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miércoles, 6 de febrero de 2013

Kaizen - Gargula (1994)


Artista: Kaizen
Álbum: Gargula
Año: 1994
Género: Rock sinfónico
Duración: 56:09
Nacionalidad: Brasil

Lista de Temas:
01. Abertura
02. Zenith
03. Gargula
04. Noturno
05. Runas
06. Horda
07. Kaizen

Alineación:
- Carlos Albuquerque / guitars
- Cleto Castañon / drums
- Ronaldo Dos Guaranys / keyboards
- Alvaro Seabra / bass, keyboards, electronic percussion
- Kleber Vogel / acoustic & electric Midi violins, mandoline
GUESTS:
Mauro Avila / bassoon
Francisco Gonçalves / oboe
Roberto Meier / flute
Duo Santoro / celli



Y ya que empezamos hoy con Brasil, sigamos con Brasil...
Antes de comenzar mi torpe comentario sobre el disco, aclaro que la palabra "Kaizen" es un concepto japonés que significa "el mejoramiento constante de nuestro trabajo". Se los digo para que haga falta que lo busquen porque la curiosidad les revolvía las entrañas, como me pasó a mí :P
Estos músicos hacen una música sinfónica con sonidos bien clásicos del rock sinfónico, mucho Genesis y Rick Wakeman de la época de oro con alguna reminiscencia a la húngara Solaris o a los también húngaros After Crying, mientras que el trabajo violín recuerda a Jean Luc Ponty dando un perfecto matrimonio de preciosismo sinfónico y vigor rock-jazzero (no quiero decir que esto sea jazz rock, es más, no tiene nada de jazz rock, pero solamente hablo que su energía). Sin embargo, este grupo proviene de una zona caliente y tropical que sabe hacer rock sinfónico del bueno: Brasil. Este es el único álbum de la banda brasileña de progresivo sinfonico Kaizen. Lanzado en 1994 en la primera edición del desaparecido sello Progressive Rock. La banda fue proyecto instrumental fundado en 1992, siendo su creador y líder el señor Kleber Vogel, el mismo de la banda sinfónica Quaterna Requiem, violinista de formación clásica y destacado músico de la Orquesta Sinfónica Brasileña, la Orquesta Filarmónica de Río de Janeiro y la Orquesta de Cámara de la Universidad Federal de Rio da Janeiro, entre otras, y las similitudes entre este proyecto y la música de Quaterna tienen muchos puntos en común, comparten esa manera tan particular de generar una simbiosis entre el rock y la música clásica, aunque también tienen algo más de acercamiento a otra banda brasilera de rock sinfónico, me refiero a Sagrado Coração Da Terra, ya que el álbum despliega una música más espectacular y elaborada desde el punto de vista compositivo, y con un amplio arsenal de instrumentos (violines, cuerdas acústicas, los clásicos teclados e instrumentos eléctricos tradicionales del rock, flauta, oboe, fagot, cello) bien comunicados entre sí, mientras secciones orquestales se construyen sobre una enérgica base de rock en una combinación saludable, y es allí donde se siente la mano experta del maestro dirigiendo todo, produciendo una música majestuosa y elegante.



Hay secciones que son verdaderamente excepcionales... con un gran trabajo del teclado, violines y percusión, pero con un nivel instrumental notable, una verdadera artesanía sonora dentro de la vertiente sinfónica. Como contrapartida, debemos también decir que quizás el disco es demasiado largo y a veces la intensidad desciende y como que el CD comienza a aburrir todos esos minutos (más de una hora) y se hace un poco flojo. Pero en su conjunto es un gran trabajo enfocado principalmente a los amantes del género, que tendrán bastante con que entretenerse, con un álbum casi místico y espiritual.


Que buena esa canción. Este video se grabó en "Rio art rock festival". Y ya que estamos en ese concierto, en el próximo video podemos disfrutar a Kaizen tocando un cover de King Crimson en una versión buenísima, hummm... no sé si van a ubicar el tema...


As I understand this definition, symphonic should mean symphony, something melodic, nice, pure beauty. And that's exactly what Gargula is. Despite ugly name, this is calm, almost "Tarka" like music. Of course, that's not all that can be found here. In fact, this music is changing its style almost every song, drawing inspiration from various sources, I'm almost afraid to think about from where, because it would be big list.
There's really not much to be said (as previous reviews shows, there is no 500 word review and I probably do know why), except my words and words said by others. First track reminds me Warcraft 2 music combined with "The Enid", they sometimes uses MIDI music, which feels almost like using electronic drummer, but not so bad.
5(-), but I have quite weird feeling about this. I like it, but it makes me wonder. It's not instant stunner, melodies aren't prominently catchy (even I like the melody), but there's something odd here.
EDIT: Still making good times to me while I'm listening it. Combination of old-classical-instruments with synths is of undisputed quality. Quaterna Requiem is close relative, but Gargula is little bit better. Music slowly flows forward and you are taken by beautiful dreamy landscapes (or skyscrapers, one of them), or even PlaneScapes (try to fit this music on this perfect game and you, or even I am stunned by it, how nicely it works together) presented here. It surely takes time to find this record, because it's quite rare you know. For me, it's not "JUST ANOTHER" symphonic band, for me, it's unique band with unique sound that, even sometimes similar to other artists (mentioned Camel and Quaterna), manages to be "himself". And by "he" I mean The Sound.
Marty McFly

KAIZEN recorded "Gargula" in 1994, a record whose style is really close to SAGRADO or even to QUATERNA REQUIEM. This quintet's members are all fans of symphonic instrumental Progressive rock. They are here accompanied by a classical ensemble and they truly deserve some more attention.
KAIZEN a enregistré "Gargula" en 1994, en calquant son style sur celui de ses compatriotes de SAGRADO, ou sur un QUATERNA REQUIEM un brin plus nuancé... Fans de rock Progressif symphonique et instrumental, ce quintette accompagné d'une mini-formation classique (Violons...) mérite toute votre attention !
Musea Records

Very nice band from Brazil. This is their only work to date and it is totally instrumental, with very strong classical roots. Violinist Kleber Vogel leads this project with talent and I really like the inclusion of the mandolin on some tracks. While the music on the CD´s first half is not really my favorite kind of symphonic prog (too classical music and not enough rock), I have to say they are very good on what they do and I throughly enjoyed the CD. The album´s second part is where the best stutff is (it is more rocking). Runas is the song I like the most, with many variations and a fine synth solo in the middle. It reminded me of Italian symphonic prog rock of the 70´s at its best and it brings back memories of some other brazlian bands at the time like Terço. The last track, Kaisen, is also a highlight where the prog and classical elements fuse perfectly for a great moment of beauty (Vogel´s has his best solo here). All the musicians are skillful and the production is quite good.
It is only a pity that they didn´t release anything since then. They certainly have an enourmous potential to go much further and I hope they will release a second album someday. My rating: 3,5 stars.
Tarcisio Moura

This group is best known of the violinist Kleber Vogel who was in the 1st Quaterna Requiem album. He is probably the 2nd best-known South-American violinist in progressive music after Marcus Viana of Sagrado fame. He writes almost all music so perhaps this album can be considered his "child". However, the result is very much a team play and the instruments have a nice balance. The music is very classical in nature and floats naturally. It very much resembles the style of the already mentioned QR. According to the liner notes classical music, jazz and rock have been the inspirations for the compositions. There are not any vocals and it works perfectly with this kind of music. Even if the violin is the lead instrument of the classical instruments, the other classical instruments (flute, oboe, bassoon, cello) by guest musicians are a wonderful contribution as well. Another example from the very interesting South-American scene!
Conclusion: For lovers of classical progressive for sure!
Geezer

Here is a Brasilian one shot band with their debut CD Gargula. They are assisted by the Brasilian Symphonic Orchestra (flute, oboe, fagot and cello), especially the opener Abertura features these classical musicians along bombastic keyboards. On the rest of this strong album you can enjoy a dynamic blend of classical, jazzrock and symphonic rock. The level of the musicians is high and the compositions sound alternating: sensitive electric guitar and flute in Zenith, harpsichord in the titletrack, wonderful interplay between cello and violin in Notorno, mandolin in Runas and a bass soli in Kaizen. All songs are loaded with soli on keyboards, guitar and violin (electric, acoustic and MIDI), played by ex-Quaterna Requiem member Kleber Vogel (often evoking JL Ponty). If you don't have a problem with the frequent soli, this CD is a fine discovery!
Erik Neuteboom

In the vein of Quaterna Requiem, another Prog Band from Brazil with classic approach, by using a pretty violin and some keyboards reminding of those ones in the "the Snow Goose", especially the unplugged pieces, They try to build an acoustic symphonic atmosphere... of course Kleber Vogel is not equal for instance to Marcus Viana (composer from Sagrado Coracao da Terra), this latter being much more versatile, but his job is anyway remarkable! However I think of some classic music experimentations within the albums by After Crying for example and soon I forget the present album, but it depends on my personal tastes obviously!!
Lorenzo


Very classic orientated album led by the violin of Kleber Vogel. He isn't a virtuoso, but music is very nice. A mix between melodic rock a la CAMEL and majestic classical musicians. All instrumental, the homonymous track is the best, but the whole album is very good.
Marcelo Matusevich

KAIZEN recorded "Gargula" in 1994, a record whose style is really close to SAGRADO or even to QUATERNA REQUIEM. This quintet's members are all fans of symphonic instrumental Progressive rock. They are here accompanied by a classical ensemble and they truly deserve some more attention.
Lineup: Kleber Vogel (violin, electric violin, mandolin), Alvaro Seabra (bass, keyboards, electronic percussion, 1992-94), Carlos Albuquerque (guitar, 1992-94), Ronaldo Dos Guaranys (keyboards, 1992-94), Cleto Castañon (drums, 1992-94), Wagner André (keyboards, 1994-present), Mario Leme (drums, 1998-present), Saulo Battesini (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, present), William James Murray (bass, present)
Mega Hard Records


"Gargula", en la línea de nuestro conocido estándart de rock sinfónico y con sus movimientos trágico-románticos, plagado de plácidos paisajes barrocos pletóricos de calidez pastoral, está destinado a tocar los sentimientos más profundos en un viaje evolutivo y sorprendente. Si te gusta el progresivo más orquestal y querés planificar algo para el domingo que no sea ir a la iglesia, pero no tenés problema en adentrarte en el terreno más espiritual y etéreo, este es un álbum para vos.










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