(“Navegar”, Mario Broder)
After 11 years as a vocal with Funk’N Lata (between 2000 and 2003) and Farofa Carioca (from 2004 until 2013), Mario Broder faces, with wit and talent, the challenge of releasing your first solo album as a singer and songwriter. And “Balanço Diferente” shows that it was worth the wait. At age 34, this carioca from the West Zone in Rio who started in music yet as child, liquefies your influences and experiences with an album that has samba as its basis, but it converses with inventiveness of the pop world.
With the exception of a composition from the Bahiansambista, Batatinha, “Conselheiro”, the repertoire belongs, entirely, to Broder, alternating partnerships with Sandro Marcio, Valmir Ribeiro (both partners from Farofa Carioca), Elza Soares, Bernardo Vilhena and Antônio de Pádua.
Elza Soares, beyond partner, sings and is honored in “Operária Brasileira” (Brazilian Workers), samba ‘born’after the same show performed with the same name, from this living legend in Brazilian music (and universal).
Also correlating to this contemporary samba, tracks like “Navegar”, “Balanço Diferente” and “Lateral” (this, a gracious soccer chronic that nothing owes to the genre classics from Jorge Ben Jor).
Considering a pop vibe, Broder stays on the right track with songs as “Olhares Urbanos” (folk ride taken in Rio de Janeiro), “Hey DJ” (chronicle of Brazilian suburban dance clubs), “Brilhantina” and “Essa Mulher”.
Two vignettes, “Protegido por São Cosme e Damião” (Protected by St. Cosmas and Damian) and “Pra quem tá pensando” (For who is Thinking) compose the album in which, produced by Mario Broder and Eduardo Chermont (also playing the guitar and piano), counted with the participation of musicians like Ricardo Silveira (guitar), Pedro Moraes (bass), Jurim Moreira and Kinder (drums), Marcos Esguleba and André Siqueira Campos (percussion), Marcos Ariel (piano), Carlos Trilha (piano and keyboards) and Bertrand Doussain (flute).
Mario’s vocal timbre is very interesting, with references of a typical Rio rogue. Among his influences he emphasizes Tim Maia, Jorge Ben Jor, Luiz Melodia and Michael Jackson. Brazilian music has always been present at his home and Jabour neighborhood, where he grew up. “I used to see Hermeto Pascoal over there, since the street fair was placed on the street where he lived, people would explain right away that the one hairy and bearded albino ‘was a great musician all over the workd’. Also living there were Carlos Malta and Luiz Carlos Batera, of Banda Black Rio”, recalls Broder, who at age 06, got his first instrument, a flute.
He began singing at the neighborhood’s church and even considered becoming a priest: “Till when I noticed that my vocation was to be a musician, not a religious”. In his late teens, he consolidated his first band to play at night, incorporating doses of funk and soul to his repertoire. The group started to go beyond the borders of the West Zone and got to Ivo Meirelles’ ears, who at the year 2000, invited Mario Broder to take the satnd vocal of Funk’N Lata. Suddenly, night to day, the young boy from the carioca West Zone, began to go all over the world on international tours. Routine in which remained with Farofa Carioca.
About five years ago, he also debuted as an actor, playing the great Wilson Baptista in the movie “Noel Rosa – O poeta da Vila” (Noel Rosa – The Village Poet), directed by Ricardo Van Steen. “I had never performed as an actor. I got a call one day and they told me there’d be an audition. I got approved and got deep into the story of Noel, Wilson and samba at that time”, recalls Broder, who left enriched from this journey through time.
“Balanço Diferente” is also the result of this path and it opens new routes for the clever navigator.