Omiri is one of the most original projects to reinvent Portuguese music.
To reinvent tradition, nothing better than bringing the real players of Portuguese culture to the show itself; musicians and soundscapes from all over Portugal playing and singing as if they were part of the same universe. Not in flesh and blood but in sound and image, with video field recordings manipulated in order to serve as a musical base for Vasco Ribeiro Casais's composition and improvisation.
Omiri is, above all, remix, the culture of the 21st century, mixing in one show already forgotten musical practices, making them permeable and accessible to the culture of our day, synchronising forms and music of Portuguese rural tradition with the language of the urban culture.
In the last years Omiri has established itself as one of Portugal most international musical projects, taking Portuguese culture to the four corners of the world and performing in major national and international festivals such as Womex, Reepperbahn, Eurosonic, Rudolstadt, Kaustinen, Viljandi, Dranouter, Live at Heart, Exib-Music, Iminente, WestWay Lab, Med, Artes à Rua among many others.
At the same time, it also develops special projects with the involvement of local communities and aimed at specific regions. "Alentejo vol.I: Évora" is undoubtedly a masterpiece that reintroduces the entire culture of a region.
Live, besides solo shows, Vasco Ribeiro Casais perform with 2 dancers that give heart to Filipa Peraltinha's choreographies in a mix of Hip-Hop, Contemporanean Dance and tradition. Maria Antunes, Guilherme Brak-Lamy and Rafaela Pinto are the dancers with whom Vasco shares the stage.
"For some years now, Vasco Ribeiro Casais has built a well-earned reputation for being one of the most original and exciting musicians to pick up on the Portuguese traditional rhythms and smash them against other European folk forms alongside is sober use of electronics. His project OMIRI remains a facisnating demonstration on how to do this.(...)" in Songlines (UK)
““Baile Electrônico” has real moments of genius of a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, producer of rare sensitivity (...) a huge record.” in ofado.pt
"An album that works perfectly both at home and in the dance club around the corner. Beneficially different!" in sound-and-image.de
"This recording has energy and coherence, and is one more step forward on an interesting artist's journey." in rootswold.com
(...) “a harmony between sound and video, rural and urban”(...) in tracker-magazine.com
(...) “one of the night's concerts.” (...) (Festival Bons Sons 2014) in altamont.pt
(...)”the sound power of tradition today.”(...) in amusicaportuguesa.blogs.sapo.pt
(...)a new meaning for the word 'Party'.(...) in Sofar Sounds Lisbon
(...)"one of the most creative and interesting artists in the actual Portuguese music scene." in infocul.pt
OMIRI "Alentejo vol.I: Évora" top 19 - Record of the year 2019 in revistavariacoes.pt
"Baile Electrónico" top 3 in World Music Charts Europe (September 2017)
Inatel Award in Iberian Festival Awards 2020
Photos by: António Lopes, André Antunes, Ana Filipa Flores, Joana Negrão, Carsten-Stiller, Michael Pohl
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