Boa Saida came together in the summer of 2010 & within weeks found themselves in the recording studio laying down tracks for their debut album, “Inside Out”. On cello, guitar, and keyboard, the three young musicians of Boa Saida artfully blend Progressive folk and classical. The project began when singer/songwriter Andy Goncalves approached cellist, Boris Popadiuk about jamming, and after practicing around Boris’ younger sister, Oksana, they soon found her keyboard and sung harmonies indispensable. By the end of the summer the trio had become Boa Saida, which is Portuguese for “good exit”, or “good point of departure.” BOA is also the first initials of the group members, Boris, Oksana, and Andy, so thus, it means, their point of departure.
Andy, guitarist and singer/songwriter, himself played cello as a youth and has loved to sing as long as he can remember. He picked up a guitar in 1992 and only since moving back to Portland in 2008, did he begin to write and compose music. His lyrical and generous songs come from some deep experience – maybe joy, maybe pain, but certainly from a true nature. One gets the sense that he really means what he’s singing. He’s a performer for sure, but also a herald of life’s exquisite complexity. “Music for me is about finding freedom for true expression, letting the inside out, and with that the opportunity to open my own heart as well as others’ more fully.”
“For me, music is about emotion and implied physical motion,” says Boris, the clean cut cellist for Boa Saida. He cites Ezra pounds contention that “Music atrophies when it departs too much from dance.” Boris, principal cellist for the Portland Youth Philharmonic from 2006 to 2008, has performed on National public radio and has studied with some of the nation’s great cello masters. But in his classical training, which has been intense and extensive for 11 years, he’s often asked himself why he is playing if people can’t get up and dance. He has reveled in improvising with Boa Saida. The group has really pushed me to my limits and forced me to step outside of my comfort zone,” Popadiuk explains. “Were it not for Oksana and Andy, I doubt my playing would be anywhere near where it is today. I’m beginning to develop a sound with the trio that I’m really exited about.”
Oksana, 16, is the other songwriter for the group. Her lyrics contain a depth of feeling and poetry usually reserved for artists who’ve been around the block. “I, and perhaps all musicians to some degree, desire to express the most obvious things in life – the simple things,” Oksana says. “We say things that everyone thinks and feels, but we break things down into smaller pieces and focus on the tiniest of moments.” She wrote her first song on the piano at age 12 and continues to bring new material for Boa Saida to interpret.
The harmonizing bands following has been growing and has been filling it’s venues. Keen to keep growing, they are bringing more three-part harmony into it’s music, and introducing more percussion. Oksana, is relearning the fiddle, Boris is learning the upright bass and Andy the banjo. Keep your eyes and ears out for this young trio in the future. It seems they have found a good point of departure.