective and the frequent horn arrangements (by Faraco) and string charts (by producer Wagner Tiso) give the tracks a broader appeal. Chico Buarque steps in as a guest duet partner on the album-opening title track, which is a stamp of approval from Faraco’s predecessors for an approach seemingly intended to open Brazilian music out to the world.
Review by William Ruhlmann