Uakti was known for using custom-made instrumentsbuilt by the group itself. The name of the group comes from a Tucano native South American legend.
Uakti was a mythological being who lived on the banks of the Rio Negro. His body was full of holes, which, when the wind passed through them, produced sounds that bewitched the women of the tribe. The men hunted down Uakti and killed him. Palm trees sprouted up in the place where his body was buried, and the people used these to make flutes that made enchanting sounds like those produced by the body of Uakti.
There he met and took classes with Walter Smetakwho passed on to him his passion for constructing musical instruments. During the same period he constructed, in the basement of his house, various instruments out of PVCwood, and metal. These Ciranda - Marco Antonio Guimaraes - Bach learned how to play the instruments, and the group Uakti was The Weekend - Various - Club Fever. The score was composed by Tavinho Moura.
Through Tavinho, Uakti made Its About Time - Jim McCann - Seems Like A Long Time with musicians in the Clube da Esquina movement. In they played on Milton Nascimento 's album Sentinela and made their first public performance at the museum in Pampulha.
Their first album, Uakti - Oficina Instrumentalappeared the following year, as a consequence of the popularity they had acquired through their performances with Nascimento.
Starting with this Ciranda - Marco Antonio Guimaraes - Bachthey began to use traditional instruments less and less frequently. Their first international tour took place in Spain. During No One Else (Puff Daddy Remix) - Total - No One Else (Remix) show in the United States, singer and songwriter Paul Simon got to know their music, and invited them to play on his album The Rhythm of the Saints.
This resulted in a contract to record five albums with his Point Music label. The international recognition that the group gained resulted in much more work: Uakti travelled to Japan and various countries Inside - Spitback - Spitback Europe. In Philip Glass was also commissioned by Grupo Corpo to produce a composition for a ballet. The recording of this music was released inunder the contract with Point Music.
In Glass invited Uakti to collaborate again, this time on the Orion project. The city of Athensas part of the pre-Olympic celebrations, commissioned Glass to do a series of open-air shows. Uakti took part, playing Glass's compositions. In Uakti joined Stewart Copeland as he headlined an international tour, "Stewart Copeland and the Rhythmatists", in support of an album and video based on Stewart's experience in Africa.
The tour roster featured Stewart Copeland performing with a diverse group of international musicians including: Percussion de Guinneaa leading drum group from Africa; Vinxwho recently toured with Sting ; and Ray Lemaan original performer on Ciranda - Marco Antonio Guimaraes - Bach Rhythmatist album and video. Starting inUakti recorded fewer original compositions and concentrated on adaptations of classical music and of Brazilian popular songs.
In they recorded an album of popular songs with the choral group Tabinha, from Minas Gerais. Uakti frequently took part in projects with other artists. The list below describes some of these instruments. All of these follow the same basic principle: PVC tubes of various lengths, assembled so that their ends are aligned. The tubes are struck with a rubber mallet or with the hands.
Since each length of tubing produces a different note, these instruments are tuned and can play melodies or chords. Currently, they are used in two sizes: the large pan of bent tubing that allows a larger length and is used as a bass, Ciranda - Marco Antonio Guimaraes - Bach the shorter inclined panused for principal melodies. These are idiophones consisting of keys struck with mallets with heads made of rubber or felt. They are played like a xylophone or vibraphone.
The difference between Uakti's marimbas and these instruments is that the keys are located above two independent sound boxes that can be inverted or moved. This allows the playing of chords or sequences that would be quite difficult using the traditional design.
Uakti uses two kinds of marimbas:. The membranophones are also an important part of Uakti's sound, principally the trilobyte Hollywood - Jay-Z - Kingdom Come, formed out of 10 tuned PVC tubes arranged on a frame, with drum skins over the top ends.
Two musicians position themselves facing each other, holding the instrument between them, and use their fingers, drum sticks, or the palms of their hands to strike the skins, producing quite rapid melodies. The group also uses some traditional instruments. They use various types of drums such as atabaques and floor tomsand also tablastraditional Asian Indian drums. Occasionally they use string instruments such as the violin or pianothough they usually play them using drum sticks and other alternative techniques.
They can also be played with a Chinese mouthpiecea common flute Ciranda - Marco Antonio Guimaraes - Bach with a membrane that vibrates with the passage of air somewhat resembling a kazoomaking the flute sound something like a reed instrument.
This article draws heavily on the corresponding article in the Portuguese-language Wikipediawhich was accessed in the version of August 18, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Uakti performing at the Ibirapuera Auditorium in This section does not cite any sources.
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