What does Forro in The Dark mean?
Forro means it’s time to party and
have a good time.
When did you form the collective? Are you all from Brazil?
We started playing together around 2002, and yes, we are all from Brazil, but Jake will be playing bass with us Thursday, he will be the gringo in the band.
What instruments does everyone play?
Mauro Zabumba, Davi triangle, Guilherme guitar, Felipe accordion and Jake bass.
How would you describe your music style of Forro?
It’s a ballroom dance style of music. It’s meant for people to either dance together or just open their ears and enjoy the beautiful melodies and driven rhythms.
How did your collaboration with David Byrne came about?
I was on tour with David in 2004. I had my guitar on the tour bus and every
night I would sing my favorite Forro songs. DB told me he had written lyrics
for Asa Branca, one of the most popular songs in Brazilian Music and an anthem
in Forro style. in the spot I told him that when we recorded our next record he
would be singing it with us. He kept his promise
Tell us a bit about the direction of your album, Sandcastle?
Sandcastle was our first record that
we recorded in Brasil with a Brazilian producer named Kassin. It features Jorge
Continentino on all the vocals and it’s a very delicate collection of songs.
Do you tour a lot?
Not as much as we wish. It’s hard to
tour these days, with everyone’s individual schedules.
What are you listening to these days?
Lots of Comadre Fulozinha, Caetano
Veloso new record with his kids, Dominguinhos, Henry Mancini, Phil Spector,
Paul Simon, O Terno, Milton Nascimento.
What can we expect from your show at the Standard, East Village?
Bring your dancing shoes.