Ray Lema began to study music at the age of eleven, starting with the musics of Bach, Mozart and the composers of the classical european school. He became a musician and creator who has a large production which always manages to cross African traditions and the western avant-garde. But it’s only in 2009, that he finally had the opportunity to join his musical loves for 2 concerts with the jazz Sinfônica of São Paulo.
Invited in Brazil to comemorate the year of France, he played some of his musics with the Jazz Sinfonica of Sao Paulo under the direction of Maestro João Mauricio Galindo. The conductor chose thirteen out of some hundred musics of Ray Lema’s compositions and got them arranged to become different movements based on the model of the classical symphonies.
It’s the live recordings (CDs and DVDs) of these concerts at the Ibirapuera Auditorium in Sao Paulo, with Ray Lema on piano that we finally have access. The complicity between the two men and the commitment of all the members of the orchestra give a special meaning to this masterful re-reading of Ray Lema’s pieces, filled with a special emotion.
For Ray Lema, the experience “has changed his life” as he said on the DVD, in the ‘making of’ shooting. The composer, who sing with his particular timbre, discovered inflections he had never heard before in his own musical compositions. The Maestro and Ray Lema are now working on new creations. An amazing and powerful album ! (Squaaly -Mondomix / RFI)
DVD PROGRAM : Live concert RAY LEMA & JAZZ SINFÔNICA DE SÃO PAULO at Auditorio IBIRAPUERA (May 2009)
Shooting : 13 PRODUÇÕES : Pedro Caldas, Ivan Vale, Gabriel Ranzani, Dino Dragoni, Lula Maluf e Paulo Caldas; Editing : Origina Dub Master : François Bergeron; Color Editing: Sylicon post-production (Paris) – special thanks to Jean Delduc
BONUS N°1 : LIVE AT AUDITORIO IBIRAPUERA : Baião da Suite Brasiliana (Cyro Pereira) – directed by Maestro Cyro PEREIRA
BONUS N°2 : LIVE AT AUDITORIO IBIRAPUERA : Partage (Ray Lema) ‚ Bis directed by Maestro João Mauricio Galindo
BONUS N°3 : MAKING OF
PRODUCTION : One Drop SARL & APAA