'Chão Vermelho' (Red Floor) is a collection of ritualistic, lamenting pieces influenced by the increasingly dry ground of the surrounding area of central Portugal from where cellist and singer Joana Guerra resides.
An environment of experimentation and risk transports us to an apocalyptic scenario in which the extreme dryness of a ground where nothing can grow anymore is accompanied by dramatic, theatrical compositions. As a murmur or a pagan prayer, the pieces evoke the ever imminent possibility of regeneration: “The name of the album is inspired by the area where I live, with muddy soil. It fascinates me a lot, although the drought and its cracks make me feel terrible”, explains Joana. Perhaps because the floor covering the earth, like a skin of deep cracks, attests to the tiredness, the wrinkles, of civilization.
Small blue-metallic flowers, a white animal about to go extinct, rare stones that only exist in two latitudes, the colour red as a warning sign, ecological sound, but also as a sign of renewal, as in women in their blood cycles. All of this makes up the universe of Joana Guerra's 'Chão Vermelho'. And as long as the mycelium feels our presence, perhaps there is hope for this ground and for such a woman who in her cycles of renewal is too earthy to be holy.
released November 13, 2020
Music by Joana Guerra
Joana Guerra – cello, vocals, electric guitar, portuguese guitar, keyboard
Maria do Mar – violin in “Rajada”, “Lume”, “Oásis”, “White Animal”
Sofia Queiroz Orê-ibir – double bass in “Equinopes”
Carlos Godinho – percussion and objects in “Onna-bugeisha”, “Lume”, “Oásis”, “White Animal”
Bernardo Barata – additional vocals in “Equinopes”
Lyrics by June Nash in “Lume”, Joana Bértholo and Joana Guerra in “Equinopes”, Alix Sarrouy in “White Animal”
Recorded and mixed by Bernardo Barata, September and October 2019, Lisbon
Mastered by LUPO
Photography by André Cepeda
Artwork by Erik Skodvin
Support by Foundation GDA
This is an extraordinarily beguiling and beautiful recording - just so original, I cannot think of anything else like it. It is only February, but this will easily be on my best of 2022 discoveries. We may ask, does the world need another solo guitar recording? - yes, it definitely needs this one. I love it. DerekC