Coletivo NSLO brings together a group of musical creators and performers who reside in different regions of Brazil. The letters of the acronym mean north, south, east and west and represent the diversity of where the musicians come from: Palmas (Tocantins), Caçapava (São Paulo), Cali (Colombia) and Mossoró (Rio Grande do Norte).
The genesis of the group took place at the post-graduate program in Music at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, where all the musicians did or are doing their doctorates.
The group came together due to personal and artistic affinities that culminated in the sponsorship by Rumos Itaú Cultural of a two-year project to create a new repertoire. To do this the group carry out activities open to the public, in recitals, workshops, round tables, among others, as well as experimentation, rehearsal and production within the collective. The artistic goal was the gradual creation of an original repertoire based on interaction, expressive potential and experiences shared by musicians.
Through a project selected by the Rumos Itaú Cultural 2017-2018 program, between November 2018 and February 2020 Coletivo NSLO performed at various locations in Brazil and Colombia. The repertoire of the group was built and refined during these trips. In 2020, the sponsorship of Banco da Amazônia made phonographic and audiovisual production viable.
The album Rosa dos Ventos presents instrumental compositions by Heitor Oliveira, performed by Dario Rodrigues Silva (piano), Gina Arantxa Arbeláez (flute), Renan Simões and Sabrina Souza (guitars). With significant independent artistic and academic trajectories, the musicians join forces for a collaborative endeavour that results in a series of phonographic releases, of which Rosa dos ventos is the third.
The album presents three more pieces from the authorial repertoire of Coletivo N.S.L.O, closing the cycle of phonographic releases related to the founding project of the group. In the pieces of this album, the musical materials are cells that at times support games of guided improvisation, at other times they are presented with ostinatos and rhythmic lag procedures. In the duos El viejo de bien, for flautist and guitarist, and The meme loop, for pianist and guitarist, references to memories shared by the performers frame energetic instrumental performances. The quartet Rosa dos Ventos refers to the very experience of the group's creative process in its multiple movements, directions, alternating roles and encounters.
Rosa dos Ventos completes the trilogy of albums by Coletivo NSLO to be released by TCFSR. They can be purchased as a set at a discount from the Bandcamp page of any of the three releases.
See Coletivo NSLO perform the compositions from Charlatório, and other works, on their YouTube channel www.youtube.com/channel/UCMWAseVT_AJ9g6phrMtLsAQ