Mia Doi Todd Floresta on LP
Inspired by the music and culture of Brazil for many years, Mia Doi Todd traveled to that most beautiful of countries in 2009 to perform a few shows. Soon she began to learn songs by her favorite Brazilian songwriters, and in early 2014 the Los Angeles singer-songwriter spent ten days at the beautiful Estúdio El Rocha in São Paulo to record an album of her favorites - some famous, some obscure – all about nature.
Floresta or "Forest" in Portuguese, presents the songs unadorned in their raw, confessional purity and features an all Brazilian band: Fabiano do Nascimento on seven-string nylon guitar, Maurício Takara and Rogério Martins on percussion, and Meno del Picchia on bass. For the band members, most of these songs played in the soundtrack of their childhood, and it was a profound experience to record them.
For Mia, singing these songs has been a kind of medicine, a revelation of life's sweetness, sadness, beauty and joy, all joined together in rhythm, melody and word. Featuring compositions by some of the great masters of Brazilian music: Caetano Veloso, Joyce, Milton Nascimento, Tom Zé, Tom Jobim, Dorival Caymmi, Candeia and Dércio Marques.