Os Alquimistas atx began as a collaboration between Frederico Geib (Ghandaia) and Michael Longoria (Terremoto) in 2010 in Austin, TX, a city declared as the 'Live Music Capital' of the United States. Their transcendental sound will reverberate in 'Ancestrais', the debut album set for global release in the Summer/ 2011.
Sudden as a tidal wave, the band has attracted worldwide excitement for their musical explorations, fantastic songwriting and vivid live shows. “Boldly crafting new sounds while celebrating ancient rhythmic traditions” raves WBEAT! while AGENCIA LA REFORMA-MX reckoned “a new branch in brazilian soul music has sprouted”. The group consists of prolific musicians with a wide range of musical influences and socio-ethnic backgrounds. Together they accumulate an acclaimed roster of tours and performances (i.e. San Jose Jazz Festival, ACL festival, SXSW, Monterrey Jazz, Dolores del Rio International etc.) sharing the stage with artists of the highest caliber (Jair Oliveira, Willie Nelson, Ozomatli, Grupo Fantasma and many others) while preparing for upcoming tours in the USA and Europe. Os Alquimistas atx, have decisively embarked on a transmutation of love through the universal soul of music.
Melodies both lyrical and haunting interact with flawless percussive landscapes in a bed of brazilian guitar chords, funky bass lines, electric piano, electronic ambience and berimbaus to create music that is simply irresistible and universal! A river that flows through Samba, Rock, Soul, Reggae, Funk, Afropop, Jazz… A river of music!
As a duo:
Frederico Geib (Brasil-Austin): vocals, nylon guitar, percussion.
Michael Longoria (USA-Austin): pandeiro, percussion soundscapes, vocals.
Full band: Rudolph Eccles (bass guitar), John Branch (Wurlitzer and electric guitar), Fumi Sugawara (electric guitar), Dorian Lassard (Berimbaus, percussion).