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MARCO ANTONIO ARAUJO

Prog Folk • Brazil


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MARCO ANTONIO ARAUJO was born in Belo Horizonte on 1949. On 1968 he played in a band called VOX POPULI, that later would become SOM IMAGINARIO. In 1970, and now living in England, he used to be a fan of bands such as: PINK FLOYD, LED ZEPPELIN and GENESIS, who would have great influence on his musical production. Within the next few years, MARCO ANTONIO ARAUJO studied guitar and cello in Rio de Janeiro.

In 1977, once again in Belo Horizonte, he joined the symphonic orchestra and soon (1980) his first album, "Influências" was released. With only six instrumental tracks, he had already achieved an amazing sense of balance and created a personal style.

MARCO ANTONIO ARAUJO is a classic when it comes to brazilian prog, and also a highly recomended artist for anyone who likes both symphonic rock and prog folk.

Sadly, Marco has passed away on Jan, 07, 1986, at the age of 36 of an aneurism.
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3.54 | 16 ratings
Influências
1981
3.50 | 10 ratings
Quando A Sorte Te Solta Um Cisne Na Noite
1982
3.69 | 10 ratings
Entre Um Silencio E Outro
1983
4.69 | 16 ratings
Lucas
1984

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Animal Racional
1984

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 Quando A Sorte Te Solta Um Cisne Na Noite by ARAUJO, MARCO ANTONIO album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.50 | 10 ratings

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Quando A Sorte Te Solta Um Cisne Na Noite
Marco Antonio Araujo Prog Folk

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars It would be a shame if the beauty of Araujo's debut would not have been warmly received by the public and the album was reputedly a critical success, that led to a total sum of 74 concerts for the Brazilian composer and his backing group.The reports say that he even performed in factories in front of the workers during their lunchtime!In 1982 a second album was released independently under the poetic title ''Quando a sorte te solta um cisne na noite'' with the addition of pianist Max Magalhaes, while the huge wind-instrument department of the debut was replaced by one Sergio Gomes on trumpet.This one was recorded in just two days at the famous Estudios Da Sigla in Rio De Janeiro.

The links of Araujo and similar Brazilian artists like BACAMARTE with the pastoral side of Italian Prog are again very strong in this album with the group sounding very close to PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI, while some emotional passages recall the classic album by MAXOPHONE.Another beautiful offering of Classical and Folk inspirations with a sweet rockin' background, built around the nice electroacoustic changes, the folky sound of flutes and the dreamy work on violin and cello.In fact ''Alegria'' sounds like a complete P.F.M. rip-off at some point, but Araujo would soon restore his personal vibe on acoustic arpeggios, arranging harmonic, instrumental music full of a symphonic finesse and intense, rural soundscapes.Some parts are close to Chamber Folk ala MANEIGE, while some of the delicate, well-worked melodies of the debut are to be missed.With the piano playing a basic role and the electric guitars and bass providing the Prog Rock background, the music is still fairly complex and intricate with nice solos, impessive interplays, even if they are offered in a smooth packaging, and pleasant, sensitive tunes.

Another album from Araujo's back-catalogue reissued by Progressive Rock Worldwide, the bonus tracks in this release are closer to Chamber/Folk Music with basically acoustic instrumentation and Araujo displaying his talent as a composer of Contemporary Classic Music, where strings and flutes come in evidence, while the long ''Cavaleiro + Trilha bale cantares'' contains also some influences by Avant-Garde Music.

Very competent and well-composed Symphonic/Folk Rock in the vein of P.F.M. and BACAMARTE.Delicate, ethereal and demanding music to say the least, strongly recommended to anyone fond of the style...3.5 stars.

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 Lucas by ARAUJO, MARCO ANTONIO album cover Studio Album, 1984
4.69 | 16 ratings

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Lucas
Marco Antonio Araujo Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
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5 stars The prog world was robbed of one of its most overlooked talents when Marco Antônio Araújo died in early 1986, not least because his final album - Lucas - shows such an incredible musical growth. The crown jewel of the album is the side-long epic Lembranças, a rowdy composition which shows more drama and flair that suggested by the more tranquil album that preceded this (Entre Um Silencio E Outro), but the second side has a few gems too, with Araújo's Anthony Phillips-like classical guitar skills on display just as much as his skills as a band leader and composer. The album concludes with a number dedicated to Jimmy Page, though only the folkiest Led Zeppelin moments are called on here. If this is to be Araújo's monument, it's certainly one to be proud of.

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 Entre Um Silencio E Outro by ARAUJO, MARCO ANTONIO album cover Studio Album, 1983
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Entre Um Silencio E Outro
Marco Antonio Araujo Prog Folk

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Marco Antônio Araújo's Entre um Silêncio e Outro casts Marco as Brazil's answer to Anthony Phillips, presenting epic compositions stuffed with classical and historical folk influences and dripping with romanticism - plus a little influence from the folkier side of Italian prog creeping in here and there. Comprising, in its original release, the two side-long Fantasia nos. 2 and 3 suites, it's a gentle and eerily beautiful soundscape which compares favourably to other folk- rooted prog-tinged sonic experiments like Mike Oldfield's Hergest Ridge. Hazy and impressionistic as its smudgy watercolour cover art, Entre um Silêncio e Outro is an album which deserves a little more recognition from the prog community.

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 Influências by ARAUJO, MARCO ANTONIO album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.54 | 16 ratings

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Influências
Marco Antonio Araujo Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

2 stars Influences factor into the best works of even the most innovative composers and musicians, but there is a subtle and critical distinction between influence and inspiration. It separates a technically proficient but cold production from one that becomes an inspiration to the listener, if you will. Unfortunately, in the case of Araujo's debut at least, the title sums up the extent of the accomplishment rather well. In Quebecois French one says "Il parle pour rien dir", which literally translates to "He speaks to say nothing".

The instrumental permutations suggest a better end result, with flutes from Eduardo Delgado and acoustic guitars often stealing the show, but when Araujo's tonally unpleasant leads attempt to wrest control the effect is oppressive. He's like MIKE OLDFIELD at his raunchiest, all the time, without Oldfield's ability to contrast and connect the dots. The buildup in pieces like "Cantares" is wasted by Araujo's interjections time and again, so the listener is left wanting.

Luckily all is not lost. The closer "Folk Song" is by far the best thing here, even if it bears an uncanny resemblance to "Hurtwood Alley" from DAN FOGELBERG and TIM WEISBERG at times. The strummed guitars and flutes dominate, with electric guitar in more of a supportive role. Hand claps and a few shouts paint a picture of a band that is finally allowed to let their hair hand down and show us a little of themselves. The other winner is "Abertura #2" for similar reasons, with both the woodwind and the guitars alternating melodic passages and violoncelo providing support.

In spite of Araujo's obvious talent and his willingness to share the stage with equally competent band mates, I am for the most part unmoved, and I hope I will not be charged with influence peddling for rounding down to two stars.

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 Influências by ARAUJO, MARCO ANTONIO album cover Studio Album, 1981
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Influências
Marco Antonio Araujo Prog Folk

Review by Antonio Giacomin

5 stars Well, my dear friends, this is my first review for progarchives; although there is a long time I appreciate opinions made available here. What a large amount of bands I´ve been listening due to this site recomendations !

As being a brasilian, this first review is for the álbun and the musician whose in my honest opinion I consider the best product in our progressive music. Although Bacamarte´s "Depois Do Fim" is a must, "Influências" by Marco Antonio Araújo is even of higher quality; and not only for just one reason.

First of all, MAA has the cultural profile of those fantastic progressive musicians. He has a strong classical trainment, which appears clearly in his work (albun like "Entre Um Silêncio E Outro" - Between One Silence And The Other). Also he was a intense "flower power generation" guy, fascinated by "The Beatles and The Rolling Stones"; and these two lines forms the essence of the ideas that led to progressive movement. Second, MAA kept in his music strong elements of brasilian folk music (a very interesting kind of music); bulking this in a melting pot with classical and "roquenrou" (rock´n´roll); having as a result something strongly different from anything anyone has done prior to him. And third of all, he is a master composer, creating incredible melody lines; as for example the main theme (played by flute), of "Abertura n 2" one of the best melodic line that I ever heard in my life !!

So, I leave here a strong recomendation of a careful listening in order to really judge if "Influências" as the best effort of brasilian progressive music; by our best progressive musician. And after all, these commented qualities performs a strong reason for achieving here five stars

Antonio Giacomin

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 Animal Racional by ARAUJO, MARCO ANTONIO album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1984
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Animal Racional
Marco Antonio Araujo Prog Folk

Review by ClemofNazareth
Special Collaborator Prog Folk Researcher

4 stars This is one of those albums that was originally released on vinyl, disappeared, and somehow managed to escape the nineties rush to reissue everything vinyl onto CD. I really can’t comprehend why somebody hasn’t picked this thing up and remastered it on disk. Everything else in Marco Antônio Araújo’s catalog is available on CD (most of it from PRW), but not this, his only compilation. It was apparently originally sponsored by a Brazilian airline and released on the tiny Strawberry Fields label. Less than two years later its author was dead of a brain aneurism. A big loss to the music world, for sure.

‘Animal Racional’ is an all-instrumental release consisting of just six tracks but covering a whole lot of musical ground. The production is extremely tight, and the sound quality is impeccable. Each instrument can be clearly and distinctly heard – flute, violin, cello, trumpet, trombone, piano and a smattering of percussion, all in tasteful doses and a consistently even tempo. Four of the tracks are from Araújo’s debut release ‘Influências’ and the other two from his sophomore album ‘Quando a Sorte te Solta um Cisne na Noite’ and include the title tracks from both albums.

I’m not sure what this music is supposed to be. It’s not particularly Latin-sounding despite being from Brazil (although Araújo spent his last several years in England), and I don’t know that I would call it folk per se. The arrangements border on smooth jazz at times but the overall feel is not jazz. There are fairly strong hints of classical roots in the song structures and transitions, and I suppose Araújo and the rest of the musicians were mostly classically trained, or if not then they had an amazingly innate sense of musical structure and fluidity.

“Quando a Sorte te Solta um Cisne na Noite” is one of the longer and the most intricate composition with its interplay of somber flat-note violin passages coupled with acoustic guitar and delicate piano. This one alone merits that the entire recording be remastered by somebody to make it available for mass consumption.

And the combination of flute and slide guitar on “Folk Song” is an amazing and rather unusual pairing. Araújo’s creativity is stellar here, with the rhythm being provided by upright bass and snare drums while a sad trumpet bleats in fills alongside an understated piano accompaniment. The choice of instruments both celebrates and transcends folk music. Brilliant work!

The band kicks up their heels a little with some dirty-blues on “Influências”, no doubt a tribute to some of those influences that helped make the man what he became as a musician. Kid of reminds me of those Steve Morse ‘Major Impacts’ albums a little in that respect.

The only track I wouldn’t give five stars to is the closing “Abertura Nº 2” which has a lot of the same great traits as the rest of the tunes, but suffers just a bit from an unnecessary lull in the middle of the song as well as from bland synthesized (or maybe they’re real) animal and rainforest sounds that don’t do much for the music.

In all this is an outstanding album though, and one that can be found still on vinyl for very reasonable prices. But really Musea, if you’re listening – find this thing and put it out on CD. And once they do – everyone buy it, you’ll love it. Four (and a half) stars.

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 Entre Um Silencio E Outro by ARAUJO, MARCO ANTONIO album cover Studio Album, 1983
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Entre Um Silencio E Outro
Marco Antonio Araujo Prog Folk

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Marco Antonio Araujo´s third album is a lot different from his previous two. This is really classical chamber music and, in this field, very good. The original record had only two tracks (each for one side of the vinyl LP, Fantasia Nº 2 (Romance) on side A and Fantasia Nº 3 (Folhas Mortas) on side B. Just classical guitar, two cellos and a flute.

On the CD reissue someone must have thought this work to be too radical classical music for his taste and decided to put three bonus tracks BEFORE the main course. Those are really alternative versions of some Araújo´s previously released songs with different arrangements. On those tracks he is, as usual, backed by his electric group Mantra (which included his brother Alexandre on lead guitar).

A very good work indeed, showing off Araujo´s skills as classical songwriter for chamber music, but has nothing to do with his early releases nor with his follow up Lucas. While those three CDs are prog music wiht lots of classical influences, Entre Um Silêncio e Outro IS classical music in the most radical sense of the word. If you like this kind of music, go for it.

If PA was a classical music site the rating would be four stars at least. For the average prog lover this music may be a bit too radical, save for the bonus tracks, which shows interesting alternative arrangements of some of his earlier stuff. In PA 3 stars in all should be more fitting, I guess. Good, but definitly not his essential work.

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Animal Racional
Marco Antonio Araujo Prog Folk

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A very good complation of one of the most criative and unique prog songwriters of all time. Marco Antonio Araújo mixed prog rock with folk and strong classical influences plus some beatlesque colours here and there. His early demise in 1985 cut short a career that was only beginning to gain international recognition. Nevertheless the works he left are eternal. A different and beautiful instrumental music that sounds completely timeless. Always surrounded by the best musicians he could gather, Araujo took great pains to make sure his records were the best sounding LPs produced at the time A great feat at a time instrumental music was far from being popular.

Animal Racional is, together with his first CD Influências, a good starting point if you want a decent overview of his work without having to buy each of his four albums. The only weakness here is the absence of one of his greatest ever songs, Panoramica. I can´t believe this stunning tune was left over. Maybe the producer thought its inclusion would draw too much attention to his first album (his most popular and accessible).

Anyway, If you´re into great progressive instrumental music, with lots of classical influences, fantastic acoustic/eletric guitar interplay, Jethro Tull-like flutes and general tasteful and intricated arrangements, and never heard about Araújo´s works this album is for you. Highly recommended.

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Influências
Marco Antonio Araujo Prog Folk

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars For my 100th review on PA, I´d like to introduce one of Brazil´s best instrumental prog ventures of all times. Marco Antônio Araújo and his band are from my hometown and they played a very unique mixture of progressive, folk, rock and classical music. Araujo, a big Beatles fan, lived in London for a time during the 70´s and when he came back he brought with him all the inlfuences that made him one of the most original and celebrated songwriters of his time. His music is quite rooted in the traditional musical forms of Minas Geraes, a state that was famous for its baroque churchs (therefore the proeminent use of the flute on most of the songs, and also the french horn sometimes).

when the record came out it was hailed as a masterpiece, and it deserved it! It´s difficult to describe the music, since it is quite original, although influences are easy to tag and goes from Jetrho Tull to Beatles, classical music, Brazilian folk and so on. Yet the results are a smooth, well crafted collection of songs. You have to hear it to believe.

He recorded 4 albums of original music and was on his way to become an international successs, when it all came to an end by his tragic death in 1986, of a brain aneuurism. But he left his mark and Influências was his first album, and one of the most celebrated ones, since it was recorded and well received at a time when instrumental prog music was not really in fashion (to say the least!). His band mates are very skilled, most of them did solo works and became much sough after studio musicians in years to come. His brother Alexandre Araújo does some great guitar solos and Eduardo Delgado proves to be one of the best flute players around.

If you like something different, instrumental progressive music, with strong folk and classical influences, this is a must have. Highly recommended!

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 Entre Um Silencio E Outro by ARAUJO, MARCO ANTONIO album cover Studio Album, 1983
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Entre Um Silencio E Outro
Marco Antonio Araujo Prog Folk

Review by lucas
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4 stars Marco Antonio Araujo is a brazilian guitarist who used to play instrumental music, blending rock with folk. On this album, he changed his usual formula by playing a more intimate music, close to classical chamber music. In fact, he is backed by 2 cellists, and one flautist, a completely different line-up than the previous one which formed the band Mantra. This album is dedicated to the memory of Araujo's teacher of composition, Esther Scliar, explaining the change of direction on this album and his will to showcase his composition skills. The music is truly beautiful, one could even wonder if it hadn't been composed by a most renowned classical composer, the level of complexity being so relevant in this record. The album consists of two tracks (three more on the reissued edition, in the same vein) crafted to form a suite. The overall feel to the music is very european, the cello giving a touch of romanticism and the flute a touch of classicism, only the guitar has the typical latine tone, reminding the solo works of Egberto Gismonti, to whom he was nevertheless compared. Fortunately, the album is not focusing on Araujo's guitar work, rather the quartet works as an ensemble, each of the musician contributing equally to this record. The music presented here should appeal more to the usual classical music listener, than the prog fan. However, when comparing this record to Araujo's other ones, I much prefer the classical texture of this music than the prog-rock Araujo played with Mantra. It just seems to be a more mature work. Unfortunately, the great Araujo died prematurely in 1986. This album will remain for me the best testimony of his art. NB : as this record belongs IMHO to the realm of classical music and is not a progressive rock piece of music, I didn't gave it the 5 stars it would deserve if progarchives were a site devoted to classical music !

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