Serena Ferrara & Simone Mor
Kemana

 

DATA


Label
VIBRA
Format
CD/Digital
Release Date
March 11, 2022
Territory
Europe

TRACKLISTING


1. Zenit
2. Dimokransa
3. Timur
4. Mulai
5. Dia a Dia
6. Portami la Luna
7. Barat
8. Bali Light
9. A Pedi Nudi
10. Nadir
11. Dimbambé

WEB UTILITIES


Serena Ferrara
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Simone Mor
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ABOUT THE RELEASE


The project Kemana was born from the meeting of Serena Ferrara, a jazz singer with Sicilian origins, with the guitarist Simone Mor, a flamenco multi-instrumentalist who’s always on the road. In Indonesian, with the word Kemana, we may ask somebody “where are you going”.

The sound of this project doesn’t have a defined place. It comes from the desire for a harmonic encounter between distant cultures, and from the curiosity to see “where is it going”. A trip that leads to explore a soundscape beyond frontiers, to meet its extraordinary characters and to be guided through their stories.

We start in the North, the Zenit, where a voice takes us to the discover the hidden treasure in Dimokransa, a re-adaptation of a song by Mayra Andrade (the only cover of the album). We head towards Timur, the East, where the colors of India blend with the Flamenco and Salsa rhythms of Mulai.

We taste a poem by Quintana from a sweet Brazilian song (Dia a Dia) and we reach Sicily at sunset, when Sun and Moon meet (Portami la Luna). The cello solo brings takes us West, Barat, ntroducing a Balinese ceremony among the interlocking hits of its gongs (Bali Light). From a star of Cape Verde who narrates herself A Pedi Nudi on a stage in Sicilian dialect, we finally end up in the South, Nadir, in Cameroon listening to the stories of its magical ancestor (Dimbambé).

All the songs of this album feature the Italian-Brazilian cellist Daniela Savoldi (Muse, Le Luci Della Centrale Elettrica, Paola Turci, Lorenzo Monguzzi, Dente, Calibro 35, Meg) and the percussionist Luca Canali (Roy Paci, Fiorella Mannoia, Mauro Pagani, Gilson Silveira, Ana Flora, Mitoka Samba, Billy Cobham).

Other great guests took part in the recording, such as the talented Indian musician Varijashree Venugopal (Bobby McFerrin, Victor Wooten among her main collaborations), the bassist Nicola “Faso” Fasani (Elio e le Storie Tese), the Senegalese percussionist Dudù Kouate (Art Ensemble of Chicago) and the flutist Carlo Nicita. The album was recorded at il T.U.P. studio, Brescia, by Lorenzo Caperchi, mixed and mastered by producer Max Costa.