Multi-ethnic seven-piece Seattle outfit En Canto will be spearheading a live performance celebrating the world release of their newest album Solto por Jeri at the Royal Room on Friday, April 29. The Royal Room staple is notable for their singular musical style, which is mainly influenced by Brazilian music, but couldn’t necessarily be traced back to just any one regional style. So far playing primarily in North American venues, En Canto currently channels its fierce independence into challenging stereotypes while also helping audiences expand their comfort zones. The average Seattle music fan probably doesn’t listen to a whole lot of forró, samba, or choro music, but En Canto finds a way to turn the alien into the adored.
Having recently spent a re-inspirational month in Brazil, En Canto has just recorded its first full-length album, Solto por Jeri. The Portuguese title translates to “Released to Jeri,” a nickname for Jericoacoara, Ceara, an old fishing village set along the sand dunes of the Atlantic coast. Spending their time immersed in the culture that created and still adores Forró (the most popular genre of music and dance in northeastern Brazil), En Canto’s nights inevitably turned into impromptu jams, which then became writing sessions. The result is a record steeped in exploration, mystique, sensuality, the integration of masculine and feminine potency, and the liberated spirit of sixty-seven drums beating defiant and undaunted.
Advanced tickets to the show will be $10, while at-the-door tickets will be $12. Definitely one to check out if you’re into unconventional local music. For more information, consult the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/203726306676234/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&feed_story_type=117&action_history=null.