Ana Rita Simonka
Ana Rita Simonka
Mr. Pietro's home used to be a meeting place of consecrated Brazilian artists like Papete, Muri Costa, Trio Mocoto, Jorge Costa, Conductor Benedito Costa, Toninho Neto, and so many others. The frequent "saraus" ( traditional Brazilian parties like jazz-sessions ) had no time to end. In so spontaneous atmosphere, Ana Rita studied classic guitar, jazz, bossa-nova, folk rhythms and afro-Brazilian percussion, and of course, Latin Dances.
These so rich experiences gives to Ana Rita basis to explore a great diversity of music and dance, but she never abandoned her roots. Professionally, she started as a teenager singing in night-clubs, cafes, and music festivals in high school, and also teaching music and dance. Starting to practice Yoga and Belly Dance when she was very young, Ana Rita realized that the spirituality that is the essence of Eastern meditation arts can be found every time when someone goes into creative activities and that changed her vision definitively. Inspired by sacred music and ancient spiritual traditions, Ana Rita Simonka reveals a new world music style, so interesting and pioneering that is difficult to define; only after listening to her songs and arrangements that you can taste all the exoticism of this fusion that is really unique in contemporary Brazilian music. Simonka proposes a renewal of musical language showing that there is universal in music of all people.
Writing innovative lyrics about spirituality and inner search, she sings a journey facing the essence of the soul, the Nature and the Sacred. Going deep inside the ecstasy, an exquisite mixture of rhythms, scales and attitudes spread out of the music itself : are you read to listen for the first time afro-grooves from Bahia mixed with the energetic folk Indian bajan ? Or a sensual bossa-nova beat with an Indian classic raga on the melody ? Simonka leads the audience into a mystic journey where Arabic maqan can be adorned with lyrics on Portuguese language and danced as a samba; Xamanic hymns from Amazonia can be put together with Sufi dancing routines; South American folk sonorities are recreated by the ancient language of mantras. Her arrangements are the same : Indian sitar with tamborins and pandeiros, Persian santur with congas, guitar and tablas, Celtic bodhran with Indian vocals, Brazilian viola with derbaque, Egyptian flutes with bombo-leguero from the Andes region. Using both acoustic and techno sonorities, Simonka reaches this "spiritual Brazilian-Universal pop alchemy" as a truly artisan master : she is singer, composer, and also proficient in various instruments.
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