ABOUT THE ALBUM
KINJO is the first album of Vitoru Kinjo. It’s Uchinanchu Diasporic Brazilian Regional Music, authoral compositions made from the listenning of the XXI century. The Diasporic Regional is côco, boi, choro, pop, rock and maracatu. It’s the folk jongo, ijexá, singing of diasporic uchinanchu, the indigenous of Japan. Kinjo is the chant for all. Joyfull and corageous, the voice of a loveful devenir, with the conscience of contradictions. Borned between SAMAUMA – Rural Artistic Residency, in Serra do Mar, Lebuá and YB Studios, in São Paulo, the album is the fruit of a research between music, theatre and social science. Produced by Ivan Banho and Ivan Gomes, the album brings the presence of musicians Guilherme Kafe (acoustic guitars and voices), Fernando Sagawa (sax/flute), Moita Mattos (electric guitar), Eduardo Colombo (voices), Ivan Banho (percussions) and Ivan Gomes (acoustic and electric bass). And the participation of Pedro Prado (drums), Ariel Coelho, Aline Fernandes and Ana Flor de Carvalho (boi do Maranhão), Robin Gentien/ France (electric guitar), Marina Beraldo (flute/voice), Marco Rochael (clarone), Andre Fajersztajn (clarinet) and Lenna Bahule/Moçambique (voice). In the process of finalization, the album was pre-released in the VI Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival, in october 2016, in Okinawa/Japan.
Born in São Paulo in 1984 with uchinanchu roots, Vitoru started to sing in the childhood, japanese music. Initiated in the piano with the age of 7, he was influenced by Brazilian, north-american and european music from the record player of his father, and the pop music of the 90’s. When a teenager, he studied guitar and clarinet, and participated in different choirs and music festivals. Bachelor in Social Science at PUC-SP and Economics at the University of São Paulo, he holds a master degree in Sociology and a PhD in Social Science at the University of Campinas, where defended the dissertation “Songs of Diasporic Memory”, resulting in the performance “nomes”. He also participated in the performances “Spiro” and “Serenata” as an invited artist of Biloura Intercultural Theatre Collective (Italy). Vitoru is founder of SAMAUMA – Rural Artistic Residency, a space of research, teaching and creation between performing arts and permaculture, in a small farm in Brazilian Mata Atlântica, countryside of Mogi das Cruzes. With the diasporic regional, he participated in the III Festival da Canção, I Mostra de Artes LGBT and Casarão da Mariquinha in Mogi das Cruzes, of FLIPOÁ, and pre-launched the song “Casas Asas” in the program of SESC na FLIP (Paraty International Literary Festival), in july 2016. In October of the same year, he makes the pre-launching concert of the album “KINJO” in the VI Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival (Okinawa/Japan), participating also in the closing cerimony with the band BEGIN for more than 15.000 people in the Cellular Park Stadium.
SAMAUMA is a rural residency for research, reflection and action in arts, ecology and life. Located in a small farm in São Paulo’s Mata Atlântica, Serra do Mar, it was founded in the end of 2015 by artist and bioconstructor Bhagavan David, actor and producer Eduardo Colombo, and singer and social scientist Vitoru.
Our mission is to propose philosophically and practically new ways of existence based on the ethics of sustainability in its different dimensions: artistic, sociocultural, ecological economical, political-existential.
In our perspective, sustainability is the search for harmony in our corporal, mental, intelectual, energetical and spiritual existences. It is, in this sense, a practical utopia more fair, responsible and loveful human and environmental relations.
In this way, SAMAUMA is an experiment for artistic and scientific research, using tools like meditation, manual and intelectual work, body-voice practices and investigation of transcultural and transdisciplinar communication.